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Machscreen Screen Designer / Changing image file
« on: March 16, 2010, 09:40:21 PM »
I cannot change the image file for either buttons or LEDs. If I double click in the field nothing happens. What am I missing?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / V2.84 fixes thread mill bug
« on: March 13, 2010, 05:35:26 PM »
I found thread milling, for LH internal threads was adding tool radius to the thread radius instead of subtracting it. It was also making a Z prep move before going to Xcen Ycen, which might be real bad if the tool was off center!

As usual, unzip this file into the Addons folder, then change the folder name from Newfangled284 to simply Newfangled

Machscreen Screen Designer / crashing machscreen
« on: March 12, 2010, 01:40:27 PM »
I have again done something to my screen set that causes machscreen to crash. It will draw the screen, open the dialog box for the controls, write a single number '1' then hang for a few seconds, then crash with the 'send report' box.

This is repeatable. I reinstalled 1.39c

The set will open OK by mach and by screen4

The .lset is attached

Screen designer tips and tutorials / LEDs with transparent off
« on: March 11, 2010, 07:55:53 PM »
I want to make 2 LEDs to show the jog state of STEP or CONT. I made an LED with Real Draw that has one side transparent, the other has the word STEP. When the LED cycles I wind up with the word on all the time. It appears that when the LED goes off the Transparent write leaves the old ON state image there and writes transparent over it.

Has anyone tried this? Am I missing something.?

Id like to have the two LEDs on top of one place so either the word STEP or CONT will appear. I cant write the 2 words on one LED because there is a 3rd state, MPG, where both STEP and CONT shold be off.

Machscreen Screen Designer / File Corrupt error
« on: February 05, 2010, 10:57:13 PM »
I used MachScreen to develop a screen, then used mach to edit the VB button script. I was in and out of the editor many times in Mach until I got the button script to work correctly.

I then returned to MachScreen to work on the screen and when it tried to open the file it reported the screen file was corrupt. I went back to Mach and the screen opened OK, so I went back to MachScreen and tried again. This time I clicked the button to try to open the corrupt file. It seemed to open OK, and the screen looks OK, except for the background grey seems not to fill the whole screen.

I closed and reopened the file, now it opens without the corrupt error.

Im using Mach 3.042.030 and MachScreen 1.37c

Finished Screens / Image button over a Label
« on: February 03, 2010, 09:44:31 PM »
I want to put a button over a label- its the label that shows feed/in or feed/rev and I want to overlay it with the button that toggles it.

Ive tried and it looks like a label overpowers the image button. I made the image button a transparent png button

Anyone know how to do this?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / 2.83 ready
« on: March 22, 2009, 09:16:22 AM »
I fixed a couple more issues related to the new cutter comp, and a couple related to the use of tool zero and not putting the tool change info in code correctly.

As usual Ill post this here, I hope some of you try it and let me know of any errors. If no problems are found in a couple weeks Ill pass it to Brian to include in the release mach kit.

Update: I just replaced V2.83 with a very minor change.  The original still put the comment in the code that said v2.82. I wont change the v number for so minor a fix, but the code is changed as of  this edit

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / New version of CopyCat, V1.1
« on: February 10, 2009, 09:03:22 PM »
I have completed a new version of the CopyCat wiard. There are several interesting changes.

1) Z movements have been changed. It occurred to me you would not want to make actual Z Movements while you were probing a part, but you obviously need to make Z moves in the code. So I have added a Zup and Zdown button. There is a DRO for a safeZ and for a Z depth. Pressing these buttons will enter the Gcode, Zup will do a G00 to Z 'safeZ' while Z down will first do G00 to 10% of the Zsafe value, then do a G01 to the Zdown value.

2) I added a Cancel button to the arc commands. I think I have fixed the issues about getting into arc mode and not being able to get out.

3) I have added a second screen with Probe functions. This will use a touch probe and find an edge in either of the 4 directions, or it will find a circle center. If you wanted to find a corner you could first find one edge, which will save the last probed value, then find the second edge.. Finally, RAISE THE PROBE above the work and click the GoTo Probed value button. You could then return to the main screen and use that location for one of the movement commands.

I also added the code from German Bravos Circle Center wizard. If you dont have a touch probe you can still find the center of a circle by this method. Note you can combine the center finding, using the 3 point calculations, but finding the location by an X or Y probe move.

I improved the Help file, but its still a long way form the Manual Rich wrote. Sorry Rich, I made all these changes just after you wrote your manual!

The code is below, just unzip the file into the Mach3\Addons folder.

Any feedback is welcome, hope you like the changes

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Wizards and the new cutter comp
« on: December 31, 2008, 10:17:53 PM »
Brian has just made a major change to the cutter comp, and it looks like this has broken at least one wizard- the circular groove.

One of the new rules is that comp must always start and end on a straight move, never a g02 or g03. Im going through all the wizards now to test for other cases and will be fixing them and releasing a new version as soon as I can, but I expect it may be a while. some of this comp code is strange!

I have fixed a few more problems and added code to test for Tormach users. This version should now work fine for alll Mach users. The only problem is Tormach users will not see a description in the tool table display, instead they will get the word "Unknown"

I have fixed the Preview code in Cut Rectangle to properly disply depth per pass.

I have fixed the label in Circular Pocket, now it goes in the direction requested and the miling type matches.

Let me know if there are any problems. I really want to hear form a Tormach user. The ares to watch are the Material handling on the first screen, editing operations on the main screen, and the tool table. Otherwise Tormach users are identical to regular Mach users.

I hate doing this, but I just changed v2.82

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