This year I have just developed a new set of nodes in Rutabaga.
Majority of these nodes are made for use in our office, but it is a great thing to make it public and let Dynamo users use and evaluate them.
Rutabaga nodes concentrate on linked documents and interference checks. Nodes that extract elements from its ID are the most important ones in interference check because as of Rutabaga’s release time, nodes that are available in the Dynamo package did not work properly. So I created four nodes made for it.
The new update as of this writing time is in 2016.2.9 version. Although I released seven more new nodes, I don’t know why the extension could only read five of them. I will be carrying out this issue and hopefully release the updated version within this week.
Below are the details of the nodes and its uses.
Just like I had stated earlier, the reason of creating this set of nodes is that other nodes of the same purpose did not work properly. The other reason is since interference checking nodes are also created, there must be ID reading nodes that come with it, otherwise it is not a interference checking package at all. All other nodes required with this package are already available in Dynamo.
There are four nodes related to this in the package. One is reading from an integer ID, another is from a unique ID. The other two function just the same as the first two, but it has another argument called Document.
The first two read the element Id from the current document, while the other two read the ID from the document connected to them.
This node reports all the linked documents inside the current project, as well as their paths and their positions. The first two outputs report as a type output, while the last output is an instance output.
The two type outputs just report what are the links in the documents, and their paths. So each data output should be unique. The position output, however, as an instance output, reports position of any instances of the link to the project. There maybe two or more instance for every type linked, so the number of instances and types may not be equal, but the number of instances must not be less than the number of types.
(I am still working on the type of the instance per position to output, so please wait for the fix.)
This node lets you determine if a point is inside or outside a loop of points on a counter-clockwise direction. You can also tell the node if the loop of points represent a hole, and the points will be read at a clockwise direction.
These group of nodes is pretty straightforward. It will just return a vector turned 90 degrees left or right rotating along Z-axis with reference to the direction of the input vector. When the nodes with AtNormal option is used, the output vector will be when rotating at the given axis vector.
Simply put, a carrier or memory node that is very useful for Dynamo scripts with enormous amount of nodes used. Use this node when you want to bridge some parts of the script with outputs from nodes which you want to maintain, as well as tidying up the script. This node can also be used when you want to pass temporary outputs for tests.