I have a few simple improvements for the humble (but very critical) Scale Tool:
We can use Arrow keys to force the Move and Rotate tools to align with an axis, but why not the Scale tool?
This would help a lot when scaling long slim objects (like pieces of timber), where grabbing the narrow end to scale along the “long” axis is not always easy (especially if that piece is obscured).
Why can’t the grip handles be visible when have an object selected, and the scale tool active? (as if they are in X-Ray mode) This would greatly simplify the grabbing of handles that are obscured by faces.
- When scaling, we can enter a scale factor…but why can we not Scale to a specific dimension?
At present, if we want something to be a precise dimension, it’s necessary to create a guide or edge to a required length and then snap the object being scaled onto that, and then delete the edge/guide…not the most natural workflow.
I also think a precise scale function will reduce some common modelling errors with snapping and scaling (eg when you snap to something in the model, assuming it is an accurate length but it turns out to be 1% off. This happens especially when using a coarse display precision & in metres)