CheckMate Pro v2 Specification: Objects in Layers

by Michele Bousquet

Part of the CheckMate Pro v2 specification calls for objects to be placed in a named layer within the scene file. This helps customers a great deal when they merge your 3D model into a scene with many other models. Rather than having to search around for all the bits and pieces of your model, the customer can find everything easily within the named layer.

If you use 3ds Max, please note that you can’t rename or delete the default Layer 0. You will need to create a new layer and name it after your model.

The layer must be named to pass CheckMate Pro v2, but you cannot rename the default layer in 3ds Max.

The layer must be named to pass CheckMate Pro v2, but you cannot rename the default layer in 3ds Max.

Create a layer specifically for your model, and name it with the same name as your model.

Create a layer specifically for your model, and name it with the same name as your model.

You should also use short names on your objects if possible, and avoid using the same prefix on multiple objects. Then, when the customer opens up the layer window, all your object names are obvious and readable without having to scroll over.

 

2 Responses to “CheckMate Pro v2 Specification: Objects in Layers”

  1. Spedition says:

    The example above is not good. First of all it look like whole scene placed on one layer which is completely wrong. We have track on it, we have cars on it, all mixed together. This is the same mistake like leave everything on Default layer. And because of names after merge it to the scene all objects will be placed chaotic on Object List like we can see above. We should name objects like this:

    (two cars, First and Second and Road)
    Car First Body
    Car First Glass
    Car Second Body
    Car Second Glass
    Road parts first
    Road plastic second
    Road plastic ….
    etc.

    so everything is placed in alphabetical order. First car objects are in a row, the second car object in the row also etc. If someone named object without using alphabetical order all objects are scattered on long lists with many other objects instead in a row, so nobody will find it.

  2. Michele Bousquet says:

    @Spedition, your approach sounds very good. In CheckMate Pro v2 we are taking a first step toward putting all objects in a single layer. It is possible that in future releases of CheckMate Pro, we will call for a more organized approach that recommends short prefixes. Feel free to use your naming method when organizing your objects; as long as the prefixes are short (like “Car” and “Road”) they will still scan easily. Our rule against long names is to prevent prefixes like “Notre Dame Cathedral” or other prefixes that push the important part of the product name off the list.

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