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Shuttledude
Level 7

Can a Suite project have "visible and collapsed" sub-features?

I know we can make subfeatures invisible, but that makes them permanently invisible ... I'd like to know if I could construct a feature tree like other InstallShield projects, having just a few "top-level" features which could be expanded (by clicking +) to show sub-features ... all inside a view that scrolls to display all features and sub-features.

Any way to do this? Is it an upcoming change anytime soon (maybe with SP2?).

:confused: :confused:
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MichaelU
Level 12 Flexeran
Level 12 Flexeran

This is not possible today, but I've added it our list of capabilities to keep in mind. Thanks for the feedback!
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Shuttledude
Level 7

Big discovery !! I've been steadily adding features to my Suite project, and now that I have finally added so many that they cannot all display at the same time, scroll bars have magically appeared! I sort of suspected this would happen.

And not only that, I can now see top-level features only (collapsed) or top-level and subfeatures (expanded), and can select or de-select the subfeatures at will. This is exactly what I wanted!

What I think happend is this ... when the form view needed to be scrolled, the scrollbars were painted on the form, and I think that must have also enabled some other form properties as well, i.e., the ability to expand a node on the feature tree. Just guessing, but that's probably standard behavior for a Windows form when implementing in C#.

Anyway, it works now! 😄
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rguggisberg
Level 13

Make subfeatures like this:
1. Go to the 'Features' tab
2. Right click on the feature which you want to make a subfeature
3. Select 'Move Up' or 'Move Down' to get the to the position just below its parent feature
4. Select 'Move Right' to make the feature a subfeature
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MichaelU
Level 12 Flexeran
Level 12 Flexeran

I'm glad to hear you found what you were looking for! I think we're still missing the core case where we allow collapsing the parent features by default, so I'll keep it on the list.
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BobVilla
Level 6

Or how about making an option to create containers for the features, to organize features into groups. Example, a +/- option container for server or client features.
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