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      6 comments  ·  Structural feedback – BIG ideas » General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      Chris Kaethner commented  · 

      To summarise my discussion with Piers:

      While the v8.7 docking bars (Gateway, Properties, etc.) can be floated outside the GSA window and across to a second screen, the new docking bars that we're implementing in v9.0 have much improved behaviour, auto-hide, easier docking/undocking, (and they react to WinSplit docking commands on the second screen).

      GSA v9.0 will make far greater use of docking bars, offering bars that allow labels, contours and diagrams to be specified, entity definitions, modify entities, etc.

      We'll experiment with allowing Table Views to be dragged outside the GSA window.

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        open for voting  ·  6 comments  ·  Structural feedback – BIG ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        Chris Kaethner commented  · 

        I've just merged Wei Lin's 'sub-modelling' item (and votes) into this item.

        Chris Kaethner commented  · 

        This is an idea that could develop in several directions: for detailed analysis of part of the structure, for team working, sub-structuring for efficient analysis, ...

        Note that 'GSA sub-structuring' [http://oasys.uservoice.com/forums/243571-structural-feedback-big-ideas/suggestions/5593906-gsa-sub-structuring] already exists as an idea.

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          1 comment  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          I’ve moved this form the ‘REGIONAL ideas’ forum (which is mostly for new codes of practice) to teh ‘SMALL ideas forum’.

          Chris Kaethner commented  · 

          I think this means extending the new model generator, that is currently only accessible from the new model wizard, and making the new model generator generally accessible.

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            started  ·  13 comments  ·  Structural feedback – BIG ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            Chris Kaethner commented  · 

            Darren:

            > Ability to plot more than one load case (useful for when comparing loads);
            - that happens already: the cases edit field is a list, so you type "L1 to L* step 2" or whatever.
            > Graphics plots remember the last one's settings (I waste so much time resetting 1D element results to not plot 'interesting' points to speed up graphics display);
            - Use the 'Save Default View Settings' to save your current settings as default.
            > Storing of combination results so it does not have to regenerate every time the model is scaled (which I inevitably have to do because the default draw scale is inappropriate for readable annotation);
            - This is part of the 'GSA results management' item
            > A legend panel which is actually displayed at an appropriate default position rather than clipped off the screen;
            - noted
            > A top border line on plotted results - to save me having to draw it in by hand;
            - We will look into that.
            > The use of a polygon select shape as well as rectangular.
            - You can use the polyline selection for this purpose.

            Chris Kaethner commented  · 

            Regarding 'annotation of enveloped results' suggestion: I'm wondering whether it would be useful to have an option when annotating envelope diagrams on beams to annotate only the larger positive and larger (magnitude) negative values, and omit annotation for +ve min values and -ve max values. I think this would declutter the annotation significantly but still annotate the values you're interested in. Thoughts?

            Chris Kaethner commented  · 

            Muzzammil,
            "5) - show bounding box when zooming/orbiting view instead of immediately refreshing model view" - This already happens for orbiting when you are displaying more elements than is specified in the 'Tools | Preferences | Graphics | Limit before ghost image drawn when dragging' option. This could be extended to include zooming.
            "6)" - Much of this is covered by the 'GSA object builder' idea. You may wish to comment on that idea.

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              open for voting  ·  7 comments  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              Chris Kaethner commented  · 

              In GSA the polyline is implicitly closed if the context requires a polygon, - hence the closing grey line in the graphic representation of the polyline. In GSA 9 the polyline becomes 3D and there is no need to draw it on a grid plane; it can be drawn directly on the picture plane, making it less clunky as a selection tool.

              Chris Kaethner commented  · 

              The behaviour of the existing polygon select option depends on the direction in which the polygon is drawn: clockwise - any part; anti-clockwise - all

              Chris Kaethner commented  · 

              Darren: there's a (little known) polygon select option in the current version of GSA: select a polyline then switch to, say, element select; elements within the closed polyline in the current orientation are selected. I agree that this could be more intuitive, but what's there now popped out with little effort.

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                started  ·  3 comments  ·  Structural feedback – BIG ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                We're working on GSA tutorials.

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                  open for voting  ·  1 comment  ·  Structural feedback – BIG ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                  It would be quite confusing if this kind of automatic updating were applied only to the Combination Cases table. Shouldn't nodes be renumbered if a node record is deleted (as opposed to blanked)? Etc. So I think the suggestion is that all tables should automatically update references. Clearly this requires more effort to implement so I've moved this item to the 'BIG ideas' forum.

                  An alternative option is to provide a Renumber Combinations option in the Manage Data dialog.

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                      started  ·  1 comment  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » Adsec  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                      We're doing quite a bit of work on the Section Wizard, including offering the option to resize the window. This should help, though I can see that an option to identify bar positions more clearly would also be useful.

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                        Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                        Sounds useful. I'm just trying to think whether this can somehow be woven into the 'GSA object builder' item in 'Structural feedback – BIG ideas'.

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                          open for voting  ·  1 comment  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                          The CAD import option allows various CAD entities to be imported as polylines. Are you after something different to that?

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                            planned  ·  3 comments  ·  Structural feedback – BIG ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                            Andrew, yes, we do intend to use SQLite.

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                              open for voting  ·  3 comments  ·  Structural feedback – BIG ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                              Note that joints (and other constraints) act in node constraint axis directions, which default to global but can be specified as a user defined axis set.

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                                open for voting  ·  4 comments  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                                Nested lists. OK.

                                It would be easy enough to associate a colour with a list in the same way as you can associate a colour with a property. But an entity can exist in more than one list so 'colour by list' would have to colour the entity the colour of, say, the first list that the entity appears in.

                                Another option might be to introduce the concept of a 'current list(s)' and an option to colour the current list(s).

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                                  open for voting  ·  1 comment  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                                  The closest thing we have to this is the 'Edit | Select Out of Range' which selects all entities for which the currently contoured data is outside the contour range.

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                                    open for voting  ·  1 comment  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                                    How would the user module be displayed graphically? Contouring works with numeric values. Labelling is a possibility, though it doesn't fit too well.

                                    The 'governing utilisation' contour option that we implemented recently is contoured textual data achieved by assigning labels to the contours in the legend and contouring 'graded by value'. That method would only work for user modules with less than, say, 20 distinct labels.

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                                      open for voting  ·  2 comments  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                                      So options for top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right? Or to anywhere?

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                                        open for voting  ·  1 comment  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                                        Good idea. There's already the 'View settings painter' tool, which can be used to paste all graphic settings from one view to another. Perhaps this idea could be satisfied by extending the painter technology to allow Graphic Views to be 'related' and allowing for 'pinned' graphic settings, including orientation, to be shared amongst related views.

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                                          open for voting  ·  2 comments  ·  Structural feedback – BIG ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                                          To assign a colour to a list of elements is simple enough. ('Graphics | Modify Colour of Selection') So I think you want colours to be directly associated with lists. Then, as you say, we need to consider hierarchy (though I don't quite get your proposed solution). Perhaps when 'colour by list' is on then only selected lists are coloured, with elements included in more than one selected list being coloured, say, magenta. A new modeless control for selecting lists would be needed.

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                                            open for voting  ·  1 comment  ·  Structural feedback – SMALL ideas » GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                            Chris Kaethner commented  · 

                                            I think you want to specify the direction of view in terms of angles to X, Y and Z as an alternative to specifying longitude and latitude. Is that so as to align the view with the view produced by another program?

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