[Bf-committers] Current state of Blender's user experience

Fabien Devaux fdev31 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 12:00:31 CEST 2016

Hi, the trick with blender is: the more you know it, the more it fits you,
like Vim or Emacs, there is some arch learning curve at the beginning
(unlike Maya) but it definitely worth it.
I follow blender since my youth, and I think this is the best OpenSource as
an example I can give to anyone, along with Linux.
There is for sure things to be more "unified"  etc... but it's improving
always and always, the blender way. I like it being different than others
if not what's the point about having multiple 3D software ? I think two
levels of interface could be done with current system, one very easy for
people to get familiar with (mostly icon & menu based) and one "full"
version (the current one) with less boilerplate on screen.... what do you
think about it ?


Le ven. 22 avr. 2016 à 10:50, Ton Roosendaal <ton at blender.org> a écrit :

> Hi Daniel,
> Blender always had a share of haters and negative feedback since the early
> days.
> The most avid haters are typically the unemployed freeloaders, self
> proclaimed professionals (the "I used every 3d program out there in the
> past 20 years" people) and other people who never paid a dime for Maya or
> Max. There's also still a fair bit of contempt for anything free/open
> source software in many (also professional) circles.
> The positive side is very impressive too. For example, you can find
> Blender recommended on the Pixar website, and Nimble Collective (former
> Dreamworks animators) invests heavily in promoting and supporting Blender:
> http://www.nimblecollective.com/
> Given the fact we make Blender in an open project for less than 1% of the
> budget Autodesk spends on Maya or Max alone is something we can only be
> incredibly proud of. We can always do better (as Piotr points out) but I
> would suggest to keep a relaxed and healthy mind - not waste time to please
> the haters, but to keep supporting our existing and growing user base and
> to closely work with the top talents out there who want to be positively
> involved.
> -Ton-
> --------------------------------------------------------
> Ton Roosendaal  -  ton at blender.org   -   www.blender.org
> Chairman Blender Foundation, Producer Blender Institute/Studio
> Entrepotdok 57A  -  1018AD Amsterdam  -  The Netherlands
> > On 22 Apr 2016, at 00:07, Daniel Stokes <kupomail at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Greetings,
> >
> > I recently came across this thread on the gamedev sub Reddit:
> >
> https://www.reddit.com/r/gamedev/comments/4fs4db/why_dont_more_professional_game_studios_use_free/
> >
> >
> > In that thread are several unfavorable opinions about Blender, mostly
> about
> > its UI/UX. I thought we had moved past the opinion of Blender's UI being
> > terrible during the 2.5 time frame, so I was a bit surprised to see
> several
> > complaints about it. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of specific
> > complaints other than "it is not the same as Maya/Max".
> >
> > I was curious what others on this mailing list thought about the current
> > state of Blender's user experience, if something should be done to
> improve
> > it, and what could be done to improve it.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Daniel Stokes
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