I have a not-very-complex model with several dozen door components downloaded from the 3D Warehouse.
I want to replace the over-detailed door handles (named HandleF, 1400+ edges, 600+ faces) with a simpler version that will do equally well for all but extreme close up views (Handle simple, 110+ edges, 50 faces).
I imported the Handle simple and it shows in the component browser. I used Expand to see the HandleF, which is a subcomponent of the doors.
I WANT to use Select Instances of HandleF, and then with them selected, use Replace Selected on Handle simple to substitute the simple component for the over-detailed one.
But when I either click on HandleF to highlight it, then R-click, or select something else, then R-click over the HandleF line, Select Instances is always greyed out, even though there are 28 instances (and I’ve unlocked them all - at first I thought that with some of them locked, it was preventing the selection, but it isn’t).
Maybe some of the parent doors are locked…? Nope, none of them (can open for editing, without a prompt that some instances are locked.)
I’ve noticed (on Mac - can’t remember if it was the same when I used Windows) that options like Replace selected, are greyed out unless (bizarrely) the component you want to use is NOT selected in the browser - something else seems to need to be chosen - but you R-click over it when it isn’t selected, and the option is then available.
But even trying that doesn’t work here.
I’ve tried restarting SU and reopening the model, but not yet tried a machine restart.
How can I replace the handles in bulk? There will be many more in the larger model of which this is a relatively minor part.
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PS. The model is still untidily organised - I’m working on that separately.