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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: May 22, 2007, 07:07:59 AM »
Hi Stan

Regarding jogging controls I just realised that everything will be ok.

If your not familiar with Mach, then you can hit Tab which brings out a small screen to the right, actually just shows a certain width from the left of a full screen. Having checked with the old screen designer, it seems that this must be asigned to screen 50, so as long as the editor can allow screen 50 to exist then everything should be ok.

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: May 22, 2007, 06:28:08 AM »
Stan

Lock button
Great!

Items Palette
Great!

Copying Screens
Just tried it and it works fine. One other thing that pops to mind. You can give each screen a number - what about tab for jogging controls?

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: May 22, 2007, 05:20:01 AM »
Hi Stan

Lock Button

I've had a play with this. Personally, I would prefer the functionality to be slightly different. I think it will be rather cumbersome to keep locking and unlocking everytime you want to edit the properties. Would it be possible to be able to lock each screen 'feature' individually. I am thinking of situations of where you may want to put two object close together, or on top of each other.

Items Palette
Added the custom button to the palette and retrieved it - great feature. My only concern is with organisation. Is there any way we can control the tree structure and add more branches? Say for example I have 5 sets of stop buttons, 5 start buttons, jog buttons etc I can see the current button branch becoming enormous. It would nice to be able to create a further set of branches, so it would look like -
Button
Button
Image Button
-Start Buttons
     Start 1
     Start 2
     Start 3
- Jog Buttons
     -Set 1
             Up
             Down
     - Set 2
             Big Up


Etc
hopefully you get the idea

Screen Explorer
Is there a way to copy a screen ? I often use the same master screen and copy the contents to a new page, With your explorer I think it would be easier to copy the whole page?

How's the work going with the graphics ? When I get some time I will try and look at using the designer in some form of anger.

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: May 21, 2007, 03:05:52 PM »
Hi Stan

Thanks for the fix. I've just had another quick look and noticed a couple of other things -

1) When I apply the background image it doesn't appear until I click on the backdrop - but only sometimes! Other times it just pops up fine.
2) If I set some DRO's on the screen, then decide to skin them, on selecting the skin and exiting the dialog, the DRO jumps to the mouse and drags around. This could be a pain if you wanted to re-skin existing DRO's - you would have to re-align every one.

3) The transparent dragging is really good - i like it a lot!
4) Where the screen explorer is on the right, is there a plan to have preview images there, or even some text to describe each screen?

I gotta say I am looking forward to using this editor in anger - owww, just found button shine, so many tys to play with  ;D

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: May 21, 2007, 10:15:27 AM »
Hi Stan

Firstly, thanks for all your hard work on the screen designer. THings are a bit hectic for me at work at the moment, but while some of my data is being analysed I thought I would have a quick play.

I think I've broken it already!
I opened a new project - I like the interface. Then a new screen. Not sure if images should work yet as per your readme so I thought I would try a plain background image. selected the image I wanted, and it showed up in the preview. Hit ok and nothing happened. As that didn't seem to work, I tired adding a button to the screen. However whatever i try, clicking, draggin etc, I get the message "Canvas Does Not Allow Drawing"

Am I going wrong somewhere?

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: May 21, 2007, 10:14:29 AM »
Hi Stan

Firstly, thanks for all your hard work on the screen designer. THings are a bit hectic for me at work at the moment, but while some of my data is being analysed I thought I would have a quick play.

I think I've broken it already!
I opened a new project - I like the interface. Then a new screen. Not sure if images should work yet as per your readme so I thought I would try a plain background image. selected the image I wanted, and it showed up in the preview. Hit ok and nothing happened. As that didn't seem to work, I tired adding a button to the screen. However whatever i try, clicking, draggin etc, I get the message "Canvas Does Not Allow Drawing"

Am I going wrong somewhere?

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: February 23, 2007, 01:24:19 PM »
Hi Guys

Sorry I ain't been around the last few days - picked up a bug so I've been spending my time in bed reading books and watching daytime tv (that alone is enough to make you feel ill!)

Anyhow, looks like you are making good progress with the editor - great news on the PNG front. Do you need any more test files in the meantime?

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: February 19, 2007, 04:03:37 PM »
Hi Stan

The need to have no form of effect on the button is a bit of a downside in my opinion. The ability to use the power of a drawing package allows a much greater range of styles to be applied without relying on you editor.

Have you tried using a transparent PNG image? These use a truly transparent background - i've attached one as an example.

Secondly for button down states, are we going to always have to add a second button down picture, or will the editor have some way to automatically create a resized or some other effect to denote button down?

You may be interested in these videos by Benny that describes the way we have been creating buttons, images etc using Real Draw Pro -

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Video 1, "Preparing pictures for Screen 4"  (18 Minutes) http://www.machsupport.com/bennys*********/Untitled_media/Untitled.wmv
Video 2, "Using Pictures in Screen 4" http://www.machsupport.com/bennys*********/Untitled_media/p2.wmv
Video 3, "Creating LED BMPs" http://www.machsupport.com/bennys*********/ledsTUT/leds.wmv Partial Tutorial.
Video 4, "Making a Changeable BMP button" http://www.machsupport.com/bennys*********/ledsTUT/SHOME.wmv
The Software shown in the tutorial can be downloade from here http://www.mediachance.com/realdraw/ and has a 30 day fully working trial.

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: February 18, 2007, 04:08:59 PM »
Hi Stan

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Led Button combo
Brilliant!

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Click LED
Brilliant!

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Group Items
No longer needed as the above items will deal with it.

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Automatic Script Generator
Great idea.

Stan, this editor is going to blow people away  :o

Cheers

Dave

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JetCam screen designer / Re: List of Jetcam requests :)
« on: February 18, 2007, 02:52:26 PM »
Hi Stan

Art beat me to it  :P

As Art said, images are simply shrunk to represent the down state - personally I think this works fine.

A lot of 'fudges' have been employed in the original editor by using transparent buttons to get around problems. Stan, would it either be possible to create a new ' Button LED' that combined LED images with a transparent button mask over the top, while at the same time having access to both sets of options ?

Alternatively, you may have mentioned this before, but is is possible to have grouped items in the new editor. i.e. you could group an LED image and transparent button together to keep them together. Also would it be possible to have a way to edit the properties of items within the group without having to group them? e.g perhaps you click on a group and press ctrl-alt-1, ctrl-alt-2 etc to bring up the properties of each item in the group?

If your at all familiar with realdraw pro i am thinking of something along the lines of their 'packages', that could be easily implemented.

Cheers

Dave

Cheers

Dave

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