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icapture

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I am working on a barn conversion project and here is my issue.  I would like to be able to add materials to the model as I build it, but I'd like to be able to hide said material so it doesn't totally bog down my computer.  

Having to go in once the model is complete and apply texture to each part just seems like working harder, not smarter. 

Is there a way to do this in SU?  I don't want to hide the part, just the material. 

Here is the project I am working on.  Lots of beams and little parts that will make my computer unhappy.

http://imgur.com/IyThRSz

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In short - no.

However adding materials does not bog down your computer. Either your computer is powerful enough to deal with the model - or it isn't. It's the geometry and display options that have a bigger effect.

For example, in SU, turn off all the line effects like profile, wavy lines and extended edges. Turn shadows off. When working on complex models, these things can make a big difference. I tend to configure my default template with these options.

Sometimes I configure a SketchUp scene just to turn these things, plus shadows and textures off. Use the texture display toolbar buttons in SU to turn your textures on and off. This turns all texture display off. You can't do it individually- to the best of my knowledge.

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