The File toolbar > Save Active Motion... will open the 'Save as...' Windows® dialog-box.

When you select this option:

1.Select the file type in the 'Save as type:' box
2.Enter a 'File-name'
3.Browse to the directory you want to save the motion file
4.Select the 'Save' button

See also: Open and Append, Save All, Add Motion, Save, Close

There are three file types in the Save as type box.

MotionDesigner File (.mtd). The default file extension for MotionDesigner.

MotionDesigner saves the motions in all of the Motion Tabs to one file.

Motion File (.shp)

MotionDesigner saves each motion to a different file. The filename is the Motion Tab name.

Jetter Motion File (.da)

This is the file extension for Jetter Automation.

When you select the save button, MotionDesigner opens the 'Jetter .da File Parameters' dialog-box.

Jetter Automation Save As dialog box

Jetter Automation Save As dialog box

Write Comments to File

Click the check box if you want the .da file to explain the function and parameter of each line

Header Data box

Use the check box to write, as text, at the top of the .da file:
File Path - the Path is given in the box as a 'Read Only'.

- or -

Project Name - you must write the Project Name in the box

Register Number at Start box

Enter a Register Offset in the box

Use your keyboard or the Spin-box tool to enter the Register Number.

Click OK, Cancel or Help

MotionDesigner saves each motion to a different file. The filename is the Motion Tab name.

Notes on the .da file

The segments are saved as Polynomials, with their coefficients.

If the segment is a Traditional Motion-Law of the Harmonic Type, for example a Modified-Sinusoid, then:

1.The segment is divided into sub-segments.

The Blend-Points for the sub-segments are at the 'natural' positions of the Segment.

2.The sub-segments are saved as Polynomials.

The Polynomial coefficients minimize the error between the actual Segment and the Polynomial Segment.

For example,

A Modified-Sinusoid Motion-Law has three sub-segments
A Modified-Trapezoidal Motion-Law has five sub-segments

To review the Blend-Points of the sub-segments, you can Open and Append the .da motion after you save it.

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