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Rob Cameron

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#1 posted 01-30-2009 09:33 PM

Hi Dave,

Everything you brought up (except for components) are covered in the new video going up today. :)

I didn’t want to just drop all of those techniques on people in the getting started tutorial, I thought it would be too much info all at once. I don’t worry about the nitty gritty details of selecting and shortcuts just yet so people can get used to building first and how the basic tools work. The simpler techniques (triple-click to select) do work, they’re just not the most efficient way to do things. I think it’s much easier for a beginner to have something fool-proof to fall back on—“I click the icon that looks like a hand to move my view”—rather than try to remember “hold the mouse wheel and press shift” every time you want to move. And if you never show them the long way then they don’t have that fool-proof fall back and frustration sets in when they can’t remember they mouse/keyboard combo.

I see it as teaching someone to drive automatic versus a manual transmission. If you teach them automatic first then they can focus on the fundamentals of driving (staying in your lane, steering and braking, using your blinkers). Once that becomes second nature then learning how to drive stick is no big deal – your brain automatically handles all of the other stuff for you and you can focus on how to work the clutch. If you do it the other way around then your brain has what feels like 10 times as much information to absorb all at once.

Components will probably be in the next tutorial. I don’t always find them AS useful as everyone wants to believe they are, but they do have their place. Have you used the new dynamic components in 7? Now those are hot. Too bad you can only create your own with Pro. :(

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