Different text in each BlockReference instance

Revised for version 12. Now, viewportLayout1 is of type Model.

The following code sample demonstrates how to change the text in each BlockReference instance. The trick is to use the Attribute entity.

A block attribute is a tag or label that attaches information to a block. The information is mapped as a column in a database table. It can be anything, for example, room numbers, equipment tags, drawings numbers in a set, etc.

The appearance of the tag can be customized at instance level as well, for example, you can change the size of the text only for a single instance of your block. To reset all settings as in block definition you need to call ViewportLayout.Entities.SinchronizeAttributes() instead.

// Block creation
Block bl1 = new Block("desk");

LinearPath rect = new LinearPath(180, 80);
rect.ColorMethod = colorMethodType.byEntity;
rect.Color = Color.Blue;

// adds some entities

bl1.Entities.Add(new Text(10, 10, 0, "Dimensions:", 5));
bl1.Entities.Add(new Text(10, 20, 0, "Owner:", 5));
bl1.Entities.Add(new Text(10, 30, 0, "Price:", 5));
bl1.Entities.Add(new Text(10, 40, 0, "Color:", 5));

// adds attributes, their text will replaced for each instance
bl1.Entities.Add(new devDept.Eyeshot.Entities.Attribute(50, 10, 0, "Dimensions", "Dimensions (cm)?", 5));
bl1.Entities.Add(new devDept.Eyeshot.Entities.Attribute(50, 20, 0, "Owner", "Owner name?", 5));
bl1.Entities.Add(new devDept.Eyeshot.Entities.Attribute(50, 30, 0, "Price", "Price?", 5));
bl1.Entities.Add(new devDept.Eyeshot.Entities.Attribute(50, 40, 0, "Color", "Color?", 5));

// adds the block to the Blocks master collection

// Block reference creation
BlockReference br1 = new BlockReference(-20, 50, 0, "desk", 1, 1, 1, 0);

// Fills required tags (you can skip some of them)
br1.Attributes.Add("Dimensions", "160 x 80");
br1.Attributes.Add("Owner", "Alberto");
br1.Attributes.Add("Price", "169,00 Euros");

// adds the block reference to the 3D scene

// changes a values after adding it
br1.Attributes["Owner"].Value = "Giulia";

// changes visibility status
br1.Attributes["Owner"].Invisible = true;

// Block reference creation
BlockReference br2 = new BlockReference(-102, 130, 0, "desk", 1, 1, 1, UtilityEx.DegToRad(-90));

// Fills required tags (you can skip some)
br2.Attributes.Add("Dimensions", "160 x 80");
br2.Attributes.Add("Owner", "Luca");
br2.Attributes.Add("Price", "169,00 Euros");
br2.Attributes.Add("Color", "Birch veneer");

// adds the block reference to the 3D scene

// changes height of the first BlockReference instance price tag
br1.Attributes["Price"].Height = 8;

// this change requires a regen call

// If you want to reset all settings as in Block definition uncomment this line
// viewportLayout1.Entities.SynchronizeAttributes("desk");

Here is an image of the result:


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  • BlockReference.Attributes is readonly so, is this line still applicable?

    br1.Attributes = new Dictionary<string, string>();   

  • You're right, that line of code is not allowed, since the Dictionary is already created internally.

    I fixed the code. 

    Thanks for reporting it.

  • Does the Attribute entity supports linebreak? If yes, what char has to be used?


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