Front Panel Designer category
In the version 3.5 software, why does the "Object Properties" dialog display X and Y in inches even when the rest of the units (such as height and width) are shown in millimeters? this makes designing a lot more work than it needs to be as I have to constantly convert units back and forth using a calculator.
Posted By: Peter Montgomery on Apr 10, 2008 08:34AM Category: Front Panel Designer
There is indeed an inconsistency within the 'Object Properties' regarding inches and millimeters. A mixup in dimension units happens if they are changed during the design. The properties of an individual object stay in the unit which was active when placed on the panel. Changing dimension units in the 'Edit Menu' doesn't affect already existing objects. We will look into this for future versions.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and would like to thank you for pointing that out.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 10, 2008 06:50PMReply
Is the ability to choose millimeters or inches as the standard measuring unit working in the version 3.5 software? Every time I go into Edit->Settings, I choose "millimeter" from the "Grid Distance X" dropdown box, click "Set as Default" and then hit "OK". When I open the settings dialog again, everything is back to inches. I looked in the registry for where the program would store these settings, but only found entries for the positions of the various dialogs and windows. Are these settings actually being stored somewhere?
Posted By: Peter Montgomery on Apr 10, 2008 08:31AM Category: Front Panel Designer
The measuring unit can be defined at Edit -> Settings -> Other. Here you can choose between inches and millimeters and set it as default. The grid settings are subordinated to what was defined in 'Others'. Reason is, that you can't have the grid in millimeters and the standard measuring in inches.
A faster way to switch between metric and standard if needed, is to click on the dimension unit in the bottom left-hand corner of the status bar.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 10, 2008 06:25PMReply
I would like to know if it's possible within fpd to set the place at which the threading in a threaded thru-hole begins.
As you can see the reason for this is that with standard thread orientation my XLR socket when fully screwed in is 125 degrees out of alignment. I am using a Vista OS so don't have access to the front panel designer help files.
any help appreciated :)
Posted By: Douglas Hunter on Mar 13, 2008 12:49PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Unfortunately, setting the place where the thread starts is not possible.
I would suggest that you just pick a drilled hole for the panel and use a nut to tighten the socket. In this way, you can assure that is has the right angle.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 13, 2008 09:36PMReply
Your suggestion is a good one and should solve the problem.
Thankyou for your help and the fast reply :)
Posted By: DouglasH on Mar 14, 2008 05:57AMReply
How does one place text on the reverse side of a panel? I have testpoints that have a through hole with engraved text on the front but the tech needs TP numbers on the reverse side for wiring.
Posted By: George Rufle on Mar 11, 2008 12:47PM Category: Front Panel Designer
The option 'place on reverse side' is only for blind holes or cavities available. However, we can place text on the back side of a panel for you.
Depending on the quantity of text you want, there are two options for preparing the file for us.
1. If you only want a few engravings on the back, you can place them on the front panel and set the X-Scale to -1 (in engraving properties). The negative value mirrors the engraving and appears as would you look through a transparent panel. To let us know that we need to mill it on the back, please leave a note in the remark box (front panel properties).
This can become confusing if you add a lot of engravings, especially when they are at the same spot as engravings on the front.
2. Therefore, it would be more convenient for you to design a second panel showing the back of your front panel (please consider that you are now working mirror-inverted to the front side). Just let us know through a note in the remark box that we need to combine the files to one panel.
No matter which option you choose, we will send you the combined or modified file for your approval, together with the updated price, before starting manufacturing.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 12, 2008 03:43AMReply
Thanks for the reply.
Wouldn't solution #1 display the text as backwards when viewed from the back?
Solution #2 will have to be my choice.
Would placing text on the reverse side be included in a future update to Front Panel Express?
Posted By: George Rufle on Mar 12, 2008 11:53AMReply
Here is an example for solution 1.
The text is backwards because we are always looking on the front side with Front Panel Designer. By having the real panel in hand and flipping it to see the back, the text appears correct.
The following picture shows solution 2:
The left panel is the front side and the right panel is the auxiliary file for the back side. I added a rectangular hole for better clarification how it works with having it mirror-inverted.
I hope the screen shots help to illustrate both solutions.
Since we have more and more requests for placing text on the reverse side, we definitely need to work on this function for future versions. Thank you for your suggestion.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 12, 2008 07:42PMReply