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Discussion in 'xLights (Nutcracker)' started by christish2006, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. christish2006

    christish2006 New Elf

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    Hi All,


    Does anyone know whether you nest / group models in xlights, I mean I know that you can create model groups but can you link them so they move together etc.


    My scenario is this I have a plastic model that I bought from Target, it has a star within a star as per below link


    https://www.dropbox.com/s/giuu50f5gct5b76/20161106_204154.jpg?dl=0


    I guess in Xlights that I need to draw two stars, but I would like to group them as one, so that when I move it or resize they scale together?


    I hope that makes sense.


    Has anyone come across this?


    Cheers
    Chris
     
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    Draw the 2 stars, create a Group called stars under Layout, click on the group name then bottom left find the 2 props and move them into the group with the arrow.

    I have 100's of props in groups, like most XL users :)
     
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    I think Chris is asking something I've also been trying to do.. when in layout its possible to move individual parts of a group and accidentally move them out of alignment with each other.


    It would be nice to be able to lock them together so you can only move them as one.
     
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    The custom model was the solution for me although I haven't updated for ages so it may have changed.
     
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    Yeah what Marmalade said...


    That way they are locked together when you move or scale them, and also if you duplicated them they woul dbe exactly the same.


    I might try a custom model like i13 suggested and see how that goes.


    Thanks
     
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    but you can't do layers (like in layered stars/wreaths) with custom models (?)


    In any case, locking groups togther would be a nice feature. Nearly all vector and cad programs can do this as default.
     
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    The custom model can have more than one dumb channel.
     
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    why not use the star model and specify two layers of lights?
    Are these smart or dumb rgb lights?
     

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    Not sure about resizing but you can definitely move a group of models in xLights. Just click the group name on the left which will highlight them all....then I believe its the shift key...hold it down and then drag your group around.
     
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    Thanks for the pro tip! I've been trying to move things around as a group and having to do it one at at time!
     
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    Ha!, you guys are awesome thanks!
     

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