Its powerful but I could not get the hang of the UI. I should spend more time with it tho. Torq said he used it a bit so maybe he can post a first time blender beginners guide tut for us noobs ? How do you create a sphere planet, texture it with a fractal terrains type image, render it with some basic lighting and then save the render result ? When I tried it - ok years ago.... - it was all custom key strokes and I lost the will to live. I hope its got more user friendly since then.