Smart Components help not available in RobotStudio

Hi,

A few versions back, there use to be a help page for the Smart Components in the RobotStudio documentation/help menu, now there seems to be no help at all.
Am I missing something, or was it actually removed from the RobotStudio Help? If it was removed, is there any possibility of adding it back?

Thanks and best regards,
Hugo Costelha

Comments

  • Hello there,

    There's a chapter in the RobotStudio (2021) manual called "Advanced simulation using smart components and physics - Understanding SmartComponents". It contains some information regarding smart components.



    Maxim Riabichev
    PC Software Support Engineer
  • Hi,

    Thanks for the answer, and sorry for my late reply, but I was not notified of it.

    It is true that the referred section exists, but does not contain almost any information about the SmartComponents included in RobotStudio. In older versions, there was a help page which described all the SmartComponents, their inputs and outputs. It would be nice to have that help page back.

    Best regards,
    Hugo
  • hcostelha
    hcostelha Leiria
    Sorry to bring this up again, but I really miss the old information where all inputs, outputs and properties of all available SmartComponents was documented in RobotStudio. Is there any specific reason for this part of RobotStudio not to be documented, specially given that it was once fully documented?

    The examples, such as the infeeder one, do not have a proper description of all SmartComponents like in older RobotStudio versions.

    Best regards,
    Hugo Costelha
  • Maxim Riabichev
    Maxim Riabichev Sweden admin
    Hello,

    I will bring this issue to R&D's attention.

    Thanks for pointing it out!

    Maxim Riabichev
    PC Software Support Engineer
  • DenisFR
    DenisFR FRANCE ✭✭✭
    Hello,
    Each SC should include its own help file in rslib file. So installed ones (via Add-ins) can have it too.
    We should access to it in Station Logic - Compose page.
  • hcostelha
    hcostelha Leiria
    DenisFR said:
    Hello,
    Each SC should include its own help file in rslib file. So installed ones (via Add-ins) can have it too.
    We should access to it in Station Logic - Compose page.
    Are you referring to the description that shows up in the Compose tab when you add a child SC into a SC or the station? That already helps, but I was referring to having the documentation in the Help files, as it existed in older RobotStudio versions, where you can easily see the description of all included SC and the description of their inputs, outputs and properties

    Best regards,
    Hugo Costelha
  • DenisFR
    DenisFR FRANCE ✭✭✭
    Hello,
    hcostelha said:
    Are you referring to the description that shows up in the Compose tab when you add a child SC into a SC or the station? That already helps, but I was referring to having the documentation in the Help files, as it existed in older RobotStudio versions, where you can easily see the description of all included SC and the description of their inputs, outputs and properties
    No I refer to help file opened in other window.
    I prefer have them independent than in one common file.
  • hcostelha
    hcostelha Leiria
    Hi,
    DenisFR said:
    Hello,
    hcostelha said:
    Are you referring to the description that shows up in the Compose tab when you add a child SC into a SC or the station? That already helps, but I was referring to having the documentation in the Help files, as it existed in older RobotStudio versions, where you can easily see the description of all included SC and the description of their inputs, outputs and properties
    No I refer to help file opened in other window.
    I prefer have them independent than in one common file.
    Can you show a screenshot and/or provide with greater detail on how you found/reached the Smart Components documentation? In the current RobotStudio version I only found that documentation in the Compose tab, as show in the picture below.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Hugo
  • DenisFR
    DenisFR FRANCE ✭✭✭
    Hello,
    I didn't say how it works now but how it should in the future.
    Devs should add a Help link in that page to open included help file.
  • Maxim Riabichev
    Maxim Riabichev Sweden admin
    Hello there,

    A follow-up on this. It is possible to distribute a SmartComponent as an Addin. So in a .rspak file, containing the SmartComponent (.rslib) and any potential documentation (e.g. .pdf ).

    Below are some resources that could help with creating such a package file.

    https://developercenter.robotstudio.com/api/robotstudio/articles/How-To/HT_Libraries.html
    https://developercenter.robotstudio.com/api/robotstudio/articles/Concepts/Distribution-Package/DP_Structure.html
    https://developercenter.robotstudio.com/api/robotstudio/articles/Concepts/Distribution-Package/DP_RspakTool.html

    Maxim Riabichev
    PC Software Support Engineer