Make Your Own Tool Panels With Simple Scripting
Using Python in Blender allows us to extend Blender's functionality a lot. With Python scripting we can create custom tools, menus, panels, and much more. As programming goes, Python is also quite simple and relatively easy to learn. This makes it perfect for many of us that are artists that don't want to dive too deep into programming, but would like the ability to customize our Blender experience a bit more than we otherwise could.
In this tutorial I'll show you how to write a simple script to create a custom toolbar panel, which we can then populate with any tools we choose. The script is just 28 lines long (with whitespace for readability) and can be seen on CG Cookie via the above link.
If you're new to Python scripting in Blender I suggest you check out my other tutorials first:
Tweaking Blender's Interface with Python: http://cgcookie.com/blender/2012/09/30/blender-tweak-interface-scripting/
Creating a Custom Menu in Python:
Automating Tasks in Python: