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Moderators: Karl Ottenstein, LaszloNagy, ejrolon, Barry Kelly, gkmethy

Please update the Door/Window Tools to use Building Materials not Surfaces for 3D.

Yes, Please make the update.
Good idea, but I don't care either way
No votes
No. This would mess up my way of working.
By 4hotshoes
As it is now, Walls, Slabs, Roofs, Beams, Columns, Stairs and Railings all use "Building Material" to regulate surface appearance in the 3D model, which makes it easy to create color schemes for clients to approve. But Windows and Doors need an update as they use Surfaces to regulate appearances in the 3D model. When using the "Building Material" for color/texture, it becomes a "one-stop" location to create and change schemes.

For example, If I could create a building materials for Window Sash (indoor/Outdoor), Window frame (indoor/Outdoor), Window Casing (indoor/Outdoor) and change all globally for the project from the Building Materials toolbox. Then I could also coordinate the same materials for doors at the same time if doors are provided by the window manufacturer (common in residential).

As is is now, I have to create custom selections to separate exterior doors from interior doors, while the main entry is likely unique. Then I may have interior windows (rare) that are not at all like he exterior. This process of change is tedious and could be immensely simplified if the Doors and Windows Tools were updated to follow the direction of other Tools that use Building Materials rather than Surfaces.
By DGSketcher
Good suggestion. This is the kind of thing GS should be doing to simplify the design process and trim the epic number of settings required in elements. As you say it coordinates components across the project, which is a big plus.
By Braza
Indeed a good suggestion.

GS should focus on optimizing the general user interface. Too much clicks for simple tasks. :roll:
By 4hotshoes
I would be interested in hearing from the person who voted no. How do you work this out in the current surface assignment that is better than proposed?
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By mnguyen
Hi All,

Thank you very much for creating this poll, and for those of you who voted to express their opinion.

I am happy to say we took notice of this wish and I have added it into our WishList database (please refer to it in the future as Wish GISS-603). Hopefully, our Product Management team will adopt this one in the future.

Thank you all once more, and I wish you a great day!

Best regards,
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By Lingwisyer
So the current surface options would just become overrides much like they are for other components.