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Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

(OP)
Hi,

I am trying to create a script that changes the settings for Feature Control Frames, Datum feature Symbols, Notes, etc.
I am new to programming and I am not 100% sure of what I'm doing so I could need some help.
So far I have this Code:

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Option Strict Off
Imports NXOpen
Module set_dim_text_to_arial

Dim theSession As Session = Session.GetSession()
Dim workPart As Part = theSession.Parts.Work

Sub Main()

Dim markId1 As Session.UndoMarkId
markId1 = theSession.SetUndoMark(Session.MarkVisibility.Invisible, "change dim text to Arial")


'Declare Font type

Dim fntArial As Integer = workPart.Fonts.AddFont("Arial", FontCollection.Type.Standard)


'Change Feature Control Frame Settings

For Each tempFcF As Annotations.DraftingFcf In workPart.Gdts

Dim symbolPreferences1 As Annotations.SymbolPreferences
symbolPreferences1 = tempFcF.GetSymbolPreferences()


Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempFcF.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
letteringPreferences1 = tempFcF.GetLetteringPreferences()

Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
generalText1.Size = 3.5
generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
generalText1.AspectRatio = 0.8
generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
generalText1.Italic = False
letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

tempFcF.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSpaceFactor(2.0)

symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSymbolSizeFactor(1.0)

Dim weldSymbolCfw1 As Annotations.LineCfw = New Annotations.LineCfw(37, DisplayableObject.ObjectFont.Solid, Annotations.LineWidth.Thin)
symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSymbolCfw(weldSymbolCfw1)

Dim surfaceFinishCfw1 As Annotations.LineCfw = New Annotations.LineCfw(37, DisplayableObject.ObjectFont.Solid, Annotations.LineWidth.Thin)
symbolPreferences1.SetSurfaceFinishCfw(surfaceFinishCfw1)

symbolPreferences1.DraftingSurfaceFinishStandard = Annotations.SurfaceFinishStandard.Iso2002

symbolPreferences1.WeldSymbolStandard = Annotations.WeldStandard.Iso

tempFcF.SetSymbolPreferences(symbolPreferences1)

symbolPreferences1.Dispose()
tempFcF.LeaderOrientation = Annotations.LeaderOrientation.FromLeft

Dim nErrs1 As Integer
nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)

Next

'Change Note Settings


For Each tempNote As Annotations.Note In workPart.Notes

Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempNote.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
letteringPreferences1 = tempNote.GetLetteringPreferences()

Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
generalText1.Size = 3.5
generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
generalText1.AspectRatio = 0.8
generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
generalText1.Italic = False
letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

tempNote.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
Dim nErrs1 As Integer
nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)


Next

'Change Label Settings

For Each tempLabel As Annotations.Label In workPart.Labels

Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempLabel.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
letteringPreferences1 = tempLabel.GetLetteringPreferences()

Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
generalText1.Size = 3.5
generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
generalText1.AspectRatio = 0.8
generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
generalText1.Italic = False
letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

tempLabel.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
Dim nErrs1 As Integer
nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)


Next


'Change Settings for DatumFeatureSymbols

For Each tempDatumFeatureSymbol As Annotations.DraftingDatum In workPart.Gdts

Dim symbolPreferences2 As Annotations.SymbolPreferences
symbolPreferences2 = tempDatumFeatureSymbol.GetSymbolPreferences()

Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempDatumFeatureSymbol.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
letteringPreferences1 = tempDatumFeatureSymbol.GetLetteringPreferences()


Dim generalText2 As Annotations.Lettering
generalText2.Size = 3.5
generalText2.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
generalText2.AspectRatio = 0.8
generalText2.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
generalText2.Cfw.Color = 37
generalText2.Cfw.Font = fntArial
generalText2.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
generalText2.Italic = False
letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText2)

tempDatumFeatureSymbol.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
symbolPreferences2.SetWeldSpaceFactor(2.0)

symbolPreferences2.SetWeldSymbolSizeFactor(1.0)

Dim weldSymbolCfw1 As Annotations.LineCfw = New Annotations.LineCfw(37, DisplayableObject.ObjectFont.Solid, Annotations.LineWidth.Thin)
symbolPreferences2.SetWeldSymbolCfw(weldSymbolCfw1)

