Use the Application-Settings dialog-box to edit parameters and the working environment.
Application-Settings are saved automatically to:
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: units
1:1 :DXF units equal original DXF drawing units. See also: Edit DXF-Element
File Options See also: ZXL file-type.
Extract ZXL Files to:
◉automatically to ZXL sub-directory: we add a sub-directory to the ZXL file and extract all files to it
◉Specify directory: I recommend you select Specify Directory. I usually specify the same path as the ZXL file itself. But I can also select or create a new path.
Enable Auto-Save check-box:
•Select: overwrite the active file-name with the active model at each auto-save.
•De-select: do not auto-save
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 Auto-save
When # Edits = # (number), we auto-save your model.
To do this, we:
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
Tutorials Video Directory : see Tutorials - click the path box to specify the path for Tutorials Videos
User Library Folder - See Import Library Files - click the path box to specify the path in which you will save your Library-File for your User Library Folder
Database Directory : DO NOT TOUCH! see Help menu > Language Database
Allow Internet Downloads : click the check-box if you will download any tutorials.
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, that is a warning only.
Theme Options Themes are not Styles.
Active Theme: After you select a Target Theme, the box shows the Theme.
•Windows Do not Select!
•Charcoal Dark Style (default)
Note: 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 calculations do not change.
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 - the character that separates values in a list of values, especially a CSV file.
Decimal Separator - the character that separates the Characteristic and Mantissa parts of a the number (or the Integral and Fractional parts of a number.
► Show Dimension Names
Click the check-box to show in the graphic-area, the name of each dimension element (and Motion-Dimension).
You can rename any Dimension from the Selection-Window
Data-format of dimensions, in the graphic-area
•Precision - see below
•Digits - see below
•Dimension Font Size - experiment (usually 14 is OK)
•Dimension font. - experiment
Precision: The number-of-digits for the full number - before and after the decimal mark.
Digits: The number-of-digits after the decimal separator.
Typically: Min(Precision) ≥ (Digits +3), but depends on your model requirements.
See examples, below
Edit the color of elements and symbols in the graphic-area.
To help you model, the elements - below - have different colors in different states.
Parts in the Mechanism-Editor:
•Blue Part-Outlines when the Part is not a kinematically-defined Part (Part Not Solved)
•Green Part-Outlines when the Part is a kinematically-defined Part (Part Solved)
Sketch-Elements in the Part-Editor: are
•Blue: when NOT Geometrically Defined
•Black: when fully Geometrically Defined
CAD-Lines are Dark-Green in the Part-Editor and Mechanism-Editor.
XY-axes in the Mechanism-Editor and Part-Editor are:
•Orange: X–axis arrow
•Green: Y–axis arrow
XYZ-axes (RGB) at the Origin in Model-Editor (RGB):
•Red: X–axis, Green: Y–axis, Blue: Z-Axis
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
Do not display Function-Block Names
Default FB Names
Default Names for Function-Blocks
It is good practice to rename the Function-Blocks
<<< See left.
See Rename element
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
STEP 1: Edit menu > Application Settings > General tab > Style Options ...
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 colors that suit the Charcoal Dark Slate and Windows10 themes, respectively.
STEP 2: Edit menu > Application-Settings ...
Edit colors, icons sizes, text sizes, number format, and all other settings.
When the settings are 'good for you'...
STEP 3: Re-start MechDesigner.
The Theme and Application-Settings should now be your default settings.
To distribute your settings and style to other workstations:
1.In the workstation with the settings you want to distribute: Click the Edit menu > Application-Settings > Save button to save your settings to a style: file-name.XML
Save file-name.XML to this directory <CommonAppData>\PSMotion\Style
2.Distribute the file-name.XML to the other workstations.
Copy file-name.XML to directory <CommonAppData>\PSMotion\Style
3.On the other workstations, in MechDesigner, click the Application-Settings > Load button to load file-name.XML as the new style.
4.Exit and Restart MechDesigner to make sure the new settings and style are applied and saved to MechDesigner.ini