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Old 12-03-2008, 10:40 AM
michaelrepucci michaelrepucci is offline
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trouble changing subnode (child node) color, alpha, etc.

I'm having trouble setting various properties (e.g., color, alpha, ambient) for on-the-fly objects when they are the children (or subnodes) of other objects. For example

Code:
square = makeOTFSquare()
square.color(viz.RED)
works just fine, but

Code:
square = makeOTFSquare()
square2 = makeOTFSquare()
square2.setPosition(someOffset)
square2.parent(square)
square.color(viz.RED)
only changes the color of square, not square2. I tried changing the OpMode of the square node, either when setting the color, or globally via square.setOpMode, but none of the OpMode options changes this behavior.

Is there any easy way to do this, or will I have to loop over all the child (and grand-child, great-grand-child, etc.) nodes, changing each one individually?
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:39 PM
michaelrepucci michaelrepucci is offline
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Still having the same trouble, though I have found that some node properties do get passed onto children. For example, setting <node3d>.lineWidth or <node3d>.pointSize works as I would like. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:18 AM
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Does it work if you put all the OTF nodes underneath a group node, and then apply the color to the group node?
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:15 AM
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No, actually, that was how I first tried it. It doesn't work either way.
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:48 AM
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Can you post a working script that reproduces this specific problem? I tried the following script and it works for me. It loads 2 OTF nodes underneath a group node. When the spacebar is pressed, it will set the color of the group node to red, which gets applied to the OTF nodes.
Code:
import vizshape
viz.go()

group = viz.addGroup(pos=(0,1,10))

box = vizshape.addBox(parent=group,color=viz.BLUE,pos=(-1,0,0))
sphere = vizshape.addSphere(parent=group,color=viz.GREEN,pos=(1,0,0))

vizact.onkeydown(' ',group.color,viz.RED)
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:53 AM
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Interesting ... I wish I'd known about vizshape, because I've basically recreated much of its functionality, and in an apparently inferior way. I can't seem to find any documentation on vizshape, and its code comments are rather sparse as well. What you sent me does work.

Here's an example of what I did (a bit stripped down but reproduces the error):

Code:
import viz
import math

class Circle(viz.VizPrimitive):
	def __init__(self):
		#draw circle
		viz.startlayer(viz.LINE_LOOP)
		for i in range(32):
			radians = 2*math.pi*i/32
			viz.vertex([math.sin(radians),math.cos(radians),0])
		self.node = viz.endlayer()
		
		#initialize base class
		viz.VizPrimitive.__init__(self,self.node.id)

class Probe(viz.VizPrimitive):
	def __init__(self):
		#draw probe
		self.node = viz.addGroup()
		
		#draw circle
		circle = Circle()
		circle.parent(self.node)
		
		#draw lines
		viz.startlayer(viz.LINES)
		viz.vertex(0,0,0)
		viz.vertex(0,0,-1)
		line = viz.endlayer(self.node)
		
		#initialize base class
		viz.VizPrimitive.__init__(self,self.node.id)
	
viz.go()
viz.eyeheight(0)

probe = Probe()
probe.setPosition(0,0,5)
probe.setEuler(20,10,0)
probe.color(viz.RED)
probe.lineWidth(10)
Here you will notice the probe shows up with wide lines, but in white, not red.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:40 AM
michaelrepucci michaelrepucci is offline
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Can anyone explain why my classes don't work correctly for setting color? I'm a bit boggled, and looking over the vizshape module didn't really clarify anything for me.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:38 PM
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I run into a similar problem when creating GUIs. Some child nodes don't take the alpha of their parent. In the following example the texture quad does inherit the parent's alpha, the text and on-the-fly objects do not.

By the by, I only got the texture quad to take the parent's alpha when I set the alpha call's op mode to viz.OP_OVERRIDE.

Code:
import viz
viz.go()
viz.clearcolor(viz.SKYBLUE)
forceIDRoot = viz.addGroup(parent=viz.SCREEN, pos=[.40, .92, 0])
forceIDRoot.alpha(.5, op=viz.OP_OVERRIDE) # viz.OP_OVERRIDE gets the quad alphaed
forceIDQuad = viz.addTexQuad(parent=forceIDRoot, scale=[4.5,1,0]) #yes alpha
#no text alpha
t = viz.addText('afdasdf asdfasdf', parent=forceIDRoot, pos=[-.165, .01, 0], scale=[.3]*3)
t.color(viz.BLACK)

viz.startlayer(viz.QUADS)
viz.vertex([0,0,0])
viz.vertex([.5,0,0])
viz.vertex([.5,.5,0])
viz.vertex([0,.5,0])
viz.endlayer(parent=forceIDRoot) #no alpha?
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