You know I have been reading stuff on this and many others forum for the past few years and had brought myself a copy of Blender 2.30 Manual and pre-order Orange DVD to support this great foundation but I still find blender is hard for noob ( no, I am not a noob!). The most flutation I get is to learn to use the old and new features in the blender 2.40 release if an average blender head like you and I find it hard to get inforamtion; I would imagine the nob would feel like looking for a needle in the hay stack.
Ok what we need is something like Maya Max 3D and Cinema 4D, etc 4 pages (glossy print?) pdf product brochure that would list all the features of the current product (these should repeat the features listed of all ealier features not just new features). So reader can understand the product at a glance. Instead of the wiki manual lets allow user to download as pdf of each manual section so they can printed and read on their own leisure. Also it would good to listed of all file format supported both import and export. And a comparison to other products such as Maya, MAX, Softimage… as part of the brochure (make the brochure 4- 6+ pages)
If someone who is well verse in all versions should written a list of all features that had been included in 2.40 that would be a really good start! Wat do you say if we should make this a small project on its own?? Then once this is established we could expanding to include the manual and tutorials and plugin - eventually an updated and current manual. Let start very small first.
It would be a shame if we couldn’t being release 2.40 and beyonds to be on the par with the commercial product - I think 2.40++ could do it with the help of proper brochure for the start.