Recommended MechDesigner Settings

In MechDesigner : Edit toolbar [or menu] > Application-Settings Icon-ApplicationSettings-19 >

> General tab > File Options

Specify ZXL output directory

Enable Auto-save

Allow Internet Downloads [for Tutorials]

> Accessibility tab > Menus:

Toolbar Icon Size : Medium [Medium/Small]

Text Size: Small/Medium [Medium]

> Accessibility tab > Graphics:

Symbol Display Size : 5 [6]

Symbol Selection Size : 5 [6]

> Number-Format tab > Data Output Format:

Float Number Format : General

Precision : 8

Digits: 4

> Number-Format tab > Dimension and Vector Format:

Precision : 8

Digits: 4

Dimension and Vector Font Size: 13 [14]

> Graphics tab > Graphics Display Option

Show Function-Block Captions

Only View Solids in Active Mechanism-Editor

Themes, Styles, and Application-Settings:

To Save Themes, Styles, and Settings.

STEP 1: Edit menu > Application Settings > General tab > theme Options > Target Themes drop-down

Dark and Light styles use colours that work with the Charcoal Dark Slate and Windows10 themes

If Charcoal Dark Slate as theme, then also: Click Load button > Open: Dark.XML style.
If Windows10 as theme, then also: Click Load button Open: Light.XML style.

Note: Do not use Windows as theme


STEP 2: Edit menu > Application-Settings again to edit colours, icons sizes, text sizes, number format, and all other settings.

Note: I recommended > Graphics tab > Display Colours :  [Background : White] ;  [Part-Unsolved : Blue] ; [Part-Solved: Green] ;[ Joint-Solved : Green] ; [Joint-Unsolved : Blue]


When the Application-settings are 'good for you'...

STEP 3: Exit and Restart MechDesigner.

The settings save to your MechDesigner.ini file when you exit.

The settings load from your MechDesigner.ini file when you restart.

The new Theme and Style now become the 'Active Style'.


To distribute a theme, style, with settings:

1.Click, in your workstation: Application-Settings > Save button to save your settings to style: file-name.XML
2.Distribute file-name.XML to the other workstations
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

TOOL-TIPS: While you are using the MechDesigner:

Pause your mouse-pointer above a toolbar icon to show Tool-Tips. To see the latest Tool-Tips, you will need the 'Database files'.

Tool-tips give the command's name, its purpose and a hint.

Depending on your experience, you may want to show or hide the tool-tips.

show / hide tool-tips:

2.Clear the Show Hints check-box in the Menus separator

 - or -

1.Click Help menu > Toggle Hints

Tutorial and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 13.2 + © Machine, Mechanism, Motion and Cam Design Software by PSMotion Ltd