For the past 4 or 5 years, I have kept coming back to check the progress on Blender each 4-12 months. Blender looks so great, and has come a long way. So many cool things added, and the UI looks better and better all the time. I come back and check up on Blender because I REALLY want to start using it, and be a fan. But a few things keep holding me back from jumping in.
This time I saw that there has been added presets to ease the transition from another 3d program. I use Maya at work for mainly moving/snapping vertices alot, and generally find the Maya navigation very efficient. (v for snapping to verts, so nice in combination with d)
Looking at videos of people modeling in Blender looks very interesting. So I checked up on tons of videos this weekend, and here are the main few reason I still find Blender a bit strange.
I can’t think of any creative program that is using RMB for selecting. All 3d, 2d, text editors I have ever come across, as far as I can remember, when using computers for a long time uses LMB to select.
I still have no idea why Blender is using RMB to select in the viewport, when every other creative program is using LMB. It makes no sense. Fine you say: “you can swap them around” but that is more of a hack since then 3 button mouse mode is disabled.
Try picking up a random small item on your table. If you are right handed I bet you used your index finger and your thumb. LMB is located in fast access to your index finger. Of cause if you are left handed it makes sense to swap left and right mouse button.
Another reason I don’t understand the use of RMB is that if you click in menus and buttons on the side panel then you use LMB. If you wanted to have consistency shouldn’t it be RMB?
I would love to hear the one super argument that explains why RMB was choosen, because I have seen 5+ hours video tutorials this weekend on the Blender interface/UI and modeling, and have only seen the 3d cursor mentioned twice. If you ask me it doesn’t seem like a valid reason to go against all common usage and move the select to RMB.
Other few things I don’t get is if I want to select multiple objects, I click b and with LMB then make a box around the objects. Not using b + RMB as I would expect, but b + LMB. Most other programs would use shift+LMB. Even Word and selecting text inside this forum, and also numerical input fields inside Blender.
While its so great to see all the neat stuff being done on/with Blender, I am utterly confused with some of the navigation. Its great that there is the Maya preset now that swaps it around, but that disables 3 button mouse mode.
I really want to love Blender, but its just so complicated.