Description

The Local panel provides tools for adjusting the display style within the Automatic Surface Mesh command and for assigning specific target edge lengths on a per-quilt basis.

Create, Automatic Surface Mesh, Local tab
Use the tools in the Local panel to adjust the display style and prescribe specific target edge lengths for individual quilts.

Display

The Display frame provides tools for adjusting the display style of individual quilts within the Automatic Surface Mesh command. Select a quilt and change its display style to one of five options: Boundaries, Wireframe, Flat, Shaded or Hidden Line. After running the Automatic Surface Mesh command on the Global tab, the newly created domains are also rendered using the same display style as their underlying quilts. For more information about display styles, review the Attributes section of this User Manual.

Resolution

The Resolution frame provides tools for creating, assigning, and deleting resolution filters which allow you to specify target edge lengths on a per-quilt basis. AltText
The Resolution frame provides finer control over the size field used by the Automatic Surface Mesh functionality by allowing you to assign specific target edge lengths on a per-quilt basis.

The first row in the Resolution table shows the Global resolution filter, which contains all quilts by default. The columns of this filter are populated by the settings on the Global tab and cannot be edited nor can this filter be deleted.

Use the New command to create a new resolution filter and the Delete command to delete the currently selected filter. Use the Add To Selection button to add the quilts in the selected resolution filter to the current selection in the Display window. Edit the Name and Max. Edge Length columns to set the name and desired maximum edge length for the resolution filter. Leaving the Max. Edge Length column empty turns the filter off.

Quilts are selected by resolution filters if their name matches the pattern in the filter's Pattern column. Edit the Pattern column to define a resolution filter pattern containing one or more comma-delimited wildcard patterns. If a filter's pattern list is empty, the filter is disabled. Wildcard matching supports single (?) and multiple (*) character matching as well as exclusion (!). If the pattern needs to include a special character (such as a comma or space), it must be escaped using the \ character. The table below shows a list of wildcards with examples.

Wildcard Example Meaning
* wing* Matches any name that starts with wing
*wing* Matches any name that contains wing
? win? Matches any 4-character name that starts with win
! !AB* Excludes any name that starts with AB
\ A\,* Matches any name that starts with A,
 

Tip: It is a good idea to organize and rename quilts before entering the Automatic Surface Mesh panel as this will make it easier to define resolution filter patterns. A group of quilts can be renamed simultaneously using the Base Name field in the Attributes command

Alternatively, the filter pattern can also be updated manually by selecting a quilt or group of quilts in the Display window and clicking on the checkbox in the Set column of the appropriate resolution filter. This updates the pattern for the filter with an explicit list of the quilt names. Similarly, unchecking the checkbox in the Set column adds a list of explicit quilt names to be ignored by the filter using the ! wildcard.

 

Caution: Be careful when using explicit quilt names in the pattern of a resolution filter as deleting the quilt or changing its name does not update the filter's pattern.

The Priority column contains a read-only integer indicating the priority of the filter. In regions where multiple resolution filters conflict, the filter with the highest priority (i.e. lowest integer value) takes precedence. All user-defined filters automatically rank higher than the Global filter. Use the up and down green arrows to increase and decrease the selected filter's priority, respectively.

The # column contains a read-only integer showing the number of quilts currently selected by a resolution filter and is updated as quilts are added to or removed from a filter's selection. Although quilts may be associated with the pattern of multiple resolution filters, they can only be selected by one resolution filter at a time. If a quilt's name matches the pattern of multiple resolution filters, the quilt is selected by the filter with the highest priority.

 

Note: Explicit quilt names added to a filter are considered to be of highest priority. Higher priority resolution filters that match a quilt's name using a wildcard pattern may have !pattern items added to them so that lower priority filters with explicit quilt names select the appropriate quilts.