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Copying Simulink masks from multiple blocks to a single block.

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Stuart
Stuart on 2 Feb 2014
Answered: Ryan Chladny on 2 Aug 2017
Hi,
When using HDL coder you can't have masked subsystems under a subsystem with a mask, in other words there can be only one mask in a model. What I would like to do is programmatically copy masks from lower subsystems to the highest level masked subsystem I have. I can use find_system(' modelname ','Mask','on')to find masked blocks and use the commands:
pSource = Simulink.Mask.get( srcBlockName )
pDest = Simulink.Mask.create(destBlockName)
pDest.copy(pSource)
To get a mask and copy a mask from one block to another. However, pDest.copy(pSource) replaces any existing mask. What I would like to do is if masks already exists add the new mask as a separate tab. That way all my masks could be at the top level and exist as separate tabs for "neatness" although not absolutely necessary.
Any help appreciated
Thanks
Stuart

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Guy Championnet
Guy Championnet on 29 Aug 2016
Hi,
I needed to do something very similar, so I wrote the following function:
function [ ] = CopyMaskDialogElementsFromTo(pSourceMask,pSrcDialogElement,pDestMask,pDestDialogElement)
% Recursively copy the content of the mask pSourceMask under dialog element pSrcDialogElement
% to the mask pDestMask under dialog element pDestDialogElement
for i=1:size(pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls,2)
switch class(pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i))
case 'Simulink.dialog.Text'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','text',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'Prompt',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Prompt,...
'WordWrap',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).WordWrap,...
'Row',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row);
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;
case 'Simulink.dialog.Tab'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','tab',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'Prompt',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Prompt);
CopyMaskDialogElementsFromTo( pSourceMask,pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i),pDestMask,tmpDialogCtrlObject)
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;
case 'Simulink.dialog.TabContainer'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','tabcontainer',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'Row',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row);
CopyMaskDialogElementsFromTo( pSourceMask,pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i),pDestMask,tmpDialogCtrlObject)
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;
case 'Simulink.dialog.Panel'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','panel',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'Row',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row);
CopyMaskDialogElementsFromTo( pSourceMask,pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i),pDestMask,tmpDialogCtrlObject)
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;
case 'Simulink.dialog.Image'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','image',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'FilePath',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).FilePath,...
'Row',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row);
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;
case 'Simulink.dialog.Hyperlink'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','hyperlink',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'Prompt',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Prompt,...
'Callback',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Callback,...
'Row',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row);
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;
case 'Simulink.dialog.Group'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','group',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'Prompt',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Prompt,...
'Row',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row);
CopyMaskDialogElementsFromTo( pSourceMask,pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i),pDestMask,tmpDialogCtrlObject)
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;
case 'Simulink.dialog.Button'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','pushbutton',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'Prompt',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Prompt,...
'Callback',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Callback,...
'Row',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row,...
'FilePath',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).FilePath);
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;
case {'Simulink.dialog.parameter.Edit','Simulink.dialog.parameter.Max','Simulink.dialog.parameter.Min','Simulink.dialog.parameter.Popup'}
tmpParamObject = pSourceMask.getParameter(pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name);
pDestMask.addParameter('Type',tmpParamObject.Type,...
'TypeOptions',tmpParamObject.TypeOptions,...
'Name',tmpParamObject.Name,...
'Prompt',tmpParamObject.Prompt,...
'Value',tmpParamObject.Value,...
'Evaluate',tmpParamObject.Evaluate,...
'Tunable',tmpParamObject.Tunable,...
'NeverSave',tmpParamObject.NeverSave,...
'Internal',tmpParamObject.Internal,...
'Enabled',tmpParamObject.Enabled,...
'Visible',tmpParamObject.Visible,...
'ToolTip',tmpParamObject.ToolTip,...
'Callback',tmpParamObject.Callback);
tmpDialogCtrlObject = pDestMask.getDialogControl(pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name);
tmpDialogCtrlObject.moveTo(pDestDialogElement);
tmpDialogCtrlObject.PromptLocation = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).PromptLocation;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Row = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row;
case {'Simulink.dialog.parameter.CheckBox', 'Simulink.dialog.parameter.Control', 'Simulink.dialog.parameter.RadioButton'}
tmpParamObject = pSourceMask.getParameter(pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name);
pDestMask.addParameter('Type',tmpParamObject.Type,...
'TypeOptions',tmpParamObject.TypeOptions,...
'Name',tmpParamObject.Name,...
'Prompt',tmpParamObject.Prompt,...
'Value',tmpParamObject.Value,...
'Evaluate',tmpParamObject.Evaluate,...
'Tunable',tmpParamObject.Tunable,...
'NeverSave',tmpParamObject.NeverSave,...
'Internal',tmpParamObject.Internal,...
'Enabled',tmpParamObject.Enabled,...
'Visible',tmpParamObject.Visible,...
'ToolTip',tmpParamObject.ToolTip,...
'Callback',tmpParamObject.Callback);
tmpDialogCtrlObject = pDestMask.getDialogControl(pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name);
tmpDialogCtrlObject.moveTo(pDestDialogElement);
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Row = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row;
otherwise
disp(['Unknown type:', class(pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i))])
end
end
end
To call the function, you need to get the source/destination block pointers and the dialog controls pointers to copy from/to.
pSourceMask = Simulink.Mask.get('sys/blockFrom');
pDestMask = Simulink.Mask.get('sys/blockTo');
[pSrcDialogElement, ~] = pSourceMask.getDialogControl('ParameterGroupVar');
[pDestDialogElement, ~] = pDestMask.getDialogControl('AddUnderThisTab');
CopyMaskDialogElementsFromTo( pSourceMask,pSrcDialogElement,pDestMask,pDestDialogElement);

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Ryan Chladny
Ryan Chladny on 2 Aug 2017
Nice function Guy and thanks for posting. I would only suggest that you include a switch case for the CollapsiblePanel dialog type now as well found in the later releases (same as Panel).
case 'Simulink.dialog.CollapsiblePanel'
tmpDialogCtrlObject=pDestDialogElement.addDialogControl('Type','panel',...
'Name',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Name,...
'Row',pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Row);
CopyMaskDialogElementsFromTo( pSourceMask,pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i),pDestMask,tmpDialogCtrlObject)
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Enabled = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Enabled;
tmpDialogCtrlObject.Visible = pSrcDialogElement.DialogControls(i).Visible;

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