Odd Feature Request: Export CSV

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john

10 Jan, 2016 08:23 AM

This might seem an odd request to the inventors of NodeBox. But I wish that in addition to exporting SVG, PNG, and PDF, that I could also have the option to export CSV. Choosing this would simply export a CSV text file containing the values shown under the Data tab of the rendered node.

(Given the common occurrence of coordinates, it would probably be best to use a semicolon as the default separator. Ideally, the user could override this in an export dialog, but I think it would be acceptable to just use a semicolon.)

Why would a drawing program export CSV? Because NodeBox is already an amazing visual query editor! By connecting one or more import CSV nodes to sort, filter, combine, distinct, cull, and other nodes you can quickly and easily construct a complex query. I think there would be many other uses. NodeBox would make a great random data generator. Maps or diagrams created in NodeBox could also output indices indicating the X,Y location of each object charted.

All of this is already easy to do and you can see the final output - but as far as I can tell there is no way to save it! You can't even copy/paste it.

Which is a pity because I'm pretty sure this feature would be quite easy to add. It would be a simple addition which would open up a whole new class of uses for NodeBox.

Thanks for listening!

John

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by john on 06 Mar, 2017 08:59 AM

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    In case anyone ever finds this feature request from 2016...

    I recently added a custom node that satisfies this request:

    http://support.nodebox.net/discussions/show-your-work/183-write_table-node

    I still think it would be nice if Nodebox would export CSVs from its export dialog, but until that happy time this is the next best thing.

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