How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formula
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How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formulahi everybody!
the X axis value of my DC normally comes from a function because of the auto resize. the problem happens when I change the X axis value through the ANIMATE function on the INTERACT mode. it toggles between 0.3cm and 0.85cm values. when I click on the DC, SketchUp overwrites the value passed by the ANIMATE function on the function previously saved on the X axis field. from that time on, the DC doesn't resize properly because there's no more formula in the field but a value instead. in order to avoid this, I created a custom variable called pos_X in order to receive the formula that should be saved in the X axis field. pos_X is in a text format but X axis field only accepts number format. I need to know how to interpret this formula in text format and send the value in number format to the X axis field. many thanks. Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC FormulaHard to say without seeing the model, or the formulas. Here's a suggestion:
Use onClick to animate some attribute, in this case "movement": onCLick: animate("movement", 0, 5) The quotes are important. It prevents a bug if your animation values are negative, so just get in the habit of using them with the animate function. Then base the X formula on the attribute: X: =movement The equals sign is important. It gets you the value of the attribute. Hi
Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formula@Jim. first of all, thanks for the reply.
I will try to be straight in my explanation: When opening SketchUp:
OnClick Event:
when I finish the INTERACT mode and resize the cabinet, now, it doesn't resize properly because X axis value is not a formula anymore but a numeric value. as a try to overcome this situation, I created another custom variable called "pos_X" (text type) and changed OnClick code, as follows:
any idea? Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC FormulaYou are trying to set the builtin RotZ directly.
In Jim's example he set a variable, which was then used to set one of the builtin variables... So try: ANIMATE("myRotZ", 0, 90) Then use that layer, with: RotZ =myRotZ etc... TIG
Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formula@TIG. the problem doesn't have to do with RotZ setting but with X axis setting. when I change its value (through ANIMATE function), it loses the formula previously saved.
thanks. Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC FormulaIt sounds as if you could simplify the functions by using a better placed axis of rotation. Can you share the model?
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Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formulayes @Jim. for sure.
activate the INTERACT mode, open and close the cabinet door and see what happens to the door. Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC FormulaAre you really using SketchUp 7 as it says on yout profile?
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Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC FormulaAnyhow, the point I and TIG are trying to make is that you can have a single animation attribute, but can use that attribute in any of the position and rotation attributes to obtain simultaneous animations.
Quick example: This would animate 90 degress around the Z axis, while at the same time moving along the X axis from 1 to 3. Does that help? Hi
Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formula@Jim and @TIG. I understood the changes you did but I'll come back to the same problem: X axis will lose the formula =Cabinet!X+Door!door_gap, useful for the dynamic resize. I want to kill 2 birds with one stone: I want to have a dynamic resize along with open/close door animation.
you might have noticed that when I rotate the door right after I have to move back the door in the X coordinate, otherwise, the door will be touching the other door of the beside cabinet, when both are open. when opening/closing the door, X axis receives numeric values, losing the formula. when resizing the cabinet, X axis should have the formula back, in order to do the resize properly. thanks. Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formulabut you both gave me a very good idea that might be the solution and I'll try it right after the coffee. I will write the formula Cabinet!X + anim in the X axis field. the custom variable anim will receive the numeric value coming from one of the two formulas written in the ANIMATE function.
ANIMATE function in turn will have the two formulas: Door!door_gap and Door!door_gap+MDF_thickness, for instance. what do you think? Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formulahi guys,
the problem with the resize and cabinet door opening/closing was solved thanks to you guys, specially to @Jim and @TIG who gave me a brilliant idea. I'll let available the project for whoever wants to make use of it. THANKS!!! How To Interpret a Text as a DC FormulaHere is what I mean.
The "anim" attribute moves smoothly between 0 and 1. We use the basic math properties that
So then for any translation or rotation or scale the formula is:
or for a rotation:
Think in terms of start position and travel amount. When "anim" is 0 you get the start position. When "anim" reaches 1 you get the start_position + travel_amount. The main advantage of all this is that you can use the "anim" attribute in any of the position, rotation, or size attributes to get multiple, simultaneous animations. Plus it actually simplifies the formulas once you get your head around it. You can also use the "anim" attribute to drive animations in other components in your DC. Perhaps the 2nd image will help clarify. Hi
Re: How To Interpret a Text as a DC Formulathat's right @Jim. you are an expert! now I'm uploading the final version of the cabinet project, with 2 doors working, as it really should be.
thanks.
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