Hi Shotgun Community,
Currently we create Filter Presets in the filter panel. This works great for a lot of things, but does not work for everything.
For example, on a shot detail page we currently have 3 different tabs that all contain versions.
1. Submit versions - things people have put up for review.
2. Reference material - images or movies that are relevant to the current shot.
3. Scans/Plates - The source material that people use for the shot.
In separate tabs none of these things can be played at the same time or sorted together. You’d be required to have another tab with everything (or another page somewhere).
Why are they in 3 separate tabs? For 3 reasons:
1. Different filters
2. Different groupings/sorting
3. Different fields are relevant.
Different Filters is already covered, but 2 & 3 are not.
Sorting. In submitted versions the newest at the top makes the most sense, though for reference material, alphabetically or by some other kind of type grouping would be more relevant.
Fields. In the scans tab there are a lot of fields that relate to the camera data of the source material that are completely meaningless to Submitted Versions and Reference Material. Where, by default, list view is also preferred over thumbnail view as well.
So, in an effort to reduce the clutter and amount of tabs, if within a single version tab it was possible to change not only a Filter Preset but also adjust the layout of that tabs to display the newly filtered material appropriately (grouping/sorting/fields) I think it would be useful.
Yes, it would add complexity, but a well-designed global default should be able to work in a lot of cases pretty well.
I could see this implemented as extra buttons next to the view icons with short words like [ Submit ] [ Reference ] [ Scans ], or as part of the filter panel, just with explicit explanation that is will do more than just filtering. It could be a drop down list, as long as you could set a default.
I would like to know peoples thoughts.