Finding the menu commands added by a plugin

So you installed a plugin, but now you cannot find out how to access the plugin in Softimage.

If the plugin added a menu command, and it’s a scripted plugin, we can find it by checking the plugin code (in the Plugin Manager > Tree, right-click the plugin and click Edit).

Find the definition of XSILoadPlugin.
In the XSILoadPlugin function, look for any calls to RegisterMenu.

def XSILoadPlugin( in_reg ): #{{{
	in_reg.Author = "kim"
	in_reg.Name = "EPSexportPlugin"
	in_reg.Email = ""
	in_reg.URL = ""
	in_reg.Major = 1
	in_reg.Minor = 0


	# register the export command
	# 	KA_EpsExport( Application.Selection, OutputFile, CullBackFaces, doInnerLines, doBorderLines, InnerLineThickness, BorderLineThickness, AutoDiscontinuity, Xres )

	return true

RegisterMenu uses what’s called a “menu anchor” to define a new menu command. In this example, the menu anchor is siMenuMainFileExportID.

Google the menu anchor or search the SDK docs, and you’ll find a page that describes the menu anchors:

Beware of ICE optimizations

It seemed like such a nice, simple way to filter polygons:

  • Use ICE to check the polygon area and then set a boolean attribute.
  • Write a custom subcomponent filter to filter based on that ICE attribute.

With ICE, it’s pretty easy to check if the PolygonArea is within a certain range:

But, beware of ICE optimizations!

Because that ICE attribute isn’t used anywhere else in the scene, ICE doesn’t evaluate that tree, so my boolean attribute is never defined, and my custom filter therefore fails. I have to do something like Show Values to force evaluation:

Note: In Show Values, I used Show Values for Tagged Components Only to cut down the visual clutter.

FWIW, here’s a Python example of a custom subcomponent filter:

# psCustomFilter Plug-in
# Initial code generated by Softimage SDK Wizard
# Executed Wed Nov 23 11:31:56 EST 2011 by blairs
# Tip: To add a command to this plug-in, right-click in the 
# script editor and choose Tools > Add Command.
import win32com.client
from win32com.client import constants

from siutils import si		# Application
from siutils import sidesk	# Desktop
from siutils import sidict	# Dictionary
from siutils import sifact	# XSIFactory
from siutils import simath	# XSIMath
from siutils import siproj	# ActiveProject2
from siutils import sisel	# Selection
from siutils import siuitk	# XSIUIToolkit
from siutils import siut	# XSIUtils
from siutils import log		# LogMessage
from siutils import disp	# win32com.client.Dispatch
from siutils import C		# win32com.client.constants

null = None
false = 0
true = 1

def XSILoadPlugin( in_reg ):
	in_reg.Author = "blairs"
	in_reg.Name = "psCustomFilter Plug-in"
	in_reg.Major = 1
	in_reg.Minor = 0

	#RegistrationInsertionPoint - do not remove this line

	return true

def XSIUnloadPlugin( in_reg ):
	strPluginName = in_reg.Name
	Application.LogMessage(str(strPluginName) + str(" has been unloaded."),constants.siVerbose)
	return true

# Match callback for the psCustomFilter custom filter.
def psCustomFilter_Match( in_ctxt ):
	Application.LogMessage("psCustomFilter_Match called",constants.siVerbose)

# 	Return value indicates if the input object matches the filter criterias.
	return true

# Subset callback for the psCustomFilter custom filter.
def psCustomFilter_Subset( in_ctxt ):
	log("psCustomFilter_Subset called",constants.siVerbose)

	out_coll = disp( "XSI.Collection" )
	in_coll = in_ctxt.GetAttribute( "Input" )
	for item in in_coll:
		log( item )
		polys = []
		for p in item.SubComponent.ComponentCollection:
			log( p.Index )

			attr = p.Parent.ICEAttributes("psCustomPolyFilter")
			if not attr.IsDefined:
				log( "Cannot apply filter. psCustomPolyFilter attribute is not defined" )
			if attr.IsDefined and attr.DataArray[ p.Index ] == -1:
				#log( "%d : %s" % ( p.Index, attr.DataArray[ p.Index ] ) )
				polys.append( p.Index )

		if len(polys) > 0:
			out_coll.Add( item.SubComponent.Parent3DObject.ActivePrimitive.Geometry.CreateSubComponent(C.siPolygonCluster, polys ) )

	in_ctxt.SetAttribute( "Output", out_coll )

# 	Return value indicates if a subset of the input objects matches the filter criterias.
	return true