Okay, i just downloaded Blender recently and thought it was pretty cool (my mass media class uses Lightwave, but it’s too expensive for an individual to buy unless they got alot of money). Turns out Blender is compatable with Lightwave, so that’s pretty awesome. My problem, however, is to do with a problem dealing with some of the buttons on the menu.
I downloaded version 2.45 (i think that’s it) and then i went and copied the instruction manual titled “You’re first animation is 30+30 Minutes” dealing with making a moving Ginger Bread Man. Well, i followed the instructions precisely, as not to make any mistakes, and because of #1 the differences in the two versions, #2 the fact that alot of the buttons that were really important were either missing, in different orders, or had completely different names, and #3 the fact that i don’t have a clue how to adjust the menus if there is a missing button and not to mention that i can’t find the stupid buttons even if i tried. i used the search tool in the help menu to search for hotkeys but only found a few.
A few of the problems i encountered was for one that i couldn’t find the Subsurf button, rather, started clicking around until i accidentally found its same function in something called “Mulfers” or something like, sorry if i spelled it wrong. Then when i went to add the Hemi light, most of the functions, if not all of them regarding to how it’s supposed to act, were completely missing and i couldn’t find them for anything.
The only way i could possibly learn how to use this program was if i had a step by step tutorial on how to make something which forced me to use every piece of the program. I don’t have the money to buy a manual, which is why i downloaded the free program in the first place. Another thing that’s annoying is that i can’t figure out for the life of me how to use some of these scripts.
One more extremely aggrevating thing is that i can’t import objects i had made or saved earlier because when i try it simply closes out of one window and opens another, destroying whatever i was currenlty working on…to say the least, the Blender program would be much better if i knew exactly how to use it with up-to-date tutorials and accurate button configurations to that exact version.
Anyone got any ideas, suggestions?