Thank you mermaid10
David’s tutorial is good, as all his tutorials are, and it does make using multi replicate appear more interesting and less daunting, he does quickly address the scale translation, although later in the video at one point, he mentions that it will not have any effect on his cube as the scaling was at 100% maybe so for his cube but not for my cone, as shown in my illustration.
Scale Translation works in different ways with different objects, whether or not the size of the object is set to 100% in the multi replicate dialogue, if the objects have been re-sized before hand, results are different again, I am still experimenting, but alas, no further forward.
I reckon it works like this, lets consider just one axis.
5 objects at 100% no scale translation or with it and an axis offset of 100.
The axis offset will be 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, because 100% of 100% is 100% so all steps will be 100 by 100% irrispective.
Now 5 objects at 50% without scale translation and an axis offset of 100.
The axis offset will be 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, because without scale translation, the offset is not processed so all steps are still 100.
Now 5 objects at 50% with scale translation and an axis offset of 100.
The axis offset will be 50, 25, 12.5, 6.25, 3.125
Offset 1 = 50% of 100 = 50
Offset 2 = 50% of 50 = 25
Offset 3 = 50% of 25… and so on. The process is recursive.
And each translation is handled axis by axis.