I want to relay something that happens so many times as part of my workflow, and where I feel that a lot of time could be saved (jump to end for request).
When working on large files with heaps of geometry, layer management is critical.
When files start to look like this;
and wireframe is the only possible display, I am constantly ‘isolating’ and ‘unisolating’ to be able to work only on the desired geometry.
The typical workflow is
select objects whose layers need to be isolated>go to layers tab>select tools>'select object layer>with all layers of selected objects highlighted>right click, select objects or sublayer objects>isolate.
Can you recommend any better way?
I believe that something from Illustrator could save lots of time to this workflow.
In this image, I have selected some objects, and on the right, you can see the exact layers that these objects are on because Illustrator jumps to those layers and highlights them in view. From here, I can easily select all of the contents in those layers by CTRL or Shift + clicking the small circles to the left of the coloured squares (image below).
If this was only for one layer in illustrator, it is literally 2 clicks to select all contents in that layer; Select object, (illustrator jumps to that layer in the layers panel and highlights it) select circle of layer. Then I can change whatever such as lineweight etc.
If this ease of object selection was in Rhino, it would be a dream for me… Something like
Select some objects of the layers whose objects I want to isolate> rhino jumps to those layers and highlights them> click some sort of button>all objects on those layers are selected. Then I can alias my isolate command easily and quickly.
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