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Path Manager#

The Path Manager is a widget dedicated to manage the file path locations of all external assets referenced by the current session of Clarisse. It is divided into 4 sections: the toolbar, the edit field, the path list and the attribute list.

Path Manager

Path Manager

(1) Check Paths (2) Show Missing Files (3) Search And Replace Tool (4) Replace with Variables Tool (5) Change folder path (6) Change File Path (7) Path Edition Field (8) Path List (9) Object Attribute List (10) Object Filter Mode


By default the Path Manager displays all file dependencies whether items are local or coming from a reference. It is possible to filter out items to display only items that created locally in the project of items coming from references. To only show local items, set the Path Manager right top most drop down button (10) to Show Local Only. In the same way you can filter out items coming from references by choosing Show Referenced Only.

Path List#

The Path List (8) is split into 3 columns. The first column displays raw paths, the second one displays resolved paths and the last one displays the state of the file. You can sort paths in ascending or descending order.

Column Description
Raw Path Displays the path as it is stored in the attribute. If the path has variables, they will be displayed
Resolved Path Displays the path as it is interpreted by Clarisse (variables or expressions are expanded and evaluated).
Type Displays how the file is used: In (input) or Out (output).
Status Displays the path status: has it been checked ? Does the file exist ?

Changing Selected Path#

To change the path of the selection you must use the path edit field (7). There are 3 ways to change the path of your selection:

  • typing the new path in the text field.
  • Browsing to a new folder to replace the path prior to the file name by pressing the folder icon (5).
  • Browsing to the new file by pressing the disk icon (6).

Checking Paths#

You can check paths for a selection or for all items (when nothing is selected) by pressing Check Paths (1). Basically, the path manager will check if the specified paths exist. Once completed, the last column of the path list (8) will switch from Unknown to either Found or Not Found.

You can also filter the path list to display only path flagged as invalid. To do so, press Show Missing Files (2).

Search and Replace#

The Path Manager provides a handy search and replace tool allowing you to replace paths in batch. To bring the search and replace tool, press Search and Replace... (3)

Search and Replace

Type what you want to replace in the Search Text field and the replacement in Replace With text field. While you are typing your text, a preview of the resulting replacement is updated in real time.

Hit Apply when you are done or hit again Search And Replace to cancel. By default the search is case sensitive. You can disable the case sensitivity by pressing Case Sensitive.

Search and Replace 2

You can also press Check Paths before applying your changes. This is very useful if you want to check file existence prior applying your replacement.

Replace with Variables#

Like the search and replace, the Replace with Variables tool (4) is a batch processing tool. It's a fast and easy way to replace a path by a Clarisse Variable. The path manager will look for the value of a given variable in the files paths and replace the value by the name of the variable.

Type in the variable you want to use in your paths. The current value of the variable will be displayed. This value will be searched in all the paths, and replaced by the variable name for all selected objects.

You can visualize the result before applying the changes. You can also press Check Paths before applying your changes. This is very useful if you want to check file existence prior applying your replacement.

Object Attribute List#

The Object Attribute List (9) is located at the bottom of the path manager. It displays all objects and attributes that reference selected paths. If you select any of the items located in the object attribute list, they will be selected in the application. Nothing prevents you from modifying their attributes in the Attribute Editor.

Attribute List