Hey, someone added only a hundred lines of coding onto the latest Linux kernel and made it three times faster than it originally was! Little by little is all we need. A feature a day makes life easier, but we’ll get to it eventually.
I’m done with the mock up.
Okay, here’s the thing: the biggest problem with most productive softwares like Maya and GIMP, no matter how powerful, is that all the features are lying in in front of our face giving us very little workspace to work on. In short: the tools take up screen. Also, floating panels are too much of a distraction when working on art. Blender 2.5 was able to counter this with having shortcuts to switch between views, adjusting and customizing the workspace, and giving us a minimalistic environment to work on so we can work fast and focus on the details. A simple method of hiding unwanted docked-panels and calling them in at the click of a button makes life hella easier.
This mockup mostly focuses on the design rather an much UI changes (90% of the buttons stay where they are currently). The Toolbox is combined with the Canvas and is shortened to give more room for work. The Interpolation dropdown menu is on the canvas layer itself. Almost every tab/panel can be rearranged in the sidebar, just like in GIMP, and can be easily hidden by clicking “Hide Side-Panels”, similar to that in Photoshop and Flash CS4.
The Layers panel now has a button “Lock Layer”. Besides the Interpolation dropdown menu there’s another dropdown for selecting what Canvas you’re working. At the bottom of the Canvas there’s another button called “Show Parameters” which will, as it says, bring up the Parameters box which also contains Keyframes, Metadata, Nodes, etc. and can be hidden yet again.
Anywhos, the design mostly focuses on the software’s simplicity, minimalistic interface and just “looking fantastic”. XD The reason being I have a very small monitor screen. -.-"
What’s not in the mock up:
- The Default Blending Mode thingy. I just didn’t know where to place it. =\ Was thinking it should be in the Tool Options or above the Layers itself.
- A quick Preview/Render button.