Layers Organizer
A powerful alternative to the native Layers, allowing grouping, sorting and a bunch more productivity functionality
Layers Organizer

Group and sort layers to better organise your model and reduce visual noise. Save layer states that you can name, recall and apply to other scenes. Control the visibility setting of new layers in other scenes. Integration features with our other plugin, Cross Reference Organizer, to better manage layers from Cross Referenced components, and a bunch more productivity functionality. NOTE: This is a considerably modified and bug fixed product based on the free, open source version of Layers Panel, which may suit your needs. 

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Ken S's picture

First many thanks to Jiminy for the original. I both loved it and hated it when it blew up but it was a missing link as far as sketchup was concerned. Many thanks for your efforts.
Bought the new one and while it appears an improvement it many respects the graphical interface can still learn a great deal from the original. The groups need to be much easier to identify visually and the on/off state is a struggle to see. Just look at the stronger graphics in the original and work towards that. Otherwise well done.

Regards Ken

Ken, you'll be pleased on one score: the new version has made it graphically easier to distinguish groups.
Version 2 is available on our website now. It is a free upgrade.

Денис З's picture

Awesome plugin.
Totally a 'must have' while operating with large, complex projects as it provides folding, sorting and assigning layers with almost one click.

BUT it faces 1 enormous problem - while using CRO, updating referenced models completely destroys all & any job done in Layers Organizer in both referenced file and file where that one is being referenced.
So, if project has 40+ layers overall (btw, mine has ~70 layers/part with 5 parts all in all), all bonuses from Cross Reference & Layers Organizers can burn in hellfire.
Thus, unfortunatelly, it's not worth a coin while this problem persists. :_(

On the other hand, these two plugins might become Ultimate Problem Solvertron for anyone working massive stuff in Sketchup.
Please, please, please, improve it, so that people like me could happily bring you our money.

Also, it would be extremely cool, if you could add couple of buttons for fast expanding/colapsing all layer groups (maybe even for each nesting level), as sometimes (with 20+ groups) this operation becomes very annoying.

You losing your groupings as you describe seemed to be an isolated incident. I believe I reached out to you some time ago to get more information. I have just had one other user contact me with a groupings loss. Bugs can be hard to track down, so it would be great if you could contact me to describe the situation in more detail and tell me if it has happened again.

Tried it and bought it immediately. A well designed extension. Would be even better if it was a tray dialog, but that's probably beyond what the extension api allows.

This is so well designed, and so sorely needed, that it's not hard to expect it to enter a future version of Sketchup.

Nice job, George T !

Many thanks Jack.
Must acknowledge that the original plugin - Layers Panel - was designed by Jiminy Billy Bob and is still available free, but is no longer supported. It may suit many, but in our production environment we needed to ensure a supported product so we have extended the product.

spb_ib's picture

!Thank You George T.! Really great tool!

Thanks Sebastian.

Fernando L's picture

I really like this plugin...I algo got Cross reference and Datum.
Regarding layer organizer when you delete a layer I only show the message if the layer has something inside....I also would add a button to collapse the groups.

mousa A's picture

Great plugin. Thanks !
Adding text field to filter the layers would be awesome!

Hi mousa A,
Thank you for your comment.
Is your suggestion as per vbo solutions', below?

mousa A's picture

Hi George,

Yes, I think it's the same suggestion, it's not a big issue right now, thanks again !

jiminy-billy-bob's picture

Hi, I'm the developer of Layers Panel. I'm really glad someone picked up on it, fixed it, and made it better! :) Thank you for your effort.
I'm happy that making it open source was useful.

Thanks Thomas for your support.
I hope your plugin projects you are working on are going welll.

VBO Solutions's picture

Look like the dialog needs a "filtered" displaying for user easier to find exactly the layer they want to work on at the moment.

Hi, many thanks for the suggestion.
If the plugin sells well, then it will justify further
development, and your suggesrion will be
definitely considered.

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Layers Organizer (2.0.0); December 10, 2017
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