Dim surfaceFinishCfw1 As Annotations.LineCfw = New Annotations.LineCfw(37, DisplayableObject.ObjectFont.Solid, Annotations.LineWidth.Thin)
symbolPreferences2.SetSurfaceFinishCfw(surfaceFinishCfw1)

symbolPreferences2.DraftingSurfaceFinishStandard = Annotations.SurfaceFinishStandard.Iso2002

symbolPreferences2.WeldSymbolStandard = Annotations.WeldStandard.Iso

tempDatumFeatureSymbol.SetSymbolPreferences(symbolPreferences2)

symbolPreferences2.Dispose()
tempDatumFeatureSymbol.LeaderOrientation = Annotations.LeaderOrientation.FromLeft

Dim nErrs2 As Integer
nErrs2 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)

Next


End Sub

End Module

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Each section here is working ok, but if I have a drawing that includes both feature control frames and Datum Feature Symbols, it does not work. I think this is because of these lines:

For Each tempFcF As Annotations.DraftingFcf In workPart.Gdts

and this one:

For Each tempDatumFeatureSymbol As Annotations.DraftingDatum In workPart.Gdts

I want to run through all Feature control frames and change the settings for each one. So here I am saving a draftingFcf from workpart.Gdts to tempFcf. Since workpart.Gdts returns both DraftingFcf and
DraftingDatums when the script finds a DraftingDatum and tries to save it as a draftingFcf it crashes.
So my question is how can I search for just DraftingFcfs or just DraftingDatums in my workpart? Or maybe there is a better way of doing this?

Thanks in advance!

Stian L. Amstrup

RE: Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

(OP)
I'm running NX8.5

RE: Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

According to the API documentation, datums, datum targets, and FCF's all inherit from the Gdt class. If you want to change the text uniformly of all these objects, you can use the base Gdt class rather than the DraftingFcf or DraftingDatum classes.

CODE

Option Strict Off
Imports NXOpen
Module set_dim_text_to_arial

    Dim theSession As Session = Session.GetSession()
    Dim workPart As Part = theSession.Parts.Work

    Sub Main()

        Dim markId1 As Session.UndoMarkId
        markId1 = theSession.SetUndoMark(Session.MarkVisibility.Invisible, "change dim text to Arial")


        'Declare Font type

        Dim fntArial As Integer = workPart.Fonts.AddFont("Arial", FontCollection.Type.Standard)


        'Change GD&T Settings

        For Each tempFcF As Annotations.Gdt In workPart.Gdts

            Dim symbolPreferences1 As Annotations.SymbolPreferences
            symbolPreferences1 = tempFcF.GetSymbolPreferences()


            Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
            lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempFcF.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

            Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
            letteringPreferences1 = tempFcF.GetLetteringPreferences()

            Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
            generalText1.Size = 3.5
            generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
            generalText1.AspectRatio = 0.8
            generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
            generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
            generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
            generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
            generalText1.Italic = False
            letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

            tempFcF.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

            letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
            lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
            symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSpaceFactor(2.0)

            symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSymbolSizeFactor(1.0)

            Dim weldSymbolCfw1 As Annotations.LineCfw = New Annotations.LineCfw(37, DisplayableObject.ObjectFont.Solid, Annotations.LineWidth.Thin)
            symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSymbolCfw(weldSymbolCfw1)

            Dim surfaceFinishCfw1 As Annotations.LineCfw = New Annotations.LineCfw(37, DisplayableObject.ObjectFont.Solid, Annotations.LineWidth.Thin)
            symbolPreferences1.SetSurfaceFinishCfw(surfaceFinishCfw1)

            symbolPreferences1.DraftingSurfaceFinishStandard = Annotations.SurfaceFinishStandard.Iso2002

            symbolPreferences1.WeldSymbolStandard = Annotations.WeldStandard.Iso

            tempFcF.SetSymbolPreferences(symbolPreferences1)

            symbolPreferences1.Dispose()
            tempFcF.LeaderOrientation = Annotations.LeaderOrientation.FromLeft

