I do not know as I can agree with this. It is more common for sages to use the term “context”, (as in editing context.)
Collection, is used throughout SketchUp documentation, both User Guide and technical API documentation.
The word “collection”, comes from the underlying C++ programming language, and is a collection of object references (implemented as
hashes, [and possibly other named collection types as well.])
SketchUp has standard collections of all kinds. The major kinds of SketchUp collections:
- Selection Set
- Scenes (Pages)
- Toolbars (and UI Commands)
There also some subordinate collections that are unseen by the end-user, and only used “under the covers”, ie Loops, Vertex arrays, etc.
In addition, there are user created “custom local” collections (on local storage) of various kinds, materials and components being those that users create most often.
So, when a person (in a forum response) refers to groups and components as having collections of geometry, it is because they actually are related, both having a component definition, which actually do have an
So Steve, we are not “coining” a slang term here (when we use the word “collection”,) we are actually using precise language used by the SketchUp User Guide, and the Help Center, where a search on “collection” results in 5 pages of hits:
Most Mac users will be familiar with the word “collection”, where it is often used in Apple documentation as this term is also used in Objective-C (Apple’s OOP language similar to C++,) and then also makes it’s way into OSX desktop and iOS applications.