Array tools, all in one for translation, scale and rotation array

Hi,
you’re right, these no way to go back when it’s done but you can apply the addon to multiple objects.
I wiil see what I can do for presets.


To others,
thanks for your kind words.

Thank you. Preset will help will help me a lot.

I’m currently trying to use the spiral settings. Several tries now, no success. It would seem there needs to be some clarity about what works, what doesn’t and to figure out and work out remedies for what doesn’t work and why.

As well as a quick and easy way to reset / undo everything.

Sometimes it’s just that messed up.

AT_broken_spiral_blend.blend (1.1 MB)

My example: Mirrored and the Original with settings:

AT_Example_blend.blend (1.6 MB)

Hi,
Be careful with the orientation of your object, by default the addon use local settings (use normals of the object). So in your case the y axis of the cube is aligned with the z axis of the world.
If you want to keep normals, change the translation and rotation axis for the y axis, OR click on world for translation and rotation with the z world axis.

Another thing, the “Cylinder” object doesn’t exist in the scene, change the pivot for cylinder.003
Here your example modified.
AT_broken_spiral_blend_modif.blend (1.1 MB)

Learning. Thanks.

Hi,
A new update is ready (version 2.1.0).

  • you can save your own presets
  • properties are no longer reset automatically except if you cancel the array.
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Elreenys, thank you so much; I really appreciated your work.

Elreenys,
thanks so much for the updates! :smiley:
BTW, I just found the Wiki
& the versions list. Very helpful.
Your generosity & strong work are very appreciated.
Always amazed at those who can create with code.
Thanks! :smiley: :+1:

BTW, just found new inspiration for animated arrays. =O

Thanks for your support :blush:

3dcal, the video you found is amazing.

After downloading the master zip form Github and installing I can’t activate the add-on? Any help?

Hi,
Have you any error message ?
What is the version of Blender you use ?
Take a screenshot of what’s wrong.

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I have the same problem as @Meetlat . I downloaded master zip form Github, installed it, but can’t activate it.

There is no error message and I’m using Blender 2.91.2

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I have the same issue in 2.83.10

The system console gives back this message.

addon not found: 'array_tools'
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Hi,
It should be ok now.

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What was the problem?

I forgot to add a file in github. :sweat:

I woke up at 2 AM thinking about arrays. :laughing:
So many things to do using animated arrays, dramatic lighting, forms, colors.
My head is swimming. So looked up “kinetic art” here, and found someone had already recreated one of Howe’s kinetic sculptures in Blender. Very cool! Hope they will join us.
Would it be possible in the future to be able to align the array on a curve?
I tried using it with a curve modifier, but not good control. Had to add the modifier to each copy.

You don’t have to add modifier to each copy with the ‘update modifier’ button, I made it for it.