Wish: possiblity to group the layers to work with "options" or "variants"

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Wish: possiblity to group the layers to work with "options" or "variants"

diamir
Hi,

I often work with drawing having options.
In this case, I use several layers for the main drawing and the "same" layers with other name for the options.

Like:
main_layer_01
main_layer_02
...
option1_layer_01
option1_layer_02
...
option2_layer_01
option2_layer_02
...

If I want the main drawing and option 1, I've to select every single layer of the option 1 individually.
This is cumbersome and unreliable: when I select a layer, then the UI jumps back to the top of the pile and I've to scroll to the place where is the following layer (I choose the name so that the layer are correctly sorted).

So I would like:
- A way to group the layer. So I would be able so select/deselect a group (the option)
- [and/or] a way to change the order of the layers in the dock.

Maybe there is already a function for that?

Thanks

Jean-Luc
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Re: Wish: possiblity to group the layers to work with "options" or "variants"

Gary S
I just happened to be writing an addition to the manual for managing layers - specifically filtering the list.  An available option that may help you is the ability to filter the layer list.  It doesn't group the layers or change the order, but narrows the list that is shown in the dock.

In the input box at the top of the Layer List dock, type a list name, or partial list name.  Wildcards (* for multiple characters,  ? for a single character) can also be used in the filter string.  Typing "main" will list all layers starting with "main"; main_layer_01, main_layer_02, etc.  Typing "*layer_02" will list layers main_layer_02, option1_layer_02, option2_layer_02, etc.  Putting "option?_layer_0" in the filter will list to option1_layer_01, option1_layer_02, option2_layer_01,
option2_layer_02, ...

I hope that is helpful..

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Re: Wish: possiblity to group the layers to work with "options" or "variants"

diamir
Hi,

... and thanks for the tip! I was not really aware of that.
Even if this doesn't have the full functionality of a group function, this allows to work in a relatively quick way. The only constraint is to choose carefully the layer names.

Thanks again

Jean-Luc
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Re: Wish: possiblity to group the layers to work with "options" or "variants"

LordOfBikes
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I just merged this pull request two days ago:
https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/pull/1071

It's about selecting multiple layers with CTRL, SHIFT or mouse dragging.

This feature is in the latest nightly build for Windows at https://sourceforge.net/projects/librecad/files/Windows/NightlyBuilds/master/
For other OS we sadly have no nightly builds.
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Re: Wish: possiblity to group the layers to work with "options" or "variants"

diamir
Hi,

I've just built the git version - for debian/Linux
Thanks a lot, it is a valuable addition!

J-L
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Re: Wish: possiblity to group the layers to work with "options" or "variants"

LordOfBikes
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Great!

Don't hesitate to report any issues or experience with this new feature.

Armin