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markdd

Ungroup option for Hybrid Symbols

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Could we have an Ungroup option for a Hybrid Symbol that will ungroup a symbol and retain the 2D and 3D components. Perhaps with a check-box to:

 

  1. Retain 2D component
  2. Retain 3D Component
  3. Retain Both

This came up in a wish from 2010 and I thought I would revive the wish.

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Although I agree with the wish:

Convert to Group is often used prior to creating a new symbol and that is not the best way.

It is far better to use Duplicate in the Resource Manager and edit the symbol after that.

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2 hours ago, Gerard Jonker said:

It is far better to use Duplicate in the Resource Manager and edit the symbol after that.

This is what I normally do, in order to keep the symbol as intact as possible. However it is my impression that @markddis asking for a simple way to split a hybrid symbol into its constituting 2D/3D parts without changing the actual geometry of the respective parts. That would be nice to have, whether it is called ungroup or split or something else.

 

@markddPerhaps update the wish title to "split" instead of "ungroup"?

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35 minutes ago, Art V said:

 

@markddPerhaps update the wish title to "split" instead of "ungroup"?

I think there are too many commands/tools in VWX that do similar things already. So adding the functionality to an existing tool seems like the most elegant solution. The dialogue box described above would appear and could be dismissed easily with a extra return ( and an "always do this in the future" box) or the option to do either one of the 3 options.

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Personally I think this should be a standard part of the convert to group command.  Only being able to retain either 2d or 3d geometry of a symbol being converted is annoying.  This would also fix "insert as group" symbols, as you can lose geometry in a symbol when inserted.

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