Monocle for Dynamo Released

Published by John Pierson on

Hi Everyone,

Over the summer we demonstrated a few add-ins that we have been actively developing for Dynamo. These were all in preparation for our BILT North America classes on creating better Dynamo graphs.

Some of the examples include:

Annotating custom nodes.

 

Sticky notes!

and custom colored groupings.

Since demonstrating these workflows we have had quite a few people ask about them. In order to distribute, we provided an installer for Dynamo 1.3.3. This was not ideal, as it required downloading an executable, and running it, etc.

Luckily, with the release of Dynamo 2.0.1 we now have the ability to bundle these things on the package manager! (for 2.0 only) http://dynamobim.org/extensions-now-supported-in-package-manager/

This is great and makes installation a little bit easier from a Dynamo 2.0 perspective…

But what about Dynamo 1.3.3?

This was our biggest consideration as well. Dynamo 2.0 has been out for a while, but we are barely adopting it ourselves. As a matter of fact, I just recently updated Rhythm and Bang to 2.0. So what were we waiting for? Well, with this Dynamo release came a new file format which is not backward compatible. So, with this release we decided to research a bit more and see what kind of impact it would have on our end users. We believe in the user experience being great, and with that thought comes the responsibility of giving the product a good look.

Now that we have tested and built items against Dynamo 2.0.1, I am pleased to announce that we are releasing our Dynamo extensions today, on the package manager.

Monocle contains all of our tools that we have been demoing the past few months, and includes the ability to install on top of Dynamo 1.3.3 as well. (via an exe installer. I wish there was another way, but for older versions of Dynamo there is not.)

On the first install, your menu will look like this.

Clicking on the green text allows you to install the add-in to Dynamo 1.3.3. Once you have done that, it will disappear. This functionality will remain until 1.3.3 becomes less relevant. 🙂

Well, there it is. Go download it and create better Dynamo graphs!

-John

(ps. if you are interested in something more custom, feel free to reach out.)


2 Comments

Thomas · 2018-10-05 at 15:33

#1 🙂

great stuff, thank you guys 🙂

Jean-Marc Couffin · 2018-10-09 at 00:44

Excellent job guys, This is a very nice share to the community.

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