SamAdam: Good suggestions, thanks. Personally, I think it would be very helpful to new users if they could simply print something out and have a nice, legible, and friendly text to guide them through Blender’s core functions and keystrokes.
mzungu: Thanks for the great feedback! Yes, I caught and fixed that typo I updated the document link in the top post. S Key has been added. The text at the bottom has been revised. I tried to follow LetterRip’s suggested text in the first post very closely, but I see now this project might be leaning more towards a keystroke summary than a one page guide based on some of the newer examples I’ve seen. I own Zbrush and wasn’t blown away by the documentation Layout is definitely debateable. The example of Burt. S’ design is visually interesting, and maybe too much so. I think such a style can, if not attempted carefully, interfere with the immediacy of reception and comprehension of a document. Eyes can go everywhere in such images, with little other definite focus or order. As an accessibility advocate (not only as a web designer but as a library person, among other capacities), I know any layout and technical decisions have to be carefully considered, or the intent of a document can become unclear and render it uninformative or technologically inaccessible (e.g. incapable of being parsed by screen/document readers used by many blind users). Examples in the one page document I made based on LetterRip’s initial template tries to inform the user about things in a certain order, so departing from that deliberately simple and linear presentation in favor more of a dynamic spectacle could be problematic, also from an internationalization point of view, where such a document might have to be translated into many languages, as might be the case with documentation accompanying a program like Blender. Lots to consider I also added an alternate version without the closing recommendations in the top post. While I was able to fit more keystroke information in the document (e.g. Materials window), I’m not sure I favor it at this point over the other updated version.
LetterRip: Ah, I see As I was saying to SamAdam, I think it would be nice if someone had something like the one page you mentioned and could print it out for quick reference. I just updated the top document link again to make some corrections/additions as mzungu suggested. I think this is as complete and user friendly a one page Blender guide can get without getting too wordy and bogged down in keystrokes and procedures. Right now the current PDF introduction file is just over 60k, so it wouldn’t add many bytes to a Blender download file. Anything more ornate and formatted could result in much larger downloads. A printable keystroke reference page could be helpful too. As far as getting someone up and running with Blender quickly, right out of the box, so to speak, it might be more helpful for someone to have something that they can read in steps for some initial guidance. Zbrush has built in interactive documentation that lets the program walk you through tutorials. That’s superior to their print manual IMHO. It would be great if Blender had comparable tutorial functionality, and perhaps that will be more possible as the Python API is further developed. I remember this is something Landis had encouraged a while back, and the need for user guidance is still there