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Works in progress / Re: An unfinished screen set - "Mach Blue"
« on: April 29, 2006, 08:20:36 PM »
Well another night kicks in and the MPG screen is all that is left to do hopefully.....

I hope tonights session goes better than last night.... we both were cursing and swearing to each other on MSN and even had to resort to a prior backup....

In fact it might not be a good night, Beano is already complaining about space available.... The buttons are too big... so it's my fault no doubt...

DAlgie / Graham - Thanks for the kind words. No promises but Beano does have a lathe so the carrot is dangling for him now with a lathe set :)

Art - More goodies with the led surrounds. Nice touch !

Oh well time to hunt out the hotkeys....... :-[

Works in progress / Re: An unfinished screen set - "Mach Blue"
« on: April 28, 2006, 09:13:38 PM »
On the downward slope now :)

We took the easy route on the G-Code and M-Code screens and used the standard bitmaps. Beano did threaten to type them out again but soon changed his mind... (For Now.)

After a few flips of a coin I lost.... So here's the exciting G&M screens.......

Art if your watching.... And I know your extremely busy but if it's possible to add it to your screen4 change list would it be possible to allow you to type a Hot-Key value in rather than it recording the keypresses. i.e I'm changing buttons to image buttons (clear) and have to do the hot keys as well. It would be really easy if I could just copy the decimal value already there instead of doing the keypresses which I have to look up...Thanks.

Works in progress / Re: An unfinished screen set - "Mach Blue"
« on: April 28, 2006, 08:52:18 PM »
Man, I think we should call it a night.....

I need a beer to keep me going...

Same comments for the screen above. It's scaled for forum but looks a lot better at 1024 * 768.

The attached screen here shows (hopefully) where we are starting from......... I reckon this was the worst screen so far. Beano really grafted on this one.

Works in progress / Re: An unfinished screen set - "Mach Blue"
« on: April 28, 2006, 07:52:52 PM »
Well another weekend is here......

Jeff, will take your comments onboard for future screens. (If we ever do any more !)

We are so far down the line now that any button size changes would really cause headaches.

I'm currently twiddling my thumbs waiting for Beano to sync some new stuff across. He's probably trying some new shades of pink out on the background :)

I hope he doesn't move on to pastel shades.......

Some great tweaks on the later Mach releases this weak. The Hi-Res screenmode feature for scaling is awesome. It *Must* be tried if your enlarging these screens.

The ability to define our own LED's is so tempting but for now we will use the standard ones. Maybe the next screen.....

Right.... Beano has finally woke up.... Back to work......


Absolutetly brilliant support !

The new .031 release has fixed the problem. But not only that the new Hi-Res screen feature works extremely well. It's about 10 seconds for the MachBlue screen to load but the 1024 * 768 image when scaled to 1280 * 1024 looks very crisp. We will change the screen selection buttons as advised.

I've also had chance to play with the new LED feature and they work great !

Thanks very much.



Thanks for the offer to look at the screenset. I have attached the .set file.

The graphics are all flat jpgs that I can send if required.

I have scanned the area outside 1024 * 768 but still see nothing.

We would really appreciate any help resolving this as the MachBlue screenset is near completion.

Thanks !


Sometimes I find myself stumbling over to the Mach Yahoo support section. After a mind numbing experience I find I can manage to escape back in time to this great forum ;)

I remember reading that there had been changes to the screen requierments with the latest development releases.

I'm trying Version 1.90.030 and now find that the screen set Mr Bean and myself are working in does not auto enlarge correctly if selected in the State page.

The screen does scale but ends up cramped to the top left.

I have deleted any objects I can see that are outside of the visible screen area but it still does not scale correctly.

I've tried searching the Yahoo section but cannot find the post on the new requirements.

Has anyone knowledge on this ?


Works in progress / Re: An unfinished screen set - "Mach Blue"
« on: April 27, 2006, 05:07:17 AM »

GREAT news on the led's. I have some questions.

I visited your page and the flash demo looks cool. The question however..... Is it possible at this stage with Screen 4 to use these alternative image styles.

You mentioned block heights and size requirements etc but I see no way to select another image style in Screen 4 ?

Any tips from the graphics master appreciated ;)


The yellow touch is for you :)

Works in progress / Re: Development screen set from about a year ago
« on: April 27, 2006, 05:02:20 AM »

Always good to see other peoples work. I like the concept of not having too much on one screen and some of the images like spindle rotation direction etc make it graphically more pleasing. The image buttons for modes is also a good touch.

I agree that the common navigation panel makes it a bit easier to work with.

Why not crank up screen4, blow away the cobwebs and bash away at it. Definately worth pursuing.



Works in progress / Re: An unfinished screen set - "Mach Blue"
« on: April 26, 2006, 06:33:18 PM »
Well it's been a few nights since our last chance to get together. The Settings screen was a bit of a struggle as bits just seemed to be all over. I'm sure it all makes sense to those that use the functions but for amateurs like Mr Bean and Myself we were not sure on some functions. So hopefully we have clarified the screen a bit by putting 'frames' around what we think are related items. Please let us know if this is not the case.

As we mentioned earlier the final screenset colour is not finalised and as such some more experimentation with colours was tried. A limiting factor of Screen 4 is the font/label sizes and colours you can use. Not important really but by doing the labels as a graphic it's allowed a bit more variation. With this in mind Beano thrashed out a few colour schemes for labels etc. Certainly not in a final state but hopefully close the screenshot shows the concept. Note the attachement is scaled to allow better viewing in the forum but suffers from clarity when you do this. The real image at 1024 * 768 looks clear.
If we decide to go with this labelling method then the previous screens will be updated.

Art's latest release of Mach3 today has also made an improvement in the visuals as the Leds now have a fade to them. (Not shown in the screencap.)

Diagnostics screen next.... I think a beer or two is required to get through that one......


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