Use the Application-Settings dialog-box to edit parameters and the working environment.
The Application Settings dialog-box is now open.
Application-Settings are saved automatically to:
See here for more information on Application-Settings, Themes, Styles and the Save and Load buttons
CAD Linear Units
Imported DXF Files: Default Units
For 1:1 scaling, make the units the same as the original DXF drawing. See also: 'Edit a DXF-Element'
Extract ZXL Files to: (See here for ZXL file-type).
Enable Auto-Save check-box:
Note 1: Before Auto-Save becomes active, the model must have a file-name. For new models, do File menu > 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 each Auto-save
After # (number) of changes to the model, we auto-save your model. We:
Tutorials Video Directory : see Tutorials
Database Directory : DO NOT TOUCH! see Help menu > Language Database
Allow Internet Downloads : check-box, needed to download tutorials
Cam 'Soft Limits'
Cam Radius-of-Curvature (Rc ∕ Rf)%
Equation to Evaluate : (Cam Radius-of-Curvature, Rc ∕ Cam-Follower Radius, Rf ) * 100 %
If | Radius-of-Curvature Cam | < % * Radius of the Cam-Follower Roller
Theme Options Themes are not Styles.
Active Theme: After you select a Target Theme, this shows the Theme. Mostly, in this help documentation, the Theme is Charcoal Dark Slate.
Note: Digits and Precision are similar to Decimal Places and Significant Figures, but not identical.
Note: Precision of internal calculations do not change.
Data Output and Vector Format
Data-format for data you save from a Graph FB or Cam-Coordinates FB.
Data-format for dimensions, as you see in the graphic-area
Top-Tip: Experiment with a dimension to learn how Precision and Digits change the dimension.
Precision: The number-of-digits for the full number - before and after the decimal mark.
Digits: The number-of-digits after the decimal mark.
Typically: Min(Precision) ≥ (Digits +3), but depends on your model requirements.
Edit the colour of elements and symbols in the graphic-area.
To help you model, the elements - below - have different colours in different states.
Parts in the Mechanism-Editor:
Sketch-Elements in the Part-Editor: are
CAD-Lines are Dark-Green in the Part-Editor and Mechanism-Editor.
XY-axes in the Mechanism-Editor and Part-Editor are:
XYZ-axes (RGB) at the Origin in Model-Editor (RGB):
Reference Geometry: Orange
Quality Slider: Low < Quality > High
Use the 'Quality' slider to edit the drawing accuracy of various symbols and sketch-elements.
Display Function-Block 'Name'
To display the name of each Function-Block in the graphic-area it is useful to display the names of Function-Blocks
It is more useful when you rename the Function-Blocks
No FB names
Default FB Names
Toolbar Icon Size
Large 48x48 - not recommended as you may not see all of the icons in a toolbars
Medium 32x32 - typical use
Small 24x24 - typical use
Tiny 16x16 - too small for me
English (An English Joke about language)
Languages: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese.
See also Help menu
If you do not need the hints, clear the Show Hints check-box. We still show hints in the Feedback zone.
Text in Menus and Dialog-Boxes. They are related to the Icon Size
Large - too big
Medium - OK
Small - a bit small.
Symbol Display Size (Pixels): The size of elements in the graphic-area, such as Part-Outlines.
Symbol Selection Size (Pixels): The size of the pointer selection pin-head. The larger this number the easier it is to select an element, but you may select than one element.
Sounds Enabled: 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.
Parameters that apply to Solids. You can change all four in their dialog-boxes, also.
Default Ball Radius
The size of the symbol we use for a Ball-Joint
Default Bearing Dia.
Default Ground Bearing Dia.
The dimensions that apply to arcs and circles of Auto-Profiles with respect to moving and fixed Pin-Joints, respectively.
See also: Add Auto-Profiles
Default Extrusion Depth
The default dimension of the Extrusion-Depth parameter in the Extrusion dialog
Target Theme set to: Charcoal Dark Slate or Windows10
If Target Theme = Charcoal Dark Slate : Click Load button, open the DARK.STYLE style.
If Target Theme = Windows10 : Click Load button, open the LIGHT.STYLE style.
The Dark and Light styles use colours that suit the Charcoal Dark Slate and Windows10 themes, respectively.
Edit colours, icons sizes, text sizes, number format, and all other settings.
When the settings are 'good for you'...
The Theme and Application-Settings should now be your default settings.
To distribute your settings and style to other workstations:
Save file-name.XML to this directory <CommonAppData>\PSMotion\Style
Copy file-name.XML to directory <CommonAppData>\PSMotion\Style