            Dim nErrs1 As Integer
            nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)

        Next


        'Change Note Settings


        For Each tempNote As Annotations.Note In workPart.Notes

            Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
            lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempNote.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

            Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
            letteringPreferences1 = tempNote.GetLetteringPreferences()

            Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
            generalText1.Size = 3.5
            generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
            generalText1.AspectRatio = 0.8
            generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
            generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
            generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
            generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
            generalText1.Italic = False
            letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

            tempNote.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

            letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
            lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
            Dim nErrs1 As Integer
            nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)


        Next

        'Change Label Settings

        For Each tempLabel As Annotations.Label In workPart.Labels

            Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
            lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempLabel.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

            Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
            letteringPreferences1 = tempLabel.GetLetteringPreferences()

            Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
            generalText1.Size = 3.5
            generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
            generalText1.AspectRatio = 0.8
            generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
            generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
            generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
            generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
            generalText1.Italic = False
            letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

            tempLabel.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

            letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
            lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
            Dim nErrs1 As Integer
            nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)

        Next

    End Sub

End Module 

Optional: you might want to rename the tempFcF variable to more accurately represent what it is used for (perhaps tempGdt).

www.nxjournaling.com

RE: Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

(OP)
Great! This works perfectly. Thank you very much!

RE: Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

(OP)
Hi again.

The code is coming along well, but there is still one thing that does not update to the new settings. It's the section where I change label settings.
All labels get the new settings except "Label on Parent" (i.e. the label you get when you create a detail view).


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Option Strict Off
Imports NXOpen
Module set_dim_text_to_arial

Dim theSession As Session = Session.GetSession()
Dim workPart As Part = theSession.Parts.Work

Sub Main()

Dim markId1 As Session.UndoMarkId
markId1 = theSession.SetUndoMark(Session.MarkVisibility.Invisible, "change dim text to Arial")


'Declare Font type

Dim fntArial As Integer = workPart.Fonts.AddFont("Arial", FontCollection.Type.Standard)

'Declare Aspect Ratio

Dim ratio As String = 1

'Change GD&T Settings

For Each tempGdts As Annotations.Gdt In workPart.Gdts

Dim symbolPreferences1 As Annotations.SymbolPreferences
symbolPreferences1 = tempGdts.GetSymbolPreferences()


Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempGdts.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
letteringPreferences1 = tempGdts.GetLetteringPreferences()

Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
generalText1.Size = 3.5
generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
generalText1.AspectRatio = ratio
generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
generalText1.Italic = False
letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

tempGdts.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSpaceFactor(2.0)

symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSymbolSizeFactor(1.0)

Dim weldSymbolCfw1 As Annotations.LineCfw = New Annotations.LineCfw(37, DisplayableObject.ObjectFont.Solid, Annotations.LineWidth.Thin)
symbolPreferences1.SetWeldSymbolCfw(weldSymbolCfw1)

Dim surfaceFinishCfw1 As Annotations.LineCfw = New Annotations.LineCfw(37, DisplayableObject.ObjectFont.Solid, Annotations.LineWidth.Thin)
symbolPreferences1.SetSurfaceFinishCfw(surfaceFinishCfw1)

symbolPreferences1.DraftingSurfaceFinishStandard = Annotations.SurfaceFinishStandard.Iso2002

symbolPreferences1.WeldSymbolStandard = Annotations.WeldStandard.Iso

tempGdts.SetSymbolPreferences(symbolPreferences1)

symbolPreferences1.Dispose()
tempGdts.LeaderOrientation = Annotations.LeaderOrientation.FromLeft

Dim nErrs1 As Integer
nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)

Next


'Change Note Settings


For Each tempNote As Annotations.Note In workPart.Notes

Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempNote.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
letteringPreferences1 = tempNote.GetLetteringPreferences()

Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
generalText1.Size = 3.5
generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
generalText1.AspectRatio = ratio
generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
generalText1.Italic = False
letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

tempNote.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
Dim nErrs1 As Integer
nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)


