This has been fermenting as a question for a while now, as the “tag” title has become the way things are called previously, but I’m confused by the purpose of renaming this, especially when there is no particular change or improvement to calling groups of things “layers” like pretty much every other software I use (CAD, BIM, photo, video, illustration, etcetera).
The term “tag” seems to make some sense on the surface. Whatever you draw should be on “Layer 0” (or “untagged” as they now say), while objects (components/groups) get “tagged” to being a member of some group of things (like an old AutoCAD layer). The trouble is, you only get one thing to tag to, unlike a true tagging. For example, this forum message that can have two tags and be filtered into multiple search results. It’s like a web term or hashtag, as if a programmer made the decision, not a person who uses creative software daily or speaks our language.
Now, if the programmers that give us these tools can figure out how to give objects multiple tags and make the interface better (other forum contributors reveal clunky/buggy “tray” functionality), I could get behind the rebranding of layers. But unless I am missing something, I say go back to the common industry name of this function and call it like it is – LAYERS.
Maybe the tagging functions of the object classifier would be another way to do the thing they wanted to do with renaming layers to tags? Maybe there is something else on the developers’ road map? Is there going to be a conflict in language between tagging on the classifier and with layers?