Examples of Interface Element Types

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Widgets Strip

Blender 2.5 2.63 User Interface

Blender 2.5

User

Interface

Blender is a powerful and free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems. Examples of what Blender is capable of can be seen in movies such as Sintel, Big Buck Bunny, and Elephants Dream. See the extensive list of features.

Blender’s user interface improved dramatically with 2.5. See the User Interface section of the Release Notes for a summary of the changes, especially the Updated GUI section. It is now clean, clear, flexible, well organized, and easy to navigate. Color is used minimally, only where necessary.

Many other aspects of Blender have improved, such as the internal architecture, modeling, the animation system, physics handling, and rendering. This site focuses purely on the user interface component.

This site shows every user interface element for every editor, the menus, widgets, tools, properties, the values for every drop-down list, and notes where it is not obvious how elements relate to each other. It also shows elements common to all editors, which are the context menus available on right-click on every element (and the spaces between). No extensive description of elements is given - to understand how to effectively use them all, consult the myriad online tutorials. Changes in later versions are included where known.

Being a complete redesign, there are unsurprisingly one or two places in the interface that could be tweaked to be even better. I have highlighted those that I noticed. See Suggestions and Widget Colors.

Menu

Confirmation Dialog

Drop-down List

Off

On

On/Off Widget

Off

On

Widget with drop-down

Tool

Text Radio Button

Icon Radio Button

Fractional Value Property

Floating Value Property

Integer Value Property

Checkbox

Color Picker