Why use a Briefcase Function-Block?

When a model becomes complex, it becomes more difficult to identify to which kinematic-chain each FB applies.

You can use Briefcase FBs to group FBs. The model becomes easier to manage once they are 'in the briefcase'.

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Add Briefcase Function-Block (FB)

Command:

Tools menu (or Toolbar) > Add Point-Data Function-Block (FB)

What for:

To hide or show a group of other Function-Blocks.
To hide other Function-Blocks from the graphic-area.
To group Function-Blocks.

How to Add:

STEP 1: Add a Briefcase FB to the graphic-area:

1.Click Tools menu > Add Briefcase FB
2.Click in the graphic-area.

The Briefcase FB is now in the graphic-area.

STEP 2:  Open the Briefcase FB dialog-box

Open the Briefcase FB dialog-box in the usual ways:

1.Double-click the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree

- or -

1.Click the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree so that it shows in the Selection-Window
2.Right-click the Briefcase FB in the Selection-Window
3.Click Edit element in the contextual menu

STEP 3:  Use the Briefcase FB dialog-box

Dialog-R11-Briefcase-DisplayParameters

Display Parameters separator

1s-red << write a label >>

Enter text for a 'label' which should remind you of the FBs that are in the Briefcase. The label shows above the Briefcase FB.

2s 'Background colour' and Transparency Slider

When you show the FBs that are in the Briefcase as a window, you can edit the colour of the window.

Use the transparency slider to edit the density of the colour.

3s 'Hide Elements' / 'Show Elements'

Use this check-box to show or hide the elements in a window.

Click 'Hide-Elements to show the FBs

Click 'Show Elements' to hide the FBs in the graphic-area.

Dialog-R11-Briefcase-Elements add-remove

Elements add/remove separator

To add FBs to the Briefcase:

1.Click the Padlock5s to unlock the Briefcase - the padlock icon becomes unlocked - see image.
2.Click FBs in the graphic-area to add them to the Briefcase.

The FBs show in the 'Function-Blocks' box, below. At the same time, the FBs are removed from the graphic-area.

3.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase.

Now you cannot add or remove FBs to or from the Briefcase.

To remove FBs from the Briefcase:

1.Click the Padlock5s to unlock the Briefcase
2.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks box - in the dialog - to make a FB 'active'.
3.Click the Red Cross4s button

The FB returns to the graphic-area, outside the Briefcase 'window'. The wires that connect to and from this FB will now connect with the Briefcase.

4.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase

To arrange the FBs in a window in the graphic-area.

1.Click the 'arrange FBs'6s button to put the FBs in a 'linear array' in the graphic-area.

Note: You may also need to use the 'Show Elements' check-box - see above.


COMING in R13:

A. A button to add to the Briefcase those FB  that are connected to the output-connector of a FB that is already in the list.
B.A button to the Briefcase those FBs that are connected to the input-connector of a FB that is already in the list.
C.A button to remove those FBs from the Briefcase that are connected to the output-connector of the FB that is already in the list.
D.To be able to edit a FB directly inside the Briefcase FB
E.To be able to rename a FB directly inside the Briefcase FB.

Example of Briefcase with Window in graphic-area.

Example of Briefcase with Window in graphic-area.

Example of Briefcase and Window in the graphic-area.

1s-red The Briefcase FB and its label: 'Lifter Mech'.

2s The Window. It resizes as you add or remove FBs.

To move the Briefcase FB and the Window of FBs

1.Drag the Briefcase FB1s-red to move the Window2s

See Also:

Add 2D-Cam, Add Cam-Data FB, Cam-Coordinates Data dialog

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