Feature: Automatically select created object

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Feature: Automatically select created object

Postby blasVuwi » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:07 am

Hello ;)
Is there a way to automatically select an object after creating it? Right now if I create a rectangle, I have to then select it, then hit Wall (in Arch), then select that wall, then resize it. It would be nice if creation operations would automatically select the object they created, wouldn't it?

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OS: Arch Linux
Word size of OS: 64-bit
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Re: Feature: Automatically select created object

Postby vocx » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:34 am

blasVuwi wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:07 am
Is there a way to automatically select an object after creating it?...
I am using version 0.19, what you want is possible in my system. I'm not sure if this is a difference between the version, or maybe in your case it doesn't work. I don't remember if in 0.18 I didn't see this behavior.

The Draft code (I assume you mean Draft Rectangle) normally runs a function Draft.select(obj), which selects the object that was just created; so this is normal for most Draft and Arch tools.

https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD/blob ... ft.py#L789

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def makeRectangle(length, height, placement=None, face=None, support=None):
    if not FreeCAD.ActiveDocument:
        FreeCAD.Console.PrintError("No active document. Aborting\n")
    if placement: typecheck([(placement,FreeCAD.Placement)], "makeRectangle")
    obj = FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.addObject("Part::Part2DObjectPython","Rectangle")

    obj.Length = length
    obj.Height = height
    obj.Support = support
    if face != None:
        obj.MakeFace = face
    if placement: obj.Placement = placement
    if gui:

    return obj
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