GrowFX Manual: Creating and the main parameters

Creating and the main parameters

You can create GrowFX within the panel Create > Geometry > Exlevel > GrowFX.


On the Create panel, click Geometry, choose Exlevel from the list and then click GrowFX.

Drag in a viewport to set the center and size of the GrowFX icon.


GrowFX icon:

Main parameters rollout

Presets group

Allows you to open and save a model as a GrowFX file (.gfx).

[path name]

Displays the full path name of the *.gfx file.



Icon Size

GrowFX object icon size.

Seed

Specifies a randomization value.

New

Randomly generates a new seed value.

Manual update

When on, the GrowFX object is not updated until you click the Update button.

Update

Updates the GrowFX object.


Paths group

Allows to manage the list of paths.

Create path

Creates a new path.

Delete path

Deletes selected paths.

Copy path

Makes a copy of the selected path into the copy buffer.

Paste path

Pastes the path from the copy buffer.

Paths list

Here you can move path items up and down by using the drag and drop feature.

To the left of each path, you can see the bulb icons that allows to enable or disable paths.

To the right of each path in the Paths list is an eye icon — a visibility toggle button. Simply clicking the eye icon hides the path (crossed out eye, denoting that this path is hidden). Click the crossed out eye to show the path again.

Name

Sets the path name.



Path parameters group

Allows to customize settings for each path.

Distributors...

Opens the optional parameters of Distributors.

Direction Modifiers...

Opens the optional parameters of Direction Modifiers.

Mesh Builders...

Opens the optional parameters of Mesh Builders.

After Mesh Modifiers...

Opens the optional parameters of After Mesh Modifiers.



Viewport display group

These settings can be used to set up the modes to display paths in Viewport.


Lines

Activates "paths as lines" display mode in Viewport. The following parameters are available: Wire color, Percentage of paths, Show points of path, Show vectors of path, and the Show x-points of the paths.

Meshes

Activates the Mesh display mode in Viewport menu.

H

Activates Highlighted paths mode. If the Lines mode is also active, the selected paths will be highlighted with the color specified in Highlighted lines color, in the Preference Parameters rollout, the other paths will be displayed in gray. If the Meshes mode is active, the selected paths will be additionally displayed as lines.

Wire color

Specifies the path color in Viewport, when the Lines is active.

Percentage of paths

Specifies the percentage of visible lines in Viewport.

Show points of path

Displays all points of current path in Viewport.

Show vectors of path

Displays vectors directions and orientations of all path points.

Show x-points on paths

When on, knot points of a graph are displayed as x-points on lines in Viewport on modification of graph parameters.


The system provides two ways to open additional panels, either by adding rollouts to the command panel, or in a separate floating window. This helps to divide different group parameters. So, Distributors path... button, Modify Direction... button, Mesh parameters... button and After Mesh Modifiers... button will open three separate floating windows. This can be customized in the Preference Parameters rollout.



Progress bar dialog

During the generation paths or meshes, the dialog with progress bar along with a Cancel button will appear after three seconds.

Click the Cancel button to cancel the generation process. The progress bar does not always show the calculation timing correctly. Clicking the Cancel button will stop the process, and automatically turn on the Manual update on the Main parameters rollout, for the generation process are not started again.

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