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  1. Hello@digitalcarbon, A Marionette object functions just like any other parametric object - you can convert it to a symbol but you would lose the ability to edit it in the OIP. Just like a plug-in object though, it still has an insertion point. If you want to add geometry to make that visible you can by editing the Condor_base symbol (just don't delete anything from it or change its insertion point or the insertion point of any of the other part symbols).
  2. I believe this will always happen because of the nature of Marionette objects. In this way they are also similar to hybrid symbols - the 2D geometry get treated differently than the 3D geometry. If it becomes problematic for the script, you can use the Set PRefID To Ground node in the Object Info folder to set the object to the layer plane while your script is acting on it. However I do not know if the object will stay on the layer plane if you ungroup the Marionette network from the control geometry.
  3. It can be difficult to use multiple control geometries - the best way I have found is to group them all together and make the group your control geometry. Then you can use a Contents node to access them. Once you have the list of control geometries from the Contents node, you can filter them by name or type, etc.
  4. Hello DE, Whenever you convert control geometry and a network to a Marionette object, the geometry will most likely move. What is happening is the geometry is centered over the wrapper, and that becomes the insertion point/center of the Marionette object. You can think of a Marionette object as a symbol or plug-in object - it lives as a resource to be placed in the drawing - it doesn't remember its original location. Having multiple pieces of control geometry can also be tricky. Are the separate pieces of control geometry keeping the correct spatial relationship between each other?
  5. Here is an updated file that does the same thing but without a custom node. It also does a third pattern. ArrayingSymbols.vwx
  6. Hello Martin, Here is a script that places a symbol in an array based on a given number of columns and rows, and then sorts them and draws a line through their center points. There is one custom node, Reverse Lists Chunks, that allows you to reverse the order of lists within a larger list. I used this to create the line that swerves back and forth. ArrayingSymbols.vwx
  7. Hi Martin, I looked at your file, and it is actually a weird glitch that I have seen happen once or twice. Somehow, your H pass node is connected to the sequence node twice. This shouldn't be possible - it is definitely a bug, but if you disconnect the H pass node completely and reconnect it, it should work properly. HTH, Sarah
  8. I can tell you that when building templates, we STRONGLY recommend to leave the None class as None. There are a lot of different instances where the None class will be recreated even if you change its name, apart from scripts specifically. If it is important for your office to change the None class to 0, you can do this by mapping your classes to the AIA/NCS standard. Go to File > Document Settings > Standard Naming and choose AIA/NCS. This will set your None class to 0 and set your Dimension class to A-ANNO-DIMS. If you don't check "Enable Auto-classing" you can still use all of your office standard classes. hope that helps, -Sarah
  9. Version 2.0.0

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    This is a Marionette Object that can be used to simulate the WA67 Aluminum Clad Wood Folding NanaWall door. It allows you to set the panel width and height as well as the configuration and system. Based on these parameters, it calculates the overall frame width and height and creates a record format for the door that can be called in a worksheet. The insertion point of the door is the center left of the door, so if you choose a configuration with a different number of panels or you change the panel width, the PIO will extend or contract from the left (instead of from the center like regular door PIOs in Vectorworks). I would welcome feedback on the usefulness of this - is there something you would like it to do that it doesn't do? What does it do that you don't need it to do? As far as other types of NanaWalls (such as sliding panels), I am trying to figure out a way to script those as well.
  10. Hello, There is a node in the Operations folder called the Orient node that allows you to set the z- axis of an object based on a 3D vector. I believe this will work for you based on the parameters you already have. Here is an example file. OrientNode.vwx
  11. Version 2.0.0

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    This is another Marionette object based on a symbol belonging to @barnes2000. (Thanks Scott!) He has built a bunch of cool crane and lift symbols. This one is an Articulating Boom Lift that has seven different rotation or extension articulations. Each has a Slider in the OIP that allows you to set its angle or extension. (See video.) This Marionette object works by placing the different parts of the Lift as symbols in the drawing at a particular insertion point and rotation based on the values of the Sliders. Each symbol has named loci that are used to locate the object in the drawing space and in relation to the other parts. The loci are on an invisible class (so don't delete the class from the drawing). The object updates pretty quickly for having so many variables. If you wish to share the object to another file, make sure that you import the entire symbol folder. Unlike the Scissor Lift, this object is not built from hybrid symbols because hybrid symbols cannot be rotated around the x- or y-axis. If you wish to convert it to a hybrid object, you could place it inside an Auto Hybrid, but this will make it a much bigger object (memory-wise), and you would only be able to edit the object from inside the Auto Hybrid.
  12. Version 3.0.0

