Just a quick reminder in case you were not aware : you can create quicklist for any launcher in ubuntu’s natty new dock, and in blender’s case, it’s quite usefull if you have several branches installed and want to access them easily (a.k.a one icon to rule them all).
I won’t go into details about quicklists, they’re explained here : http://askubuntu.com/questions/35488/list-of-custom-launchers-quicklists-for-unity
Make sure you have blender as a launcher in the dock.
If it’s not the case, launch blender, right click on blender’s icon in the dock and click “keep in launcher”.
Now, two options :
- Weither you installed blender from the repos, then copy the file blender.desktop located in /usr.share/applications into ~/.local/share/applications
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Blender Comment=Blender 3d Suite Exec=path/to/blender/binary/blender Icon=path/to/blender/icon.png Terminal=false Categories=Graphics;2DGraphics;RasterGraphics;GTK; StartupNotify=true
Then in both case, edit that file and add the following bit at the end.
The code should be pretty self-explanatory.
Of course, adjust it to your needs (path to binaries, names of branches etc…)
X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=Cycles;Bmesh;Freestyle; [Cycles Shortcut Group] Name=Cycles Exec=/usr/local/blender_cycles/blender TargetEnvironment=Unity [Bmesh Shortcut Group] Name=Bmesh Exec=/usr/local/blender_bmesh/blender TargetEnvironment=Unity [Freestyle Shortcut Group] Name=Freestyle Exec=/usr/local/blender_freestyle/blender TargetEnvironment=Unity
Finally, restart your session, you’re done.
Not a revolution, but quite handy.