Use the Application-Settings dialog-box to edit the working environment.
We save the Application-Settings each time you exit MechDesigner to these two files:
Delete these two files to return your settings to the defaults.
See here for more information on Application-Settings, Themes, Styles and the Save and Load buttons
The Application Settings dialog-box is now open.
File Options See also: ZXL file-type.
Extract ZXL Files to:
◉Automatically to ZXL sub-directory: we add a sub-directory to the path of the ZXL file and extract all files to it.
◉Specify directory: Select a path, or create a new path, when you open a ZXL file-type.
☑ Enable Auto-Save check-box:
Enable to overwrite the file on disc with the model at each auto-save.
# of Backup files
When you open a model, a backup is made with file-extension: CXL.1, .2, ... CXL.#; and MTD.1, MTD.2, ...MTD.#
# of Commands between Auto-save
When Enable Auto-Save is active, we save your model after # of Commands between Auto-Save. To auto-save:
1.Rename file-name.CXL and file-name.MTD on disk to file-name.~CXL and file-name.~MTD
2.Save the active model to file-name.CXL and file-name.MTD
Note: Before Auto-Save becomes active, the model must have a file-name.
Tutorials Video Directory - click the path box and specify a path for Tutorials Videos - see Tutorials
User Library Folder - click the path box and specify your User Library Folder See Import Library Files
Allow Internet Downloads : click the check-box if you will download any files.
Active Theme: After you select a Target Theme, the box shows the Theme.
•Charcoal Dark Style (default) , Windows, Aqua Light Slate, Windows10 Dark, Tablet Dark, Slate Classico, Windows 10 SlateGray, 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 is 1:1 when you select the DXF units that are equal to the original DXF drawing.
See also: Edit DXF-Element
Cam 'Soft Limits'
Cam Radius-of-Curvature (Rc ∕ Rf)%
Cam Radius-of-Curvature, Rc ∕ Cam-Follower Radius, Rf ) * 100 %
If | Radius-of-Curvature of the Cam | < % * Radius of the Cam-Follower Roller
•The Cam-Roller may not be able to contact the cam because of undercutting.
•The Cam track becomes red in the graphic-area.
•It is a soft-limit - a warning only.
Note: Precision of calculations do not change if you edit these parameters.
Data Output and Vector 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
List separator - character that separates values, e.g. in a CSV file.
Decimal Separator - character that separates integer part and the fractional part 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 (usually 14 is OK)
•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.
Edit the color of the symbols in the graphic-area.
Usually the colors are:
•type of blue for a Part that is Not Solved
•type of green for a Part that is Solved
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.
☑Display Function-Block Names
To display the names of Function-Blocks in the graphic-area.
This is very helpful if you rename the Function-Blocks - see Rename element
Click the Anti-aliasing Enabled check-box to remove the jagged edges from elements in the graphic-area.
Edit the Line-Width to increase or decrease the thickness of sketch-elements
Note: I find Anti-aliasing looks good for Lines, but not for Arcs, Circles, and especially not for Gears, which are drawn with many short Lines.
Do not display Function-Block names
Do display Function-Block names
Display and Renamed Function-Blocks
Text in Menus and Dialog-Boxes. They are related to the Icon Size
Large - too big ?
Medium - OK
Small - OK.
Font - choose a font for the dialogs, e.g. Tahoma
Large 48x48 -too big ?
Medium 32x32 - typical use
Small 24x24 - typical use
Tiny 16x16 - too small ?
Note : If the toolbar icons do not arrange correctly after you reset the ICON SIZE, 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.