I am working on a big visualization project right now which involves the use many of about 80 different materials, the render engine I use is octane for Rhino.
Very often I find myself looking at the thumbnails and searching for a certain material…
Maybe I am to stupid to find some “sort” features, in case these already exist i apologise but if not
I would like to suggest the following features to speed up the process of finding:
an “sort by name” function would be a nice thing, to make it even more nicer you could add the feature to key in the initial material letters e.g. for “concrete” start with “C” folowed by “o” etc. the cursor would then jump to the correspondent place in the list. With this method it would also be possible for the user to create custom groups of material families by applying a dedicated number e.g. 01-matte_ materials, 02-glossy_materials, 03-transparent_materials…
I know of the feature that the material which is active in the editor window is marked by a blue rectangle and the material for the currently selected material has these yellow triangles.
Maybe it is possible to make these markers a little bit more noticeable (may be just three times the pixel width) , especially the yellow triangles are hard to see…
thank you for any feedback