Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dynamo 0.6 Released

From  David Light's buildz blog...

Dynamo 0.6.0 takes a big step into the future with the ability to easily share functionality between users. Dynamo already had the ability to create custom nodes by collapsing collections of functions into single nodes.  This allows users to create their own libraries of repeated or more generic workflows that they do not want to rebuild over and over.  The Package Manager enables users to share these repeatable workflows with others, and do it directly through the application.

So, what kind of things can you find on the Package Manager?  One example, Andreas Dieckmann has added a "Highest Value" custom node, which iterates through a list of numbers and extracts the highest one. It's not a complicated custom node, but it is elegant, and now you don't have to make it yourself

Another from Andreas takes a small Python script and embeds it in a custom node to Sum a list.

With recursion and other higher level computation that is allowed through custom nodes, advanced users can also significantly enhance the "out-of-the-box" functionality.  Stephen Elliot's Serpinski Arrowhead creates a fractal design that might not be buildable by the casual Dynamo user."

Take a look around.  I have some basic form generators (look for "Box" and "Cylinder"), and a couple tools for organizing point collections into Quadrilateral sets ("Quads from Rectangular Grid"), and a replacement for the old Parameters from an Image addin ("Parameters from Image").  More to come, hopefully from you too!

Moving forward, we have the infrastructure in place for users to subscribe to nodes or authors to find updates to Custom Nodes, as well as the ability to see how popular nodes are and to vote up or down a particular functionality.  We also hope to expand the Package Manager to allow for the distribution of more complex libraries and references to build out the functionality of Dynamo.

Download the latest build and look in the Packages dropdown menu to get started.

More improvements in Dynamo 0.6
 - Can now use material parameters (Get Material by Name node)
 - Intersection nodes return more granular results
 - Adaptive Component By Face and By Curve nodes
 - Default values for some nodes
 - Root finding nodes
 - Convert anything to a String (To String node)
 - Is XYZ Zero Length & XYZ Length nodes
 - New Slice List node (get a sublist from a given list)
 - Custom nodes differentiated from built in nodes in search
 - Domain node (specify a domain by Min and Max)
 - For Each node
 - Multithreading nodes
 - Nodes to perform explicit lacing (Lace Shortest, Longest, Cartesian)
 - Divided Surface Selection node (returns a list of hosted components)
 - Add basic instrumentation infrastructure to report usage
 - Allow writing a range of data to excel
 - Face Face intersection node
 - Default value capability for ports

For the full list of Fixes and Improvements, see the ReadMe for 0.6

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