I come from VW and AUTOCAD, and I’m not using Sketchup & Layout because they’re the preferred choice of my employer.
As I start to build final plates of my models, I’m finding that the work flow is:
- Create “Scenes” in Sketchup, with layer assignments, camera angles, etc.
- Place Viewport in Layout, and assign to Sketchup Scene.
Then, if I need to edit a viewport, OR more likely, create similar viewports with different layers, I have to go BACK to sketchup and create more scenes. My frustration is that the scene manager is clumsy at best, and doesn’t allow for scene specific layer selection, without visiting the scene. Plus, as you accrue more scenes (maybe 20-30 per project) they become very hard to manage.
Would it be possible to add a feature to Layout that lets me select which layers are visible in a viewport, directly from the viewport? It would save a LOT of time and thought in the editing process. Maybe the viewport camera angles could event be adjusted from within Layout. That’d be cool.
I’m honestly not sure why Layout is a separate program, but since it is, it would be great if it had more functionality. Maybe there’s a way to do all this that I’m just not aware of. I’ve learned that most of Sketchup’s functionality is hidden is secret keyboard shortcuts. Maybe the same is true of Layout?