simple custom property question
bnz2 at cdc.gov
Mon Aug 1 12:58:32 CDT 2005
A custom prop can store characters of various sorts...
And all digital data is ultimately stored as some sort of collection of
characters, including images, video, sound files, etc...
So, if you had a way to convert a Rev object into characters, the way
imagedata gives you the characters that define an image, then you could
indeed store that object as a custom property.
I believe this could be done, but it would be a serious pain in the
bahonkus to do it.
For a group, you would have to get all the properties of the group, and
all the objects and their properties that are contained in the group,
and store all of that data in a well delimited chunk of text.
A limited version of this approach is what I do for storing data that I
use in my spreadsheet object, but it took me a fair bit of work to work
out. So I would suggest not doing this unless you absolutely need to.
But yes, it can be done.
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[mailto:use-revolution-bounces at lists.runrev.com] On Behalf Of Charles
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 1:49 PM
To: How to use Revolution
Subject: Re: simple custom property question
So "any kind of data" (as in, "You can define custom properties for
any object, and use them to store any kind of data.") doesn't mean
"any kind of data," it means various "multimedia" kinds of data --
but not Rev objects?
Since the rest of the data I need to send to each instance of the
dialog will be stored in an array built from custom properties --
that seems to be the Rev-"native" way to do it -- it feels peculiar
to have to call up a different data stream for the operation. I
suppose I'm just being fussy.
I wonder if this limitation (if I understand it correctly) gets in
anyone else's way?
On Aug 1, 2005, at 12:06 PM, Ken Ray wrote:
> On 8/1/05 7:44 AM, "Charles Hartman" <charles.hartman at conncoll.edu>
>> This has got to be simple, but I'm stuck: how do I get a group into a
>> custom property? I don't even need to do it from a script; the msg
>> box or Inspector will do.
>> The group includes an image and a bunch of little fields. I want them
>> in a cust prop because I'll have a lot of them and I want to automate
>> sending them to a dialog box.
> How about just creating the group in an offscreen stack (or
> substack) and
> then doing "copy group <groupDesc> to <targetLoc>" every time you
> want an
> "instance" of the group?
> Otherwise, you can't really store a true group object inside a custom
> property AFAIK - you could store the binary of a stack with one
> card that
> only had your group on it, or you could store the specifications of
> all the
> objects that make up the group and then build it from scratch each
> based on the specifications for each object.
> But personally, I'd suggest the "copy group" approach...
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