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Divide and Conquer the Components List with Category Headings and Arrays of Icons With Dropdowns

Divide and Conquer the Components List with Category Headings and Arrays of Icons With Dropdowns

Trying to grab a component from the endless list of components adds a lot of friction.  I would like to see the list of components reduced to something like this:

 

Category headings > Family icons > Types as dropdowns.

 

Additionally, I don't think it's that important that you have access to every single type of every loaded family from one god list. I'd rather pick a family from a list of just families, and then select the type after it's placed, or during the placement step.

 

If the list was organized into family icons, a rectangular array of families could easily show 100 or so loaded families in a panel without having to scroll, and it would be visually easy to navigate, especially if they are separated by component categories. Most Asset Managers in other software recognize this as a best practice, and for good reason. It's very fast and provides the least friction to the user looking for a particular item in a very large set. 

I would personally prefer a context window that can spread across the screen until an item is selected, allowing me to immediately pick the component and get on with work.

 

As a quick fix, just incorporate minimizing the types from the list to expandable panels. This could reduce the scrolling by 80% or so, assuming an average of 4 types per family.

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