Blender used to be the application that challenged the industry standard. a straight forwards easy to use application with great potential. it could import just about everything and exports just about everything, it’s rendering engine was constantly getting better and more and more physics and game engine features were being added all the time. the interface never really changed the UI was simple yet with complex abilities. Unlike Maya and 3DSMaX it wasn’t a guessing game of what hotkeys to use in what pane, they were all streamlined.
anyone could learn it, it wasn’t a chore.
then 2.5 came. I know they had to remake blender entirely out of python 3.0, but they didn’t even make an effort to maintain many of the core features of 249b. they instead didn’t even offer the same set of hotkeys and went for “the industry standard just like maya and 3DSMAX”. in a halfbaked attempt to “get more industry professionals to use blender.”
it didn’t work. they still don’t use blender.
Especially now with 2.9 which doesn’t even show your materials or textures on the model in the 3D view… what a step down… what a disappointment… first they took away what made blender unique and different, then they killed it all together. the new UI in 2.9 is far flung even from 2.79, it’s so counter intuitive, everything you want to do needs to be hunted for (if it’s available) and backwards compatability is shot. it literally crashes if you try to do too much with 249 materials. it only renders in 2 colors, black or alpha transparent background color.
It doesn’t even import ASCII .FBX files, a format Ideasman42 one of the blender devs was responsible for creating an export script for. what is going through the blender devs heads? “ok a new 0.# lets completely throw away everything and start new”
not only is that foolish, it’s expensive to keep starting new.
and it’s bad for your users. just when they think they are getting the hang of it, you change everything so they have to relearn the wheel.
This is a rant brought on after trying out 2.9 only to be thouroughly disgusted with it. even 249b is more capable than that! might as well go dig up the 249 source code and start back on that branch, before things took dramatic turns for the worse. doens’t mean it has to be in python 2.7, you cann make it in 3, just use 249 as a guide for what you need to put in. then build from there. no, not mangle and distort, “build”.
What the heck happened?