Q316 : Editing Conductors that are Part of a Group in SESCAD
Question In SESCAD, I would like to edit a conductor that is part of a group. What are my options?
There are three techniques that you can use to access the information about individual conductor segments that are part of a group:
(a): Ungroup the conductors. After selecting the group, use the Edit | Ungroup operation to break it apart. If the desired conductor is still part of a group, you will have to repeat the above operation until you can select the conductor individually. Alternatively, you can use Edit | Ungroup All to ungroup all levels in the data hierarchy.
(b): Change the Active Object. A disadvantage of the above method is that the grouped objects become ungrouped, and it becomes a lot more difficult to manipulate it as a unit. Another option to access the conductors of the group is to change the "Active Object". SESCAD can only edit one object at a time. In its normal mode of operation, this object is the "MAIN" electrode. However, you can change which object is being edited by using Advanced | Set As Active Object when a group is selected. When this option is used, the content of the selected group becomes editable, while the rest of the document becomes uneditable (it appears in gray). You can repeat this operation whenever you encounter another group. To return to the previous "Active Object", use Advanced | Set Parent As Active Object.
(c): Turn off the usage of groups. You can temporarily turn off the usage of groups in the program by toggling the state of the Edit | Use Group Information menu item. When this menu item is not checked, all conductors and profiles are accessible directly, as though they weren't part of groups. You can restore the usage of groups in the program by toggling the state of the Edit | Use Group Information menu item again; at this point, the groups are reconstituted.