STEP 1: 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) (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 (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 >  Display Colours

(Background : Mid-Grey{(RGB: 128:128:128) ; Selected Colour: Red (Part, Joint & Geometry 'Not-Defined' : Blue) ; ( Joint, Geometry 'Solved:': Green) ; (Gear-Pair: Dark-Blue)

> Graphics tab >  Display Option

Show Function-Block Captions

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
If Charcoal Dark Slate as theme, then: Click Load button > Open: Dark.XML style.
If Windows10 as theme, then: Click Load button Open: Light.XML style.
Windows: We do NOT recommend Windows as theme

STEP 2: Edit menu > Application-Settings > Graphics tab > Display Colours: See recommended  above

Icon sizes, number format, ....


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 Theme and Style.


To copy a theme, style, and settings to other computers

On the computer from which you want to a copy of the theme, style, and/or settings:

1.Click: Application-Settings > Save button to save your settings to style: file-name.XML

Note: Try to save to the default path: C:\ProgramData\PSMotion\Style\. If you do not have Permission/Rights, save to a different path. Or start MechDesigner again with Administrator-Rights.

2.Exit MechDesigner
3.Copy file-name.XML to your clipboard.

On the other computer(s):

4.Paste the file from your clipboard ideally the default path: C:\ProgramData\PSMotion\Style\
5.Start MechDesigner
6.Click the Application-Settings > Load button to load file-name.XML - the new style.
7.Exit and restart MechDesigner, again.

TOOL-TIPS: While you are using the MechDesigner:

Move your mouse-pointer above a toolbar icon, and pause to show a Tool-Tip.

Tool-tips give the command's name and a hint on how to use the command.

If you do not want to see Tool-Tips:

Show / hide tool-tips :

2.Clear the Show Hints (tool-Tips) check-box

 - or -

1.Click Help menu > Toggle Hints (2×?)

Tutorials and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 14.2 + © Machine, Cam, Mechanism, and Motion Design Software by PSMotion Ltd