VS:SymbolToGroup

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Description

Converts referenced symbol to group using the specified conversion options.
Table - Convert Actions
Convert Action Constant
Don't convert subobjects 0
Convert plug-in and symbol subobjects 1
Convert all subobjects 2
PROCEDURE SymbolToGroup(
h  :HANDLE;
convertAction  :INTEGER);
def vs.SymbolToGroup(h, convertAction):
    return None

Parameters

h HANDLE Handle to the symbol
convertAction INTEGER Conversion action:

Remarks

(Orso, 2014.09.14): Upon success, this creates a group which doesn't respond to LNewObj. It actually disables LNewObj, which will return NIL, unregarded what you created before running SymbolToGroup

The handle to the group can be fetched storing a handle to the object BEFORE the symbol on drawing, then fetching the next object:

PROCEDURE Test;
VAR
	h : HANDLE;
BEGIN
	h := PrevObj(FSActLayer); { store "h" as placeholder }

	{ FSActLayer must be a symbol on drawing }
	IF (FSActLayer <> NIL) & (GetType(h) = 15) THEN BEGIN
		SymbolToGroup(FSActLayer, 2);
		
		{ fetch group starting from placeholder "h" }
		Message(GetType(NextObj(h))); { <-- NextObj(h) should return 11: is the new group }
	END ELSE
		AlrtDialog('Select a symbol on drawing!');
END;
RUN(Test);

Version

Availability: from VectorWorks 10.0
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