How to improve SketchUp? A complete rebuild of the Mac version, to make it have, oh, maybe just a little similarity to the PC version. No one could have coded things so that the UI is the same across both platforms? Really? How hard would it have been to put all the tools in the same place in both builds? Why scatter and hide them on the Mac?
I teach a university Architecture course and the students model using SketchUp. I demonstrate the software using Pro 2015 on my Windows8 laptop (I have never used a Mac in my life). To my utter disappointment, nearly every student brings a Mac to class. I can’t force them to buy a Windows setup. My demonstrations are useless, my time is wasted, and my students’ respect for me diminishes, when they ask me why they can’t find any of the tools I showed them in my demonstrations, and I have no F’ing clue where they are hidden on their screen.
One example (of many) : the LAYERS pane. I need to have my students create, rename, and toggle layer visibility on and off as part of their assignments. I tell them to open the LAYERS tool, a feature I find on my windows version in the VIEW>TOOLBARS list where it belongs. On a Mac? Nowhere to be found. My poor students have to go to EDIT>CUSTOMIZE and drag the layer window to their ribbon. And then? That’s just a list of the layers… there is no intuitive way to toggle them on/off, or add/delete/rename them. What gives???
There is a shamefully poor resource of Mac tutorial videos on the internet. I spent all evening searching for something I could tell my students to use to help them learn on their Macs. Nearly every video I’ve seen demonstrates the Windows version only. Hell, there is one Mac demonstration literally narrated by a CHILD.
This forum appears to be no help. It would be awesome to have a Search field on this site to navigate to posts that deal with a specific needed issue (in my case “MAC+LAYERS”). That way, in the rare event that there is a solution to my question, I don’t have to sift through hundreds of posts to find it.