I have recently updated to Sketchup Pro 2019 after using Sketchup for 3 years for work.
I like the new eye diagram for the layers - that makes it a bit more intuitive as to what layers are on and what the user is literally seeing.
The function to draw/place directly into a layer previously occupied by the eye location is frustrating on two accounts, one reasonable the other less so.
First, swapping the column location for “draw in layer” and “turn on layer” (the eye) is a minor inconvenience but I’m sure I’ll get used to it in time.
Second, and to the point of this post, moving the “draw in layer” function as an unlabeled 5th column?? Really. This is the second most useful aspect of the Layers function. I can understand wanting to push the new Dashes function - whatever purpose that might serve, I haven’t experimented yet - but to shift the previous first column function to 5th place and unlabeled and after a function that seemingly has no use seems naive.
The least I could ask for here is to allow the Layers Tray to be customized, such as being able to change the size of every column (Dashes does not allow this). Also being able to change the order of these tabs, perhaps after the eye and the name because those are likely to be everyone’s first two columns of choice anyways.
This seems to be a hard line on pushing Dashes at the cost of confusion and limiting the drawing space by putting the oft-used “draw in layer” function right next to a scrolling bar.
Which do the designers really think will be used more often and should be more accessible, Dashes or “draw in layer”?
EDIT: For clarity this is specifically for drawing numerous Labels on geometry.
Summary: Layer0 always for geometry. Less of a hard rule for Labels.
I’d like to see the Layer Tray columns be moveable in and be able to size all columns.