copy group to card

Thomas McGrath III 3mcgrath at
Mon Apr 7 14:50:19 EDT 2008


I am copying from a library stack via script. The library stack is not  
the same dimensions etc. as the stack I am copying too. I will look  
into the place to see if that is better. The thing is I will have  
dozens of these groups to swap out on the main card and it seemed that  
copy was a great way to temporarily display them and then I delete  
them when needed.

The problem I was having was that after a copy the on newGroup was  
being passed and I trapped it in the new group (from the template) but  
the internal script messages were not all working. So I moved the on  
newGroup to the card I was copying to and checked what group it was  
coming from and now it works as expected.

It works like a prop message.

On Apr 7, 2008, at 12:47 PM, Mark Schonewille wrote:

> Hi Tom,
> First of all, why would you want to copy a group? The good thing  
> about groups is that you can place them on multiple cards. This  
> means that you need only one object, or group of objects, which can  
> save you a lot of memory.
> Second, if you do this by script, you could send a special message  
> up the message hierarchy right before placing the group. If you do  
> this manually, no special message is sent. After you have placed the  
> group, the selectedObjectChanged message is sent. This might be of  
> help, because you could check whether the selectedObject is a group  
> and whether it is in a list of previously created groups. Another  
> message that is sent if you choose Place from the menu, is the  
> menuPick message. I haven't tried whether it is possible to catch  
> this message before the group is placed.
> If you really want to copy and paste a group manually in the IDE and  
> want to handle a message sent before or after pasting, you could  
> handle the commandKeyDown message. This even allows you to prevent  
> the group from being created.
> Best regards,
> Mark Schonewille

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