Custom Gui - How to hide the label?

  • On 29/01/2015 at 10:13, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    Originally posted by xxxxxxxx

    I have only one problem left, unfortunately. I want one of the custom properties to be a String.

            GROUP {
                BANNER TEST { ICON_ID 5159; WIDTH 16; ALIGN_H "center"; LOCKSCALE; TRANSPARENT; }

    Hmm, not sure if that's the problem but get rid of the "":

                BANNER TEST { ICON_ID 5159; WIDTH 16; ALIGN_H center; LOCKSCALE; TRANSPARENT; }

    Also, you shouldn't require a custom datatype to get the settings. At least it works here with a custom gui finely.

  • On 11/03/2015 at 12:04, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    have you been able to get it working?

  • On 22/05/2015 at 06:00, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    No unfortunately not. But I had an idea: Could it be that String  custom property can not be a hardcoded
    string inside the description resource, but must instead be a resource symbol that will be loaded from the
    stringtable? I'll try it out as soon as I can.

  • On 22/05/2015 at 06:14, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    Hmm, I don't think so. The above way does not work for you?
    In my custom gui I get the string in the constructor with

    m_unit = settings.GetString(MY_UNIT);

    and in my description resource it looks like this

    then I get a string from the stringtable with

    unit_str = GeLoadString(DPIT_SQR);

    works all fine here.

  • On 22/05/2015 at 06:23, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    Katachi, that is actually what I meant in my previous post. :) And right now I see in the SDK, the
    documentation of CUSTOMTYPE_STRING says: "String data. (An ID from the string table.)".
    So, to use it, it must be set up like this?


    CONTAINER mydescription {
        GROUP {


    STRINGTABLE mydescription {
        MY_BANNER_TITLE "The string to be passed to the TITLE property here";

    I thought I could use it to write in-line strings into the description. I wanted to use it to specify the
    alignment of the banner image using the words "left", "center" and "right" instead of using integers
    like -1, 0 and 1 respectively.

    Solved [x]


  • On 22/05/2015 at 06:38, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    yes, exactly like that. :) Yeah, directly inline won't work but well you can still use LEFT, RIGHT and CENTER instead of MY_BANNER_TITLE right? You would just add each of them to your .str file like:

    LEFT "Left";
    CENTER "Center";
    RIGHT "Right";

  • On 22/05/2015 at 07:49, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    But my plugin is a Custom Gui plugin, and the other plugin that makes use of the Custom Gui should
    not need to add LEFT CENTER and RIGHT to its Stringtable when it wants to use the Custom Gui. ;)

  • On 22/05/2015 at 12:32, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    It doesn't have to. The other plugin can simply use LEFT, RIGHT and CENTER as well (of course the custom gui must be installed). It doesn't have to redefine them in its stringtable. Or what do you mean?

  • On 22/05/2015 at 23:30, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    Oh really? In what Stringtable need LEFT,CENTER and RIGHT be defined then?

  • On 23/05/2015 at 01:05, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    They should be defined in the stringtable of the customgui of yours.
    Then once that customgui is installed, the description (and its resources) are registered too so any parsing of your customgui by c4d (no matter where in c4d) shall allow to use these flags.

  • On 23/05/2015 at 03:55, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    I kind of feel like I don't get it. I don't see a way to register a stringtable or description resource with a
    Custom GUI plugin. And I tried adding it to c4d_strings.str and c4d_symbols.h but I get a message when
    the description that uses the Custom GUI is loaded "Symbol 'RIGHT' could not be found".

    Tried both ways, in the plugin that uses the Custom GUI and in the Custom GUI plugin itself.

    #ifndef C4D_SYMBOLS_H__
    #define C4D_SYMBOLS_H__
    #endif // C4D_SYMBOLS_H__
      LEFT "left";
      RIGHT "right";
      CENTER "center";

  • On 23/05/2015 at 04:16, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    You need to use RegisterDescription (I do it in PluginMessage with C4DPL_INIT_SYS) to have it registered along with your customgui. Then it should work.

  • On 23/05/2015 at 04:47, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    Thanks Katachi, that makes sense to me. :-)

    Edit: Oh well, I fail at doing good test cases. 😂 Actually no, it doesn't really work  with a LONG prop.
    It just uses zero as the value when it can't convert the value to a number, and I didn't notice that my
    banner image was centered instead of right aligned in my test case (you might ask yourself how you
    can not see that immediately..)

    Seems like I can't get this to work atm. When I have time next week I'll make a stripped down custom
    datatype plugin and test it again. Thanks for your help Katachi!


    Unfortunately, it still doesn't work with a CUSTOMTYPE_STRING propety. But it works with a LONG prop!~~
    ** nrbannergui.h**

    #if 0~~
     ~~  LEFT = -1,~~
     ~~  RIGHT = 1,~~
     ~~  CENTER = 0,~~

    The CustomProperty is


    And handled in the iCustomGui constructor as

       Int32 align = bc.GetInt32(BANNERGUI_HALIGN);~~
     ~~  if (align  < 0)       this->alignH = BANNERGUI_HALIGN_LEFT;~~
     ~~  else if (align == 0) this- >alignH = BANNERGUI_HALIGN_CENTER;~~
     ~~  else if (align  > 0)  this->alignH = BANNERGUI_HALIGN_RIGHT;

    And since I use the custom property on both the custom GUI and custom datatype, I registered the
    description for both.

       if (!RegisterDescription(CUSTOMGUI_BANNER, "nrbannergui")) return false;~~
     ~~  if (!RegisterDescription(CUSTOMDATATYPE_BANNER, "nrbannergui")) return false;

    Now I can use it in my plugin description as

       GROUP {~~
     ~~    NR_BANNER  MY_BANNER { ICON_ID 1035231; ICON_ID_HOVER 1035232; BUTTON; BGCOLOR_VECTOR 0.157 0.353 0.663; HALIGN RIGHT; }~~
     ~~  }

    Thanks again!

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