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    Hide Groups in Linked Model

    Here's the scenario:
    I drew a simple vac canopy with structural steel columns. I wrapped a column in stone using a wall. Grouped and copied to the other columns. I did a rendering.

    Now, I need to do another rendering without the columns being wrapped. Anyway to add a visibility parameter to a group? Or some other way to control visibility? There has to be a better way than turning them off one by one in the parent file.
    Dan

    #2
    Give the wall wraps a specific name or type and create a filter based on that name/type to turn off the visibility.
    Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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      #3
      Design Options. One with, one blank.
      Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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        #4
        Originally posted by MPwuzhere View Post
        Give the wall wraps a specific name or type and create a filter based on that name/type to turn off the visibility.
        I NEVER think of filters. I need to remember those suckers.

        Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
        Design Options. One with, one blank.
        Ahh, interesting. Are DO's available for a linked model in the parent project? Or, do I open the canopy, change the DO, then update the link?
        Dan

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          #5
          Yes, you can modify Design Options in a linked file...
          Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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            #6
            Okay, I'm confusing myself. I think I did this wrong:

            I have my main model, which shows the column wrapped in stone. I created one option set with 2 options. With and without stone. And it works. But I have the main model showing stone, and a design option showing stone. This isn't correct, is it? I should have the main model with stone, then just one option without, right?

            :banghead: that didn't work either. Maybe I did it correct. When I have the main model showing stone, and just one design option without stone, it doesn't work. It always shows stone.
            Last edited by dzatto; January 26, 2012, 04:18 PM.
            Dan

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              #7
              Design Options seem to get "backed into", we go forward with an assumption and then a new idea suggests maybe we should consider using Design Options. It's a good idea therefore to have a Design Option (Option Set is the "problem" we need to solve) that is "empty", meaning before we tried to solve the problem. The empty option should show what the model looks like before you make any design "answers". If this one is set to Primary you can show the pre-design condition and then in additional views force the various options you create afterward to show, so you can present the results.

              I use this these definitions to keep Design Options and Design Option Sets clear in my head:

              Option Set = A unique problem that needs a solution
              Option = One (of many possible) Solution for that Problem

              Clear as mud?
              Last edited by Steve_Stafford; January 26, 2012, 05:06 PM. Reason: Added some more info

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                #8
                Originally posted by Steve_Stafford View Post
                Design Options seem to get "backed into", we go forward with an assumption and then a new idea suggests maybe we should consider using Design Options. It's a good idea therefore to have a Design Option (Option Set is the "problem" we need to solve) that is "empty", meaning before we tried to solve the problem. The empty option should show what the model looks like before you make any design "answers". If this one is set to Primary you can show the pre-design condition and then in additional views force the various options you create afterward to show, so you can present the results. Clear as mud?
                Yep, clear as risotto. :laugh:

                Nothing is working. I can't get DO's to work. I can't get filters to work. All I want to do is link a file, then turn off some walls in the file they are linked to. :banghead:
                Last edited by dzatto; January 26, 2012, 05:09 PM.
                Dan

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                  #9
                  Design Options do exactly what you are after, you just arent doing it right.

                  You dont change the "Design Option of the Linked File," you change "What design option of the linked file im looking at in THIS VIEW of the main model." Design Options- even ones in Links- are still view specific.

                  VG:RVT Link: Design Options Tab.

                  Link has two OPTIONS for the Options Set "Are my walls there." The options are "yes" (has the piers) and "no" (is a blank option).

                  In Main model, go to VG:RVT LinkO and toggle it back and forth. Works fine, and very quickly.
                  Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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                    #10
                    Open up Host Project....make sure ProjectRef is linked right...

                    Go to VG and Filters...uncheck or check COLUMN WRAPS....you can dissect what I did and apply it to yours...
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                    Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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