The Container Component groups together any number of button, slider, field, container and other Panel Components to build an interface. For example, the Container Component would be used to start creating your control panel, inside it you would place all the sliders, buttons, and viewer panels. It could also be used to group multiple sliders and buttons together into one panel that can be moved and scaled together, such as 3 RGB sliders for a color picker in your control panel.
Parameters - Layout Page
The Layout parameter page controls the size, position, and alignment of the panel.
x - Allows you to specify the Panel Component's horizontal position relative to its parent.
y - Allows you to specify the Panel Component's vertical position relative to its parent.
w - Allows you to specify the Panel Component's width.
h - Allows you to specify the Panel Component's height.
Use XY As Offset
usexyasoffset - Uses the X and Y parameters as an offset after the parent alignment options have been applied to the panel.
margin[lrbt] - The four fields allow you to specify the space that surrounds the Panel Component. The margin is the space between the Panel Component's border and the outer edge.
The Margin is defined in absolute pixels and does not stretch with the window, as a result margin is not reflected in the node's panel viewer but only when the parent is drawn in a floating window.
scale[xy] - Allows you to uniformly scale the Panel Component's children.
offset[xy] - Allows you to offset the Panel Component's children. This parameter is overwritten by the Align, Justify Horizontal, and Justify Vertical parameters, see below.
align - This menu allows you to specify how the children inside the Panel Component will be laid out. The options Layout Grid Rows, Layout Grid Columns and Layout to Network Nodes will scale the Panel Component's children to fit the Component. They use the Align Order of each of the children's Panel Components.
order - This parameter allows you to specify the Panel Component's position when its parent's Align parameter is set to something other then None or Layout to Network Nodes. Lower numbers are first.
alignmargin - This is enabled by choosing any Align option other than None or Layout to Network Nodes. It defines the space between the children of the Panel Component when they are being aligned.
Max per Line
alignmax - This is enabled by choosing any Align option other than None, Layout Grid Horizontal, Layout Grid Vertical, or Layout to Network Nodes, and defines the maximum number of children placed in one row or column.
alignignore - When on the Panel Component, will ignore any Align parameter settings from its parent Panel Component.
- Off - Aligns the panel based on settings in parent.
- On - Does not align the panel but respects margins.
- All - Does not align the panel and disregards margins.
justifyh - The menu attached to this parameter allows you to specify how the panel component's children are being justified horizontally.
justifyv - The menu attached to this parameter allows you to specify how the panel component's children are being justified vertically.
fit - The menu attached to this parameter allows you to specify how the panel component's children are being scaled into the panel's window. This parameter overrides the Justify Horizontal and Justify Vertical parameters.
stretchh - When enabled this parameter will stretch the panel component to fit its parent's Width parameter.
stretchv - When enabled this parameter will stretch the panel component to fit its parent's Height parameter.
layer - Allows you to specify the layer position of the panel component, with higher values meaning the panel component will be drawn over any other panel component in the same network with a lower value. Unexpected results may occur if two panel components in the same network have the same Layer value.
crop - The menu attached to this parameter lets you specify if any children panel components which are positioned partially or completely outside the panel component's dimensions get cropped.
overlay - Draws the panel last regardless of its position in the panel hierarchy.
Window and Viewer Fill
fill - The menu attached to this parameter lets you specify how the control panel fills a floating window and its node viewer.
Stuff from Window
stufffromwindow - When enabled the panel component's width and height are effected by resizing its floating window viewer.
Parameters - Panel Page
The Panel parameter page controls panel attributes such as display on/off, enable on/off, panel help, and background images.
panelclickthrough - When enabled all mouse clicks are ignored by this Panel Component.
Mouse UV Buttons
uvbuttons[left,middle,right] - Allows you to specify which mouse buttons update the uv Panel Values.
mouserel - When enabled the uv Panel Values will reflect relative mouse movement.
Use Mouse Wheel
mousewheel - Turn on to capture events when the mouse wheel is used over the panel.
panelcursor - Changes the cursor displayed when cursor is over the panel.
panelmultitouch - When enabled, this panel will process the first touch it gets in a similar manner to how it processes a mouse click, with updates to u, v, state etc. The touch event must be initiated from the panel. Subsequent touches are ignored. If this panel handles multi-touch events via the Multi Touch In DAT, you may want to disable Built-in Multi-Touch so it won't interfere with script processing.
- Use Parent's Multi-Touch Settings - Use the parent's Multi-Touch setting. This defaults to enabled in the root component.
- Use Built-in Multi-Touch - Enable use of first touch as mouse.
- Do Not Use Built-in Multi-Touch - Disable use of first touch as mouse.
paneltop - Allows you to specify a TOP / Texture Operator which is used as background for the panel component.
paneltopfill - This menu specifies the way the Background TOP will fill the panel's background.
paneloverridemethod - Determines how the values in the Override CHOP are applied to the panel.
- Trigger - A change in the CHOP Override channel's value will trigger the panel values to update.
