I spend I reckon 40% of my time trying to find layers objects live on.
I simply need to INSTANTLY see what layer an object is on. I dont want to see it in one list then try to find it in my layers palette.
I am forever turning on Properties, noting where it lives, then trying desperately to find that layer in a vast list in my layers palette. I am losing my evenings through this, day after day.
I NEED VISUAL FEEDBACK IN THE ACTUAL LAYERS PALETTE.
I dont want to allocate a selected object to a layer. and I dont want to set that layer active.
I see others also wanting a fix.
I seem to remember asking desperately about this well before V5 came out,
When I first came to use Rhino V4, having come from Macromedia Freehand, it was the most glaring omission I found, I use that al the time, and its absence has been a nightmare for me… and it has slowed me right down ever since, by that I mean I am working well into the night for want of a few simple time saving things, and this is one of them. I am losing my evenings through want of this.
I see three separate threads about it now. (3 when I started typing this anyway !)
This first thread hits the nail on the head. but reply says we will consider for V6.
I said I would pay £1000 for V5 if it had this.
I simply need to have the layer an object is on show up somehow IN THE LAYERS PALETTE, either as a different highlight colour to the normal highlight which as we know indicates last layer in use or object applied to, or maybe flash on and off, or have a lightbulb glow on it. Someone mentions Adobe Ilustrator maybe having copyright over their concept of having a light come on for the layer a selected object is on. No …Macromedia Freehand also had the layer turn blue.
Also IMPORTANTLY it must autoscroll the layers palette to that layer. To have it scroll back to the working layer when object deselected would be brilliant.
I am not going to explain all the many reasons why, becausee that wil see folk with a host of separete fixes and this requirement wil be overshadowed. I need it for a variety of things, including I see something in the scene, and wish to INSTANTLY see what layer its on and decide if I want to turn it off, or move that layer somewhere else in my palette, or delete that item if its redundant to my work now, to do so I NEED TO SEE ITS LAYER NOT BY HAVING TO OPEN ANOTHER LIST, BUT IN THE LIST I AM WORKING TO…
I was told that in V5 the layer would show up in another list, thats still no good. One needs to stick to the one list FOR SPEED !!!
Lets just recap, we can have a ticked layer, anything created goes to that layer, whilst that is ticked we can also have a highlighted layer DIFFERENT to that layer, it becomes highlighted when we allocate an object to it.
I/we need ideally another highlight additional to that, I dont want to allocate a selected object to a layer. I simply need to see an objects layer light up somehow.
I also want to see same but for grouped items, I want to see their layers highlighted in some way.
All I get in properties is Layer Varies…aaaaagh !
In Freehand, select a grouped item and more than one layer became highlighted. I need that as well. You cannot believe how usefull that would be.
In Rhino I have to ungroup the object, select the items one by one to see just how many layers it lives on, that can take ages if not even prove impossible, then edit undo as I will never manage to get hold of them all again, so denying me the chance to do anything to it, as edit undo would undo such !
If not a secondary colour then a light bulb etc, and if we do have to sacrifice something , and if not possible, then it will have to be use the highlight colour we currently have, I will have to mentally note what was highlighted.
One reply said go to hammer icon and choose ‘Select Object Layers’…but thats no use, it just lost me the layer that was highlighted I had been allocating selected objects to, now I cant find that layer I was using.
I dont want various solutions for each of the examples, my stated need would give me what I need.
I need this desperately, I hope we dont have to wait even further for it. I reckon it should be in V1 !