Can no longer create new tags from Entity Info in 2021.1 on Mac

Previous to upgrading to version 2021.1, when I selected an object I could start typing a tag name in the Entity Info window, and if the tag did not already exist, hitting enter would create the tag and assign it to the selected object.

After updating to 2021.1, it appears this functionality no longer works the same, and tags must be created via the tags window first, and then assigned in the Entity Info window. Selecting an object, typing in a new tag name in Entity Info, and hitting enter just deletes whatever name was typed in and no new tag is created/applied. This is a lot less efficient, is this a bug or intended behavior?

Intended behavior.

That is unfortunate, as it has now forced a less-efficient and more frustrating workflow.

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But it’s consistent across all the platforms now which has been a huge request of users for a long time. It should also help to prevent incorrect tag usage.

You may know that Aaron has made videos where he shows off how neat that was on Mac. A lot of us at SketchUp use MacBook Pro, and are already missing the feature.

But, some number of people were frequently accidentally renaming tags, and would not notice that happening at the time. Hence the change to make it work like it does on Windows.

Don’t worry though, we’re working on a way to make it easy to assign objects to a new tag, and will do that in a way that can work cross platform. I can’t tell you a date for when that will happen (if it happens at all), but I’m hoping that nearer the time @kathy_davies will reach out to people to run the idea by them.

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Having not ever used SU on Windows I did not know there was a difference. Glad to hear something comparable is on the horizon. Thanks for the info.


Thanks for the shoutout @colin - yes, we do have a solution in the mix and I will be looking for customers to run concepts by before we dive off into a given design direction. If you’re on this thread - expect a ping! :slight_smile:

I like the way Freshdesk searches for existing tags or create new on the fly.

This little loss is such a bummer, please oh please bring this ability back. I don’t see how this “solves” any incorrect tag usage, users are still allowed to change the active tag which is much more at the root of that problem. Nor do I see the value in achieving cross platform UI consistency by removing extra features that are only available on one platform. Why pursue consistency via the lowest common denominator?

Apologies if I seem heated, this is a big loss of efficiency for me. I am very accustomed using this workflow. Making a component, give it a name and then in entity info one can simply copy paste that name from one field to the next to make a well organized file with components and tags all uniformly named in which the outliner and the tags structure all have common titles. Having to now go to the tags window, retype, then return to the entity info to reassign is many more steps.

If you are considering replacements, please make it do this, just as efficiently.



I haven’t fully tested this but if it eliminates the annoying problem you had when you thought you had named a tag, then went to use a shortcut, and then found you had a tag named “w” (say) by mistake, then it gets my vote. I have a feeling it was more of a Mac problem, but I still found it super annoying.

It was simple enough to click once outside the field to avoid this. Plus, if you experienced this accidental shortcut naming of a tag it just indicates that you were using entity info to create new tags in the first place. That is the feature that has been removed. All that was needed was a quick fix to change curser focus out of the input field after pressing return, instead the solution is to remove the feature entirely.