s2art wrote:I prefer to do everything via the View Map so I know I have correct layers and settings, and have windows maximised so I can see the big picture.
Well, I don't!
I tend to work on a small area at one time, and I like to have open and be able to see the relevant views of that area to help me, typically an elevation, a section going each way, as well as the plan and 3d window perhaps.
My screen is plenty large enough to not need to use the whole area for a single view. If anything, fullscreen is a bit over the top to be honest! So I use the left half for the plan and the other half for the other views. Having to repeatedly relaunch each individual view from the navigator just to see them is not a fluid way of working for me. For a 17" screen it's maybe the only feasible way, but not a 30"! With my setup, clicking on individual windows is the most logical way of working.
I'm also not saying the windows should be displayed in a rigid grid either. I like the flexibility to resize each windows to fit the shape of the object i'm interested in, so floaty windows are fine for me.
Personally I think the question should really be "Should the multi-windowed environment be made to work more efficiently to speed up navigating between views"
Yes is the answer. To do this GS should work on these lines -
1) Any pre-opened views should automatically update in the background as you work. With multicore this is more feasible than ever.
2) When switching between views, windows should not be affected by the previous windows settings if they are open already. But a viewpoint launched from the navigator should still inherit the properties of the previous window.
3) There should be a permanently visible 'tab' system to clearly display the names of the drawings already open in the background to aid speedy navigation between open views. One click and it should come to the front for editing. When a window is closed, the tab should disappear also. The navigator should just be for organising and launching unopened views/viewpoints.
For me the above settings would really make a big difference to the usability with a big screen.