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Shadows in OpenGL UI improvements needed

Rick Thompson
Enthusiast
The addition of shadows to OpenGL is very nice, but the lack of easy control makes it's use tedious. There are several issues that need changing.

1 -We need to control the on/off switch for OpenGL and Internal independently. It is typical to position the model in OpenGL and switch to Internal of screen shots. The shadows slow OpenGL down to the point I end up leaving it off, then have to open the panel to turn them on in Internal mode or just to check the shadows in OpenGL, which brings up the next part.

2 - We need a tool bar button to control turning shadows on and off for both modes. Opening the panel for this over and over is an unnecessary slow down for such a simple fix as a tool bar button. Just to easily toggle the shadows on and off to spin OpenGL would be great.
Rick Thompson

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Stress Co_
Advisor
Rick wrote:
1 -We need to control the on/off switch for OpenGL and Internal independently.
Rick:
How do you switch engines? View> 3D View Mode> "engine" ?

"Internal 3D Engine" and OpenGL Engine" can be added to a custom toolbar or a keyboard shortcut.

I'm still on AC13, but can image your wishes would be an advantage in 14.
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Rick Thompson
Enthusiast
I use the tool bar buttons too. If the shadow on/off switch were independent of each other there would not be an issue, or if you could quickly turn shadows off from the tool bar that would be the best (well, both would be the best:), but having to constantly open the pallet to access this on/off switch gets old when your spinning around a lot.
Rick Thompson

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Anonymous
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Rick wrote:
2 - We need a tool bar button to control turning shadows on and off for both modes.
A complete set of buttons to control!
That is, the more button for textures, hatching, transparency, and X-ray
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TMA_80
Booster
HI!

I find the Revit way to enable shadows to be really intuitive !
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Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
TMA_80 wrote:
I find the Revit way to enable shadows to be really intuitive !
Not sure why that is more intuitive? Two clicks instead of the current 3 in AC, vs the single click button like Rick wishes for, and Valery illustrates (with a SketchUp toolbar). 😉

Cheers,
Karl
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Erika Epstein
Booster
In addition to Rick's requested button, I would also like it available in the right-click context menu when the 3D window is the active window.
Erika
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Rick Thompson
Enthusiast
Erika wrote:
In addition to Rick's requested button, I would also like it available in the right-click context menu when the 3D window is the active window.
Yes, that would be very nice.
Rick Thompson

Mac Monterey AC 25

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iMac 3.4GHz Quad i5 24 GB w/SSD Monterey

TMA_80
Booster
Karl wrote:
TMA_80 wrote:
I find the Revit way to enable shadows to be really intuitive !
Not sure why that is more intuitive?
In the sens that it is where i expected it to be...

When i first tried AC14 i thought "the enable shadow option" to be available on the viewport ( i do however prefer the one button option à la Sketchup )
AC12_20 |Win10_64bit|

Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
TMA_80 wrote:
Karl wrote:
Not sure why that is more intuitive?
In the sens that it is where i expected it to be...
Can't argue with that. 😉
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TMA_80
Booster
Touché but you know what i mean Karl, it's the fact it's directly available from the viewport, anyway it could be thought as the trace reference button: activate and desactivate with more option once you're inside and a pop up window to control sliders...

and while we are still with the shadow subject here is something interesting I'd like the sun/shadow option to be extended to...
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Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
TMA_80 wrote:
and while we are still with the shadow subject here is something interesting I'd like the sun/shadow option to be extended to...
Very cool - everyone doing shadow studies should take a look at your link!

Thanks,
Karl
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Erika Epstein
Booster
Yes, that is a great tool
Erika
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