I think that is a great option.
Maybe what we would also need is that we can choose if Skalp hides a specific group using Hidden Geometry or a Layer. By default Skalp would use the current method, which I agree it’s the best. But if a user would choose the hide by Layer (maybe an advanced hidden option) Skalp would assume that would be because the user would want to micromanage which scenes would have that layer will visible.
The Layer method is nice as an option, because hidding Skalp groups using Layers would allow the user to avoid the missing PID if the section group would be rebuilt from scratch, as this would affect hidden object’s visibility stored in scenes.
Until now I’ve been using SectionCutFace, manual hatching and drawing my details on top of it. This would allow me to have much simpler models and only detail sections. I liked how I could use a Single Section Cut Face in combination with a lot of different scenes to create several different representations of a section just by changing styles (I could make hide edges and leave profiles on to have only the section outline, I could hide hatches by removing textures from the style, I could use front face color and shade it diferently…). There’s a lot of flexibility in allowing the user to manage Sections per scene.
I was expecting to use Skalp the same way though with all it’s wonderful automatic feature set. I also expected that after a certain level of detail I would be able to turn off Skalp auto refresh geometry, and be able to draw on the section cut group myself for added detail like waterproofing membranes, bolts, window frame detailing, roofing and joints details, etc…
Of course I can still do that now, but I have to force it a bit, by copying geometry from a locked/hidden group, into a new group managed by me, where I could further detail the section into a construction drawing like this:
The above section is always from the same Section Cut Face and a very simple model that only features exterior and interior wall faces and no building layer like multilayered walls or slabs.
I’m still getting used to Skalp, and though I think I’ve bumped into some things that, at least for now I cannot do, I’m already a fan.
I will get some time, after finishing this project, to try to fully explain what I’m missing, hoping that it will give you some ideas for further development, as I think those would allow Skalp to be even more powerful and would allow most of us to avoid drafting in CAD altogether.
In a quick summary I think these would be:
- Allow Layers for controlling section group visibility, as an advanced mode;
- Allow us to break auto section refresh for a certain Section as an advanced option (this might be possible already, I have to investigate). With this option Skalp would allow us to draw on those sections without risk of refreshing the sections and loose our manual drawing;
- Have an option that would allow for a manual forced refresh which of course would make Skalp recalculate that section and we would loose our manual editions;
Thank you for all your work with Skalp, it’s truly a great plugin!