Spent 2 hours yesterday dabbling in Blender. I found this video tutorial very useful.
I also learnt that my mouse configuration need to be set up with 3 buttons to use the software the best way it can.
The numeric keypad has shortcuts for changing views, the actual values of which I need to write down.
And finally, the default layout has a 'hidden' area where you need to drag down an area on the interface to access it.
Like many software applications of this ilk, it is very processor heavy, so I closed down all but the most needed applications running in the background, and ALSO minimised the numbers of tabs I had open in Safari.
Useful Links for learning Blender
- Video Tutorial
- PDF books and manuals, free.
- Blender's e-shop, with manuals and training DVD's for learning Blender.
This not going to be to easy, at least however as it's free I can install it anywhere and learn it in my spare time.