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Editing templates in XSI

13 January 2006 4,925 views No Comment

Anyone who’s had to do much work with Symmetry Mapping Templates (for transferring envelope weights from one side of a rig to another), or Connection Mapping Templates (used for applying actions to different bone rigs) will know that editing the data can be tricky and error prone. But there’s a solution.

Simply select the rows in the data grid control by left clicking on the row header on the left hand side, and shift clicking further down. Press Ctrl+C and the data will be copied to the clipboard. Open up Microsoft Excel, and you can paste this data into a worksheet!

Luckily, this copy and paste process also works in reverse (using Ctrl+V to paste back in to XSI), meaning that you can use all of Excel’s handy sorting and filtering utilities to make sure that you donít have duplicate bones in the list. When pasting back into the XSI template, youíll need to make sure you’ve created the necessary number of rows in the template before you paste the data.

If you don’t have Excel, then this will also work in any standard text editor (although, you’ll need to make sure that the text editor copies the data as plain text, rather than including any font information). Each row will be pasted as a separate line with columns separated by a tab character.

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