For producing design drawings, I use a variation of “Sonder’s process” involving multiple LayOut documents connected to 1 sketchup file.
The documents might be:
- Site Plans
- Cross sections
- Building elevations
- Shadow studies
Each document has a handful of pages (sheets), maybe up to 20.
When the SketchUp file is large (600mb+) and the LayOut documents are complex (hybrid, or sections, or dimensions) it takes approx 30-45mins to update or re-render each document (even longer if its hybrid).
Most of my day producing drawings seems to be watching LayOut loading (ie hours of waiting). I have a very fast PC and all files are saved locally.
How can we make it so that I can load 1 document in LayOut, and, while it’s rendering, I can be working on other documents? (I notice only 1 cpu core is fully active during rendering operations)
Is there a way to launch multiple instances of LayOut ?