[Plugin] Gradient Tools

[Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby TIG » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:23 pm

This set of tools adds text-tages to lines/faces giving the gradient as 1:nnn
There are also 'relink' options to update them after changing geometry - unfortunately the EntityObserver onEntityChange doesn't pick up any edge/vertex changes automatically! Aaaargh! :roll:
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    gradienttools.rb goes into Plugins folder.

    Usage:



    Tag Lines:

    Select some stuff including the desired Edges.
    Pick Plugins Menu Item 'Gradient Tools...' > 'Lines'
    ot type 'gradientline' into the Ruby Console.
    Text is added at center of the Edges says something like
    '1:60' or '1:25.125' or 'HORIZONTAL' or 'VERTICAL'
    [if no more than 1mm difference between end levels].
    Text is put on layer 'GRAD-LINE'.
    See below on how to adjust the default text offset 'vec='...
    You can move the text-tag using the Text tool - this location remembered on
    Relinking although the arrow will relocate to the Edge's midpoint if appropriate.

    Tag Faces:

    Select some stuff including the desired Faces.
    Pick Plugins Menu Item 'Gradient Tools...' > 'Faces'
    ot type 'gradientface' into the Ruby Console.
    Text is added at center of the Face says something like
    '1:60' or '1:25.125' or 'HORIZONTAL' or 'VERTICAL'
    [if no more than 1mm difference between end levels].
    Text is put on layer 'GRAD-FACE'.
    See below on how to adjust the default text offset 'vec='...
    You can move the text-tag using the Text tool - this location remembered on
    Relinking although the arrow will relocate to the Face's center if appropriate.

    Relink Line Tags:

    This relinks any tagged Edges - using the current gradient for the updated Text
    and the current Edge's midpoint for the arrow [relocated text is not moved].
    EntityObservers fail on edges/vertices if they are just moved so they can't be used.

    Relink Face Tags:

    This relinks any tagged Faces - using the current gradient for the updated Text
    and the current Face's center for the arrow [relocated text is not moved].

    Relink ALL Tags:

    This runs 'Relink Line Tags' and 'Relink Face Tags' at the same time.

    Donations:
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    Version:
    1.0 20100812 First Issue as linegradient.rb
    1.1 20100813 Renamed 'gradienttools.rb'. 'Gradient Tools...' submenu added.
    Split into tools for 'Lines' and 'Faces'.
    Layer GRAD-LINE/GRAD-FACE used. Text-tag now 'tied' to Edge/Face
    and changes to match the Edge/Face if 'Relink' option used.
    1.2 20100813 Downward pointing faces will now report the correct slope.
    1.3 20100814 'Relink ALL Tags' menu option added.
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby mitcorb » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:31 pm

Let me be one of the first to offer salutations to a prolific Ruby Titan on yet another great achievement!!!

And, if I lived in your neighborhood, I would be there to help you complete your remodeling tasks, TIG.
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby Ben Ritter » Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:32 pm

TIG, Thank you very much, for this and all that you do and share.
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby hebeijianke » Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:17 pm

TIG
THX
I have a Question
When I use "Tag Faces"
It tags always "VERTICAL" or "HORIZONTAL"
Is it right?
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby TIG » Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:42 pm

hebeijianke wrote:...When I use "Tag Faces"
It tags always "VERTICAL" or "HORIZONTAL"
Is it right?
Should be the same with LINES [edges] AND FACES
A vertical/near-vertical Face/Line = VERTICAL
A horizontal/near-horizontal Face/Line = HORIZONTAL
ALL other slopes return 1:NNN values ?
You need to 'Relink' if you change a Face or Line's vertex...
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Could you post an example SKP showing us where this happens?
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby hebeijianke » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:23 pm

Look this
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby TIG » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:37 pm

I understand! Any face that is facing 'down' returns 'VERTICAL'... :?
It was intended for roof/land-form slopes which are not usually upside down... :roll:
BUT it's an easy fix... I'll post an update asap... ;)
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby hebeijianke » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:40 pm

TIG wrote:I understand! Any face that is facing 'down' returns VERTICAL too...
It was intended for roof/land-form slopes which are not usually upside down...
BUT it's an easy fix... I'll post an update asap...

THX
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby TIG » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:51 pm

Here's v1.2 20100813 Downward pointing faces will now report the correct slope.
viewtopic.php?p=264130#p264130
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby chloesdad » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:45 pm

Thank you TIG for your continuing wonderful contributions.
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby Pixero » Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:54 am

For a moment I thought you had found a way of making gradient materials...
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby TIG » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:48 am

Pixero wrote:For a moment I thought you had found a way of making gradient materials...

It simply reports the gradients of edges and faces and tags them - all edge/facetags can be relinked to an edge/face ob a menu click. They are put on their own layers for ease of management.
The use it's intended for is reporting and controlling the gradients of landforms and paths - as you make adjustments you can relink and see if the falls are still acceptable - i.e. not too flat or too steep.
You can also use it on roofs - checking that 'flat' roofs have adequate falls, tiled/slated/shingle roofs have suitable slopes and valleys etc are steep enough.
The tool tags edges or faces as I found that sometimes you need edges like valley centerlines but it's possible to have a face with no edges directly up/down the gradient, then you need to tag the face gradient... :geek:

[You can make Gradient Materials using a suitably graded Texture Image - see viewtopic.php?p=149747#p149747 ]
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby TIG » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:57 am

Here's v1.3 20100814 A 'Relink ALL Tags' menu option has been added.
viewtopic.php?p=264130#p264130
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby TIG » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:30 pm

SUC wrote:
Pixero wrote:For a moment I thought you had found a way of making gradient materials...

Would it be possible to make this, TIG?

See the link - it's already been done ? Or am I missing something ??
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby Pixero » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:10 am

Sorry if I used the wrong word, but I was thinking of a procedural ramp texture.
Something like this: http://www.pixero.com/tutorials_ramp.html
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby frekky12 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:32 pm

Hello Tig,

I'm new to this plugin and have just downloaded it and am trying to understand how the ratio is representing the gradient.

Is there a way to represent this ratio in degrees?
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby Dave R » Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:21 pm

frekky12 wrote:Hello Tig,

I'm new to this plugin and have just downloaded it and am trying to understand how the ratio is representing the gradient.

Is there a way to represent this ratio in degrees?



It's a rise over run thing. 1:1 would be one unit of rise and one unit of run or 45°.

You can get the angle using the yellow Protractor tool.
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby TIG » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:19 am

My Roof tool also has a function to report the angle of a picked roof slope in degrees, A:12 and A:B format...
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

Postby rv1974 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:13 pm

TIG, many thanks for your efforts!
Could there be support for slopes in percent?
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Re: [Plugin] Gradient Tools

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