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    We have been using smart objects for the past six months, and it is very efficient, but we have two major problems.

    Saving / Import time
    We have about 10 smart object templates with about 20 variables and 20 released properties each. Some more complex than others. In total we have about 250 instances of different smart objects. When we do changes on our templates, we experience up to 40 minutes of saving time. It is mainly dependent on how many instances we have of the template.
    Our workaround is to work on the templates in another project where we only have 1 instance. Then we test it and finally we import it to the original project. This works, but we end up waiting for 1-2 hour(s) in total for importing all templates.

    Variable assignment
    Right now, we drag’n’drop each of the variables in the 250 instances of our smart objects. With about 20 variables each it is quite time consuming. Furthermore, we must test that each variable has been assigned correctly. So, for the job of assignment and the testing of correct assignment we are looking at lots of work hours.
    If it were possible to assign variables by code / script, we could save a lot of development hours. We have just started planning a system that has between 1000-2000 instances of smart objects. And the manual work here is going to be huge.

    Any workarounds or plans to improve these challenges?

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    Default Re: Saving time and variable assignment


    thank you for your message and your questions.
    Indeed, these are two topics where we also identified some enhancement and included some improvements in the new zenon version 11.

    The mentioned saving time after changes has been improved upt to 70% in the new version.

    Mapping of variables:
    Also here there is a new possibility included in v11 to link variables automatically based on mapping rules (see image below):
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    In v10 you still have the possibility to use the API and program an own AddIn for managing the mapping (2000 instances is a lot ). If this is interesting, COPA-DATA also can support you with this task, just get in touch with your local COPA-DATA representative.

    Kind regards

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