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Yorgo12345
11-16-2010, 08:52 PM
hi all,

I'm writing a script that will be used by a few different users.

the script saves renders to a default directory.

I would like to give the users the ability to choose any directory on their machine.

the directory is obviously stored as a string

So here's the Part I cant figure: How do I save that string back in the script file ( .ms ) so next time they run it, their preference is saved?

or is there another, better way?

thanks guys

JohnSwafford
11-17-2010, 04:01 AM
Use createFile() to make a MyScriptSettings.ini file in the $userScripts folder, then use setINIsetting() and getINIsetting() to save/retrieve whatever settings you want.

jonahhawk
11-17-2010, 04:33 AM
Have a look at this tool. It reads and writes to an ini in the Max Root folder. I am having to rewrite this since the firm moved to Windows 7 and a strict security policy for Program Files (limited user access). I will have to change it to point to the Users\user.name\appdata\ etc. folder. Lots of find and replace in my future!



/*
----Future Improvements
Create Grid from selected polygon/face

*/

(
theINI = getdir #maxroot + "ZGF_Tools.ini"


--Functions------------------------------------
fn gridCycle = (

local new_grid = undefined
local next_grid_index = 1
local current_grid = activegrid
local grids_array = #()

grids_array = for g in helpers where classof g == grid collect g
append grids_array undefined
(
if current_grid == undefined then
(
current_grid = grids_array[1]
activegrid = current_grid
)
else
(
for i = 1 to grids_array.count do
(
if grids_array[i] == current_grid then next_grid_index = (i+1)
)

if next_grid_index > grids_array.count then
(
new_grid = grids_array[1]
)
else
(
new_grid = grids_array[next_grid_index]
)
activegrid = new_grid
toolMode.coordsys #grid
)
)

)

fn gridMod gridSpacing gridSize= (

for g in helpers where classof g == grid do
(
g.grid = gridSpacing
g.length = gridSize
g.width = gridSize
)
SetGridSpacing gridSpacing
gridPrefs.perspViewGridExtents = gridSize/gridSpacing
)

fn alignSelToGrid obs currentGrid = (
if currentGrid != undefined then
(
gridXForm = currentGrid.transform
)
else (
gridXForm = (matrix3 [1,0,0] [0,1,0] [0,0,1] [0,0,0])
)
undo "Align To Grid" on
(
for i in obs do
(
i.transform = gridXForm
)
)
)

fn createGridAtObject obj = (
undo "Create Grid at Selection" on
if obj != undefined do
(
objSize = (obj.max - obj.min) + ((obj.max - obj.min) *.05)
newGrid = grid()
newGrid.width = objSize.x
newGrid.length = objSize.y
maxSize = (if (objSize.x > objSize.y) then objSize.x else objSize.y)
newGrid.grid = maxSize / 50
newGrid.pos = obj.pos
newGrid.rotation = obj.rotation
newGrid.name = ("Grid_"+obj.name)
select newGrid
activegrid = newGrid
)
)
-- UI ------------------------------------------

try destroydialog zgfGridTools catch()

local gridToolsBMP = (getDir #ui) + "icons" + "\gridTools.bmp"

rollout zgfGridTools "Grid Tools" (

spinner spn_spacing "Spacing" range:[1,10000,60] type:#integer fieldWidth:40 align:#left offset:[-10,0]
spinner spn_size "Size" range:[1,10000,1000] type:#integer fieldWidth:40 align:#left offset:[9,0]
button btn_gridCycle "Cycle Grids" width:120 align:#left offset:[-10,0]
button btn_setView "Set Viewport to Grid" width:120 align:#left offset:[-10,0]
button btn_alignToGrid "Align Selection to Grid" width: 120 align:#left offset:[-10,0]
button btn_gridAtSelection "Create Grid from Sel." width:120 align:#left offset:[-10,0]



button btn_help "?" pos:[110,4] width:16 height:16

--checkbutton gridToolsImage width:84 images:#(gridToolsBMP, undefined, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) Pos:[116,0] border:false enabled:false
--Events------------------------------------------
--Grid Spacing Spinner
on spn_spacing buttonup do (
gridMod spn_spacing.value spn_size.value
)

on spn_spacing entered do (
gridMod spn_spacing.value spn_size.value
)

--Grid Size Spinner
on spn_size buttonup do (
gridMod spn_spacing.value spn_size.value
)

on spn_size entered do (
gridMod spn_spacing.value spn_size.value
)

--Cycle Grid Button
on btn_gridCycle pressed do (
if keyboard.controlPressed then
(
max acthomegrid
btn_gridCycle.text = "World"

)
else if keyboard.shiftPressed then
(
max activate grid object
currentGrid = activegrid
if currentGrid != undefined then btn_gridCycle.text = currentGrid.name else btn_gridCycle.text = "World"
)

else (
gridCycle()
currentGrid = activegrid
if currentGrid != undefined then btn_gridCycle.text = currentGrid.name else btn_gridCycle.text = "World"
)
)

--Set ViewPort to Grid
on btn_setView pressed do (
viewport.setType #view_grid
)

--Align Selection to Grid Button
on btn_alignToGrid pressed do (
alignSelToGrid selection activegrid
)

--Create Grid at Selection
on btn_GridAtSelection pressed do (
theSelection = selection[1]
createGridAtObject theSelection
)
--Help button
on btn_help pressed do (
try destroydialog helpInfo catch()

rollout helpInfo "How to use Grid Tools"
(
group "Grid Spacing and Size:"
(
label lbl1a "Spinners change the Grid Spacing of all " align:#left offset:[-6,0]
label lbl1b "User Grids and Home Grid perspective extents." align:#left offset:[-6,0]
)

group "Cycle Grids:"
(
label lbl2a "Cycle through active user Grids and Home Grid." align:#left offset:[-6,0]
label lbl2b "Hold Ctrl to set Home Grid current" align:#left offset:[-6,0]
label lbl2c "Hold Shift to set selected User Grid current" align:#left offset:[-6,0]
)

group "Align Selection to Grid:"
(
label lbl3a "Align all selected objects to the current User Grid" align:#left offset:[-6,0]
label lbl3b "posistion, rotation and scale." align:#left offset:[-6,0]
label lbl3c "If Home Grid is current, objects are moved to" align:#left offset:[-6,0]
label lbl3d "world origin, 0,0,0." align:#left offset:[-6,0]
)

)

global GridToolsHelp = newRolloutFloater "Grid Tools Help" 260 260
GridToolsHelp.pos = (GetDialogPos zgfGridTools) + [0,130]
addRollout helpInfo GridToolsHelp border:false

)

--On Moved
--on zgfGridTools moved do (GridToolsHelp.pos = (GetDialogPos zgfGridTools) + [0,130])

--On Close
on zgfGridTools close do (
setINISetting theINI "Grid Tools" "Window Position" (GetDialogPos zgfGridTools as string)

if GridToolsHelp != undefined do closeRolloutFloater GridToolsHelp -- Also close the Help floater
)
)
gtPos = execute (getINISetting theINI "Grid Tools" "Window Position")


CreateDialog zgfGridTools width:130 pos:(if gtPos !=undefined and gtPos != OK then gtPos else [100,100])

)

JHN
11-22-2010, 11:15 AM
Use createFile() to make a MyScriptSettings.ini file in the $userScripts folder, then use setINIsetting() and getINIsetting() to save/retrieve whatever settings you want.

No need to call createFile, if you use setInisetting on a file that doesn't exist it automaticly tries to create one!

-Johan

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