Front Panel Designer category
I have a simple line drawing that I might want to include as an engraving on a front panel I'm working on. I have jpg and pdf files, but can't seem to find a free program to convert either of the files to HPGL. If anybody knows of one, I'd be grateful.
Another idea: I read a post here that leads me to believer FP Express will do the conversion and include it in the design, but I'd like to be able to see it on the cad program so I could mess around with it before deciding if, and how, to include it in the design.
Posted By: Warren Anderrson on Nov 30, 2018 06:16PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Hi! I have used FPE over the years for my production needs and I have NEVER, never ever; no matter how I export and how I prep the data- never been able to import a dxf exported from illustrator. I am trying to design some from panels for 2 new products and am completely blocked by this. I contacted support and was curtly pointed to the pdf guide, which tells me nothing about file preparation (and that I've read, and then told it would be 100$ an hour for possibly 3 hours of work to get a simple dxf outline into front panel designer.
Does anyone have a succinct set of operations to perform in order to get a simple curved outline out of illustrator and into FPE using DXF? Paying 300$ per set of outlines will be a bit steep.
Anyway here's the perpetual error:
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Posted By: Greg Francke on Jul 24, 2018 12:38AM Category: Front Panel Designer
OKAY!!! Important advice for illustrator users: if your art contains any bezier curves, go to object/path and add anchor points. Repeat this until there are enough anchor points to approximate the curve in the following step: go to object/simplify and click on 'straight lines'. Make sure preview is active to catch any potential butchery of curves. Select the outline, export as dxf (default settings work ok), and import.
Posted By: Greg Francke on Jul 24, 2018 12:50AMReply
hello... I have ordered dozens of panels over a dozen years... and never had this issue...
I get a pop up that says:
the current issue of front panel designer is not reacting. please close all dialog boxes and try again.
the program was running when I had a crash... it spun endlessly, so I had to force quit... now it will not open... I rebooted computer.. I dragged the old program to the trash... downloaded again... and reinstalled... still nothing... I found the Applications Support folder, but could not see any old files to delete...
I sent an email yesterday. no reply...
any help appreciated...
Posted By: jeff on May 23, 2018 05:45AM Category: Front Panel Designer