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Shadows in OpenGL UI improvements needed

Rick Thompson
Expert
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
Mac Sonoma AC 26
http://www.thompsonplans.com
Mac M2 studio w/ display
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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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Marc Corney, Architect
Red Canoe Architecture, P. A.

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Rick Thompson
Expert
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
Mac Sonoma AC 26
http://www.thompsonplans.com
Mac M2 studio w/ display
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
Enthusiast
HI!

I find the Revit way to enable shadows to be really intuitive !
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AC12_20 |Win10_64bit|
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
One of the forum moderators
AC 27 USA and earlier   •   macOS Ventura 13.6.3, MacBook Pro M2 Max 12CPU/30GPU cores, 32GB
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
Architect, Consultant
MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch Yosemite 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Mac OSX 10.11.1
AC5-18
Onuma System

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Rick Thompson
Expert
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 Sonoma AC 26
http://www.thompsonplans.com
Mac M2 studio w/ display
TMA_80
Enthusiast
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. 😉
One of the forum moderators
AC 27 USA and earlier   •   macOS Ventura 13.6.3, MacBook Pro M2 Max 12CPU/30GPU cores, 32GB

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