Nevron .NET Vision Documentation
Smart Groups

Smart Groups are smart shapes, which can contain other smart shapes. Smart Groups are represented by an instance the NSmartGroup class (derived from NSmartShape class). The shapes contained in a group are stored in an instance of the NSmartShapeCollection class, which can be obtained from the Shapes property. The following example creates a smart group with two child shapes:

C#
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// create the group
NSmartGroup group = new NSmartGroup();
// create shape1 and add it in the group
NSmartShape shape1 = new NSmartShape();
group.Shapes.Add(shape1);
// create shape2 and add it in the group
NSmartShape shape2 = new NSmartShape();
group.Shapes.Add(shape2);
Visual Basic
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' create the group
Dim group As New new NSmartGroup()
' create shape1 and add it in the group
Dim shape1 As New NSmartShape()
group.Shapes.Add(shape1)
' create shape2 and add it in the group
Dim shape2 As New NSmartShape()
group.Shapes.Add(shape2)
Referencing the Group Shape Sheet from the Child Shapes Sheets

The shape sheets of the child shapes can reference the shape sheet of the group. This is achieved by adding the Group! prefix before the group local cell name (see Formula Cell References for more information about cell references). For example:

C#
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// make the shape1 width half the width of the group
shape1.Transform.Width.Formula = "Group!Width/2";
Visual Basic
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' make the shape1 width half the width of the group
shape1.Transform.Width.Formula = "Group!Width/2"

This yields to incredible flexibility and interdependency between child shapes their groups, which allows the creation of very complex shapes.

When to Use Groups
You would typically use groups, when you want to create shapes, which consist of several components with different appearance. This is because although smart shapes can be used to display several graphics paths (there can be several geometry sections in the smart shape sheet), they are all displayed with the same fill and stroke styles.
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