Start by opening the User Preferences (File > User Preferences…)
Go to the “Add-ons” tab in the top menu.
Press “Install from File…” at the bottom of the window.
This will bring up the file browser, locate the Blendshare.zip file you received when downloading the add-on.
Select it and press Enter, or “Install from File…” at the top left.
Find Blendshare among the other add-ons by either searching for it or locating it in the “System” category.
Tick the box to the far right of the add-on, this will enable the add-on.
Press “Save User Settings” to have the add-on enabled by default when you open up Blender.

Settings

All settings for the addon can be found in User Preferences > Add-ons > Blendshare

For more information about how to setup your accounts, please refer to: “Linking your accounts (Dropbox, Google Drive, Twitter)”

General Settings

Let’s go over the general settings.

Action after uploading is complete:

Copy link to clipboard:

If this is enabled, the link/url to the image will be copied to your clipboard after the image has been uploaded. Do Ctrl/Cmd + V to paste the link anywhere.

Open link in webbrowser:

If this is enabled, the image will open in your default web browser after the image has been uploaded.

GIFs:

Speed:

This controls the GIF speed, e.g. setting this to 2.00 will make the GIF play two times as fast.

Wait Timer (ms):

The time blender will wait between each screenshot/frame.

let’s say you would like to record at 24fps:

1 sec = 1000 ms

1000/24 = 41.6

41.6 ~ 42

Wait Timer should then be 42

Keep in mind that blender can normally not record at 24 fps (at least from my experience, you may have a faster computer). You can still set it as 42 though and Blender will do it’s best to record at that 24 fps.

Playback the GIF once complete:

If this is enabled, the GIF will be opened in your default program for viewing .gifs after the GIF has been recorded.

Local Copy:

Save a copy:

If this is enabled, blendshare will save a local copy on your harddrive when you upload a render or screenshot. A filepath must be specified in order for the copy to be saved.

Filepath:

Path to the directory where you’d like to save all copies, you can press the button with a folder icon to the left to navigate to this directory using blender’s filebrowser.

File format:

What file format to save rendered copies as. Screenshots can only be saved as PNG.

Only for renders:

If this is enabled, a local copy will only be saved when uploading renders and NOT for screenshots or GIFs

In order for you to use Dropbox, Google Drive and Twitter with Blendshare you need to link your account. If you do not wish to do so, Imgur can be used freely without linking any account.

Blendshare uses OAouth2, meaning Blendershare will never be able to read your passwords, instead it uses access tokens to upload the images. So when linking an account you will be directed to e.g. dropbox.com where you’ll give the app permission to upload files to your dropbox account, this access can be revoked at any time.

Linking your Dropbox account:

Navigate to the Blendershare settings (See “Settings”), User Preferences > Add-ons > Blendshare

Open up the Dropbox Settings by clicking  on”Dropbox”

Enable the checkbox “Use Dropbox”

Now you have two options, Server or Desktop App. By using Server you do not need to have dropbox installed on your computer, however if you have the dropbox app installed on your computer you can chose “Desktop App” and blendshare will essentially just save the images in your dropbox folder on your Harddrive (By doing this Blendshare will not be able to open the image in your webbrowser nor copy the url/link after uploading to Dropbox).

Using the Server:

Click “Autorize BlendShare for your dropbox account”

A new tab will open in your web browser, if your not already logged into Dropbox, it’ll ask you to do so. Once your logged in, Dropbox will ask you if you want to give Blendshare permission to your Dropbox files/folders. Click “Allow”.

You will now get a code from Dropbox, Copy this code and return to Blender, Paste this code into Blendshare and click “Verify”.

You have now linked your account and can start uploading to Dropbox.

A few extra settings will appear once your account has been linked, image format and subfolder path.

Format for rendered images:

Here you can chose what image format to upload the rendered images as.

Subfolder Path:

Chose what folder as the images will be uploaded to. e.g. Blender/My Artworks/

This will look for a folder “Blender” within your dropbox, and then the folder “My Artworks” within that Blender folder. And finally upload the images under the “My Artworks” folder.

Linking your Google Drive account:

Navigate to the Blendershare settings (See “Settings”), User Preferences > Add-ons > Blendshare

Open up the Dropbox Settings by clicking  on”Google Drive”

Enable the checkbox “Use Google Drive”

Click the button “Autorize GDrive”

This will open up a new tab in your web browser, if your not already signed into a google account, it’ll ask you to sign in first.

After you’ve signed in Google will ask if you want to give Blendshare permission to handle files/folders in your Google Drive folder. Click “Accept”

You have now linked your Google Drive account with Blendshare and can start uploading images to your Google Drive account.

