Latest FrontDesign v5.0.1
If I launch designer, open my file (or even brand new one)
then go to order > order current front panel
FrontDesign-order launches but cart is always empty
Posted By: Amadeo on Nov 25, 2016 02:23AM Category: Ordering
I'm having the same problem. Anyone else? Any fixes?
Posted By: Alex on Nov 30, 2016 08:52PMReply
Hi Amadeo. This has been forwarded to our developers. Can you email me your .fpd files so we can try replicating it on our end? Try saving the file off with a different name.fpd and trying again.
In the meantime just open the ordering program and click on 'add front panel to shopping cart' b***on at the top of the shopping cart tab to work around this issue.
Posted By: Adrian on Dec 01, 2016 02:17AMReply
I have the same problem. Adrian - please provide a screen shot of where the "add..." b***on is. I can't find it.
Attached File: Screen_Shot_2016-12-01_at_5.42.13_AM.png
Posted By: Kevin Rowett on Dec 01, 2016 02:43PMReply
Please look at the screen shot I attached. The version of order tool in 5.0.1 doesn't look anything like the one shown in your screen shot.
Posted By: Kevin Rowett on Dec 01, 2016 05:57PMReply
Ok. Our developers are working to see why that is not coming up on a MAC. If anybody needs to place an order for a panel and cannot order thru the software email us the files and we will process the order manually for you.
Posted By: Adrian on Dec 01, 2016 08:58PMReply
Kevin. Try scrolling up to see the shopping cart. Looking at your attachment it shows you have space to scroll up.
Posted By: Adrian on Dec 01, 2016 10:44PMReply
adding manually using the "add file" b***on worked for me, once I got that you can scroll up. Thanks!
Note that the large white area in the screen shot prevents typical scroll from working, you have to move the mouse to the non-white area above or below to scroll or click and drag the scroll bar.
Also note that the screen comes up scrolled down for us mac users. Might be worth changing, from a UX perspective I would advise against hiding action / navigation b***ons, like these.
Anyway seems like this will work for now, thanks Adrian!
Posted By: Amadeo on Dec 01, 2016 11:36PMReply
Here's the file as well in case it helps with debugging, but note that I did with a brand new file with blank panel.
Posted By: Amadeo on Dec 01, 2016 11:42PMReply
One last note for help with debugging, It seems that files created by front panel on mac do not have a file extension (i.e. .fpd) there is also a second file created with a .bak (assuming thats a autosave / backup?). If I manually add the file extension by renaming the file, then the whole ordering from frontdesigner works! There must be some sort of check for *.fpd file or something to populate the cart. I would tell the developers to look there for solution.
Hope that helps!
Posted By: Amadeo on Dec 01, 2016 11:47PMReply
all the hints work! Thank.
Posted By: Kevin Rowett on Dec 02, 2016 04:09PMReply
I want to place a thread M3 stud on the bottom plate to mount a PCB board on. I am confused about the option of "Place on reverse side". What does that mean if I put the check mark there? What does it mean if I uncheck the "Place on reverse side"?
Posted By: Vu on Nov 11, 2016 04:33PM Category: Front Panel Designer
By default studs/standoffs are placed on the front of panels. If you want them on the back side of the panel select 'place on reverse side' and that will be indicated in the software with a diagonal hatching appearance.
Posted By: Adrian on Nov 15, 2016 05:19PMReply
I'm using version 5.01 of the software. When creating a front panel if I chose the basic shape as being "Free shape from DXF file" then the option to use customer supplied material is greyed out and unselectable. How should I proceed if I want to provide material?
Posted By: Kris Meloy on Oct 22, 2016 02:07AM Category: Front Panel Designer
I can' find a solution how insert a triangle cavity.
There is a triangle option at the Insert Rectangular Hole, only (triangle at the trapezoid area).
But, it needs the same, as the Insert Rectangular Hole, into to Insert Cavity tool.
Additionally, I see that missing an oval tool for holes and cavity.
Posted By: Manolis on Oct 18, 2016 09:19PM Category: Front Panel Designer
The only way to do this is to use the insert free contour tool in the toolbar and import the .dxf of the triangle. Once you have it imported onto your panel select 'as cavity' in the properties window and input the depth you want it milled at.
Posted By: Adrian on Oct 20, 2016 07:07PMReply
I created a part in alibre, created a dxf file.
Now i would like to import this in frontpanel so it can be milled by the factory.
How must i do that, is there a step by step tutorial,. not a video
Posted By: Harry H. Arends on Oct 11, 2016 05:26PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting Front Panel Express with your question.
Since you have a .dxf file you can import that into our designer. The way to do that is to save off your .dxf file as two files. The first .dxf file will be of just your panel (outside) shape and nothing else. The second .dxf file will be of just the cutouts on your and nothing else.
You will start your panel design by importing the first .dxf by selecting 'free shape from dxf file' when you click create new panel.
Once you have your panel open click on the 'insert free contour' tool in the toolbar and select to import the second .dxf file of the cutouts.
This will import the .dxf of your cutouts onto your panel as a group. You can know center the cutouts onto your panel by right-clicking and selecting align/distribute.
For others with the same question you can view this instructional video on how to do what I described above:
Posted By: Adrian on Oct 13, 2016 01:37AMReply
Hi, Could you please tell me the correct macro object for a D series neutrik connector punch out with countersunk M3 machine screws.
Posted By: Tom on Sep 23, 2016 06:12AM Category: Front Panel Designer
The fifth option (24, Drilling: M3x9.5, y:12) in our XLR-Connector drop down menu might work. You will have to mirror the two threaded holes and change them to M3 countersink holes if you need them in the upper right and lower left positions. You might want to check the tech sheet for the Neutrik connector to confirm.
Please don't hesitate to contact our customer service in case you need further assistance.
Attached File: XLR-connector.png
Posted By: Fabian on Sep 27, 2016 01:23AMReply
Can you show me screen shots as I cannot find the neutrik option.
How do I know when a reply is posted???
Posted By: Daniel Fock on Jan 24, 2017 08:20AMReply
Hi Daniel. Here is your screenshot.
Attached File: Screenshot.jpg
Posted By: Adrian on Jan 25, 2017 01:56AMReply
Do you have a .fpd for this please?
Thank you a lot. Best regards,
Posted By: Mathieu on Apr 29, 2019 12:05PMReply
You will have to download our free designer software from our website and insert the connector cutout from the macro objects shown in the screenshots. We do not have a .fpd file since it's built into the software.
Posted By: Adrian on Apr 29, 2019 06:17PMReply