November 7, 2017 at 10:14 am #44083
I’ve proposed a feature request with the developers to assist in keeping the tools within each layer organised and hoping there are some others that would like to see this feature implemented in the near future.
Effectively, I’ve asked for the ability to do two things:
- be able to point at a tool on screen (eg a trend line) and right click and be able to change the Layer that that tool is currently assigned to, to another layer… save having to wade through the layers in the Structure Panel to find it then moving it. Sounds lazy, but if you have a lot of tools in each layer, it can be very painstaking to locate the tool in order to move it, if it was not placed in the correct layer by accident.
- Be able to move multiple tools within the layers in the structure panel from one layer to another, eg.. say there are 15 trend lines that are in one layer and they should have been in a different layer. Be able to highlight or ‘shift select’ all 15 tools and drag and drop them into the other layer.
Hoping this is a feature you guys might support and have it as part of the Developers to-do list.
MarcusNovember 9, 2017 at 1:21 am #44087
Thanks for taking the time to make these suggestions. We’ll add them to the development schedule but we have some really big items that we are working on at the moment so I don’t have an ETA for these.
All the best
MathewNovember 9, 2017 at 9:30 am #44099
Thanks for taking the time to acknowledge this request. All good. I know that your team is busy, but its nice to know that its in the que for review and action.
MarcusMarch 2, 2018 at 11:32 am #44963
Any updates on this request?
MarcusMarch 2, 2018 at 11:26 pm #44987
Unfortunately not. I would not expect it in 2018 as our development schedule is very long and these are not simple items to achieve. We have 4 developers working on Optuma and our other projects. As part of the process, we are constantly assessing projects and shuffling the schedule based on priorities.
Every request gets assessed on three main criteria:
- How easy is it to implement
- How many clients have requested it
- Will it help us sell more Optuma
eg something that is a 5min task will get done if only one person asked for it. But a month long project would need many people requesting it and would need to be assessed in terms of the opportunity cost by us delaying other projects.
In this case, these are not massively hard, but also not simple to implement – No one else has requested the feature – While it will make layer organization simpler, it will not be a key reason that someone buys Optuma. So this idea is not hitting any of the metrics that would leap-frog it to the front of the queue.
I really like the idea, and would love to put it in, but I also have to make sure that we are focused on the developments that will sustain the company for the long term. It’s on the list but it is impossible for me to give an ETA on it.
All the best
MathewMarch 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm #45035
Thanks for the update. Much appreciated.
MarcusNovember 16, 2018 at 11:11 am #49247
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+1 Great suggestion Marcus. I too agree this would be great functionality. The layers can be a little fiddly from time to time and this would definitely help!November 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm #49263
Just on the first part, have you seen that when you click on a tool it is highlighted in the panel. I know that does not solve the bulk of what you are asking for but it does make finding the tool in the panel very easy. I’ve recorded a 10 sec video showing the process.November 19, 2018 at 9:13 am #49367
Glad to hear you’d find good use and purpose to the tool layer flexibility that I had proposed.
Matt, thanks for taking the time to put that video together, much appreciated.
Finding one or two tools in a layer is not so difficult to manage, its when I get in the zone of analysis and have A LOT of tools sitting in the wrong layer and having to search through the multitude of layers that I have to find that particular layer, then expand it, click on one of the tools in the chart then drag it down the column of other tools in that layer until I can get down to the point in the tree where I can find the layer I need to drop it in to. Given the number of layers and tools within those layers, I’ll often delete the tools (most often they are trend lines) and then lock all layers and make them invisible except the one I need the tools in and redraw them.
I guess its really a case of me being mindful of the “house keeping” that is required to keep it in order which is all fine. All good.
MarcusNovember 19, 2018 at 10:06 pm #49403
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Cheers Matthew. I use that functionality quite a bit!
To Marcus’ point it’s easy when there’s only a few tools in a layer but when I’m managing many tools in different layers is when things become tricky.
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