I'm really enjoying the improvements brought to v8.5. Some thoughts for the future:
Soft Selection tool added to the Generative Design tools: add ability to do random selections via a Pick tool selection window. known as “soft select” in other applications I believe. Offer options for random percentage of objects to be selected (via numeric input and slider). Also offer a gradient map option so that one could select more objects on one side of the section (or however the gradient map is drawn - could be radial wavy, etc.). This feature would really go work well with the recently introduced generative design tools.
Drop Down Menus: I would love to see a drop down menu for the following palettes: Layers, Materials (not parameters just selecting materials), Line weight, Line type…also perhaps views and scenes. They would be especially useful when working on a laptop and would offer a much faster and improved workflow. Opening and re-closing the palettes gets tiring and is inefficient. I know it is only a few clicks, but it adds up and a drop down to set those attributes would be great.
Set Attributes: Ability to set current attributes by clicking on an object. Similar to Get/Set Attributes, but it would set your current working attributes for new objects.
Reshape tool: ability to reshape by specific numeric distance (repeatedly) For example, I could set it to 2” and when I click on the face of a cube it would grow by 2”.
Further improvement of Shaded Full shadow edges (shadows in general look a lot better - thanks for adding the Gigantic setting, but try drawing something like a 1/2” x 1/2” metal railing and check the shadows up close…even with Gigantic they are still not up to par)
Select by Criteria palette: update the material option. Currently with only 8 small materials showing it is VERY hard to find the materials I want. typically my models end up with a lot of materials. I find this a very handy tool, but the interface is limiting its use.
Fix losing numeric input box while panning and/or placing a temporary guideline
Thanks for making the program great.