Finding Parameters Using the Design Variable Explorer


The Design Variable explorer is a handy way of finding the Container, Group, and Parm values for parameters that aren’t readily available by click-and-drag in the GUI. For example, the Translate options under the XForm tab don’t have a Parm popup that tells you this information. However, if you search for a component in the Container and the Attach Group, you’ll find a parm called “Trans_Attach_Flag” which controls this setting. You can change the value of this parameter under the Adjust tab and watch the checked box change in the GUI as the model updates to the new value. Not only is this useful for finding “hidden” parameters that you want to add to a Design file but the process may also be used to identify the Container, Group, and Parm values needed to interact with a model via scripts and the OpenVSP API in an automated way.