To the sketchup team:
This has always been somewhat of a bug in my mind:
When you are in ortho view, You see the top 4 handles of the ‘scaling box’ and in my mind, there is absolutely no use whatsoever if they continue behaving as they do in 3D view.
I would find it much more sensible, when in ortho view, to only have active the handles that are on the plane parallel to your view. that way you could perform 2D scaling.
In the example above, I have a deck and I want to scale the planks to coincide with the edge of the base frame.
but when I hover over the right handle, the diagonal scaling is activated (which makes sense when you know that you are seeing the top side of the ‘scale box’ but is not useful at all.
If instead, only the middle plane handles were active, I could perform that operation without having to change views.
(Honestly, has anyone ever performed scaling in ortho view with the current configuration?)
EDIT: when I say ‘ortho’ view, I think it’s obvious that I’m only talking about the 6 standard views (top-bottom,left-right, front-back) and that the active handles should be the ones on the plane parallel to that view.