- Always - The panel values always match the CHOP Override channel's value.
panelhelpdat - Lets you specify the path to a Text DAT whose content will be displayed as a rollover pop-up help for the control panel.
paneldisplay - Specifies if the panel is displayed or hidden.
panelopacity - Allows you to fade the panel in and out.
panelenable - Allows you to prevent all interaction with this panel.
panelresize - Four checkboxes allow you to resize a panel by grabbing the corresponding edge or corner: Resize Left, Right, Bottom, Top.
panelresizewmin panleresizewmax -
panelresizehmin panleresizehmax -
reposition - Enables repositioning of the panel or the panel's containing window. Reposition means you are able to move the panel component or window by dragging the mouse.
repocomp - Enabled by choosing the Local option from the Reposition parameter. Specify the path to the panel component you would like to reposition by mouse.
repositionx[min,max] - Enabled by choosing the Local option from the Reposition parameter. Specify the maximum range you want to be able to reposition the panel component horizontally.
repositiony[min,max] - Enabled by choosing the Local option from the Reposition parameter. Specify the maximum range you want to be able to reposition the panel component vertically.
Keep in Memory on Close
keepmemory - Speeds up the opening of the panel when opened a second time and thereafter. It will keep the UI objects needed to render and layout the panel in memory.
Parameters - Color Page
The Color parameter page sets the panel's background, border, and disabled colors.
bgcolor[rgb] bgalpha - RGBA values for the background. (default: black (0,0,0,0))
bordera[rgb] borderaalpha - RGBA values for border A color.
borderb[rgb] borderbalpha - RGBA values for border B color.
leftborder leftborderi - What color the 2 left-most pixels are. Options are 0 (no change), Border A (uses color defined in Border A), or Border B (uses color defined in Border B).
rightborder rightborderi - What color the 2 right-most pixels are. Options are 0 (no change), Border A (uses color defined in Border A), or Border B (uses color defined in Border B).
topborder topborderi - What color the 2 top-most pixels are. Options are 0 (no change), Border A (uses color defined in Border A), or Border B (uses color defined in Border B).
bottomborder bottomborderi - What color the 2 bottom-most pixels are. Options are 0 (no change), Border A (uses color defined in Border A), or Border B (uses color defined in Border B).
Multiply RGB by Alpha
multrgbbyalpha - Multiplies the RGB channels by the alpha channel.
Border on Top
panelborderontop - Draws the panel's borders on top of all siblings panels.
panelcomposite - Selects how the panel is composited with its siblings panels. See the Composite TOP for a description of the various composite methods.
Parameters - Drag Page
The Drag parameter page controls the panel's drag and drop behavior.
See also Drag-and-Drop
Parameters - Common Page
parentshortcut - Specifies a name you can use anywhere inside the component as the path to that component. See Parent Shortcut.
Global OP Shortcut
opshortcut - Specifies a name you can use anywhere at all as the path to that component. See Global OP Shortcut.
Node View - Determines what is displayed in the node viewer, also known as the Node Viewer. Some options will not be available depending on the Component type (Object Component, Panel Component, Misc.)
- Geometry Viewer - Shows a 3D geometry viewer displaying the geometry inside the component. This option is only available for Object components.
- Control Panel - Displays the Control Panel, only available for Panel Components.
- Operator Viewer - Displays the node viewer from any operator specified in the Operator Viewer parameter below.
opviewer - Select which operator's node viewer to use when the Node View parameter is set to Operator Viewer.
enablecloning - Control if the OP should be actively cloned.
clone - Path to a component used as the Master Clone. If the component specified as Master exists, then this component becomes a clone.
Load On Demand
loadondemand - Loads the component into memory only when required. Good to use for components that are not always used in the project.
externaltox - Path to a
.tox file on disk which will source the component's content upon start of a
.toe. This allows for components to contain networks that can be updated independently of the
.toe file. Paths used to locate
.tox files should not contain expressions or root variables. Built-in and Environment variables (like
$HOME) are accepted. If the
.tox file can not be found, whatever the
.toe file was saved with will be loaded.
Reload .tox on Start
reloadtoxonstart - When on (default), the external .tox file will be loaded when the .toe starts and the contents of the COMP will match that of the external .tox. This can be turned off to avoid loading from the referenced external .tox on startup if desired (the contents of the COMP are instead loaded from the .toe file). Useful if you wish to have a COMP reference an external .tox but not always load from it unless you specifically push the Re-Init Network parameter button.
Save Backup of External
savebackup - When this checkbox is enabled, a backup copy of the component specified by the External
.tox parameter is saved in the
.toe file. This backup copy will be used if the External
.tox can not be found. This may happen if the
.tox was renamed, deleted, or the
.toe file is running on another computer that is missing component media.
Sub-Component to Load
subcompname - When loading from an External
.tox file, this option allows you to reach into the
.tox and pull out a COMP and make that the top-level COMP, ignoring everything else in the file (except for the contents of that COMP). For example if a
.tox file named
geo1 as the Sub-Component to Load, will result in
geo1 being loaded in place of the current COMP. If this parameter is blank, it just loads the
.tox file normally using the top level COMP in the file.
reinitnet - This button will re-load from the external
.tox file (if present), followed by re-initializing itself from its master, if it's a clone.
"winopen" Panel Value - Every panel has now a variable "winopen" which reflects status of panel window open/close. e.g.
controlpanel -s /button winopen 0|1 now turns it off on as well.
Using Panel Components
Gadget components let you crop the gadget to their borders, or allow you to render and pick outside their borders.
- Panel Order of gadgets in a container was changed to floating point value, and was renamed to 'Align Order', under the 'Align Menu'.
- 'picked' panel values can be used with the shift and ctrl keys to determine which buttons within a button group are selected.