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By gavinNZz
Layers are a huge part of how we organize our BIM models and how elements relate to each other in the model space we work within. I open the layers window and toggle them probably about 200+ times a day. There are not many other functions in Archicad that are used as much as layers.

Yes there are more 'BIM' orientated ways of setting the visibility of elements but I feel layers will still form a part of how we go about modeling for some time yet.

I did a quick search and found an image of the layers window in AC11 ( for the record that's just about to be 12 versions ago) and it is exactly the same as what we have now! So one of the most used functions in Archicad hasn't been touched for 12 years, why not GS? It is just absurd.

Layers need to have a hierarchical management system like view sets or layouts. We need to be able to categorize them into folders which can be expanded and contracted. View control could be by 'folder' or by individual layer. Layer combinations need to remain but could also be managed in the same way.

For a working example... When modelling a midfloor structure I may want to turn on all my roof structure related layers to see specific load paths. Presently I open the layers window and then navigate through my 100+ layers to get to my roof section where I proceed to click on the 5 layers I want to view. Had these 5 layers been in a folder that would have just required 1 click on the parent folder visibility toggle. done.

Also the layers window needs to be a 'live' palette that permanently stays open. Why should I have to open a layers palette each and every time I want to adjust layers.

While on the topic of visibility, the graphic override functionality needs to have simple 'visible' toggle option added to it. Its great that we can override all the visual aspects of the element but the addition of a function to allow us to turn the element(s) off entirely would be great. This would allow us to use the criteria filtering to determine visibility of elements irrelevant of what layer they are on.

Please GS, spend some time on some of these basic functions that have been neglected. They are heavily used by all AC users so need to be prioritized as such.
I don’t know how you use so many layers, I manage to document large (multi-storey apartments and hospitals) and small projects with about 50 layers and 10 layer states.
Having so many layers no wonder you need a way of managing and grouping layers, maybe you need to look at your layers and identify whether you really need to be able to isolate information in such a way. Take annotations and dimensions I have seen many templates that have different layers for these, I have an annotation layer for each series of drawings I produce and put all annotation elements (labels, dimensions, levels, text, objects etc) on that layer, some of my annotation layers are 00 All On, 00 All Off, 01 Site Plan, 01 Grid Setout Plan, 02 Deconstructions Plan, ...

We have 115 layers, of which about 30 are needed for different types of annotation and to pull of 'structural' drawings which require a bit of stacking of different views with different dimensions / texts per floor plan.

About 60 layers are for 3D elements that follow the national layer numbering standard.

Some layers for zones, sections, elevations etc markers.

I also don't see why you would need more, unless the national standard has and absurd number of layers.

That said, something like changing the intersection group number of layers among 50 layer combinations (again 15 needed to pull of 'structural' drawings) does get a bit annoying and archaic with the current way of how things work.

In terms of hiding layers on the fly, the quick layer palette is handy, if you are not already using it.
Erwin Edel wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:56 pm
...That said, something like changing the intersection group number of layers among 50 layer combinations (again 15 needed to pull of 'structural' drawings) does get a bit annoying and archaic with the current way of how things work...
In AC22 with the upgraded Attribute Manager, the Layer intersection group of multiple Layers can be edited over multiple Layer Combinations. So should be pretty fast to edit now compared to AC21.
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Works for me in Windows.
Only the very first layer can be altered when multiple layers are selected, but all of the selected layers will change.

Make sure you do not have the 'Archicad Layer' selected as this can not be altered and if it is selected in the list you won't be able to change any other layers either.