Setting a Timer for a .res dialog

On 08/05/2016 at 05:32, xxxxxxxx wrote:

If I create a layout with GeDialog, I can easily set a timer.
But, what if the layout is created using a .res file?
I tried to create a User Area in the .res file, since I can also associate a timer with a User Area. But, apparently, User Areas are not allowed for tag layouts.
Is there any way to create a timer (a method that is called frequently) for a tag? Must I create the tag layout with code?
If yes, how?

On 09/05/2016 at 01:44, xxxxxxxx wrote:


I think you are confusing some things here:

  • a GeDialog is a GUI element. One can define the layout of the dialog using a resource file. Such a resource file contains definitions of groups and GUI gadgets.
  • If you want to implement the timer functionality of a GeDialog one must do this in the actual GeDialog based class using GeDialog.SetTimer()
  • NodeData based plugin classes do not contain a dialog. They contain a parameter description. This parameter description contains information on the parameters of the object. And this description may or may not also include some details on the graphical representation of these parameters.
  • Such a parameter description can also be defined in a resource files. But the resource files describing parameters are something different that the resource files that describe the layout of a GeDialog.
  • In NodeData based plugins there is no timer like functionality so one cannot set a Timer in a resource file
  • If you need some generic timer you can create one using a MessageData plugin.

Best wishes,

On 09/05/2016 at 04:33, xxxxxxxx wrote:

I know I may have some confusing ideas

Using code, I only know how to create layouts using GeDialog. Usually I prefer to use .res files but, if I need a dynamic layout, I need to code it using commands.
Since I know that I timer can be associated with a layout that is create with GeDialog, I decided to ask this.
But I don't even know if a TagData plugin can have his layout defined in code, because I was needing this for a TagData plugin.
If it is possible to create a TagData plugin in code, I could not find a framework that teaches how to do it.

On 09/05/2016 at 08:43, xxxxxxxx wrote:


a timer is not really "associated" with a "layout". A timer is a functionality of a GeDialog GUI element. This GeDialog can also display various GUI gadgets defined in a resource file.

A TagData plugin does not have a "layout". It has a parameter description. This parameter description has to be defined using a – different – resource file or by implementing GetDDescription(). Currently GetDDescription() is only available in the C++ API.

But again: GeDialogs and NodeData based plugins like TagData are different things that have not much to do with each other.

Best wishes,

On 09/05/2016 at 08:50, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Yeah, I understand.
Anyway, even if possible, this would not solve my problem now.
I thought that I could periodically check the state of the selection of the item list of an IN_EXCLUDE gizmo, with InExcludeData.GetFlags(index) but I can't