Experiencing Blender’s increasing development speed I was thinking about the following, and I’m curious what others think of this.
To be honest I can imagine a ‘feature fatigue’ if Blender’s development pace keeps accelerating with more and more active developers who are relatively free to add tools, features and UI changes.
New features, tools and UI changes are added to the Blender alpha master builds almost every day at the moment. A stark contrast with the yearly updates of Houdini, ZBrush, 3ds Max, etcetera, introducing a maximum of about ten major new features.
It’s becoming harder to keep up with Blender’s frequent changes and additions, while it’s disputable whether they all really improve Blender’s user experience. Even default keyboard shortcuts are frequently changed.
I’d personally like to see more structure in the additions and changes, for example with a multi-person judgement panel and/or a public poll system evaluating whether a change or addition is really worth it before having it added to the master builds, so there would be some kind of filter, to avoid Blender users becoming oversaturated with a constant flood of new features and changes by an ever-growing army of independent developers.
This is just my personal $0.02. I’m interested to read your thoughts on this.