I stumbled into the Blender universe about ten years ago, (for about 15 minutes)... at which time the massive number of buttons and options scared me so bad that I franti-cally deleted Blender from my hard drive and went to find something less scary to play with.
Obviously I found my way bak to Blender (about a year later) and learned how to use it. But that first brush with Blender is something many of us are familiar with.
Fast forward ten odd years, Blender 2.5 se-ries has been released. Imagine my surprise when I opened it the first time and was promptly overcome with a 10 year old feeling of deja vu. Oh snap! I'm a newbie again.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who received a momentary shok upon seeing the newest incarnation of Blender.
Luckily, the learning curve was much smoother this time. And while I occasionally need to poke around to find a familiar tool or feature, there is a beautiful logic and flow to Blender that makes the creative process so much easier these days.
The Blender 2.5 series has been out for a while now, and while it still is under going a lot of changes and refinement, it is stable enough for some serious testing and playing. So let's get everyone "Up to Speed" with Blender 2.5 and how to best take advantage of all the wonderful new toys and options available.
If you have not yet taken the 2.5 plunge, now is your chance to learn what the future holds.
Gaurav Nawani gaurav@blenderart.org

Sandra Gilbert sandra@blenderart.org

Nam Pham nam@blenderart.org

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Brian C. Treacy
Bruce Westfall
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