Thank you denisroy, and everybody else too for your input and explanations.
Forgive me for saying this, I’ll explain in a second…
In my opinion, SketchUp is just a cheap “knock-off” of the real thing, that being either Auto-Cad or Maya… you choose.
Now with that said, and pissing off half (if not the entire) SU community, let me explain. I learned Adobe Photoshop in college, three or so years of it. I was taught that Adobe Creative Suite was the bench mark of design software in the industry. I started learning Maya at the same time. Again, I was taught that Maya was the “leading” 3D software in the industry (modeling, film, animation etc… ). I grew accustomed to certain tools to have certain functions and was taught the reasoning for such functions and their advantages.
Bare with me now… please
SketchUp seems to have some of these tools and functions, but looks are evidently deceiving.
“Cheap” - an example of this is the fact that while I am typing this reply and double clicked on the words taught and leading and choosing the B icon above to “bold” those words the function didn’t work properly. Neither did the Italics function. Yes, I know that you look at those words and they look fine… now. But what you do not realize is that I had to remove the asterisks and input them manually to get the intended effect. Before I did so, every word following the intended bold word was bold as well. A glitch in the forum’s code I guess, but I figured it out easily enough and did a “work-around” to get the words that I wanted to appear in bold and italics to appear so.
Now I am no longer in school and can no longer afford those (over priced) software programs, although I do still retain my Adobe CS5 Collection that I paid cash for. So, here I am learning SketchUp for personal use.
Is it a knock-off ? Sure it is, but I fully realize that Google has created this program as well as many others for the rest of the world that can not afford expensive software programs, myself included.
I am all for Open Source software. It’s a great concept for the community as well as the world in general.
Do I get aggravated at the glitches in programs like this ? Yes.
Am I thankful to have the program and be learning it…? Absolutely !
With all that said, my only question is this; why can’t a layers function isolate the other objects from one another like in most, if not all the other programs ? It seems like a total waste of good programming time to design it and all it does is act as a color coded representation of a group of parts. Even in the 3DW layers plugin there is a “Lock” radio button on each layer level, but it doesn’t lock anything. I select the lock layer function and go to my work piece to test it and nothing is locked. I can manipulate it as if it were never locked at all. So why is it there ? My only guess is so that it “looks” like the more expensive programs. This is a total waste of good programming.
I accept @slbaumgartner’s explanation for that one though.
I’ve been experiencing other issues as well, but I won’t go into it here…
I accept that I just have to suck it up and learn how to deal with it.
So please bare with me folks, I sincerely appreciate all your help and I am sure that eventually I will be able to contribute to the benefit of others learning as well.
As an after thought, SketchUp is quite a program… I am looking forward to working with it, and I hope that everyone will tolerate me. I promise that I’ll do my very best to be on my best behavior.