I'm quite annoyed that there isn't an easier way to set the Viewport Display Type at the moment of object creation.
Objects always appear in viewport as Proxy pyramids by default, which is great for performance but insanely annoying when I'm trying to quickly and accurately place some trees in just-the-right-spot. My studio spends tens of thousands of dollars on this vital time-saving software and I think FP should offer more flexibility by giving us pros as many options as possible to suit our workflows.
How to make it better:
1 - Create an optional setting where FP objects always appear as Point Clouds when you're in Modify mode. When you exit Modify mode, they go back to proxies. This could be enabled/disabled with a checkbox for example.
2 - Make 'Viewport Display Type' a setting that exists on a per-item basis in the library. (e.g. you would open the library, right click a selection of items, and set the default display type for those items. Ideally I would set all grasses/mulches to display as proxy pyramids, and all large trees to display as Point-Cloud. These choices would be saved per each library item)
3 - In the FP Library, place a dropdown list to let the user specify the 'Viewport Display Type' (place it just to the left of the 'Load Selected' button). So if i'm about to generate a huge grassy field, i'd set it to Pyramid. If i'm about to carefully place a few large trees near the camera, i'd set it to Point Cloud so the camera doesn't get blocked).
4 - The simplest option - just expose a setting somewhere that allows the user to specify their preferred default Viewport Display Type globally for any FP object being created.
If there's an INI somewhere that contains the setting for the default Viewport Display Type, please let me know!
Point cloud is simply the best for people in a hurry trying to visualise the scene and set up cameras/compositions. I've seen it mentioned that changing the Viewport Display Type manually will ensure the next Forest created will use the same display type, but this simply doesn't work. I must have clicked the popup that suggests using Proxy, but have never seen any option to revert to using Point Cloud by default since.
Please don't use these one-time popups - they're traps for the user and once you've click 'Yes', there's no obvious way to change the setting back to the way it was before. (e.g. this is the case with the Limit to Visibility popup. As well as the 'We recommend using Proxies' popup)
Thanks for reading and considering these improvement - sorry if I come across as rude. I love Forest Pack