[Bf-funboard] Context highlights for layers, groups, &c

Bol Bib bollebib at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 28 10:28:03 CEST 2013

I actually quite like this idea. Like when pressing "m" or "shift+m" (for bones also)
 -> hovering above a layer(or pressing a shorcut) and getting a list to scroll through with a search bar underneath (one of the standard blender popups) This could actually work and not be too hard to implement.

should work on the layer popup menus,in the properties editor,and in the 3D view header.

highlighting might be slightly trickier even though it could be useful as well.

> Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:43:27 -0400
> From: syzygy6 at gmail.com
> To: bf-funboard at blender.org
> Subject: [Bf-funboard] Context highlights for layers, groups, &c
> Maybe this already has an implementation that's hard to find, but I feel
> like finding the correct group can be difficult sometimes especially if I'm
> coming back to an old scene or opening a new scene. For example,
> remembering which layer a given object is in, or which vertices are in a
> vertex group. It's certainly possible to find out, but it's kind of clumsy,
> and doesn't really provide at-a-glance information.
> My thought is that perhaps there could be highlights when the user mouses
> over a layer button or a vertex group name. My initial thought is that as
> you mouse over the layers, in the 3d view the objects could appear in
> wireframe, but that doesn't necessarily need to be the design. Since it
> might be less distracting, maybe the outliner could display a list of
> objects in the layer, or a little description box would appear with the
> layers content. Or a combination of those options.
> For vertex groups that would make less sense, but in 3D view it would be
> nice to see the group highlighted.
> In general, I think it would be nice to have more visual representation of
> relationships in the UI, for example highlighting the parent object when
> you mouse-over that panel, in any regions where it might be represented,
> including the outliner, the dope sheet, and the 3D view.
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