Tuesday, 17 April 2012

How to Blender-boot quick tips

This tutorial will just be a few quick useful tips.

Tip 1 Auto hide the panel 
If you like your panel to auto hide then right click on the panel choose panel, panel preference then click the box next to "Automatically show and hide the panel"

Tip 2 check for additional drivers
Its always a good idea to check for additional drivers when you first use Blender-boot even though almost all the time everything will work with no hassle. To check for additional drivers open the menu and under settings there is an entry called Additional Drivers. This application will scan your system looking for hardware that may need drivers that were not included in the Blender-boot install. Almost always there will be a graphics driver, my suggestion is to try it out and see how it runs on your system for some people they work great but a lot of people have trouble with them. If the drivers don't work out you can disable them using the same application.

Tip 4 Try learning to work with multiple workspaces.
Blender-boot is set up with two workspaces, you can change between them using the applet on the panel or by going to your desktop and scrolling the mouse wheel. Its a great way to spread out your work and keep workspaces tidy, for instance you can have Blender open in one workspace and Gimp in another. If you right click on the panel applet you can access the workspace settings dialogue (also found under settings in the menu) you will see that you can increase or decrease the number of workspaces you would like to use.
For quick workspace navigation you can use the ctrl alt and number pad keys. Workspace 1 would be ctrl+alt+1 workspace 2 would be ctrl+alt+2 etc

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