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    This Marionette object is a Scissor Lift PIO. You can place the Scissor Lift in your drawing and set the height via a Slider in the OIP. (See video.) All the different parts of the Lift are different symbols, and the Marionette script places each symbol at a particular insertion point and rotation based on the value of the Slider. If you wish to share the object, make sure that you share the entire symbol folder that holds all of its accompanying parts. This object was based on a symbol created by @barnes2000. Thanks Scott for letting me play!
  13. Hello Martin, To answer your question about filtering - you can filter by object type. You can find a list of Vectorworks object types here: http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/VS:Function_Reference_Appendix#objects I have added a section that filters by object type to your network. I find this little network to be very useful - changing the value of the integer changes the object type you are looking for, but you can also change the Get Type node to another Get Object Info node that gives you a number value and the Integer node to the appropriate value you want to match it to. Autonumber_ID_sb.vwx
  14. I just checked the network I sent and I forgot to connect a node. It now works so that each extrude takes the class of the corresponding profile. Essentially, each input is a list of objects or a list of classes, and it applies the class from the class list to the corresponding object in the object list, so you don't need a separate EAP node, you can use input lists of matching lengths. Profilsymbol_am_Pfad_sb.vwx
  15. In looking at your network again - you don't actually need the list explode node. You are performing the same operation on each of the objects so you can send the whole list into one Path Extrude node. I made some changes to your network based on this, including duplicating the curve for every element in that list and sending them to the same node. Let me know if you have any questions. As a rule, I try not to repeat nodes when I don't need to, especially inputs. Profilsymbol_am_Pfad_sb.vwx
  16. Hello, Does the error persist? are you able to rerun the network/create a Marionette Object on subsequent attempts? I know there was an error in the code of that node that was fixed recently. When I tried your file, I got that error once but it didn't persist. I can see from the network though that the Delete node attached to the List Explode node will be a problem - if there are no objects going through the wire to the Delete node, it will produce an error. Detaching the Delete node shouldn't change your network. If you do want to use a Delete node in the future, I would recommend the modified Delete node in the file I attached. (This modified Delete node is only a stopgap until the default one is changed.) HTH -Sarah Delete.vwx
  17. Whenever you change the code inside a node, you should first delete the very first line of code that starts: #COMMAND; This line creates a link between a text file and the node so nodes can be updated with new versions of Vectorworks. Deleting this line breaks the link, similar to ungrouping a symbol, allowing you to edit the node without affecting others. You can then save it as a plug-in object to use again later. Best of luck!
  18. The Get Font ID node allows you to set a font by giving the name of the font, or you can create a Text Style in Vectorworks as a resource and access it in your network by using the Set Style Ref node.
  19. I have added another version of the node that has an input instead of an OIP input. I also simplified it (I removed the aspect of overriding the document units). To create a pop up menu to choose symbols is definitely possible - it involves a tiny bit of coding though. There is a Popup node in the Input folder, and it allows you to create a popup list if you double click on it and follow the instructions in the code. The output of the node is the index of the list item chosen, so if you have a matching list of strings elsewhere in your Marionette network than you can use a Get Item node and the output of the Popup node to access the correct string. To delete an object based on a True/False value, you can use a Valve node in the Data Flow folder, which allows you to block aspects of your network, or you can use a Filter node and my version of a Delete node - I put examples of how they work in the new Format Units file. FormatUnits.vwx
  20. In order for trailing zeros to show up, the number must first be converted to a string - I have written a node that converts numbers to strings as well as adds document units, its called Format Units. I have added another node to the file that does the same thing except does not add the unit abbreviation. HTH FormatUnits.vwx
  21. Hello @Spotbenny- I think this has to do with the difference between a Marionette Object and 3D geometry in Vectorworks - a Marionette Object acts like a hybrid symbol, so 2D objects have to be converted to 3D to display outside of Top/Plan. To do this, you can convert your text to polys and then convert those polys to 3D polys. I think that will work. There is a node in the Objects - Text folder called Convert to Poly Group, I believe.
  22. Hello all, is there an easy way to find out if an object is a 2D or 3D object? I feel like there has to be some sort or properties call but I am not aware of it. I need a way to filter objects in a script by whether they are 2D or 3D, but all I can think to do is filter by object type, and that seems way too involved. Thanks!
  23. Here is a custom node that might come in handy: Compound List. I use this all the time. CompoundList.vwx
  24. sbarrett

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    If it helps, Here is a color input node that allows you to get rob values based on the fill of the node. I have attached it in Vectorworks 2017 and 2018. 2018: ColorInputNode.vwx 2017: ColorInputNode2017.vwx

 

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