The Panel Wizard plugin linear Object (PW) is a multipurpose plugin. It was originally made to draw grids "on the fly" but it get more powerful as I worked on it. It can still be used to make simple things if you simply don't use the many options. It's a kind of sequencer of lines, circles, rectangles and/or symbols.
Using the simplest method, you draw a line, define a sequence of intervals (there are different ways to do that) and then you generate a set of lines separated each to the other according to the sequence.
A simple example: for a page layout on a sheet layer, I would draw a PW line on the bottom side of the page, set a sequence thus: [ A*C*C*C*A ]
A is the margin, * (star) is for the column and his dimension is calculated from the length of line you draw, C is the gutter. A and C dimensions are set to 10 and 5.
I could have written 10 directly instead of A by separating numeric values with a semicolon (;).
So the sequence is [ A*C*C*C*A ] is the same as [ 10;*C*C*C;10 ]
It could have been [ 10;*;5;*;5;*;5;*;10 ] or [a;0;5;*;C;x;c;X;10 ] but the last one are a bit confusing but possible). If I wanted to add a line in the middle of each columns, I just write two * instead of one. if you want one more column you add ‘ * C ’ in the sequence.
An other example: Setting the hole pattern and screws on a folded profile (drawn with Ribbon by dimensions pio).
On the left, the insert circle option is set and you get a circle on each line. If you want the hole you need to ungroup, extrude the circles and subtract the extrude from profile. On the right, the insert symbol is set and the name of the symbol defined. For a simple piece like this example is not much faster than the classic way but for a long piece with a lot of holes or many pieces that have the same pattern it can save a lot of time!. And you can modify it very quickly.
An example with rectangles: It use the insert rectangle option and copies of the same PW with various settings.
A final example with symbols: You have the option to insert two different symbols and they can be scaled (in X axis). In this case, I have a post symbol set at the A space and on other symbol (1200mm width) with the scale option, set on the star (*). Sequence 1 is 'A' and sequence 2 is '*'. The option 'Repeat seq1' and 'Seq2 between seq1' are set. The number of repeats will define the width of the symbol 2 as it's equal along the total length divided by the number of repeats (less the A spaces).
It's really interesting if you have some similar patterns that have been defined just once. You can, as with any other parametric objects, ungroup it and get each individual elements to work as usual.
How to set a sequence?:
In the two fields "Sequence 1" and "Sequence 2" you define the sequences of spaces used as a grid. They are text fields and so they accept any characters but only some are used and the other will be discarded. you can use up to 64 characters and they are:
Parameters are hidden when not in use.