Customization scripts are embedded scripts that can be used to customize a simulation scene to a great extent. They are attached to (or associated with) scene objects, and they can be easily recognized from their dark script icon in the scene hierarchy:
[A customization script associated with object ResizableFloor_5_25]
Double-clicking the script icon allows opening the script editor. You can change properties of a given script, or associate it with another object via the script dialog. You can attach a new customization script to an object by selecting the object, then navigating to [menu bar --> Add --> Associated customization script].
Following are customization script's main properties:
Above properties allow customization scripts to share some of the best features of add-ons and child scripts. Customization scripts allow the creation of customizable models for instance: imagine a model that was dropped into a scene, and that is able to configure or adapt itself, even when simulation is not running. This could be a robot where the user can adjust the various link lengths with a single slider repositioning.
Customization scripts contain a collection of blocking functions. This means that every time they are called, they should perform some task and then return control. If control is not returned, then the whole application halts. Customization script functions are called by the system very often, but also by the main script. Special callback functions are also supported by customization scripts: a joint callback function or a contact callback function.
A customization script should be segmented in several functions, as following skeleton script illustrates:
-- This is a customization script. It is intended to be used to customize a scene in -- various ways, mainly when simulation is not running. When simulation is running, -- do not use customization scripts, but rather child scripts if possible function sysCall_init() -- do some initialization here end function sysCall_nonSimulation() -- is executed when simulation is not running end function sysCall_cleanup() -- do some clean-up here end -- You can define additional system calls here: function sysCall_beforeSimulation() end function sysCall_actuation() end function sysCall_sensing() end function sysCall_suspend() end function sysCall_suspended() end function sysCall_resume() end function sysCall_afterSimulation() end function sysCall_beforeInstanceSwitch() end function sysCall_afterInstanceSwitch() end function sysCall_jointCallback(inData) -- See the joint callback function section in the user manual for details about input/output arguments return outData end function sysCall_contactCallback(inData) -- See the contact callback function section in the user manual for details about input/output arguments return outData end function sysCall_beforeCopy(inData) for key,value in pairs(inData.objectHandles) do print("Object with handle "..key.." will be copied") end end function sysCall_afterCopy(inData) for key,value in pairs(inData.objectHandles) do print("Object with handle "..key.." was copied") end end function sysCall_beforeDelete(inData) for key,value in pairs(inData.objectHandles) do print("Object with handle "..key.." will be deleted") end -- inData.allObjects indicates if all objects in the scene will be deleted end function sysCall_afterDelete(inData) for key,value in pairs(inData.objectHandles) do print("Object with handle "..key.." was deleted") end -- inData.allObjects indicates if all objects in the scene were deleted end
If possible, do not use customization scripts to run simulation code, which is anyway best handled via child scripts.