Adds an InputPort and an OutputPort to the custom operator. This is equivalent to calling CustomOperator.AddOutputPort followed by CustomOperator.AddInputPort.

Note: Having both an output and input connection is very important for correct functioning of deformation operators and other operators that modify the existing state of an object. Otherwise the operator will not co-exist properly with other operators. That is, although there will be two ports representing the same object, they may point to different copies of that object, so it is important that the operator reads the object state exclusively via the input and changes the object through the output.

Scripting Syntax

oReturn = CustomOperator.AddIOPort( PortTarget, [PortName], [PortGroup], [InsertAt], [Flags] );

Return Value

The newly created input and output ports in a PortCollection object.


Parameter Type Description
PortTarget Variant Object or expression representing the object to connect to the port. Softimage will remember the full name of the object, but this can be overridden at connection time to connect to a different object (see Operator.Connect and Operator.ConnectToGroup).
PortName String The name of the ports. If a name is not specified then the names of the input and output ports are created automatically. The input port has "In" prefixed to the name plus the Parameter.ScriptName of the object connected to the port. The output port is the same but with the prefix "Out".

Default Value: "" (empty string)

PortGroup Long Index of the port group.

Default Value: -1 (add to end of port groups)

InsertAt Long Index of the port at a specific index.

Default Value: -1 (add to end of ports within port group)

Flags Long Mask of port group flags described by siPortFlags.

Default Value: 0


JScript Example

        This example illustrates how to use the AddIOPort method to define 
        an input/output port.
NewScene( null, false );
var obj = CreatePrim( "Cube", "MeshSurface");
var sop = XSIFactory.CreateScriptedOp( "MyOperator", MyOperator_Update.toString(), "JScript" )
sop.AddIOPort( obj.ActivePrimitive );
// The operator's update function
function MyOperator_Update( ctx, out, in1 ) 
        Application.LogMessage( "MyOperator_Update: " + out.Value );
        var aPos = in1.Value.Geometry.Points.PositionArray.toArray();
        out.Value.Geometry.Points.PositionArray = aPos;

See Also

CustomOperator.AddIOPortByClassID AddCustomOp