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  11 November 2007
Thumbnail material library

1. Does Blender have(or will in the "near" future) something like a box of material thumbnails for easy asigning to objects etc?

Something like this if you don't understand what I'm talking about:
Notice the left bottom corner

[e] I noticed I get small thumbnails in the material properties window, when I choose a existing material from the list, but the question still stands...

2. Is there any chance (without altering the Blender source and recompiling) I might get shortcuts like C4D and Maya for the 3 objects controlling widgets(Move, Rotate, Scale)? I have to press CTRL + ALT + G to get the move widget, I would like to press a single key.
For example in C4D I have E, R and T (Move, Rotate, Scale). I noticed that Blender doesn't have theese keys asigned to anything so I guess it might be possible...

Thanks in advance
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Last edited by seth0x2b : 11 November 2007 at 11:20 AM.
  11 November 2007
no way without altering the source a little and recompileing, but try to push ctrl+space and it will give you a menu where you can enable/disable the transform widget & also choose if you want either translate(move) rotate or scale, also if you use the icon in the header for selecting the 'widget mode' then by shift-selecting you can select multiple of the modes, like even have all: move, rotate & scale on it at the same time..!

Last edited by fktt : 11 November 2007 at 12:22 PM.
  11 November 2007
transformation keys

While using any of these you can constraint the action to axis by pressing they keys XYZ for each axis

If the action needs to occur over 2 axis at the same time but not at the other one press Shift+axis you want the action not to happen at.

Thats it for key shortcuts, hope this helped.
  11 November 2007
There's also mouse gestures for move, scale, rotate, which bypasses the need for the keyboard with any of these commands.
  11 November 2007
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