JP_trueAlign v1.6

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Contributor: Joaquin Pickelny
Align any set of nodes in a wide range of positions, keeping intact their input/output order and avoiding overlapping connections.
13.1, 13.0, 12.2, 12.1, 12.0, 11.3, 11.2, 11.1, 11 or later
Linux, Mac, Windows
26 Nov 2022

The file to download is a .hotbox, as in you can install JP_trueAlign directly importing the file via the HotboxManager. If you wish for the standalone tool to use independently, feel free to ask!

Unlike similar tools, JP_trueAlign respects the order intended by the artist for the nodes, given the input/output connections within the branch. This means the structure can be as convulted as they come, but once applied the tool, the result will be a one-way flow of nodes in flawless order (as shown below).

For the moment, the tool supports only single branch alignment (one input and one output per node). A broader tool to organize full, more chaotic scripts is in development.

To use, simply select any set of interconnected nodes, access W_Hotbox via hotkey, and select the type of alignment desired for your nodes. Taking the furthest node at the top, bottom, left and/or right, the tool will arrenge your nodes within said space, depending on the type of alignment selected.

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0 # Thomas Vu 2022-11-14 06:35
I imported JP_trueAlign_v1 .6.hotbox via w_hotbox manager but after selected group node and toogle hotbox interface, I can not see any of alignment type.
0 # Joaquin Pickelny 2022-11-14 16:22
Hi Thomas! All alignment options are inside the "trueAlign" subfolder. It is set for all nodes, so you should be able to see it regardless of your selection. Please let me know how it goes!
0 # Thomas Vu 2022-11-15 04:10
I did "import Archive" and check all, single,multiple , rules tab, but still can not see "trueAlign" subfolder.
ps: Im using W hotbox 1.9
0 # Joaquin Pickelny 2022-11-15 19:25
Are you getting a "SyntaxError: (unicode error)" in your shell?

If so, it appers to be an issue with hotbox itself, you may try this solution provided by another user:

Quoting Johannes Hilburg:
I had an error importing the hotboxArchive.

fixed it by changing 2 lines in the W_hotboxManager .py of the importHotboxArc hive(self) function to:

command.append('with" {}") as archive:'.format(archiveLocation))
command.append(' archive.extractall(r"{}")'.format(importedArchiveLocation))

this way I dont get the Unicode error.

Other than that, I use the same version and reintalled it to try and identify any issues, could you share any error messages you may be getting?
0 # Joaquin Pickelny 2022-11-14 16:51
Please note that it works on node branches, they should be linked! Not groups of individual, independent nodes.

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