heda wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:11 pm
not really keeping them, but allowing you full control over the end result.
Thanks for your suggestion. Unfortunately, this is lacking in even more respects than the Std:Part suggestions above:
1.) Same problem with linked copies (Draft:Clone). The copy does not have the changed colour, and there even is no way to make them have the changed colour
, as linked copies do not have accessable internal parts.
2.) Tree structure inconsistency: With the fusion visible (and the contents not) the changed colour is not visible. To make it visible, the fusion must be invisible and the contents made visible. This runs contrary to the whole paradigm of how FreeCAD uses the tree elements.
3.) The colours to be set this way are a poor replacement of the more detailed colour model that appearances implement: No specular effects, for instance, i.e. no way to make metallic surfaces look metallic.
I now have also experimented with Part:Compound. However, it is worse than Std:Part because it seems to remove all the appearance's special colour effects and only keeps the base colour (basically point (3) above). And again linked copies are colourless.
I seem to remember having used appearances in 2016, when I started using FreeCAD. Apparently in five years no developer bothered to fix these issues. Appearances are still useless but for the most basic models.
Instead, lots of other new features have been implemented. This is FreeCAD's biggest issue: No developer cares to get the basics right (I'm not specifically referring to appearances, there are lots of more important basics that are broken).