Thursday, 30 April 2009

User Data Manager (UDM) plug-in for Rhinoceros 4

The first version of the User Data Manager (UDM) plug-in for Rhinoceros 4 is now released. This plug-in provides an easy management of any object data stored as object's attributes. You can use it for example to store any object properties (material, color, ...) and filter your objects for selection
Download here the latest version (April 30th, 2009).
Put the file in your Rhinoceros plug-in directory and install with the Tools/Options/Plug-ins menu.
Object attributes presents a structure similar to that of a Windows-style initialization (INI) file.
For example:
Entry1 = Value1
Entry2 = Value2
Entry1 = Value1
Entry2 = Value2

The plug-in creates a new menu called UDM in the Rhinoceros UI and adds the following functions:
  • Add and Remove
    >Data to objects by string
    >Add interactively data
    >Copy data to objects
    >Replace text in section/entries
    >Curve length as geometry/length
    >Volume as data value
    >Delete section/entries from objects
    >Delete all data from objects
    >Sort attribute data in objects
  • Import and Export
    >Export data to Excel table (for further analysis)
    >Backup data to CSV file (to edit in Excel for example)
    >Read backup data from CSV file (to reload in Rhinoceros)
  • Select and Set
    >Select objects with attribute data
    >Select objects by data section/entry
    >Select objects by data value
    >Set objects color by RGB data value (if exist)
  • Show and Print
    >Show data in Rhinoceros web browser
    >Show objects data value in dots
    >Show object groups data value in dots
    >Print interactively object data in command window
    >Print all objects data in command window
    >Print sum of (grouped) data values