A feature that i think would be really handy would be to add custom sorting of tag names for Sketchup For Web.
One problem that i often face is wanting to sort the tags themselves or the their folders in my own custom order. The only way to achieve this is to add a number to each tag or folder.
For instance, lets say i have four components to a house frame. They are bottom plate, stud, top plate, and cap plate. From bottom to top they go in that order. If i want them to be ordered that way in tags i would have to name each tag with the following names.
00 - bottom plate
01 - stud
02 - top plate
03 - cap plate
This works but requires work. Furthermore, if i want to add something before the bottom plate then i have to change the numbers to all of them. For a major project involving many tags and folders this becomes tedious and frustrating. It also takes up more screen space since the names become longer.
So the solution that i propose is to have tags custom arranged like scenes. In scenes you can drag and drop each scene to different ordering and it remains that way. So why not the same feature for tags. All it requires is adding custom sorting as an option and have sketchup remember the order. Then the user can switch between custom, a to z, z to a, or by visibility in the overflow menu in the tags panel.
I don’t know what your talking about. The only way to sort tags and tag folders in a specific custom order is through numbering. I’m already doing that for both tags and folder tags. But its bothersome to work this way as opposed to the solution i proposed above.
I use numbering for both folders tags and the tags themselves. I have something more on the lines of the following:
00 - Foundation
01 - Insulation
02 - Framing
Within framing i have:
00 - Bottom Plate
01 - Stud
02 - Top Plate
03 - Cap Plate
These are just a short list of what i have. I actually have many more. I also expect there to be many more as i develop the project. For this reason it would really make it nicer if i can custom order the folders and tags.
Of course im all ears if ordering the parts to a house could be done in a better way. At present im ordering them from the perspective of building the house from the ground up. Sort of like the construction steps.
The truth is even with custom ordering of tags, i think the ultimate way to check tags on and off is to save them as scenes and work with the scenes instead. Of course it would still be nice to have custom ordering of tags.
So if you have A0 and B0 and you want to add something in between and don’t feel like changing all the names then you just add A1. With 00 01 02 if i want to add something in between 00 and 01 i would have to do 001 which lengthens the name which in turn is undesirable.
Nonetheless, it would be so much easier with custom sorting. I really hope a developer sees this thread and realizes the benefits.
Even before tag folders, I’ve used special characters to sort them into neighborhoods, but that may be too clever and cryptic for others. Just using numbers is probably more transparent. There are a few official numbering systems like the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) system if that suits your model organization. I do use it to organize my component library folder on disk.