I am a total noob to Blender. I have downloaded 2.57.0 for use on a computer running Windows 7.
I am already very frustrated. I have clicked on Help to access the instruction manual and do the first tutorial, making a gingerbread man. It’s clear that the manual illustrations for the tutorial do not at all match the visual appearance of the Blender version I’ve downloaded.
Because I’ve had to guess at what I’m looking for, it has taken me two and a half hours to find various buttons and tools and change views and delete things and select things. This seems pretty nuts to me.
How can this version of Blender have an instruction manual that doesn’t provide accurate illustrations? Is there an alternative manual somewhere online?
Any information/encouragement appreciated.