The OP Find DAT traverses the component hierarchy starting at one component and looking at all nodes within that component, and outputs a table with one row per node that matches criteria the user chooses. For example, the criteria could be all Ramp TOPs, or all nodes whose name starts with “wave”, or all nodes with the Clone parameter set to “master1”, or all Geometry components with a tag called “emitter”.

The criteria can limited to include only nodes of certain families, or certain operator types. It can filter on matching its path, certain parameters containing certain values (both constant and expressions), comments, tags, or the content of a DAT containing certain strings.

You can also cause the DAT to only look to some depth of the hierarchy from the specified component, such as 2 levels down, or limitless.

Criteria can be case-sensitive or not, but case-sensitive On or Off applies to all criteria in the OP Find DAT.

Furthermore you can exclude some nodes using more specialized criteria by returning a True of False in a callback contained in the attached callback DAT.

With the Combine Filters Menu (Any or All, Default is All), you can do an "or" or "and" on the pattern matching criterea.

It also takes an optional DAT containing a list of operators (eg, another OP Find DAT) which can be used to chain filters.

Output Columns

There is a variety of columns that you can select from including name, id, paths, type and tags. (id is a member of the operator, which is an integer unique to the node, and doesn't change during the running of the TouchDesigner process.)

You can also output custom columns by defining the column names in the callback DAT, and filling in the column cells via another function in the callback DAT. For example, you can output a custom column which is the tx parameter value of the node.

You can control when the OP Find DAT cooks. Normally it cooks whenever any of the nodes in the specified hierarchy changes. Using the Active Cook menu parameter, you can also force-cook it every frame, or turn off cooking entirely. You can also click the Pulse parameter on Active Cook in order to force-cook it once, or do the equivalent using the node.cookpulse.pulse() python call.

Instead of being give the path to a component to start at, the OP Find DAT can take an input DAT containing a pre-generated list of paths to nodes to start from, and merge the results of each input line together in the output. To use this, the input DAT should contain the node “id” as the first column, which can be generated with another OP Find DAT with the Column called “ID” turned on.

For example, say you first list all components that are panels, then you separate into groups based on type or Clone parameter. The first OP Find DAT pre-filters a huge hierarchy to a small fraction of the nodes, the subsequent OP Find DATs are operating on simpler sets to eliminate a lot of checking and cooking.

Refer to Help -> Operator Snippets.

See also: Script DAT


Parameters - Component Page

Active Cook activecook - Determines when to cook the DAT.

Cook Pulse cookpulse - Manually force the OP Find DAT to update.

Component component - The path to the component where the search starts from.

Minimum Depth mindepth - Set a minmum depth for the sub-components the OP Find DAT should recursively search through.

Limit Max Depth limitmaxdepth - Turns on the Maximum Depth parameter to limit searching through sub-components. Turning this toggle off will search through all sub-networks.

Maximum Depth maxdepth - Set the maximum depth for the sub-components the OP Find DAT should recursively search through.

Parameters - Families Page

The page of parameters determines which operator families are included in the search.

Object COMPs objects - Include Object COMPs, like Geo COMP, in the search.

Panel COMPs panels - Include Panel COMPs, like Container COMP, in the search.

Other COMPs other - Include other type COMPs, like Base COMP, in the search.

TOPs tops - Include DAT family operators in the search.

CHOPs chops - Include CHOP family operators in the search.

SOPs sops - Include SOP family operators in the search.

MATs mats - Include MAT family operators in the search.

DATs dats - Include DAT family operators in the search.

Parameters - Filters Page

Case Sensitive casesensitive - Use case sensitivity in all pattern matching below.

Combine Filters combinefilters - - Combine 'All' or 'Any' of the filters below to get a match.

  • All all - All filters must match for an operator to be included in the search result. (AND)
  • Any any - Any of the filter conditions must be met for an operator to be included in the search result. (OR)

Name namefilter - Use the operator's names like 'wave1', 'wave2', etc.

Type typefilter - Use names like waveCHOP and panelexecuteDAT. Look at the column Type to see the syntax.

Path pathfilter - Specify a path that the operator should be located in.

Parent Path (relative) parentfilter - Specify a relative parent path that operators should be located in. This is a filter option on the parentPath column of this DAT that can be enabled by toggling the Parent Path parameter on this DAT's Columns page.

Exclude Path (relative) excludefilter - Specify a relative path that should be excluded from the search.

Comment commentfilter - Only match operators that include the here specified comment string.

Tags tagsfilter - Only match operators that match the here specified tags. Multiple tags can be searched for as a space seperated list.

DAT Text textfilter - Only include operators that - in the case of being from the DAT family - match specified string in their content.

Par Name parnamefilter - Only match operators with specified parameter name. Parameters must match ALL of name, value and expression to be included.

Par Value parvaluefilter - Only include operators that match specified parameter value. Parameters must match ALL of name, value and expression to be included.

Par Expression parexpressionfilter - Only include operators that match specified parameter expression string. Parameters must match ALL of name, value and expression to be included.

Par Non-Default Only parnondefaultonly - Only match with parameters that are non-default values.

Parameters - Columns Page

ID idcol - An integer that uniquely defines the node in this process. It's the same number for the duration of the process, but may be different when you run the process again.

Name namecol - Inlcude the name of the operator in the result table.

Type typecol - Include the operator type in the result table. For example rampTOP.

Path pathcol - Include the operator's path in the result table.

Relative Path relpathcol - Include the operator's, relative to the search root, path in the result table.

Parent Path parentpath - Include the parent path.

Depth depthcol - Include a column showing the relative depth to the root path of the found operator.

Cook Times cooktimescol - Include cook-time of found operators.

Tags tagscol - Include the operator's tags.

Parameters - Callbacks Page

Callbacks DAT callbacks - Path to a DAT containing callbacks for each event received. See opfindDAT_Class for usage.

Convert Bool to Int convertbool - For boolean logic values, the value will be '1' or '0'. When this parameter is Off, they will be 'True" or 'False'.

Convert None to Empty convertnone - For 'None' values, the value will be converted to Empty.

Parameters - Common Page

Language language - - Select how the DAT decides which script language to operate on.

  • Input input - The DAT uses the inputs script language.
  • Node node - The DAT uses it's own script language.

Edit/View Extension extension - - Select the file extension this DAT should expose to external editors.

  • dat dat - various common file extensions.
  • From Language language - pick extension from DATs script language.
  • Custom Extension custom - Specify a custom extension.

Custom Extension customext - Specifiy the custom extension.

Word Wrap wordwrap - - Enable Word Wrap for Node Display.

  • Input input - The DAT uses the inputs setting.
  • On on - Turn on Word Wrap.
  • Off off - Turn off Word Wrap.

Operator Inputs

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