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Autoload

Post by triplus » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:07 pm

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Autoload module for FreeCAD.

Provides ability to load more workbenches on FreeCAD start. Such ability can be useful for workbench customization purposes and in combination with modules such as PieMenu, ShortCuts, CommandPanel ...

Code repository:

https://github.com/triplus/Autoload

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Re: Autoload

Post by microelly2 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:28 pm

Good idea

can this startup loader be extended to do some more startup configuration?
I had the problem to add some pathes to my python environment
https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=21996
and it seems a good place to connect to these 3rd party modules too.

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Re: Autoload

Post by sgrogan » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:21 pm

This is indeed very interesting. One of my favourite FreeCAD features is the "lazy loading" But I have a startup macro that's cycles through a few workbenches so some commands/icons are immediately available at startup for global custom toolbars. Allowing the user to tune this behaviour seems convenient. I will definitely test this.

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Re: Autoload

Post by triplus » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:50 pm

I can investigate and try to add something like that. In a simple form.

P.S. Will first do some test and prototypes and lets see what will be the result.

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Re: Autoload

Post by triplus » Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:07 pm

Features added:
  • Autoload modules from macro folder
  • Import can occur on two FreeCAD start stages
  • Exception handling
Use case:

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Use the following convention:
  • Prefix: Autoload_ (or Autoload_1_ to import module at latter FreeCAD start stage)
  • Name: Any (ASCII)
  • Suffix: .py
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Restart FreeCAD.

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Re: Autoload

Post by chrisb » Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:28 pm

In Path Workbench was recently introduced a special folder for the post processors. Perhaps the same technique could be used here. Advantages: keep the macro directory tidyer, no need to rename.

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Re: Autoload

Post by triplus » Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:34 pm

chrisb wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:28 pm
In Path Workbench was recently introduced a special folder for the post processors. Perhaps the same technique could be used here. Advantages: keep the macro directory tidyer, no need to rename.
No as this feature was added for regular users. And they shouldn't need to care about things like that. And i tried to make sure the whole procedure can be done from the GUI with only a few clicks. If you are developer you have all other options available at your disposal. ;)

P.S. Need to rename what?

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Re: Autoload

Post by Kunda1 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:04 pm

@triplus I submit a PR to tweek the README.md
https://github.com/triplus/Autoload/pull/2
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Re: Autoload

Post by triplus » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:22 pm

Kunda1 wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:04 pm
@triplus I submit a PR to tweek the README.md
https://github.com/triplus/Autoload/pull/2
I'll take a look tomorrow.

P.S. By taking a quick look image and a bit of fine tuning the description makes sense. As for the rest i am not sure for now. I would likely rather see a link to FreeCAD wiki to be added (describing the procedure in detail). Instead of providing such verbose (install) information for each module.

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Re: Autoload

Post by Kunda1 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:16 pm

triplus wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:22 pm
Kunda1 wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:04 pm
@triplus I submit a PR to tweek the README.md
https://github.com/triplus/Autoload/pull/2
I'll take a look tomorrow.

P.S. By taking a quick look image and a bit of fine tuning the description makes sense. As for the rest i am not sure for now. I would likely rather see a link to FreeCAD wiki to be added (describing the procedure in detail). Instead of providing such verbose (install) information for each module.
Good point. It goes without saying that the motive behind it has several reasons
Uniformity between all FC addons,
Options for folks who'd rather not use the addon manager who have or don't have git.
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