I have a lot of experience with AutoCAD but am brand new to SketchUP. I am having flashbacks to my early learning days with AutoCAD and thus, I am making a concerted effort to develop some “best practices” for overall organization before getting too carried away with the easier stuff. My experience learning AutoCAD has taught me that some of these concepts are easy to understand in retrospect but not until spending an exorbitant amount of time doing something one way only to realize later, “Aha! Now I finally realize how I should have been doing this!” Which brings me to the topic of Tags.
I have read numerous times in one way or another that… “You should be leaving the pencil icon at Untagged. All edges and faces should be created as untagged and should remain untagged.” (copy/pasted from an answer in the SU Community).
I warned that this was a noob question… Why?! I am obviously missing a core concept here.
My idea was to create a template file and label a bunch of tags ahead of time, using a nomenclature that makes sense for my workflow. That way every time I start a new project, all of my tags are already created (similar to the way my template file in AutoCAD already has my layers pre-loaded). That way, most of the things I will be drawing can just be assigned to a tag.
Examples of some of my tag name ideas:
“Exterior - Existing - Vegetation”
“Interior - New - Walls”
Interior - Demo - Fixtures"
…and so on. Everything would either be “Interior” or “Exterior”. From there, it would either be “Existing”, “New” or “Demo”. And then from there, I would start labeling things more specifically, i.e., walls, fixtures, appliances, floor structure, roof structure, etc. And this is where I am confused. My idea was to start off right away by assigning something a tag. So for instance, if I am starting a drawing by creating the plot plan, I would start with a tag called, “Exterior - Existing - Property Lines”. In my nooby way of thinking, I would choose the appropriate tag and start drawing the property lines on that tag. Or draw the property lines first and assign it to the appropriate tag. But this seems to contradict the advice that everything should be untagged.
I’m sure I am missing the point here so any clarification will be greatly appreciated!!!