Next

'Change Label Settings

For Each tempLabel As Annotations.Label In workPart.Labels

Dim lineAndArrowPreferences1 As Annotations.LineAndArrowPreferences
lineAndArrowPreferences1 = tempLabel.GetLineAndArrowPreferences()

Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
letteringPreferences1 = tempLabel.GetLetteringPreferences()

Dim generalText1 As Annotations.Lettering
generalText1.Size = 3.5
generalText1.CharacterSpaceFactor = 0.0
generalText1.AspectRatio = ratio
generalText1.LineSpaceFactor = 1.0
generalText1.Cfw.Color = 37
generalText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
generalText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
generalText1.Italic = False
letteringPreferences1.SetGeneralText(generalText1)

tempLabel.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)

letteringPreferences1.Dispose()
lineAndArrowPreferences1.Dispose()
Dim nErrs1 As Integer
nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)

Next

'Change Dimension settings


markId1 = theSession.SetUndoMark(Session.MarkVisibility.Invisible, "change dim text to Arial")
Dim numBad As Integer = 0


For Each tempDim As Annotations.Dimension In workPart.Dimensions
Dim letteringPreferences1 As Annotations.LetteringPreferences
letteringPreferences1 = tempDim.GetLetteringPreferences()


Dim dimensionText1 As Annotations.Lettering = letteringPreferences1.GetDimensionText
Dim appendedText1 As Annotations.Lettering = letteringPreferences1.GetAppendedText
Dim toleranceText1 As Annotations.Lettering = letteringPreferences1.GetToleranceText

Dim mainText() As String
Dim dualText() As String
tempDim.GetDimensionText(mainText, dualText)


If dimensionText1.Size <> 0.01 Then
numBad += 1
dimensionText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
dimensionText1.Size = 3.5
dimensionText1.AspectRatio = ratio
dimensionText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
letteringPreferences1.SetDimensionText(dimensionText1)

End If

If appendedText1.Size <> 0.01 Then
numBad += 1
appendedText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
appendedText1.Size = 3.5

appendedText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
letteringPreferences1.SetAppendedText(appendedText1)
End If

If toleranceText1.Size <> 0.01 Then
numBad += 1
toleranceText1.Cfw.Font = fntArial
toleranceText1.Size = 3.5
toleranceText1.Cfw.Width = Annotations.LineWidth.Thin
letteringPreferences1.SetToleranceText(toleranceText1)
End If


tempDim.SetLetteringPreferences(letteringPreferences1)
letteringPreferences1.Dispose()


Dim nErrs1 As Integer
nErrs1 = theSession.UpdateManager.DoUpdate(markId1)

Next

If numBad > 0 Then
theSession.SetUndoMarkVisibility(markId1, "change dim text to Arial", Session.MarkVisibility.Visible)
End If

'Version up drafting objects

workPart.Drafting.VersionUpAllDraftingObjects()

End Sub

End Module


-----------------------------------

So this part:

For Each tempLabel As Annotations.Label In workPart.Labels

Does not include Label on Parents.
Do you know how I can include those labels as well?

Also, how do you post your code inside that nice CODE box in these threads?

Thanks!

RE: Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

(OP)
Also, you mentioned "According to the API documentation" in your previous post. Where can I find that documentation?
As of now I am just creating Journals and trying to figure out which command to use from those. Or i use google.
Documentation that shows what is in each class would be really helpful.

BR

Stian

RE: Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

You can find it in the NX help -> programming tools. In recent versions of NX, the default is to NOT install the "programming" help along with the other help files. You may need to re-run the help installation tool to install the programming help files. Once these are installed you will find the .NET API reference guide which lists every available class along with its properties and methods.

www.nxjournaling.com

RE: Return Feature Control Frame in Journal Script

(OP)
Great! I found the .NET API reference guide. This definitely helps a lot, although it is a bit hard to navigate/understand when I don't have a lot of experience with this stuff.
My code now covers almost every item I need to change, but I am still struggling to include LabelonParent. All other labels change with this code, but LabelOnParent is not included:

For Each tempLabel As Annotations.Label In workPart.Labels

In the .NET API reference guide I can't find a LabelOnParent class. Is there another class that includes this?
Do you know what code I could use to change settings for all LabelOnParents in my drawing.

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