We can say that blender2.8 at the level of tools and utilities is certainly a huge improvement … but at the level of usability? What exactly have been the improvements for old users?
- Column aligned to the right? It is widely criticized and has been asked by hundreds of people to change because it’s really hard to find something now.
- Remove T-shelf? Very few people asked for this and very few people liked the change. And yet most of the community has to see the problems caused by this completely unnecessary paradigm shift.
- Menus in the viewport? quite inferior to T-shelf. It reminds me of the menus of programs like Office, that people avoid to use.
- Icons? They are more beautiful, yes, but it is well known that it costs a lot to change tab now, because it has eliminated the color and nuances that allow you to differentiate the icons. Nice but not very useful.
- statusbar? we all know that the first thing we will do in blender2.8 when the final is to hide or ignore it. We pray that the statistics end in the viewport.
- Topbar? The intentions were very good and is good for newbies, for others, except for sculpture or painting, is only a nuisance due to how it has been implemented in a fixed way without being able to place the user.
- Pie-menus? They were before and were the demon according to some developers, now the user is forced to use them.
- Toolbar? is no longer accessible by default, accepting that it is really useless.
- Context menu? Good idea for people who want it, but why is it mandatory if you want to use the left click?
What are the real improvements in usability?
- Left click of the mouse and some parts of the keymap (which was widely criticized)
- New Popovers. They are an improvement, but do not add much, just organize otherwise how to access the options.
- Active Tools, that everyone was delighted with them, before their implementation meant eliminating T-shelf.
Seriously, someone tell me what has improved blender usability because of those changes? Clearly it has improved a lot since the arrival of the left click, but the rest of the changes? I don’t see any real improvements either for new or old users.
I don’t know, maybe there is a master plan in the background where you can see the improvement that all this will bring us. For now I only see limited good ideas that there were before, and the main requests of users for years ignored (pineable windows, stackable editors, change some controls difficult to understand as the lists, …)