Discoverability : capability of navigating and using an interface with own user existing interface culture and instant feedback of interface with minimal resorting to manual or videos.
Being a +20 years user of 3D applications from mechanical CAD to 3DsMax, Softimage, Cinema 4D, Sketchup and others including composition apps i have been following Blender development with interest and curiosity. It is undeniable that evolution have been positive specially what Blender can achieve today. But at what cost?
I’ll give you 2 examples of my recent struggling in first use. I am in 2.82 version:
Wanted to have a polygonal object showing up shaded with edges, in discoverability assumption i went to the top right corner to set it up, it is there that are other similar options. Oops, crashed into a wall.
Neither it was in View button options…
I seem i have to select it in object. Time lost : 15-30 minutes.
Wanted to move a couple of points of said object in shaded mode. Behind points are not selected. Very well there is a button in interface that says “Select” so it should be here that i have the option. Oops no option related to it there. Another crash into a wall and entropy increasing.
With my experience i worked it out changing to wireframe mode but to find that is it impossible to to move hidden points behind in shaded mode i had spend another more 15 minutes until i discovered that there is in interface a button that clicks a transparency mode to do it.
It there is logic that it is there near other visibility commands there is no logic that it is not repeated in select option button.
In my opinion all of this in unacceptable from perspective of interface logic.
Experimenting the interface and doing some stuff that was not clear what was the result. Went to undo to learn what it was. Undo does not tell what command it is undoing.
Inverse experience. Being a phone dinosaur, just last year i got a smartphone. In just 2 days of normal use - that means 3 -4 calls . i was up and running with Android phone logic, adding apps and increasing my knowledge by just using it, not by having to view 5 min videos for each command.
That was a similar experience of when i learned Sketchup which i rate still the best experience in 3D regarding interface discoverability.