Front Panel Designer category
After receiving a new computer, all my previously saved macros are not easily accessible. Currently, I still have access to my old computer so I will be able to find what I need. However, we have other people in the department that may want to access a shared custom macro library. Is there a way I can define a location for these macro objects to save?
Posted By: JFleck on Dec 16, 2013 07:55PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Also Note: The macro object properties window misspells Category as "Catergory". :oops:
Posted By: JFleck on Dec 16, 2013 08:11PMReply
Unfortunately, we don't have macro sharing implemented yet.
However, all your custom macros are filed in one file in the installation folder of Front Panel Designer under FDlib. You can copy it from there and save it on your new computer.
You can also import older libraries by right clicking on your user folder in the macro side bar. This will bring up a menu with import function.
Sorry that this is kind of a hassle but thank you for pointing this out. It will go on my software developer wish list, including the typo ;-)
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 18, 2013 03:29AMReply
I printed the 100% layout for checking the holes if they are matching with the components. I printed the file with three different printers. All printouts are around 10% smaller than the actual dimensions.
Can anyone advise what may be the problem?
Posted By: bigpanda on Dec 10, 2013 04:51AM Category: Front Panel Designer
I am trying to rule out any printer driver issues. Could please print to a PDF file and then print this one? Same effect?
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 11, 2013 01:38AMReply
Likely your printer setup says "fit to margins" and your panel is close enough to the margins to cause the scaling to kick in.
Posted By: STMRadio on Sep 16, 2014 05:38PMReply
Simple question, is this possible? I actually need a cavity with a hole inside the cavity, of basically the same size as the cavity, just slightly smaller. Essentially, similar to the edge machinnig, but if there was a "0 degree" option for the bevel.
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 12:41AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Do you mean something similar to a counterbore? You can select this with 'manual sinking parameters' in the drill hole properties. The cone angle would be 180 degrees in this case.
You can also stack objects on top of each other, e.g. a drill hole on top of a cavity.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 14, 2013 01:38AMReply
You've got the right idea, but what I need to draw is an arc, or curved slot. Essentially, if there was an option for curved cavity, I would make a curved cavity, then a slightly smaller curved slot in the center of the cavity. Make sense?
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 01:47AMReply
Ah, just saw that I can do cavities using the free contour dxf import, I guess that's probably the best way for me to do this.
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 07:56PMReply
You figured it out yourself :)
The dxf import allows you to import any shape and have it cut as cavity or all the way through.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 14, 2013 10:01PMReply
For power coating an aluminum plate, is the Jet Black (RAL9005) a semi-gloss?
Posted By: kinterke on Oct 30, 2013 02:44PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I have a dxf file that contains all cutouts that I require. When I import the dxf file, it only sees the exterior shape, and not any of the cutouts. Am I doing something wrong?
Posted By: kinterke on Oct 29, 2013 03:36PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Front Panel Designer differentiates between exterior and interior shapes. This allows you to import something quickly and position it independently.
However, a completed design from a different software requires a two step dxf import. One for the exterior and the other for everything else.
The exterior import can be done in 'Front Panel Properties' by selecting 'free shape from dxf file' in basic shape. Once you have completed the panel shape the cutouts can be imported ('insert free contour' in the tool bar.) You can split your cutout import by right-clicking on it. This gives 'split free contour' and allows you to select tools individually.
Have a look at one of our older newsletters
Please let me know if you need any support with your project. This can be a little confusing when you import a dxf the first time. We are more than happy to help you with the conversion into our software.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Oct 29, 2013 06:40PMReply
All of a sudden with version 4.31 the origin when creating a new panel seems to be set willy-nilly. Never at a the bottom left corner as it used to be. Is it me or is there a reason for this?
Posted By: REPH11 on Oct 16, 2013 10:45PM Category: Front Panel Designer
No, there is no reason for it and I can't replicate it on my Windows installation. Do you run on Windows?
Until we have figured this out, quick fix is shortcut n + 1 (on number pad). This will bring the origing in the lower left corner. Imagine the number pad as your panel; upper left corner = 7, center = 5, lower right = 3, etc.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Oct 16, 2013 11:48PMReply
I saw the same thing running Win 7 until I went into the Settings menu, set X origin and Y origin to zero (they already showed as zero but did it anyway) then ticked the "Use as default" box. Now it seems to be okay. All new designs put the origin in the lower left corner as desired.
Posted By: Vern_K on Oct 17, 2013 03:27AMReply
I did that myself and it worked. But it would only work if there was a panel defined. Perhaps the "default" settings could be changed before a panel needs to be defined.
Posted By: REPH11 on Oct 17, 2013 05:34PMReply