About Blender Wiki PDF Manual
This is an unofficial PDF version of the Blender Wiki Manual pages.I produced this PDF copy for my personal use since I needed it to learn using Blender, and I could not find anup to date alternative to my knowledge. I've read that Blender documentation is released under the OpenContent License (http://opencontent.org/opl.shtml). This license is reported at the end of this pages, below. Iam trying to stick to this licence, but i'm no license expert: if you feel something is wrong, just let me knowwhy and possibly how to fix.
The short story
I did not modify the content of the wiki pages except for removing the parts typical of a web page, which arenot needed in a "book", since you don't have to browse through web links, but scroll pages.Since Blender developers are incredibly fast, documenters have always hard times to keep up with that speed,but every week there is something new or updated on the wiki manual. Documenters do a great job, but theirwork goes easily unnoticed because of the high number of the single pages involved: they're hundreds, andBlender developers they're fast!Discussing this PDF conversion with other users, I explained that my "method" allows me to update the PDFwith the actual web pages quite easily so I told that, if needed, it won't be difficult to update that PDF everymonth. Many people agreed, and that is what i'm trying to do. I hope that one day there will be anautomatically generated PDF directly produced from the wiki. Until then, I plan to keep this PDF updatedregularly, and possibly other useful sources of knowledge about Blender, found on its official wiki or website.
The whole story
I needed an offline manual...
I don't have an internet connection at home, where most of my Blender experiment take place, and alwaysneeded a help for learning something I didn't know, or a new feature i've read of on BlenderNation, orelsewhere. I always had to wait until tomorrow, or until monday, if you get what I mean. It was frustrating. Ifollowed a small Character Animation Course for beginners, in the city where I live and they used Maya PLE(which it's free to download but does watermarked renderings and does not import/export too much, btw), andalthough I hated the interface and find it much more uncomfortable than Blender, which I was used to, I hadno problem in learning stuff about it because there was a big complete manual and reference, also in the free,limited edition.
I had to build one.
That was two years ago. Recently, I investigated a bit and found out that there could be a method to:retrieve all the links to the web pages of the wiki manual (http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual)1.
download those pages in the right order, with all the images and external links2.convert them to a single pdf, ps or html file.3.fix any possible error and weirdness up to my satisfaction.4.add pdf bookmarks in order to easily browse chapters and topics .5.During the last months i tried different tools in order to to this job better and easily, but actually all the job isdone with:
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