As part of a massive reworking of many dimensions of many related objects, I created a supergroup of my entire drawing: “Everything”.
I then Edit/Paste(d) in place Everything, renamed it “Everything2” (or maybe I had already renamed Everything to Everything_1), and (in the Outliner, clicked on the eye) hid my previous Everything. I assumed the original Everything could be used as a ‘design alternative’ or a place from which I could retrieve entities I’d mercilessly botched up in Everything_2. Little did I know–and only after I had redone soo many entities (Groups as well as Components) that behind the scenes I was affecting those same entities in Everything. (You have no idea how ghastly, having the ghost-of-quality-assurance hounding me, is.)
I can think of good/bad programming reasons for not having created discrete entities. But, eons later, finding that this had not been done, (without at least early-on encountering a warning–“Would I like to replace entity1, entity2, etc.”, or conversely being given the option of appending a suffix to each of the new entities to ensure they would not ‘comingle’, would have saved a lot of grief.
- Would I have accomplished what I had intended (a discrete group of objects) if I had renamed each and every one of the entities in either of the Everythings?
- Is there a way of copying a group of objects from an existing (or earlier version) drawing and pasting them into place in a later version and know they will retain their interrelationships (not their relationships with the item you copied) yet exist as unique entities?