As Data type layers, Information, Mesh and Grid type layers have the ability to show values assigned to objects in them in a table type window. These windows, which are floating windows, are referred to as Values Floaters. They also include charting capabilities which enable you to plot values using various methods. These enhanced Values floaters allow you to resize columns, select the range of information for charting and they also automatically update when you add or delete objects to your layer, or add or delete parameters in the layers they belong too.
In future versions, you will be able to select an object in your layer and see its line highlighted in the values-floater, and vice-a-versa.
Example of Values Floaters - Information Type Layers
In information type layers the values-floater lists all contour objects and their values. If no parameters but the default one have been assigned to the layer, only the default's parameter values will be listed. The list updates as you add and delete objects or parameters. You may want to add parameters with contour functions such as ContourType() and ContourName() to display object specific information to assist you in identifying objects.
Values Floater - Grid Type Layers
In grid type layers the values-floater lists all blocks and their values. This might become useful if you need to view numerically all block values as they will be exported to your model. If no parameters have been assigned to the layer, only row and column numbers are listed. The list updates as you add and delete blocks or parameters. You may want to add parameters with block functions such as BlockArea() and BlockName() to display block specific information to assist you in identifying blocks.
Values Floater - Mesh Type Layers
In mesh type layers two values-floaters are available, one for node values and the other for element values. This might become useful if you need to view numerically all node and element values as they will be exported to your model. You may want to add parameters with element or node functions such as ElementArea() and ElementName(), NodeName(), etc. to display element and node specific information to assist you in identifying elements or nodes.
The elements values-floater
The elements values-floater lists all elements and their values. If no element or layer parameters have been assigned to the elements, only the element numbers are listed. The list updates as you add and delete elements or parameters.
The nodes values-floater
The nodes values-floater lists all nodes and their values. If no node or layer parameters have been assigned to the nodes, only the node numbers and X and Y locations are listed. The list updates as you add and delete nodes or parameters.
Values Floater - Data Type Layers
In data type layers the values-floater lists all values assigned to data points. If there are no data points in the layer, the Show Values menu is dimmed.
Values Floaters and Charts
Value-floaters also feature charts. Using charts you can graphically investigate the distribution of values assigned to objects. There are eight chart types available and these can be controlled using the labels and axes control panes. These charts are volatile, they are not saved once you close the values-floater they appear in.
To create a chart you first need to select the cells to be charted.
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