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It would be very nice if we could have a second organisation system in the future version. Layers are very useful of course, but a sub layer system makes modelling even better.

For instance in architecture we could organise foundation-ground floor-second floor-roof as a (main) Layer level. Walls, doors, windows, furniture etc. could be organised in the sub layer level. 

Organising the 3D model by switching on/off some of the (main) layers makes it very handy because all sub layers stay visible. Switching off some sub layers, will work through the whole model. The 3D model will be less complicated when many floors are in the building.

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Hugo, I agree with Jsiggia. 

I group my layers for architectural purposes as you describe. That works great for me.

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I know we can use groups in Layers, I do as well, but that is not the same as I suggested.

Layers and SUB Layers works different and makes it very easy to organise complex models. If we have only the Layers option, then we have to make for everything an unique layer name. This works fine if you use few, not if you use many. For instance: (FLOOR LEVEL 1 (Layer)) group, in this group: walls 1, doors 1, furniture 1, etc... (FLOOR LEVEL 2 (Layer)) group. In this group: walls 2 (walls 1 is not wanted because you want to switch on / off the group completely with all the sub layers)

In my suggestion you organise the group Layers: FLOOR LEVEL 1, FLOOR LEVEL 2, ... AND in the different pallet (SUB Layers) walls, furniture, doors, etc.

This organisation structure helps us to export easily to BIM standards, IFC (Industry Foundation Classes)

Anyway...

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For  fine tuning or more complex organization I always use a combination of Layes and Objects with Groups... one of the great strengths of firmZ in this regard... IMO.

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Ztek,

I think it can be done with Objects as you said. Did some test work and it seems a good alternative.

Groups in Object palet: FOUNDATION, FLOOR1, FLOORPLAN 1, FLOOR2, FLOORPLAN 2 etc...

Layers in palet: wall, door+windows, piping, furniture, etc...

Will test with a complex model... 😊

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While we're at it, it would be nice to highlight the corresponding layer (-s), when picking one or more objects.

There's a highlight in the "Objects" palette, but I would really prefer to see the whole line highlighted.

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If you want to highlight the layers, as well as objects, it's possible and you just need to tick in Highlight Picked in Project Settings and Layers.

Best,

Marcelo

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I found out it did not work well, using Objects as an alternative. So, I still have my wish for a SUB layer system.

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