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What's New in r271
Release r271 was published on 9 Nov, 2021
In this release we're excited to introduce a new feature: sub-layers! These allow you to add layers inside other layers in the Layers Bar, making a tree of layers. You can use this purely for organisation, acting like layer folders. However things get more interesting when you add effects to a layer with sub-layers. In this case the effect will alter the appearance of the layer and all its sub-layers. This can help process effects efficiently - for example previously if you wanted the same effect on 3 consecutive layers, you'd need to add the same layer effect to all 3 layers, and then the effect would have to be processed repeatedly as well. However now if you add the effect to a single layer with 3 sub-layers, it runs the effect just once altering the appearance of all the sub-layers - saving the need to process the effect repeatedly. Further it also unlocks more advanced effects, such as by having a stack of background sub-layers and a stack of lighting sub-layers which can all be combined with effects on the parent layers. Take a look at the updated Shadows: blending multiple lights example to see how that can work. We're excited to see what new creative possibilities you can come up with using this!
Work on the new effects compositor has also continued, fixing several issues that have come up, and also improving support for different display densities. We have some more work lined up on the new effects system so stay tuned for some more updates in this area, and as ever let us know if you notice any effects working differently in your projects.