Application Settings dialog-box

Use the Application Settings dialog to edit the working environment.

Any changes to your settings become the default setting when you exit MechDesigner. We call this its 'style'.

Different users on the same PC with different style preferences can save and load their Theme and Style with the Save and Load buttons.

See also: Themes and Styles

Open the Application Settings dialog-box:

Edit toolbar > Application Settings icon

 

                                                                         Application-Settings icon Edit Toolbar [ABOVE] graphic-area.

                                                                         Application-Settings icon
Edit Toolbar [ABOVE] graphic-area.

 

Icon-ApplicationSettings

1.Click Edit menu > Application Settings

- or -

1.Click Edit toolbar > Application Settings
Application-Settings dialog-box

Application-Settings dialog-box

There are five tabs in the Application Settings dialog-box.

General
Number Format
Colours
Accessibility
Auto-Profiles

Load and Save buttons:

To open and apply a style that contrasts well with a Theme.

We have prepared a style for each theme. You can also save your own settings to the same style, or a style with a new file-name.

See more: Themes and Styles

Application Settings tabs

General

Dialog-AppSetting-General

 CAD Linear Unit 

Make the units the same as the original drawing.


 File Options 

Extract Files in .ZXL to ...:

The ZXL file has all of the files that the model needs. There are two options:

Create a sub-directory automatically [with the same name as the ZXL file name]

I do not recommend this option. Why? Because when you open the ZXL file, you will create a new CXL and MTD in the sub-directory. If you open then edit and save CXL file then exit', you will also create a new ZXL This can create confusion as there will be files with the same name.

Specify ZXL output directory. I recommend this option. I specify the same directory as the ZXL file.

Enable Auto-save check-box [Default is checked]

Save the model before Auto-save begins.

Checked:   Recommended IF you prefer to continually save the model to the same file name. Do not use if you have a 'master file'.
Unchecked: Recommended IF you prefer to save when YOU want to save the model, or YOU want to create a new file-names.

At each auto-save 'event', MechDesigner:

1.Renames the .CXL and .MTD files to .~CXL and .~MTD
2.Re-saves the open file as .CXL and .MTD

# Backup Files:

A backup file is made automatically when opening an existing MechDesigner file.

The backup files have the extension CXL.1, CXL.2, CXL.3, ... and MTD.1, MTD.2, MTD.3, ...

Commands between Auto-Save

The number of command 'events' to the next 'auto-save'. Note: you must save the model with File menu > Save before Auto-Save starts.


 Cam 'Soft Limits' 

Cam: Minimum Radius Soft Limit Recommended: 150%

(Cam Radius-of-Curvature ÷ Cam-Roller Radius ) × 100 %

In the graphic-area, the cam-profile becomes red at the points where the:

Cam Radius-of-Curvature < 'Minimum Soft Limit' % × Cam-Roller: Radius


 Theme Options 

Note: THEME : different 'border' colours, contrasting toolbar icons colours and different dialog colours.

Active Theme : the theme that you see when you start MechDesigner.

Target Theme : drop-down box to select a different theme:

Windows [not recommended]
Windows10
Charcoal Dark Slate

Load button: to open and apply a style that contrasts well with a Theme. We have prepared a style for each theme.

Light.XML style for the Windows10 theme.
Dark.XML style for the Charcoal Dark Slate theme.

Save button: to save your settings to a style file-name.

You can copy the Theme and Styling, and any other settings you make, to distribute to other MechDesigner users in your company.

See more: Themes and Styles

Number Format

Dialog-13.2-AppSettings-NumberFormat

 Data Output Format 

Used for displaying and exporting Graph data and Cam-Coordinates.

Float Number Format: See here (Internet Link) about number formats: General, Exponent, Fixed and Number.

Precision and Digits - see below

 Dimension Format

Data format of dimensions in the graphic-area

Precision and Digits - see below

Dimension Font Size - Recommended : 13


Precision: The number-of-digits that are used before the number is 'rounded'.

Digits:  The number-of-digits after the decimal mark.

Example

~1234.56789

'Digits'

2

4

6

8

'Precision'

2

1.2E03

1.2E0003

1.2E3

1.2E3

4

1,235.00

1,234.0000

1,234.000000

1,235.00000000

6

1,234.57

1,234.5700

1,234.570000

1,234.57000000

8

1,234.57

1,234.5679

1,234.567900

1,234.56790000

Note: Make Precision>Digits to prevent 'rounding' to less than the number of decimal places.

Graphics

Dialog-AppSettings-Colors

 Display Colours 

Change the colour of many elements. Use each button to open the Windows® Colour 'picker'.

We continue to add elements to the list.

Recommended colours for the dark style [R, G, B]

Background [128,128,128]

Selected Color [255, 0, 0]

Measurement Dimension

Gear-Pair

Part Unsolved [Free Part]

Part Solved [kinematically-defined Part] [0,128,0]

Geometry Under defined

Geometry Fully Defined


 Display Options 

quality: Low < Quality > High

Use the 'Quality' slider to edit the drawing accuracy of various symbols and sketch-elements.

Show Function-Block Captions check-box.

Click the check-box to display element-name above each Function-Block in the graphic-area.

Show Function-Block names

Show Function-Block names

Hide Function-Block names

Hide Function-Block names

Show Function-Block Captions check-box.

Click the check-box to display the 'name' of the function-block as a caption above the icon in the graphic-area.

Only View Solids in active Mechanism check-box.

Click or Clear the check-box to show or hide the Solids that are in the active Mechanism

Note: To see the Solids, also use Visibility menu > 'Show Solids in Mechanism Editor'

Accessibility

Dialog-13.2-AppSettings-Access

 Menus 

Toolbar Icon Size

Click the size to suit your display and eye-sight.

Recommended : Medium

Text Size

Click the size to suit your display and eye-sight.

Recommended: Medium

English

See an English Joke! about sizes and language.

Language: English or Italian

Show Hints check box

If you do not need the hints, clear the Show Hints check box. We still show hints in the Feedback-Area.

 Graphics 

Symbol Display Size [Pixels]: [5] The size of the 'symbols' of the elements in the graphic-area, such as arrow heads, Part-Outlines and axes.

Cursor Selection Size / Pointer Size [Pixels]: [6] The size of the pointer 'pin-head'. The larger this number the easier it is to select element, but you may select more than one element.

 Sounds 

Enable Message Sounds: check-box to let you listen to a sound each time MechDesigner sends a message to the Message Area in the Feedback-Area.

Click the buttons to hear the sound for each message.

I rarely use this as there are many messages that chow for each command.

Auto-Profiles

Dialog-13.2-AppSettings-AutoProfile

Default Sizes 

Set these sizes in proportion to your models. Typical machine design and small medical devices will be set to different sizes,, of course.


Default Ball-Joint Radius

This parameter gives the default radius of the Ball-Joint symbol.

See Ball-Joint dialog


Default Bearing Diameter / Default Grounded Bearing Diameter:

The dimensions used for the arcs at each end of an Auto-Profile when you use the Solid toolbar > Auto-Profile command.

Edit the Part later to edit the dimension, if necessary.

See Add Auto-Profiles [Mechanism] command.


Default Extrusion Depth

The default Extrusion-Depth of Extrusions [along the Z-axis of the active editor] when you use the Add Auto-Profile and Add-Profile commands.

Edit the Extrusions later to edit the Extrusion-Depth, if necessary.

See: Extrusion dialog-box

 

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