Just in case Blender Open Materials disappears one day

Blender Open Materials archive content snapshot

While cleaning up a large list of free as in freedom art asset links, I had to remove a few entries: the websites were lost.

One of the large still-available resource pages, blender-materials.org, showed signs of possible slow fade into nothingness and the administrator allowed me to create a backup.

Using some shell scripting and a python library that can turn broken HTML into usable objects, BeautifulSoup, I was able to give nice names to the files and create description textfiles for all of them.

The result is a 120M zip filled with 651 .blend files and one .txt and three .jpg files for each of them.

File list sample:

Wall – Tiles 801 – Bubupro – Preview Sphere.jpg
Wall – Tiles 801 – Bubupro – Preview Suzanne.jpg
Wall – Yellow Black stripes dirt 373 – Chainz.blend
Wall – Yellow Black stripes dirt 373 – Chainz – Description.txt
Wall – Yellow Black stripes dirt 373 – Chainz – Preview Custom.jpg
Wall – Yellow Black stripes dirt 373 – Chainz – Preview Sphere.jpg
Wall – Yellow Black stripes dirt 373 – Chainz – Preview Suzanne.jpg
Water – Clean water 296 – Ush.blend
Water – Clean water 296 – Ush – Description.txt
Water – Clean water 296 – Ush – Preview Custom.jpg
Water – Clean water 296 – Ush – Preview Sphere.jpg
Water – Clean water 296 – Ush – Preview Suzanne.jpg
Water – Distant Water 61 – McPanic.blend
Water – Distant Water 61 – McPanic – Description.txt

Description.txt example:

Name: Tiles
Category: Wall
Author: Bubupro
Uploaded: 2010-04-29
Link:
http://matrep.parastudios.de/index.php?action=view&material=801-tiles.html
Description:

Procedural textures (nodes).
Raytraced.

The scripts are available as a .zip download. (cc0/pd)

I’m a bit worried that there might be files bundled in some of the .blend files that come from CGT for example or are in some other way CC0/PD-incompatible, so I’m not sure whether I should upload this to OpenGameArt.org yet.

I set up a backup of freely licensed assets years ago: pdsounds.tuxfamily.org, when it was in real risk of disappearing. This time there’s nothing but a feeling.

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One Response to Just in case Blender Open Materials disappears one day

  1. wilbefast says:

    Nice list – bookmarked ;)

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