The following questions cover general information about Blender 3D: Noob to Pro and the software it is designed to teach, Blender.
What is Blender?Edit
Blender is a full-blown 3D content creation suite, usable for 3D editing, animation, texture mapping, compositing and rendering.
It runs on:
- Windows — XP, Vista, and 7, 32- and 64-bit
- Mac OS X — PowerPC and Intel, 32- and 64-bit
- Linux — Intel x86 and AMD, 32- and 64-bit
It is free, open-source software, available from blender.org.
Blender 2.66 is the latest stable release as of 1/3/13. Beginners are urged to learn using stable 2.5x versions, as there has been a significant UI overhaul since 2.49 and future tutorials will likely be written or recorded with the new interface. However, keep in mind that many existing tutorials were written for 2.49. If you're having trouble finding a button or tool that has moved, try pressing Spacebar to search for Blender functions.
For more about Blender's history, functionality, and media productions which have utilized Blender, see the Blender entry in Wikipedia.
What is this book? And what isn't it?Edit
Noob to Pro is a collection of tutorials. Following these tutorials you can go from ignorant new Blender user (noob) to proficient Blender power user (pro). Though the tutorials are not strictly linked, we recommend going through them in order. Earlier tutorials introduce skills and information you'll be expected to know in later sections.
Noob to Pro isn't a compendium or reference manual. Use it with other resources, including those in Blender's Help menu. Noob to Pro provides links to outside resources. We're part of the Blender community!
How accurate is the information in this book?Edit
Blender is still under development! Its appearance, tools, and capabilities change from time to time. For instance, Blender 2.5x alters both the graphical user interface and the Python scripting interface and may also change some keyboard shortcuts.
Most of the tutorials should work with any recent version of Blender. Blender 3D: Noob to Pro readers are encouraged to edit the WikiBook in order help to keep it up to date.
I have a question, where can I get help?Edit
Search or post questions at BlenderArtists a large, easy-to-use, English-language forum. BlenderWiki contains a large database of documentation. Find similar forums in other languages at blender.org's community page. The discussion pages there are also useful.
If your question turns out to be very common, please take a moment to see if it can be added to the book! It is best if it can be smoothly incorporated with an existing page.