[Bf-committers] Shader list consistency

gandalf3 zzyxpaw at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 09:56:58 CEST 2014

The order of shader nodes in the add shader menu is not consistent 
between the node editor and the properties editor, and even seems to 
change from version to version.
See http://blender.stackexchange.com/q/13376/599 for some reasons why 
this can be annoying.

I personally like how the nodes are (kind of) sorted by most commonly 
used in the node editor menu, which ensures common nodes like glossy and 
diffuse can be added by pressing the first letter in their names (in 
this case, G or D).
It's also nice having super common nodes like mix and add at the top, 
right next to the cursor.

However, "commonly used" will probably change from user to user (e.g. I 
personally would say glass is more commonly used than refraction, yet 
refraction is above glass in the menu). Plus it is probably not the most 
intuitive sorting order to new users.

Maybe separating the add and mix nodes and sorting the rest alpha 
alphabetically (mockup: http://pasteall.org/pic/73077) could work well, 
but T no longer gives a transparent node.. :/

Any thoughts on this?


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