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  • Wire Blend Modes | TAPgiles Daily Dreams Tutorial

    A connected wire can affect a setting in different ways depending on which wire blend mode is set. Let's look at what wire blends modes are, and how they work.



    (This is a remake incorporating the latest understanding of how this stuff works.) Check the docs: http://tapgiles.com/docs/#wire-blend

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  • #2
    This is hard to say. Just a little criticism or a gripe if you will. First, I really love and appreciate your tutorials. I had to watch the video to understand what the written document was even talking about. The written doc should explain somewhere, how to bring up the Wire Blend option. I didn't even know this was a thing to be honest. I had no idea you could L1+X on the input tab to cycle through wire options. Again, the written version should say this. Sometimes I can't watch the video and rely on a written reference to muddle my way through logic. Also. what would be the practical application of this? I think you should show a "and here's an example of where'd you'd use this" so people could better understand its use. Anyway, just a couple of thoughts.

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    • #3
      Ah, that's an oversight on the docs. I'll add that in.

      The overwrite mode is pretty much used by everything. It allows two wires going into the same input to have either of them send a signal and it does the thing. For example, the power inputs would allow either wire to send a signal and it would power on.

      But basically, if you ever think "I have some positive numbers, but want to know which one is the highest positive number..." you can use this blend mode to find that value.

      You can use blend mode to find the average of a number of values. Which means you can get from that back to the sum of all those values by multiplying by the number of wires (a tutorial on that is coming soon).

      Modulate is good for... modulating the original value between 0 and the base value using a percentage or on/off signal.

      Really, all this stuff is very situational. My thinking is, if you know how overwrite works then in that rare case where you could actually use it to save a load of gadgets, you'll remember what overwrite does and use it.

      It's not always easy to come up with examples. The only solid one I'd say is finding the sum of a load of wires, but even then it's pretty rare you need to do that.

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