Quick Instances (Groups) Addon: grouping-like workflow

Haven’t used in production yet, but it seems great after playing around a bit. Real time-saver.

The Alt+G for ungrouping is a good idea.

Thanks for your work.

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Great idea. Thanks for sharing

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Great addon the fact it encourage the user to work with instances, and it’s free with an option to name a fair price.

Therefore I dedicated an article to it and featured the addon on it’s home-page.

Thanks!

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Nice article! And I add info about deselecting in description, as you noted that.

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Thanks, good to hear you like the post. I just woke up and will check later.

This is amazing thank you!!!

I prepared new version of addon, version 0.2 features ungrouping (Ctrl+Alt+G), make single user and group menu (Ctrl+Shift+G).

Blendermarket and Gumroad links have been updated

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Hi Michael,
your addon is really amazing!
I used it a lot for furniture replicators in interior archviz scenes, it is really super-useful!! Thank you very much!!

I ‘m testing the 0.2 release, but i’ ve found 2 problems (or i’m making 2 mistakes :wink:

1- when making a new group, the option to set the pivot to the active object does not seem to work

2-ungrouping keep a link between all objects at edit-model level ( maybe it’s the expected behaviour?)

Have a nice day

Ciro

Thanks for the issue, first one i fixed and you can download fixed version. Check the version 0.2.1:

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Second one is not looks as a bug it works by design. When copy instances, whey are linked, and objects in the group also linked. But you can make single user of the group (with copy objects) in this way you will get unlinked objects.

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Wow super fast reply!
That’s perfect, thank you very much!!
All the best
Ciro

What would be proper way of inserting Groups from the Library scene (or actually any scene) into other scenes?

Well, it is regular instances, you can work with it as usual:

  • Add (shift+A) -> Collection for adding instance from current file
  • File (F4) -> Link for linking instance from different file.

Oh, seems easy. I’m not familiar with instances/scenes, hence my stupid questions :slight_smile:
Thanks for quick reply!

Also, in some cases editing a group in its scene (among the rest of scenery) would be easier than separated in Library scene. Would it be possible to ungroup it, edit locally, and group back into the same group so all instances in other scenes get updated with new edits?

i’m thinking about Add to group and Remove object from group functions, maybe I will add this in future release.

The reason that I didn’t make group editing “in place” is because I wanted to make plugin that works with existing entities, that makes possible to work with scenes even you haven’t this addon

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Small update to 0.2.2:
Panel (Ctrl+Shift+G) now will close after pressing buttons on it

Oh, wow, what a great add-on! Thank you! I’ve been trying to switch from SketchUp and the lack of Groups (or "Component"s, in SketchUp’s case) was one of the biggest obstacles to attaining the same efficiency I have there in Blender. This goes a long way towards solving it.

Quick question: I’d like to buy the add-on, but is there a difference between buying it on Gumroad vs BlenderMarket? Does Gumroad take a bigger commission, for instance? Which one is better for you?

Thanks again!

Both sites have a big commissions, so in this case always better to use paypal =)

:slight_smile: Unfortunately PayPal is not available in my country. I guess I’ll chip in a couple more bucks at Gumroad then. Thanks again.

New version 0.2.3, That’s new:

  1. Command similar to existing Edit Library Instance, but returns even if selected something. By default set to F8, but you can change hotkey. it may usefull if you doesn’t use Tab for switching modes:

  1. When going into Library, HDRI environment enables to make object visible in rendered (2.81 only) and Material Preview (LookDev)

Also view returns from local

  1. New option to make instances (copyed or appended to scene) editable from Quick Instance menu (thanks Scott Fassett, for pointing this problem):

Note: it will remove link, if collection linked from other file

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New version 0.3.
Features:
Edit keymap from add-on preferences:


Add / remove objects from instance:

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Renamed it to “Quick Instances (Groups)”

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