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ETO Studio 2013 vs Rule Annotations

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01-29-2013 11:23 AM



When accessing parameters through the ETO Model Browser in VS...It seams that VS doesn't recognize the rule annotations...



For example:


' Insulation.
<%%Category("Door Configuration"),_
%%DisplayName("Door Insulation"),_
%%Prompt("Door insulation"),_
%%ChoicesDelimiter("|") >_
Parameter Rule DoorInsulationMaterial As String = "Fiberglass"


The parameter window only shows "Fiberglass"...and not the other choice option for this rule. 


Is there a setting that needs to be configured so VS displays the annotations correctly?


I'm using Visual Studio 2010 Professional.



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Registered: ‎08-23-2006
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Re: ETO Studio 2013 vs Rule Annotations

01-29-2013 12:35 PM in reply to: ludesroc

This is one of the changes between the "old" Inventor-based IDE and the new ETO Studio IDE.  ETO Studio is meant to be a "developer" interface, not a pseudo-end-user interface.  Hence we changed the behavior of the new "Parameters" dialog, as compared to the old-IDE "Part Editor" dialog.  The new Parameters dialog expects that you, as a developer, will input a formula to specify the value for each parameter ... and hence does not respect the rule-annotations regarding data (non-formula) input.


I.e., this means you have to input strings with double-quotes, and Names with a leading colon.


Personally, I think we (that is, "I") took this a step too far with respect to Name-type parameters.  It would have been easy to use the rule-annotations to "suggest" appropriate values, or something like that, and insert it with the leading colon.


Note that rule-annotations don't go away.  They're just not quite as useful.  ETO Studio respects other annotations, e.g., %%DisplayName for the Model Browser window and %%Category, etc., for the Model Properties window.


As much as I want people to use ETO Studio, I will point out that the old IDE is still available, just disabled by default.



Jon Balgley
Autodesk Configurator 360 / Inventor ETO team
Autodesk, Inc.
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