SU2016 'Layers' Features Request


#1

I have two feature requests for SU2016. When using layers, I would like to see the following 2 improvements:

  1. To be able to sort layers in the Layers window (as we can with Scenes in the Scenes window). I prefer mine to match the drop down list in the Entity Info window.
  2. To be able to choose a default setting when new Layers are added that they can be either added “selected” (checked) or added “un-selected” (un-checked).

As an example of the problem I run into: when a model has progressed a fair amount and there are many layers and scenes in the model, when I next add a new layer (that comes selected) all previous saved scenes now have the new layer saved as selected. Yet, I may not want that layer in that scene, and I now have to go back and manually un-select that layer for each particular scene.

Thanks for your review and comments.


#2
  1. ‘Entity’ Info sorts layers by name. So does the ‘Layers’ when you click on ‘Name’ above the list of layers.

#3
  1. SketchUp always adds layers visible in existing scenes that have layers saved on.
    The workaround is a script ‘Add_hidden_layer’, written by Jim Foltz if I’m not mistaken.

So you add visible layers by SketchUp’s native method.
And invisible Layers by using mentioned plugin.

The 2) is a +1 request IMO. One should have the option in native SketchUp’s environment.


#4

It’s (now?) called Add Layer: http://sketchucation.com/pluginstore?pln=jf_add_layer


#5

Actually, scene pages keep track of hidden layers, not visible layers.

There was also a plugin called VisMap that displayed a crosstab table between pages and layers.


#6

I use VisMap for that purpose as well. But I also feel that they should have a hidden layer add button or option somewhere. +1 as well for 2)


  1. I think you need to develop a way to organize in layer naming convention.
    This is what I see in other people’s model:

structure A
window
ppl
opt B
tree
plants

What people should do when if they want their layers “organized”

  1. Structure
  2. Window
  3. People
  4. Plants
  5. Option B

Of course, you don’t need to follow numbering order or capitalization.
But this type of naming is typical for any CAD softwares, but I have never seen anyone else develop this type of “Standards”

at least this way, you keep your entity info drop down and layer all organized the same.


#7

To All,
Thank you for your helpful insights and comments. Greatly appreciated.
Here is an example of how I organize my element (horizontal organization) layers:

I also organize my building areas (vertical organization) with a “V” series.
(eg V1; South Wing, V2; Cabana, V3; Lobby & etc.)