Following our first full month of transitioning to the new 3D Warehouse, we have received some great feedback from you and have made some progress with addressing the bugs and feature requests we have received. As we wrap up the month of August, we wanted to run down some of issues we have addressed or are addressing currently. Please let us know how we’ve done and what else we might consider to improve 3D Warehouse in the future.
Here’s the list:
Bring back “Relevancy” search filter - It is back on the sort menu. That being said, we have also discovered an issue with the heuristic approach we had implemented and are updating that shortly. Stay tuned for an update there.
Related models & collections - We heard your requests and the work to restore it is currently in progress. We should have it back by the second week of September.
Tags not Layers - Someone had caught the fact that we failed to update the model details pages to update the word “Layers” to be “Tags” so that it matches the change in SketchUp.
Keep the 3D Warehouse window open in SketchUp - Research is currently being conducted on the best way to allow your browsing session to remember where it was when downloading models inside of SketchUp. This was a pretty common request and it is something we plan to address in September.
Keep Filters open - We are still looking at possibly solutions here. Yes, there is the “just don’t close it” solution, but that may not meet most people’s needs. Right now we are testing shortcut keys in 3D Warehouse. If you are not in a text entry box and hit the letter “f”, the filter box should slide out. Let us know if this is useful and if we should add more.
Maintaining the selected language - Currently in testing, this should help with retaining your preferred language selection when navigating between 3D Warehouse search and the User Content Manager sides of the platform.
“Something doesn’t look right” errors - These were showing up in the preview window for some models. Our system was registering errors unnecessarily. The fix here is currently in testing and should correct this issue.
Changing sort breaks the search - This bug was reported by a few users, and is expected to be fixed by mid September.
Images with file extensions in capital letters - It was reported that in SketchUp, doing an image search where the extension contained capital letters like .JPG or .Jpg or .PNG would be rejected with “The File Format is not allowed”. Fixing this in September. The work around is to rename the extension to all lower case like .jpg.
There are more items in the design and feedback phase, but it’s a bit too early to get into it right now. Watch out for the September wrap up when we’ll have more to share. If you have more requests or find more bugs please let us know here and we’ll work to get it done.
Right now, we can filter by one or the other, but then the results are all over the place, and it can be hard to find actually lowpoly models. Sorting by polycount (or weight) could help.
quoting myself, searching for Guz in relevance will give me models by a guy named Guz (italian professor). However, searching by author’s name will give me… completely different results. and by file name will bring back another Guz in the early results.
Excellent! Thanks again. UI/UX is in the middle of some design considerations for what you are talking about with relation to polygon count. Their is a huge opportunity for us to make searching and filters much more personalized, faster and intuitive. I’d love to schedule a call in late September for UI/UX to review some designs with you and get your feedback, if you are willing and have the time!
yeah, it was working, I was doing searches in french, then I just realised that my screenshots are in english. at some point, the warehouse decided to take a break.
that was already the case in the previous one. during classes, I would open / close it a lot, and at times it would just switch to english without asking. So not a fix, but a return to the former broken state
@TheGuz How is it going with this list of 3D warehouse improvements? It’s been a minute since the revamp and unfortunately navigating is still a frustrating experience. Is it safe to assume things like: not loosing search history with every download, not retuning to the top of the previous page when using the back button, allowing us to open in the “Models” tab instead of the often useless “Products” tab by default if we choose are all unlikely to happen now? I was so hopeful after all the feedback with the new launch, but it feels like nothing has changed at all. Apologies if I sound critical, it’s disheartening, perhaps fixes are just around the corner? One can dream.
Hey endlessfix! No need to apologize for “sounding critical”. We always appreciate your actionable feedback. Let’s go down the list here.
Losing search history with every download - We tried a work around to preserve the last search term and search position after a download from within SketchUp. It doesn’t do quite as well as I would like. The engineers are brainstorming a better solution in the meantime. So, no optimal fix here yet.
Open in the models page instead of products - Some people may be seeing this change now! We launched an experiment three days ago to see how helpful the change is. Try going to 3D Warehouse today and see if you are receiving the experimental page.
We’ve got something else we’ll be testing in a week or so. A way to follow your favorite manufacturers and receive update alerts when they upload new products and catalogs as well as other types of alerts (likes, comments, and more).
If you’ve got other ideas for improvements that enhance your workflow, please let us know!
Glad to hear this is implemented, I’m not seeing it yet, still defaulting to products, but I’ll be on the lookout for this change and the others you alluded to.
Bummer about keeping the search history being impossible, sound so simple to me, but of course I know nothing about the programing. Or just leaving the window open on download? I’ll keep my fingers crossed that a solution can be found because it’s such a time suck to enter the search and filtering again and again to download more than one similar object. It’s like working with Google search where every time you click a link the history is erased. Would still love to see the filters tab persist on the screen side with active search results so it can be easily modified and worked with.
Thanks for listening, I’ll keep up the gentle prodding. .