Hi, I don't know if this has been mentioned, but it SURE would help if we could lock objects to the page and not have them try to be selected when something else is on top of it...better yet, how about a layering system like illustrator or corel? Then we can lock/turn off the layers we are not wanting to change.
Sorry if this has already been suggested; if not it would really help. Thx.
Posted By: Mike Phillips on Dec 17, 2010 03:50AM Category: Whishes
Thank you for contacting us regarding Front Panel Designer.
We have indeed received several suggestions about layers, especially for a layer that can be used for notes or references.
We are working hard to come up with a solution that does not alter the "what you see is what you get" principle behind our software, as "hiding" a layer of milled objects on a panel can lead to the designer forgetting they are there.
For now, if you complete a layer of objects and you want them out of the way, consider grouping them and using the "move" command to send them well off the panel vertically. Once you have finished each layer, you can bring them each back onto the panel before ordering.
Let us know if you have any other questions or suggestions.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Dec 17, 2010 06:29PMReply
HI Paul, it's a good point. A simple solution would be to implement the layers idea, and then if a layer is hidden present an alert to the user prior to ordering.
Additionally, you could keep a hidden layer very slightly visible, like 20% transparent. I'm sure there's a clever way to implement this.
Thanks for all you guys do.
Posted By: Mike Phillips on Dec 18, 2010 06:30AMReply
I'll second the lock feature for position and especially sizing. One slight accidental resize of my macro objects can ruin the whole panel.
Posted By: Curt Koopman on Jan 08, 2013 03:49PMReply
I definitely agree that a lock/layer feature would be very useful. But I don't understand what you mean by 'accidental resize'. How can Front Panel Designer support better in such a case?
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jan 08, 2013 10:13PMReply
Accidental resizing would be if you select and resize the object by mistake. Shouldn't happen if you're careful but it can happen without locks/layers. More likely to occur is accidentally moving an object. Say an object is selected but out of view, if the arrow keys are pressed the object will move and you would not know it. I also don't like that you can save into a read-only file.
Posted By: ckoopman on Feb 13, 2013 05:11PMReply
Got my vote!
Posted By: R_Phoenix on Feb 16, 2013 05:02PMReply
Thank you ckoopman. Yes, accidental moving is a problem. And I like the read-only file idea.
Both goes on the IT wish list.
Thank you for your input.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 17, 2013 10:05PMReply
In previous version, it was possible to set the default location for saved files. I'd like to see this back.
Also the Recent Files header is a bit sloppy. Why not put recently opened files directly at the bottom like most other software.
Posted By: Dan Santoni on Aug 17, 2010 01:22PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for the feedback concerning our software. I will forward your comments along to our software engineers.
I would mention, however, that the intention of the modifications to the "Recent Files" menu selection was intended to allow for a longer history of opened files without making the "File" drop down menu super long.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Aug 18, 2010 07:29PMReply
I can understand why the Recent Files was done the way it is. However, it is more unwieldy than just having them visible. A limit could also be set by the user.
Posted By: Dan Santoni on Aug 18, 2010 09:30PMReply
I really like the idea of your side panel extrusions. They seem affordable, and I'm sure they are very solid. For the purposes of making rack cases however, the costs of top/bottom panels adds up very quickly.
For my purposes, I don't have any special requirements for top/bottom panels. Perhaps a few air vent holes, but I don't really even care where they are located. For an 11" deep 19" wide rack case, the cost of the top and bottom panels comes to around $60 a piece, which is about the same as front/rear panels. That makes a 1U enclosure somewhere around $260.
I like the flexibility of front and back panel design, but I wonder if one of the following could be a solution to reduce cost and increase sales:
1. Manufacture standard rack width top/bottom panels similar to your extrusions: in one big long sheet, and then cut to the customer's length requirements.
2. Keep several standard length top/bottom rack panels (like 6", 10", 13", 16", 20"), and manufacture them in bulk so that you can make them more cheaply and offer them more cheaply.
3. Source some standard length top/bottom rack panels (like 6", 10", 13", 16", 20") in steel from another supplier in bulk and just resell them. This way they could be thinner (0.06") and cheaper.
As is, I'm probably going to end up purchasing a stock rack chassis from somewhere else and then either send a front and rear panel to you to customize or just drill it myself. If you offered simple stock top/bottom panels at $10 a piece, an enclosure would be around $160, which would be affordable enough where I would be much more likely to get a custom chassis from you.
I have no idea how many rack cases you sell, but it seems that if you sell enough to warrant having some top/bottom panels in bulk then you could sell more.
Posted By: Eric Pruett on Jul 24, 2010 07:46PM Category: Whishes
Thanks for the input! While I can sympathize with you in terms of the costs associated with fabricating a custom enclosure, cutting a pre-cut sheet to various lengths would add significant time (and cost) to the process of enclosure fabrication. For a 19" wide rack enclosure, the top and bottom panels would need some mounting holes for the housing brackets, and adding these after a sheet is cut out would raise the price significantly.
This caveat makes the bulk purchasing/manufacturing less advantageous. When you add in the observation that nearly all of our rack panel boxes are made with different depths, we end up holding onto significant amounts of additional material.
If you wanted to use our extrusions, front panels, and back panels, you could investigate obtaining raw 1.5mm aluminum provided elsewhere for your top and bottom panels.
You could also likely purchase and machine perforated sheet on your own for this application.
Hopefully this is helpful!
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Jul 26, 2010 07:25PMReply
It would be helpful after carefully placing macro objects that if they need to be replaced with a different macro object at the same location...maybe something like
(1) right click the object
(2) popup menu > click "replace"
(3) select macro object in sidebar
(4) click "enter"
(1) select macro object in dwg
(2) click a new "Replace" button maybe in macro sidebar
(3) select the macro object in sidebar to replace with
(4) click "Enter"
Posted By: Jeff Wilson on Jul 10, 2010 05:31PM Category: Whishes
The best way to accomplish a macro replacement would be with the alignment tool.
You would place your new macro anywhere on the panel, then click on it. Hold the shift key and click on your old macro. Right click on the group and select "Aligning/distribution". You would want to align the reference points on the last selected object, then click OK. Your two macros will now align themselves, and you need only delete the old macro.
I hope this helps!
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Jul 12, 2010 08:38PMReply
I can just imagin there are alot of diffrent user made objects out on everybodys computers? It would be nice if we could all chare them threw the software or maybe here on the site in a libary?
Posted By: Henrik Rydell on May 20, 2010 04:00PM Category: Whishes
The new structure of macro objects in Front Panel Designer is the basis for an expanded library.
Since there are thousands of different connectors, plugs, etc. out there, we would very much appreciate the help of our customers in providing more and more macro objects.
The idea is to implement a platform for user-generated macro objects on our website and add them constantly to the approved standard library of Front Panel Designer.
We'll keep you posted.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on May 25, 2010 06:18AMReply
Any plans to release a version for the mac?
Posted By: Steven Glaze on Mar 20, 2010 08:41AM Category: Whishes
yes, the first Mac OS X version will be released on April 12, 2010.
We are excited to announce the release of the new version of our free design software Front Panel Designer on April 12. Front Panel Designer 4.0 will
- offer you even more design flexibility
- allow you to import dxf contours for inner and outer shapes
- reduce our standard lead time to 5 business days
- be compatible with Mac OS X.
In case you want to get it earlier:
We will be releasing the new software early at the IPC APEX Expo in Las Vegas. Come and visit us April 6-8 at booth 2435 for an exclusive sneak peek.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 20, 2010 07:11PMReply