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I installed blender from official repository but its version is 2.59 so i downloaded version 2.61 from their web site .

It works without any installation ,but i want to replace blender 2.59 with blender 2.61 how to do it?

It must be present in the unity launcher

I'm aware of this question: Is there a PPA for the latest Blender version?

However, I dont want to use a PPA - I just want to install blender downloaded from blender.org Thanks in advance

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If some people are willing to help with testing, we can probably get blender 2.61 in official backports. –  micahg Mar 12 '12 at 4:02
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Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to download the current version of Blender from the website and replace the version installed from the Software Center with the one that you downloaded. I hope this is what you wanted.

1. Get Blender

Open your browser and go to http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/ . Download the appropriate version for your computer, 32-bit or 64-bit. If you don't know whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command :

uname -m

The Blender website showcasing the different Blender downloads available.

2. Extract Blender

Open Blender in your downloads folder, right-click on the file you downloaded and click "Extract Here". Once it finishes extracting, move the folder containing Blender to your Home Folder and rename it "blender" for ease of moving it later. enter image description here

3. Uninstall the current version of Blender

Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T. Type this command set: sudo apt-get remove blender . enter image description here

4. Copy the Blender files to where they need to go

Open a terminal. Type ls to see what files are in your home directory. There should be a folder called "blender". If there is, run the following command. If not, rename the folder and try again. If there's no folder at all, go back to step 2. Command:

sudo cp ~/blender /usr/lib/blender -r

This will copy all the files in the blender folder to /usr/lib/blender. enter image description here

5. Verify that the files copied properly

Open the file browser by clicking the "Home Folder" icon in the launcher. Click "File System" on the left side, then open the folder usr, then lib blender. See if there's anything there. If there is, move on to the next step, if not, repeat the previous steps.

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6. Open Blender

Open the Blender application. Right-click on the icon that appears in the launcher for the program, and click "Keep in Launcher".

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Conclusion

Ta-Da! This is the best you can do to install the current version of Blender. You can redo these steps as many times as needed when a new version of Blender comes out. To remove everything in the blender folder so you can do these steps again, open a terminal and run these commands: sudo rm /usr/lib/blender -r . This is the best you can do, it keeps the blender files in a safe place, and gives a launcher with which to open it. You can't install the current version Blender other then this way in Ubuntu 11.10, however 12.04 will ship with Blender 2.61. For more information see this launchpad post: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/blender/+question/186716 and this one: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/blender/+bug/915248 . Hope that helps!

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Installing it into /usr/lib is a bad idea. The linux standard base suggest /opt for this sort of task. You could also use /usr/local .. –  Manfred Moser Mar 13 '12 at 4:37
    
Yes, both of those folders are perfectly valid. However, I chose /usr.lib because that's the default place where Ubuntu puts programs. Sure, there are other folders, but one could sit and argue over which one to use for a while, so I picked usr and stuck with it. –  William Mar 13 '12 at 4:52
    
That is not correct. By default ubuntu packages put their files across the whole filesystem depending on what file they are. E.g. executables go into /usr/bin configuration into /etc and so on. Synaptic or any other package manger can show you a list of all files and the various positions.. –  Manfred Moser Mar 13 '12 at 5:16
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@William - suggest change from /usr/lib to /usr/local/lib - it will achieve the same. +1 for the answer BTW –  fossfreedom Mar 13 '12 at 11:07
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Umm.... after doing a little more research - I found that /opt is better. Is this correct? –  William Mar 13 '12 at 12:45
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with this ppa.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cheleb/blender-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blender

PPA description

This PPA contains fresh (mostly daily) Blender SVN trunk builds. Please note that these are development builds and may contain bugs.

NOTE:
Cycles is now enabled in all Series - including Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.

The current build configuration is:
===================================
WITH_AUDASPACE ON
WITH_BLENDER ON
WITH_BUILDINFO ON
WITH_BUILTIN_GLEW ON
WITH_BULLET ON
WITH_CODEC_FFMPEG ON
WITH_CODEC_SNDFILE ON
WITH_CXX_GUARDEDALLOC OFF
WITH_CYCLES ON
WITH_CYCLES_CUDA_BINARIES OFF
WITH_CYCLES_TEST OFF
WITH_FFTW3 ON
WITH_GAMEENGINE ON
WITH_GHOST_DEBUG OFF
WITH_GHOST_SDL OFF
WITH_HEADLESS OFF
WITH_IK_ITASC ON
WITH_IMAGE_CINEON ON
WITH_IMAGE_DDS ON
WITH_IMAGE_FRAMESERVER ON
WITH_IMAGE_HDR ON
WITH_IMAGE_OPENEXR ON
WITH_IMAGE_OPENJPEG ON
WITH_IMAGE_REDCODE ON
WITH_IMAGE_TIFF ON
WITH_INPUT_NDOF ON
WITH_INSTALL_PORTABLE OFF
WITH_INTERNATIONAL ON
WITH_JACK ON
WITH_LIBMV ON
WITH_LZMA ON
WITH_LZO ON
WITH_MEM_JEMALLOC OFF
WITH_MOD_BOOLEAN ON
WITH_MOD_CLOTH_ELTOPO OFF
WITH_MOD_DECIMATE ON
WITH_MOD_FLUID ON
WITH_MOD_OCEANSIM ON
WITH_MOD_REMESH ON
WITH_MOD_SMOKE ON
WITH_OPENAL ON
WITH_OPENCOLLADA ON
WITH_OPENMP ON
WITH_PLAYER ON
WITH_PYTHON ON
WITH_PYTHON_INSTALL ON
WITH_PYTHON_MODULE OFF
WITH_PYTHON_SAFETY OFF
WITH_PYTHON_SECURITY OFF
WITH_RAYOPTIMIZATION ON
WITH_SDL ON
WITH_X11_XF86VMODE ON
WITH_X11_XINPUT ON
WITH_XDG_USER_DIRS OFF 
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Thanks ,but how can i install using downloaded blender 2.61/2.62? –  Tachyons Mar 7 '12 at 13:07
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have you looked at this? http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual/Introduction/Installing_Blender/Linux

You can purge the repo version from your system, and add the latest one you downloaded to /opt/ and update your $PATH

see How to add a directory to my path?

start blender, and it should appear in the launcher. Right-click the icon and select 'Keep in launcher'

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note that you won't get automatic updates (like you would with a PPA) using this method. –  amc Mar 11 '12 at 6:38
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