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Naming Entities



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Pointwise lists all the existing entities in a grid in the List panel. By default they are named as the entity type along with a numerical suffix. For example a domain could be named as dom-5. If you have many entities in your grid - domains for example - it can be hard to keep track of which number represents which domain.

To better organize and keep track of these entities, you can assign descriptive names to them. Let us look at the example below.

We have a glider with multiple surface domains and would like to name some of them. There are two ways to do it:

Name them individually from the List panel

  1. Select the fuselage domain.


  2. Branch Connector

    The selected domain will get highlighted in the display window as well as in the List panel.


  3. In the List Panel, double click on the Name of the highlighted domain.
  4. Type Fuselage.
  5. Enter (If you do not press Enter after changing the name of the entity, the new name will not be retained.)

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Name multiple entities at once using View, Attributes

  1. Select the three wing domains.


  2. Go to View, Attributes or press the Attributes toolbar button.

  3. Branch Connector

  4. Enter Wing for Base Name.
  5. Enter
  6. Close


  7. You will notice that the selected domains now share a common Base Name and have a sequential suffix at the end to help identify each unique domain.

Naming entities that exist in Groups

If you have already created a Group, it is possible to name all existing entities within that group using View, Attributes.

  1. Select the group named Horizontal_Tail.

  2. The three domains that exist in that group will get highlighted.


    Branch Connector

  3. View, Attributes
  4. Enter Horizontal-Tail-1 for Base Name.
  5. Enter
  6. Close

  7. You will notice that the selected domains now share a common Base Name and have a sequential suffix at the end to help identify each unique domain. Since, this time we already entered a sequential suffix of 1 in the Base Name, Pointwise assigned that suffix - 1 - to the first entity in the list. The following entities were assigned suffixes in increments of 1.

To learn how to create Groups, please refer to this DIY: Creating Groups of Entities


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