Because my experience is not great, these might be things that are old hat and addressed or resolved already; but they are new to me and I didn’t have the search ‘fu’ to find the answers.
First, just about every time I save a file - using either Save or SaveAs - when I next try to open the file to edit it, I get a message asking me if I want to open it in Read-Only mode because another app is using the file. I am quite certain that another app is not using the file because the only app that I have that uses .skp files is SketchUp. I work around it by saving the file under a different name which leaves it open for further editing, but it is creating a lot of dross in my folders.
Is this a known problem? Is there a fix instead of my workaround?
Second, I find I’m wearing myself out with mouse movements and mouse clicks. There has GOT to be a better way. In going through tutorials I remember being advised to always return to the Select Tool and click it before clicking on another tool. Having used SU for a while now, I understand why this advice was given. Almost every time I try to go directly from the Eraser Tool to the Orbit Tool (and others) I find that after clicking on the new tool, there is not selection of that tool - I’m still using the Eraser. This results in frequent unintentional erasures with the necessary move to the Menu bar to choose Edit, Undo Erase. It’s maddening. Even trying to remember and train my reflexes to return to the Select Tool and click it before choosing another tool can be maddening because of the mouse travel.
If this is a known problem and there is a fix or workaround that I don’t know about, please rub my nose in it and send me on my way. If not, I’d like to float an idea and see what you folks think. I’m posting a screenshot here . . .
As you can see this is the Large Toolset sidebar. I included the bit to the right because what I propose is to make this entire strip, from top to bottom, have the effect that the Select Tool does in releasing the last tool chosen. It would be quite easy to move slightly to the right (assuming you keep the toolbar at the left of your screen) click on that ‘free the mouse’ pad then move to the next tool. In fact, the strip could be made to float to the left, right, top or bottom to be opposite the nearest screen edge. This would accommodate the work habits and preferences of those who choose different place to park the large tools toolbar.
What do you think of the idea? I would made it a suggestion for future releases if there is enough interest. Of course, if I’m flogging a dead mule, take my whip and use it on me and chase me down the road.