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    Default Duplicating node tree in Slate Editor (3ds Max 2012)



    I have a nicely arranged node tree which contains
    several unlinked but still important nodes. I need
    the whole view duplicated 16 times.

    Things I've tried so far:

    - Apply material, create new view, pick material.
    This method loses arrangement and unlinked nodes.

    - Maxscript can create new views but it seems
    scripts can not add and manipulate actual nodes.

    - Mouse and keyboard macros: tried two apps but
    both were imprecise and occasionally screwed up
    drags (used for node linking and node resizing).

    Any suggestions what else I could try?

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    Well, macro recorders do work, the problem was not
    with them. As it turns out I recorded the node creation
    process on a view which was panned, so it's grid (where
    nodes are snapped to) was not in the same position
    as the grid in newly created views, breaking sync.

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    I stumbled upon a better solution:

    Select tree, duplicate it with shift+drag then while the
    new set of nodes are still selected right click on one
    and pick "Move tree to view...". It transfers the
    network so if only one node needs to be moved then
    it must be isolated.

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    Arnold1 might be a spam bot of Christmas past from the future.

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