I am using http://www.graphicall.org/793 2.63.17 Revision 48964. This is 64 bits and has a lot of “addons” ready inside of this rar file.
After opening blender, press Ctrl*Alt*U shortcut to get this preferences window. There are many official and community approved addons. When we click “Testing” , we will see many more addons. These are not stable but we will test them here. means WIP – work in progress…
If you want to reload the default factory file, use File*Load Factory Settings menu.
(* i am using “Modo” theme here)
I am not going to tell every settings, but I like a checked “Generate materials”. “Number of rocks: 1” is also useful and makes unique rocks. Look at the nice presets; ice, sandstone…
An asteroid is made with a few clicks!
Enable “3D View: Suicidator City Generator”. It closes uses preferences, don’t worry.
City Generator is a simple addon, it is placed in the Tools shelf (T shortcut). You can continue by clicking “BUILD CITY”…
No worries, we have lots of material libraries. Filter the addons using these words: “Material Library”.
Come to the Properties*Material and switch to “Cycles Render”… For now we will have 11 categories… Click the “arrow” sign to see the submenu.
hmm, food! (I had an error from this point.)
Let’s try something else, select your mesh and add a new material, we are still in Cycles.
We have a new material library here. Click “Categories”… If you see nothing, click “Reload”, then it should work.
Basic Metal, Organic Orange and Bloom (100 samples, CPU, Time: 1 minute)
Here we have a wood and an Alien Chrome in “Blender Render”… If this is not working try to enable one addon each time for the right rendering engine.
Let’s go in this cave, you can enable smooth and put some subsurf too. Press Shift F to fly inside!
I am leaving here for now; I think you understand the main point. Choose an Addon, find if there are any settings and use it happily!
My blender docs: http://www.scribd.com/collections/3762369/blender-docs