We use the Application-Settings dialog box (see Edit menu/toolbar) to change the Theme, Style, and Settings and to suit your preferences and environment.
Together, we call the active Theme, Style and Settings the Styling.
When you exit MechDesigner, we automatically save the Theme, Style, and all Settings to your PC. All changes you do become the new defaults - see Files on your PC.
However, you and other users, for different reasons, may want to use a different Styling and to load them again at another time.
•You have different working environments - you work in the Day and at Night
•Different people work on the same PC with different preferences
We use the Save and Load buttons, in the Application-Settings dialog-box, to save different preferences as a different Styling.
You can also copy the Style to a different PC. You want to do this for your own reasons, or to apply a company-wide Styling.
A Theme defines the colors of the borders, menus, AND dialogs, with contrasting colors for the toolbar icons.
You can select from two Themes.
To select a Theme, do:
1.Edit menu > Application-Settings > General tab > Theme Options : Target Theme
Charcoal Dark Slate : this theme has Dark borders, menus and dialogs with contrasting colors for toolbars icons.
Windows10 : this theme has Light borders, menus, and dialogs, with contrasting colors for toolbar icons.
Windows - not recommended
If you select a Theme that is different from the active Theme, you must restart MechDesigner.
Thereafter, it becomes the default Theme.
We have also prepared a Style with colors for elements that contrast well with each Theme.
Thus, if you change the Theme, you may need to also change the Style.
To load a Style, do:
1.Edit menu > Application-Settings > Click the LOAD button (at the bottom of the dialog-box)
Dark Style : recommended for Charcoal Dark Slate
Light Style : recommended for Windows10
Notes on Styles and Region (locale)
•A locale is the term used to define the specification of, and number formats.
•There are Dark and Light style files that are formatted for regions that use a ',' (comma) as a decimal separator, and for regions that use a '.' (stop, period) as a decimal separator.
These are in paths ... C:ProgramData/style/Comma/ and ...C:/ProgramData/style/Stop/ respectively.
MechDesigner should find the correct path for your region. But, please look at the path to make sure it is correct before you Load a Style.
You may have, as I have, color preferences that are different from the default colors of the Dark or Light Styles.
Also, you may want to change many other settings. For example, size of icons, text, and symbols; the number-format for dimensions and data, default paths, ... .
Use the Application-Settings dialog-box to change these and other settings.
Then, if for any reason explained at the top of this topic, use the Save button to save them as a new Style.
> General tab > File Options
◉ Specify ZXL output directory
☑ Enable Auto-save
☑ Allow Internet Downloads (for Tutorials)
> Accessibility tab > Menus
Icon Size : Medium
Text Size: Small/Medium (Note: If you change the Text Size, close and open Application-Settings again, and drag the right side of Application-Settings dialog to re-size the dialog)
> Accessibility tab > Graphics:
Symbol Display Size : 5
Symbol Selection Size : 6 to 10
> Number-Format tab > Data Output Format
Float Number Format : General
Precision : 8
> Number-Format tab > Dimension and Vector Format
Precision : 8
Dimension and Vector Font Size: 13
> Graphics tab > Display colors
Background : Mid-Grey (RGB: 128:128:128)
Selected color: Red
Part, Joint & Geometry 'Not-Defined' : Blue
Joint, Geometry 'Solved:': Green ;
> Graphics tab > Display Option
☑ Show Function-Block Captions
Note: The active Theme, Style, and the Settings are collectively called a Style.
You may want to save and/or move your Style to other PCs if:
•different engineers use the same PC, and you and they have different preferences
•you want to take your preference to a different PC
•you want to distribute the preferences to different PCs for a company-wide application environment.
•You want a different style when you work at night or in the day.
To save a Style:
1.Click the Application-Settings > Save button to save the Style to a new style-name.XML.
It is best to put this into C:/Documents/PSMotion/MechDesigner/
3.Use Windows (File) Explorer to make a copy of style-name.XML, MechDesigner.INI, and MechDesigner.XML - see File on your PC.
On other PC(s)
4.Use Windows (File) Explorer make a backup of style-name.XML, MechDesigner.INI, and MechDesigner.XML
5.Use Windows (File) Explorer make a replace the style-name.XML, MechDesigner.INI, and MechDesigner.XML with those from the original PC
6.Restart MechDesigner on the other PC
7.Click the LOAD button, to apply the style-name.xml.
They become the default Theme and Style.
Themes, Style and Settings: Edit Style
Move your mouse-pointer above a toolbar icon, and pause to show a Tool-Tip.
Tool-tips give the name of the command and a short hint for you to do the command.
If you do not want to see Tool-Tips:
Show / hide tool-tips :
1.Click Edit menu (or toolbar) > Application Options | Accessibility tab > Menus >
2.Clear the Enable Hints and Tool-tips check-box
- or -
1.Click Help menu > Toggle Hints (2×?)