I have been a long time user since the days of @last…way back. Since the beginning of SketchUp time we have been instructed to draw all geometry on Layer 0 (Zero). With the introduction of “Dashed Lines” it appears that keeping geometry on a single layer has now changed. The reasons given to utilize the Zero layer for geometry was the system could become unstable as new geometry burdened layers were introduced into a model.
I have stuck with the Zero layer principle and have setup my work flow to include hundreds of Groups, Components and Scenes to organize my complex model projects. Take for instance a kitchen with 50 cabinets. All the line geometry is placed on LZ (Layer Zero) with each individual cabinet group/component residing on the Cabinets layer, Cabinet Doors and Drawers on their respective layers , Counter Tops grouped on the Counter Tops Layer and so on… The kitchen layers are associated with the Kitchen Scene as well as a Scene for each Cabinet where I can provide shop drawings in layout with the respective views of each cabinet, drawers and doors.
By assigning specific layers to contain varied dashed geometry has now created an issue with the stability of system. This may work nice for a foundation footing as I always had to export the solid lines to Layout and change them to dashed which is time consuming when the model changes. Ok…so that makes one thing better. But now how about a roof…where I want to see a second floor plan view in layout with solid lines and the roof beyond the second level walls to be dashed. This would work also as my section cut would hide all the dashed geometry above the cut. However, now I have three layers with line geometry on them. We are going to have to re-think how we construct the model based on layers in order to present the model in Layout.
What do the software engineer folks and for that matter long time users recommend as a new work flow with this newly changed system?
Any and all input would be greatly appreciated as this new layer/model structure changes the core construction of all new models. This will take some time in structuring a new work flow and graphic presentation.