New Custom properties tool - suggestions

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Re: New Custom properties tool - suggestions

Postby andrew » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:41 pm

Clive: custom properties are meant to define properties that are not already available in QCAD.
For example, in a city map in which each house is represented by a polyline, each such polyline could be assigned a custom property 'house number' which indicates the house number of that house. This way, additional information can be added to a CAD drawing in a way that is suitable for further processing in databases, etc.
If I understand you correctly, you are more looking for a tool to copy attributes or properties from one entity to another one. I think such a tool to copy custom properties from one entity to another would absolutely make sense.

Perhaps like this:
- Select some entities
- 'Edit' - 'Copy custom properties from...'
- Click source entity to copy custom properties from

A similar tool could exist for attributes such as color, line type and line weight ('Edit' - 'Copy attributes from...') - is that what you had in mind?
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Re: New Custom properties tool - suggestions

Postby andrew » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:18 pm

:) I do try to release 'early and often' these days, as advocated by open source evangelists.
I've noticed that the chance of breaking something big is much lower that way. And a minor release every 1-2 weeks is actually much less stressful than a major release every 6 months.

Anyway, for now I've created a feature request at:
http://www.qcad.org/bugtracker/index.ph ... ask_id=950
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Re: New Custom properties tool - suggestions

Postby andrew » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:37 pm

Well, there is actually a voting option for all tasks and bugs, but it's not being used very actively. Currently the most wanted features are:

FS#335 - Drawing preferences: Change font of dimensions, 3 vote(s)
FS#760 - Hierarchical Layers, 3 vote(s)
FS#761 - Colour Indicators for Layer List, 3 vote(s)
FS#889 - Filter the current selection to only include entities of a certain type, 3 vote(s)

All of these are actually realistic candidates to be implemented this year. But I'm also planning to extend the QCAD/CAM module which has more and more users and do some more screencasts.
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Re: New Custom properties tool - suggestions

Postby andrew » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:57 pm

Sure, feel free to set up a poll for that. It would be an interesting experiment to see if users engage in such polls. I can also add a link to the poll on the main web site to boost it a bit.
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Re: New Custom properties tool - suggestions

Postby J-J » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:56 pm

andrew wrote:
Perhaps like this:
- Select some entities
- 'Edit' - 'Copy custom properties from...'
- Click source entity to copy custom properties from

A similar tool could exist for attributes such as color, line type and line weight ('Edit' - 'Copy attributes from...') - is that what you had in mind?


Some tool similar to what is found in office software:
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Re: New Custom properties tool - suggestions

Postby Husky » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:29 am

J-J wrote:Some tool similar to what is found in office software:


Yep, agree - that would be really helpful!
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