Seems to me that one might accumulate a lot of presets with only minor differences. Although I’m just a DIYer and will never need more than 1 or two for my purpose, I can see it becoming a very long list for professionals. I’m guessing that, were I a professional, I’d become frustrated finding the specific wall I wanted.
I envision a “preset selector” that, when invoked, has a list of presets already used in the model, and the ability to select a different stored preset (or create a new preset.) But instead of a long list of stored presets, a “quick selector” something like (click the arrows - I’m trying to mock up drop down lists using Discourse formatting tools!):
- 2x4 Single Row
- 2x6 Single Row
- 2 rows 2x4 Staggered
- Rock Wool
And perhaps a few more drop downs for common variations such as Wall Type, Corner Treatment, Interior Membrane, Sheathing, Exterior Membrane - but not too many!
Once a preset is selected or created, pop up the full options window, with options filled in from saved preset library, or with defaults for new presets. Bottom of options window has “save to library”, “Use”, and “Abandon” buttons. If anything except “Abandon” is pressed, the preset is also saved to the “In Model” list - if it isn’t there already!
I’m guessing most pros have perhaps 5-10 basic wall types they use all the time, not counting variations exterior to the membrane over the shear panel or the interior finish, both of which often vary widely. Rather than store every wall assembly you’ve every used in the “Preset Library”, store just the basic assembly for your frequently used walls and customize as needed for each model.
Of course, since I’m not a pro, I could be completely wrong on this!