The Essential Blender
Where to get Blender
If you have the disk that came with this book, a version of Blender for several operating systemscan be found on it in the folder called "blender." If you do not have access to the disk, Blender can be downloaded for free from the Download section of the official Blender website:http://www.blender.org/ The officially supported platforms are: Windows (98/2000/XP/Vista), Macintosh OS X (bothPowerPC and Intel), Linux on Intel and PPC, Solaris and FreeBSD.Figure BI.01: the directory tree of the included disk.
How to install Blender
The great news is that Blender is almost entirely self-contained. It will not add files all over your system directories or change your system's settings.Find your operating system below:
The installer is called "blender-2.43-windows.exe". Double-clicking will run an installationwizard that copies Blender to your hard drive and registers Blender's .blend file type withWindows. It will also create a Blender program group in your Start menu and add an icon to your desktop, if you choose. Simply accept the wizard's defaults for a trouble-free installation.To run Blender afterward, either double-click the shortcut that was added to your desktop, or find