Difference between "Group Layer" and "Switch Group Layer"

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#1

So I am trying to read about the layers in Synfig. I came across the Group Layer and Switch Group Layer. I am not able to see the need of “Switch Group Layer”. We can achieve the same functionality of “Switch Group Layer” through “Group Layer” by just tweaking the Z Range parameters. Did I miss something? or Is “Switch Group Layer” just a “Group Layer” with less functionality?
Any help would be appreciated!
Thank you


#2

Hi! The purpose of “Switch Group Layer” is to switch layers by name. While Group Layer’s Z-Range uses layer order to identify layers. Changling layer order might mess your animation. For “Switch Group Layer” this is not the case.


#3

Also, Switch Layer permits to select one and only one Layer/Group at a time.
Just modifying Z-Range parameter could have side-effects depending on the Blending Mode, unless you also set Amount of each other layer to 0, long and heavy task (:sos:, job for :pig:)…
Switch Group Layer is definitely fully needed!


#4

Thank you for clarifications :slight_smile:
I guess now I understand what’s the difference.