Better Scene Management

We need to move faster between an ever growing list of scenes that serve too many purposes: details, overall plans, sections, renders, CAD overlays, boundary lines,…

We need:

  • Folders for scene manager
  • A way to choose which scenes are shown in the scenes tab (we can exclude scenes from animation, we should be able to exclude them from scenes tab too)
  • Keyboard shortcuts to access a number of favorite scenes.
  • There should also be ways of moving a lot of scenes up and down, instead of having to move just one through the whole scene list. Copy paste scenes around or dragging them, instead of hitting the arrow up and down…?
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Would also be nice to have a |< First/Last >| button next to the current < L & R > arrows that I despise having to hold down to scroll through numerous tabs to First or Last tab.

Charlie

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There should also be ways of moving a lot of scenes up and down, instead of having to move just one through the whole scene list. Copy paste scenes around or dragging them, instead of hitting the arrow up and down…?

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Of course, this is something that has been repeatedly requested over many years. So best of luck trying again.

@Charlie_v

A scene search feature has been added in 2022 Pro.

Click the magnifying glass and your scenes appear in a drop-down list. Just click where you want to go. If nothing else it eliminates holding down the dreaded < > buttons. I usually don’t have so many scenes that I need the search function, but I do find the dropdown to be a big improvement over < >.

Have you tried Curic’s Scene Manager?

I have tried it, but I find that saving singular scene properties, like camera or active section, while keeping all other properties, is much faster with the standard Sketchup scene manager. The things that are nice with Curic’s is the folders and the nice looking tags for separating folders into plan, section, elevation, detail, and so on, but all around, management is still easier with the native scene manager.

I have asked in the past that this 2022 scene manager would be integrated in the Scenes panel too. I don’t use the scene’s toolbar as I have too many scenes in a model and I don’t like to have to type to filter out scenes, as I have to cycle through some scenes with very different naming conventions. (I might think of it again though… I’m thinking of a couple of ideas for working around this filtering limitation). So thanks for reminding me of this feature.

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The new feature is helpful with the issue of having to hold down the < > buttons at the end of the Scene Tabs toolbar, that’s about it. I thought that’s what you were talking about. If you don’t keep the Scene Tabs visible, it’s not helpful at all.

I agree that Scene management as it currently exists in SU could be improved significantly.

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With Curic Scene Manager, you can:

  1. Create group for scenes (folder)
  2. Drag scenes (multi) then Reorder Positon in Scene Tab
  3. Description for scene easier, help a lot with LayOut 2022 Autotext new feature.
  4. Copy properties (Camera, style, tags…) from scene to scenes in same file or to another file.

Even Curic embeded a text editor inside Description edit area for no reason. :smiley:

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I probably should give it another spin.

When you want to simply update the camera of a scene, how do you do it?
And what about multiple scenes?

Because in sketchup scene manager doing that is very easy, you just choose multiple scenes and toggle the camera property off and on again. I don’t remember how it was done with Curic’s but it was harder.

This is important for scene properties like:

  • Camera;
  • Style;
  • Shadows;
  • Tags;
  • Active Sections…
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You just make right click on a scene, follow step 1, 2 and there you go!!! You could copy between files, too.


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You sold it to me. Trimble should allow developers to dock their plugin UI, just as it’s possible with native panels.

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Thanks for the info on this. Looks like a good tool to have.