I just switched from 2.48 to 2.57, and on my 1024x768 monitor the layout is not very nice. How can I do any of the following:
- Get rid of one of the three main panels, or areas, or whatever they’re called. I would like one main 3D view and one side panel or footer panel. I can move the boundaries so that one of the panels is quite thin, but I can’t make it go away completely.
- Zoom out on a panel - like the “properties” panel, which seems to be the new name for “buttons” - so that it’s vaguely usable when set to horizontal. This used to be possible by holding control and turning the mousewheel: now that doesn’t work. I notice that the footer area has a larger font size than the right-hand vertical bar, for some obscure reason. (Perhaps that looked better on the interface designer’s enormous expensive monitor, with its 90 billion pixels? Probably he has to squint to read anything.)
- Make the button bar vertical, or scrolling, or move it somewhere. If I have to have a vertical buttons, I mean “properties” panel, I have the problem that the actual buttons - Render, Scene, World, etc. - are laid out horizontally. If I want to see them all at once on a vertical panel, it has to take up a third of my screen.
- Make Blender fullscreen, like it used to be. In 2.5 it has a space-hogging titlebar which serves no purpose other than to say “Blender”. I don’t need this information: I can already recognise what program I’m using by the familiarly horrible interface. I thought maybe alt+enter would put it into fullscreen mode, but no.
Edit: I found the zoom (numpad +/-), so that’s a start.
Edit 2: I got the 2-panel layout I wanted - I wanted to get rid of the right-side panel: turns out I had to merge the lower one with the main one as a first step, then merge the right one in as well, then recreate the lower one.
So that only leaves one question: can 2.5 run in fullscreen?
…Ha, found it: alt + F11. OK, now I’ve answered all my own questions. Nothing to see here…