This might interest anyone new to Blender…
I came to this forum not so long ago as I just picked up Blender as my tool to get back into 3D modelling. And like so many newbies (to Blender), the userinterface was a major hurdle and I did agree with the common sentiment that the userinterface is hard to get into.
Well, as I didn’t want to go at it the wrong way I decided to study Blender instead of just ‘trying to use it’. So I ordered the manual (which is awesome by the way) just to get a good starting point. And here I am, didn’t do any modelling yet, but just finished reading about (and learning) all the ins and outs of the userinterface. And now there is something I really need to say:
The Blender userinterface is one of the most flexible and thought-out userinterfaces I have ever seen !!!
The userinterface is one of the most heard critiques about Blender and in most cases such postst get answered like ‘when you get used to it it’s very usefull’ or ‘the userinterface gives a very good workflow’. However, these answers don’t help new users to come to grips with the power of the userinterface right away. So I like to mention some things that I have not seen mentioned here but that actually show how powerfull the userinterface is in comparisson to ‘other’ apps:
You can create as many windows in your workspace and any window can show any part of the userinterface, so you can show any part of the userinterface at any time on any place of your screen as you like.
You can even zoom and pan the button-windows, actually making it possible to resize button-windows to your window-size.
When a button-panel has tabs, you can drag-out a tab to become a separated button-panel. It also works the other way around: when you have little screen-space you can drop panels on to eachother and they become tabs.
So it is actually one of the most flexible userinterfaces I’ve ever seen. I whish more apps had such an interface. The fact that it is hard to learn is not because of how the interface looks but much more because there is so much functionality stored into all these windows, views and panels. The way that Blender handles these large amounts of functions and settings is actually very elegant.
I hope this gives some people new to Blender a better feel about the userinterface (as I am still new to Blender myself). I also recommend to anyone serious about learning Blender to get the Blender Manual. As Blender is available without cost, the price of the book is small when you think that for that price you have a powerfull 3D program WITH a great user-manual 8)