Originally Posted by monster
Things I disliked:
- Right click to Select on by default.
- Confirm Transformations on by default.
- No Max navigation style, only Maya and Blender.
- The Rotate gizmo icon is an arrow with a slight curve. Took a while to find it.
- I would prefer an Open file dialog instead of a fullscreen file browser.
- I wish you could select keys in the Timeline.
Blender encourages a gizmo-less manipulation. Its much much much faster to press the move hotkey and move your mouse, than to click and drag on handles. This is something Modo users have known a long time, but Max and Maya users "dont know what they dont know"
You can set up a max navigation style easily. The hotkey config setup is great, and its really easy to set up new hotkeys. The first thing I did was make the navigation like Max, and set the 1-2-3 keys to Vert, Edge, Face select in edit mode.
Another tip: Go to the user preferences, then addons, and enable "Dynamic Spacebar Menu". No clue why its not default. It has the search + everything else in the app:
As for the timeline issue, check this video:
At the end, he shows how to replace the timeline with a modified Dope Sheet which works the way you'd expect. Another reason I like blender - customization!
In fact, if anyone wants my key setup, here it is:
Also, here's my startup.blend
Just save the file and in the User Preferences (Ctrl-Alt-U), Import Key Configuration).
A few changes:
Max style navigation which means:
middle click: pan
Also, in edit mode: 1-2-3 keys = Vertex, Edge, Face. Also works in UV edit mode as long as selection sync is on.
Right click is now lasso select instead of tweak/grab. Everyone in the world should quit using Box select in every app 80% of the time and use lasso. There are only a few times ever where Box is more efficient than lasso. Another thing most people dont realize :P
Ctrl-Mousewheel: Select more/select Less (Grow/shrink selection in Max)
Alt-W: Merge menu. M is too far on the keyboard for something you'll use that often.
Ctrl-X: Loop cut/slide. Usually defaults to Ctrl-R, but I find that too cumbersome for something I use a lot. Personal preference, YMMV
Also, if you hate the right as select, just go to the User Preferences and in the input, change the select button to left instead of right.