Use the Application-Settings dialog-box to edit the working environment.
We save the Application-Settings when you exit MechDesigner to two files:
Delete the two files to reset MechDesigner to its factory-settings.
Note: <LocalAppData> is typically C:\users\username\AppData\Local\PSMotion\
See more information: Application-Settings, Themes, Styles, and the Save and Load buttons
1.Click Edit toolbar > Application-Settings
1.Click Edit menu > Application-Settings
The Application Settings dialog-box is now open.
Application Settings dialog-box
File Options See also: ZXL file-type.
Extract ZXL Files to:
◉Auto. to ZXL sub-directory: Automatically, add a sub-directory to that of the ZXL file in which to extract the files that are in the ZXL file.
◉Specify directory: Specify a path in which to extract files that are in the ZXL file.
☑ Enable Auto-Save check-box:
Enable to automatically save the model to overwrite the model file on disc
Note: Before Auto-Save becomes active, the model must have a file-name.
# of Backup files
Automatically make a backup of the models files.
# of Commands between Auto-save
Enable Auto-Save is to save after # of Commands between Auto-Save. We:
1.Rename model file-name.CXL and .MTD, to .~CXL and.~MTD
2.Save the model to file-name.CXL and file-name.MTD
Tutorials Video Directory - click the path to specify a path for Tutorials Videos - see Tutorials
User Library Folder - click the path to specify a User Library Folder - see Import Library Files
Allow Internet Downloads : Enable to allow downloads.
Active Theme: After you select a Target Theme, the box shows the Theme.
Target Theme: Select from:
•Charcoal Dark Style (default) , Windows, Aqua Light Slate, Windows10 Dark, Tablet Dark, Slate Classico, Windows 10 Slate Gray, and Windows 10.
Note: Mostly, in this help documentation, the Theme is Charcoal Dark Slate.
CAD Linear Units
Imported DXF Files: units
The scale of a DXF-Drawing in MechDesigner will be 1:1 when the DXF units you select are equal to those units of the imported DXF-drawing.
See also: Edit DXF-Element
Cam ROC Warning
If | Radius of the Cam Profile | < % * Radius of Cam-Follower Roller
•The Cam profile is more likely to be Undercut
•The Cam profile becomes red in the graphic-area.
It is a WARNING ONLY - a soft-limit.
Note: Precision of calculations do not change if you edit these parameters.
Data Output Format
Data-format for data you save from a Graph FB or Cam-Coordinates FB.
•Float Number Format: See Internet Link here about number formats
•Precision and Digits - see below
Read-Only - Regional Characters as Separators::
List separator - Regional character that separates values, e.g. in a CSV file.
Decimal Separator - Regional character that separates integer and fractional parts of a number.
☑ Show Dimension Names check-box
Data-format of dimensions, in the graphic-area
•Precision and Digits - see below
•Dimension Font Size - experiment (typically 14)
•Dimension font - the Windows font picker opens. Experiment.
Precision: The number-of-digits in the - before and after the decimal mark.
Digits: The number-of-digits after the decimal separator.
Usually, set : Precision ≥ Digits +3, . However, it depends on your model requirements.
List separator options
Specify a delimiter for files that you export:
Comma (,) Tab ( ), Colon (:), Space ( ), Semi-colon (;)
Edit the color of the symbols in the graphic-area.
Usually the colors:
•for a Part that is Not Solved (equivalent term is : not kinematically defined) is blue
•for a Part that is Solved ( equivalent term is: kinematically-defined) is a green
XY-axes in the Mechanism-Editor and Part-Editor are:
XYZ-axes (RGB) at the Origin in Model-Editor:
There are two sliders
<< Low (Sketch Quality) High >>
Slide the handle to the left to decrease and to the right to increase the number of facets around Circle and Arc sketch-elements.
<< Low (Extrusion Quality) High >>
Slide the handle to the left to decrease, and to the right to increase, the number of facets around Extrusions that you add to sketch-loops that have with Circle and/or Arc sketch-elements.
☑Show Function-Block Names (see images left)
Enable to show the names of each Function-Blocks above the FB icon in the graphic-area.
This is more helpful if you rename Function-Block - see Rename element
☑Enable Anti-aliasing *
Enable to remove the jagged edges from elements in the graphic-area.
Edit the Line-Width to increase or decrease the thickness of sketch-elements.
* I find Anti-aliasing is good for Lines, bad for Arcs, Circles, and very bad for Gears, which are drawn with many short Lines. I do not use it.
Do not display Function-Block names
Do display Function-Block names
Display renamed Function-Blocks
Text in Menus and Dialog-Boxes.
Large - too big ?
Medium - typical and recommended
Small - OK?
They are a relative to the Icon Size (see below)
Font - choose a font for the dialogs, e.g. Tahoma
Large 48x48 - too big?
Medium 32x32 - typical and recommended
Small 24x24 - typical
Tiny 16x16 - too small?
Note : If the toolbar icons do not arrange correctly, reset the Icon-size to Medium and, if necessary, re-start MechDesigner.
language (An English Joke about language)
Languages: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese.
Enable Hints with Tool Tips
We always show hints in the Feedback Area.
See also Help menu
Symbol Display Size (Pixels):
The size of symbols that represent the elements in the graphic-area.
Symbol Selection Size (Pixels):
The size of the pointer pin-head. Increase to make it easier to select an element, but you may also select more than one element.
Enable the check-box to hear a different sound with each message in the Feedback-Area. There are many message!
Click the buttons to hear the sound for the three types of message.
Default Part-Offset (default = 0)
The default offset of all Profile/Extrusions you add to a Part.
Default Ball Radius
The default size of the Ball-Joint symbol.
Default Bearing Dia.
Default Ground Bearing Dia.
The default dimension given to arcs at moving and fixed Pin-Joints when you do Add Auto-Profile(s).
See also: Add Auto-Profiles
Default Extrusion Depth
The default Extrusion-Depth parameter in the Extrusion dialog.