Sketchup 2017 destroyed my favorite tool. I’ve asked it before but I’ll ask it again as the request is probably lost in oblivion.
The current rotated rectangle state isn’t good to go:
- You can easilly draw a rectangle with 3 clicks which is fine, as before. For the third click to be accurate though, you need to have geometry in the model already. So either you happen to have it, which is rare or you need to use other tool like the line or tape measure for reference which is an extra step;
- The extra step above was, prior to 2017 avoidable in 90% of the cases. You’d draw the line with two clicks and then you’d point into direction of the plane and simply typed in a distance. It was visual, intuitive, a nice use of the inference system and thus perfect. It was the perfect way to draw accurate rectangles but you changed it.
- Now, in 2017 version, you have to draw the line with two clicks and you can use the inference system to point in the right direction, but when you type the distance it doesn’t work. Sketchup still asks you to define an angle first. This is counter intuitive at best…
I understand that this is meant for us to find a second plane that forms an angle from the plane we were infering to. I’m sure that if I needed to do it I would fail at first try and would input a wrong angle or would have to change positive for negative values. If I needed to do that, I’d definetelly use auxiliary geometry like guidelines or other geometry.
Just like before… Visual, intuitive, fast and a single click or value input.
However I never needed to do that anytime in my life. What I need to permanently do is use the inference system to find my plane and click or input a distance. Nothing more.
Right now I have to first input a 0º angle and a distance. Why does the 0º input angle imposes itself uselessly on 99,9% of the times, in my case 100%.
IF you want to allow for the user to input the angle in the command, why not allow the following:
- Draw the line with two clicks;
- Point to the plane and:
A) Input distance and hit enter and the rectangle is done 99,9% of the times;
B) Input distance and angle and hit enter and the rectangle is done with the correct angle from the infered plane 0,1% of the times.
Wouldn’t everyone’s needs be covered in this case? Or am I the only one that likes to point and click at things as with every other sketchup tool?
I love sketchup because I can think visually and never miss, and not mathmatically and always miss.
Please consider this and revert to the best tool we had.