Tools vs. Methods
In the previous release sketch lines could be created via a sketch or a pick action (lines, walls, or roof edges) yet this access was spread around the UI. As an example “Pick walls” existed in the design bar but “Pick Lines” required the user first choose a tool from the Design Bar then “Pick Lines” from the Option Bar. The UI reflected an internal organization rather than create an upfront choice between sketch freehand and sketch by pick. Some of these tools were known and others were being missed.
In 2010 all the pick methods were consolidated at the end of the gallery. This includes Pick Lines, Pick Supports, Pick Walls, Pick Roof Edges, and Pick Faces.
In sketch modes where more than one type of linear element can be sketched, a toggle was added before the gallery to communicate what is active and allow easy switching. Example: “Boundary Line” and “Slope Arrow” for “Floor” and “Boundary, Run, and Tread” for “Stairs”. Here the “Draw” panel ensures these sketch tools and the sketch method gallery are grouped together as they should be.
Below is a visual comparison between the two releases:
In tests users adjusted quickly to the new design or it was accepted without comment. It is sometimes the best result when the task can be completed without specific comment on the UI - positive as well as negative.