A few extra settings will appear once your account has been linked, image format, permissions and subfolder ID/URL.

Format:

Here you can chose what image format to upload the rendered images as.

Permission for anyone with a link:

Chose what permission you want to give people who has the link:

  • [0] None    –   You are the only person who can view the images.
  • [1] Reader  –  Anyone with a link can view the image and it’s title, description etc.
  • [2] Writer  –  Anyone with a link can view the image + leave comments on the image

Subfolder ID/URL:

Here you can chose where you want the images to be uploaded on your Drive, each google drive folder has it’s own ID.

Open up your Google Drive in a web browser, https://drive.google.com/drive/

Go to the folder you want to save the images in, then copy the full website url (e.g. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B2TayquGaPVURDNncEdaOEViZjg)

Then paste this url into the “Subfolder ID/URL” in Blendshare.

Linking your Twitter account:

Navigate to the Blendershare settings (See “Settings”), User Preferences > Add-ons > Blendshare

Open up the Dropbox Settings by clicking  on”Twitter”

Enable the checkbox “Use Twitter”

Click the button “Autorize Account”

This will open up a new tab in your web browser, if your not already signed into a twitter account, it’ll ask you to sign in first.

After you’ve signed in, Twitter will ask if you want to authorize Blend_Share to use your account. Click “Authorize app”

Twitter will now provide you with a PIN, copy this PIN and paste it into Blendshare, then click “Accept”.

You have now linked your twitter account to Blendershare and you can start sending tweets directly from within Blender.

Revoking access:

Revoking access can be done at any time, By revoking the access Blendshare will no longer be able to post images to your account (Dropbox, Google Drive, Twitter).

After an account has been linked, in the settings for the platform you wish to revoke access (User Preferences > Add-ons > Blendshare).

To the right there will be a button with the label/icon X, click it.

Blendshare will now remove all access tokens used to upload to your account, and it will open a new tab in your web browser, this will be slightly different depending on the platform.

Dropbox:

The url that will open is: https://www.dropbox.com/account#security

Scroll all the way down on this page, there you’ll find “Apps linked”

Find the app BlendShare and click the X that is displayed to the right.

Google Drive:

The url that will open is: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive

Click the settings button top right (displayed as a cogwheel)

Go to “Manage Apps”

Find the app BlendShare, select “Options”,  and “Remove from Drive”

Twitter:

The url that will open is: https://twitter.com/settings/applications

Here is a list of applications that have access to your twitter account, find Blendshare, click the button that says “Revoke access”.

After an image has been rendered, in the UV/Image Editor header you will find the buttons for uploading to various platforms. Simpely press the button of which platform you wish to upload the image to.

While Blendshare is uploading the image Blender may appear to freeze for a short period of time, this is normal.

If you do not see a platform, that means you haven’t linked your account for that platform. (Imgur will always show as you do not need to link your account for that).

Options for taking and uploading a screenshot can be found in the Info header

To quickly just take and upload a screenshot, click one of the platforms depending on where you want to upload the screenshot to.

If you want to draw and crop the screenshot before uploading it, click the brush icon. This will now open a new window with the UV/Image Editor and your screenshot loaded there. You can now start drawing.

You can find some Blendshare related tools to the left, in the toolbar.

Crop the image:

Click the button that says “Crop Image”.

This will now give you a grease pencil tool,

Put your mouse over the image, hold down LMB* to mark the first corner, then drag your mouse and release LMB to mark the second corner. Press Enter or the button “Crop Image” to crop the image according to your two markers.

To cancel your cropping while placing the markers, press ESC.

When cropping the image Blender may appear to freeze for a short while, this is normal.

*LMB = Left mouse button

Upload the Screenshot:

When you’re ready to upload the screenshot after drawing/cropping it. Simply press one of the buttons to the left, depending on what platform you want to upload to.

In the Info header you can find the button to start recording a GIF, it’s a read sphere with a white label reading GIF.

Click this to start recording a GIF.

Then click “Stop Recording” to stop the recording of the GIF.

Blendshare will now stitch create the GIF, this may take a while depending on how many frames was recorded. During this time Blender may appear to freeze, this is normal.

After the GIF has been created it will open in your default software for displaying GIFs. At the top where you started/stopped the recording, you now have options to either upload the GIF to any platform, or cancel.

 

Making a GIF timelaps:

If you want to record a timelaps, go to the Blendshare settings, (User Preferences > Add-ons > Blendshare)

Under the settings for “Animated GIFs” in General Settings, set both the Speed and “Wait Timer (ms)” to their maximum value.

Speed: 50.00

Wait Timer (ms): 1000

Now you can start recording your timelaps.