The following object selection updates have been added to the Saltmine designer to improve the overall ease and speed of use based on user feedback.
Select Similar Updates
Select similar now supports selection of:
Similar objects in view
Similar objects across the floor plan
Similar objects by drawing a selection
Select similar options are now grayed out now as opposed to hidden when an object is not selected
Keyboard shortcuts have been introduced for each selection type.
This allows for faster selection and reduces the number of clicks needed to create a selection set.
Group Selection Updates
The new polygonal select is introduced to support use cases where user may want to select specific objects that may not fall into a rectangle. This will enable drawing a selection boundary around the desired selection.
When filters are turned off , the menu shows a warning that there is nothing currently selectable on the floorplan
Look and feel of the filter has also been enhanced to improve usability
Tool tips have been added to explain what is included in each of the filters
Selection of Overlapping Objects
When trying to select an object that is underneath or overlapped by another object, the “TAB” key can now be used to cycle through the objects.
Wall Types Bulk Updating
Wall types can now be updated in bulk by Group Selecting, filtering to walls and then updating the wall types of selected walls together. This will enable faster updates to existing models when a floor-wide change had been made.
UX Group Select Panel
As the Saltmine Group Select feature set has continued to grow the properties panel needed some revision to ensure that all of the most used features were prioritized in the menu. This update has been completed so that now the most used feature are on the top of the panel.
Functionality has been added to allow for snapping against multiple reference lines. This was done to enable a greater level of accuracy when adding or moving blocks in the Saltmine Model as well as assist in speeding up the design process.
Snapping with Group Selected Items
Just as in the above functionality to snap to multiple reference lines, the ability to move a group of blocks and snap to a reference lines has also been updated. When selecting multiple blocks they can all be moved together as one and snap to a reference line. Previously this was only enabled for moving a single block at a time.
Several updates have been added to the block properties panel to support easier access to commonly used features saving time and improving usability.
Block Panel UX Updates
The following UX updates include:
3 different tabs have been added to the Block Properties panel with each tab having its own related group of functions
Commonly accessed features have been arranged to make them more easily accessible
Bulk Actions for Blocks
The ability to bulk update the block tags has now been added to the properties panel. This feature will allow multiple blocks to be selected and the block tagging to be updated all at once greatly improving efficiency in tagging updates.