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User Interface:: Material Manager

mrp110_ui_mtlmng

Basic elements of the interface – four lists for Materials (Library, Sections, Categories and Materials). Below Sections and Categories List is fields for names input. The drop-down list Library – for a choice/creation of the root directory of the materials, related to the suitable rendering engine.

Library drop-down list

Library – The drop-down list with names of a root folders.
To add new drop-down list item, click mrp110_ui_plus button to display Add new Library dialog.
Default – This defines default root directory (show at startup).
To rename drop-down list item, click mrp110_ui_rename button to display Rename dialog.
Button mrp110_ui_delete remove selected list item.

Add new Library dialog

To specify a path to the root directory library, click “…” on the right side of a text box. This open Folder Browser dialog.
Below, a text box for a name which will be displayed in the list. The name can be any and can differ from directory name.

Rename dialog

The selected name will be displayed automatically in a dialog. Type new name and click “OK”.

Section / Category Lists

To add new material Section (directory) or (and) Category (library file), type a name in the text box and click “+” button.
Each item of lists has own context menu.

Section context menu

Rename – Opens a Rename dialog.
Delete – Will delete the selected Section.

Category context menu

Get New Material From:
ME Active Slot – Adds new Material to the Category from active Material Editor slot.
Selected Scene Object – Adds new Material to the Category from selected scene object.
Rename – Opens a Rename dialog.
Delete – Will delete the selected Category.
Move To Section… – Opens a Move dialog. The Category will be moved to the target Section. From the selected Section the Category will be deleted.
Copy To Section… – Opens a Copy dialog. The Category will be copied to the target Section.
Add/Edit Note… – Opens a Edit Notes dialog.
Replace Bitmap Path… – Opens a Folder Browse dialog.

Move / Copy dialog

Add / Edit Note dialog

Material List

The Material List consists of a toolbar at the top, Material items below the bar, and context menu for the each Material item.
mrp110_ui_mtlToME – Material To Material Editor active slot.
mrp110_ui_mtlToOB – Material To selected Scene object.
Assign Material – Applies the selected item material to the currently selected object or active Material Editor slot.
mrp110_ui_asc – Sort List ascending.
mrp110_ui_dsc – Sort List descending.
mrp110_ui_listmode – List view.
mrp110_ui_gallmode – Gallery view.

Material context menu

Assign Material To – Applies the selected item material to the currently selected object or active Material Editor slot. Doesn’t depend on the selected option at a toolbar.
Show Material Preview… – Display a material preview image in the pop-up window. Use right-click to close pop-up.
Rename – Opens a Rename dialog.
Delete – Will delete the selected material.
Move To Category… – Opens a Move dialog. The Material will be moved to the target Category. From the selected Category the Material will be deleted.
Copy To Category… – Opens a Copy dialog. The Material will be copied to the target Category.
Add/Edit Note… – Opens a Edit Notes dialog.
Import Material Preview (JPG)… – Opens a folder browser dialog to select the rendered material preview image. Supported only JPG images. Image will be copied to the appropriate folder and set the correct name (Material name).

Short video how to use Material Manager.