[Bf-funboard] Re: Patch: A tiny bit of Layer manager

Doug Ollivier doug at mudpuddle.co.nz
Sun Mar 25 04:43:52 CEST 2007

> were talking about a dot because these are the layer button! theres 
> not much else we can fit in there.
> Sure of course other shapes could be used but if more then 1 was used, 
> youd be forcing us to distinguish between different small shapes.
We could always perhaps just grey out the layers with nothing in them a 
little more.  this way the layers that have things in them are more obvious.

the reason why the proposal i had didn't have any symbol to show 
something was in a layer, was because i envisiged a layer system that 
did not start with a minimum of 20 layers.  so if a layer existed it was 
likely intentional and didn't need a symbol.  the only problems occur 
when opening an old 20 layer .blend file. 

For this patch that Alexander has put together, I think that a dot is 
100% appropriate. and incredibly logical.  It is only once the layer 
manager has a deeper structural overhaul that I think anything needs to 
be reassessed beyond a dot.

On a total tangent here (but still about layer systems and 
organisation).  Another concept is to have the selected/wireframe 
colours of objects change based on the layer colour (i.e. selecting an 
object in layer two, with a blue colour, will result in a blue wire frame.)

Doug Ollivier
Industrial Designer

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