The Feedback-Area is at the bottom of the application window.
There are five different zones in the Feedback-Area.
MechDesigner User Interface: Feedback Area
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The Short and Extended Hints box shows the hint for a command as you hover above its icon in each toolbar.
The hint also shows next to your mouse-point as you hover above the icons in each toolbar.
Note: To see all of the hint, you may need to drag the spacer bars upwards and to the right a short distance.
The most recent message is at the top of the list. The three columns in the Message Window are:
Topic: Importance Level icon: – Information; – Warning; – Error - save your work now!
Message: relates to the command you have completed or tried to complete. This is the message you should read!
Time: When the message was displayed.
With your computer sound 'on', and the sound enabled in Application Options | Accessibility tab, you will hear a 'honk' when a new message shows in the Message Window.
To clear messages from the Message Window:
The Master Machine Angle [MMA] is a scale with a range of 0 – 360. This is the range of one Machine-Cycle.
As you cycle the model, the small orange triangle[▲] below the MMA scale moves continuously from 0 to 360, again and again . The 'Revs' counter increments by 1 count each time the MMA passes 360.
The MMA is the reference angle for all kinematically-defined chains.
Edit the Master Machine Angle:
Move to: enter a value in the Read/Write data-box, to the right-side of the MMA scale
Inch: click the Spin-Box tool to 'increase' or 'decrease' by Spin-Increment. Edit the Spin-Increment to increase or decrease the Spin Step with each click.
Jog: keep you mouse-button-down to move continuously until you release your mouse-button.
The Orange Triangle below the scale moves to the left or right with your mouse.
Velocity and Acceleration Vector Scale Buttons
Click, one or more times, the Velocity / Accel buttons to change the length Kinematic Vectors in the graphic-area.
See also: Point Display and Location dialog-box
Force and Torque Vector Scale Buttons
Click, one or more times, the Force / Torque buttons to change the length of Force /Torque[Moment] Vectors in the graphic-area.
The Animation Speed Slider is to the right-side and bottom of the Feedback-Area. If MD application is not at full screen, the Animation Speed Slider will 'word-wrap' to below the MMA.
The Animation Speed Slider lets you speed-up or slow-down the animation speed of the model as it cycles.
To adjust the Animation Speed:
The animation maintains full kinematic and motion synchronisation. The animation speed is different to the Machine Simulation Speed.
See also: Run >Cycle