[Options] Menu

Options Menu:

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Some menu items of position is changed in different versions of software.

[Preferences]

Allow user to set different parameters to customize the software.

General

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  • Automatically Save a Security Copy:

    Set Security Copy as required, avoid missing the unsaved file caused by the unusual shutdown of the computer or crash of the software.

  • In V6.0: allow to set every N operations to automatically save a security copy

  • In V7.0: allow to set every N seconds to automatically save a security copy

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    Note

    After setting Automatically Save a Security Copy, the system will save a security copy automatically according to the setting. Once you save a security copy by yourself, the security copy saved automatically will be deleted.

  • Optimiztion in V7.0: when the software crumbles, the window of auto save revert will appear after re-opening the software. Double-click it to revert the security copy:

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Display

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Parameters

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Show&Print

Allow user to select the desired items for displaying and printing pieces in the simulation area.

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Compatibility

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Cutter

Select the desired option for cutting.

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Hot Keys

Hot Keys

Allow user to create hot key to carry out different functions quickly so as to increase working efficiency.

User can use the default hot keys or re-configure the hot key as desired.

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For example, add CTRL+/ as hot key for [Search...] function:

  1. Click to select the [Search...] item:

  2. Then press Ctrl key and / key in the meantime, Ctrl+/ is added to the blank space.

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    Note

    If the hotkey was occupied by other functions, it appears in red as warning; if you still want to use this hotkey for the function, you need to click [Continue] button to delete the previous one, then the hotkey is used for new function.

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To delete the hotkey, select the desired item, and press the Backspace key on the keyborad.

Click [Reset All], all the customized hotkeys go back to original default state.

The keys are not the same under different operating system (Windows/Mac/Linux), please refer to the Hotkeys list in Chapter One for more information.

Automatic Engine

Allow user to select the type of automatic nesting engine, time for automatic nesting and position of pieces.

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How to add automatic engine: the ways to add different automatic engines are the same. Take PAD AutoMark as an example:

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New in V7.0: Two mode for online automatic nesting: 1. Local sever: buy a key and work with Nester Manager; 2. Log in PAD Share and buy online automatic nesting service.

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  • Mode 1: If install Nester Manager in Computer A, and plug the key in it. After setting the engine parameters in Nester Manager, Computer A now works as a local nesting sever. Then the user can sent the desired file from Computer B/C/D with installing Marker Design to Computer A for nesting. (For more information about Nester Manager, please refer to Nester Manager User Manual.)

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  • Mode 2: Log in PAD Share account to start nesting. User need to pay for the nesting.

Note

After setting the automatic nesting engine/mode, user can go to menu [Automatic Marker] to start automatic nesting. Read the section [Automatic Marker] for more information.

Plot...

The plot setting page is moved to path File-Plot. Users can set the plot information and choose to send the file to plot on the same page.

New postion: File - Plot

Original position: Option - Preferences - Plot

For more information about plotting configuration, please refer to the section [File] menu in this chapter.

[Marker Breaks]

Marker Breaks lets you create break marks on the marker selvage. They indicate the position where the spreader should restart the fabric laying after a break to cover a complete piece.

Steps:

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Note

How to remove break marks: move one of the pieces on the simulated surface and the break marks disappear.

[Spacing...]

During nesting, it may need space between the pieces. Then select [Spacing...] in the [Options] menu, the Piece spacing dialog box opens for user to set space. The spacing is created when the pieces are placed in the Fabric Simulation Area. (The spacing it makes ≥ the spacing user set in the dialog box).

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Note

Go to menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Display]-[Unit&Precision] to set unit for spacing. User can also enter value and unit at one time, the system will finish unit conversion automatically. For instance: current unit is in, and user needs 1 cm, then enter 1 cm directly.

[Fold and Tubular...]

The Fold and Tubular... item in the Options menu simulates a folded or tubular fabric.

When you select Fold and Tubular, the Fold and Tubular dialog box opens; select Tubular or Folded option, and click [OK] button, the hidden tools Fold/Unfold menu_image114 and Pair/Unpair menu_image115 appear in the toolbar.

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After selecting Fold/Tubular, the tools Fold/Unfold menu_image114 and Pair/Unpair menu_image115 can be applied for nesting:

Take Tubular as an example:

  1. Select Tubular, ready for nesting ;

  2. Click the number under the desired piece in the Chart to place it to the simulation area, now the piece isn’t folded yet;

  3. Select the symmetrical piece, click menu_image114 tool, the selected piece is folded to bottom;

  4. Select another symmetrical piece, press “0” key and click menu_image114 tool, this piece is folded to top;

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  5. Click the number under the piece again to go on nesting. If the selected piece is paired piece (Like sleeves is paired piece with left piece and right piece), because it is on tubular, that means it is double layers, so to get one piece is to get two piece.

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Note

For more information about tools Fold/Unfold menu_image114 and Pair/Unpair menu_image115, please refer to Chapter 3.

[One Way Fabric...]

According to spcific requirement (like for fabric, designing, saving fabric and so on), user needs to force the piece direction for one-way fabric or for scramble marker (alternate sizes).

Click [Options]-[One Way Fabric] to open the dialog box, and select “One Way” option, it shows all the size and numbers, and corresponding options turn to be available.

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  • Dialog Box Introduction and Example:

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Note

After selecting one way fabric, the symbol representing direction appears before the size of the piece in the Chart: menu_image125

[Plaid and Stripes]

The Fold and Tubular... item in the Options menu simulates the plaid or stripes fabric for nesting.

In V6.0, this item is not available normally, user needs to create at least one guideline to activate this item.

How to creat guideline(s):

  • First way: create a guideline by dragging: left-click the ruler without releasing the mouse button, drag the cursor to the simulation area. A dash line appears, move it to desired location and then release the mouse button, a guideline is created.

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  • Second way: create a guideline by entering value: hold down Alt key, click the ruler: menu_image127

Note: In V6.0, if you want to set plaid and stripes, you need to enter value first and then go to menu [Options]-[Plaid and Stripes] to open the dialog box, enter the value you entered before, the guideline(s) appears.

After creating guideline, [Plaid and Stripes] item in the menu is available. Click this item to open the dialog box:

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Optimization for Plaid and Stripes in V7.0: no need to add a line at first in the simulation area by manual first to activate the item in menu. Allow users to click the item to open [plaid and stripes] dialog box and input value to set plaid directly.

How to set plaids/stripes

  • Set single cycle vertical stripes fabric:

    E.g. Set vertical stripes with 2 in spacing:

    • How to do in V6.0:
    1. Hold down Alt key, click the ruler;
    2. Create guideline: enter 2 in in the dialog box and click [OK];
    3. The [Plaid and Stripes] item in the menu is activated, so click it;
    4. The dialog box appears, enter 2 in in Swatch Length and any value (positive) in Swatch Height, click [OK];
    5. If you don’t select one way fabric, the system will warn you to select it, click [Continue]
    6. The system creates the vertical stripes and select one way fabric automatically (all the sizes of pieces are placed in the same direction, user can set desired direction for different sizes or alternately)

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  • How to do in V7.0: Go to the menu [Options]-[Plaid and Stripes] and open the dialog box, enter value in “Swatch Length” and click [OK], the system will create the vertical stripes like created from Step5,6 above:

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  • Set double cycle stripes, like:

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  • How to do in V6.0:

    1. Enter values to create two guidelines: 1 in guideline & 3 in guideline;
    2. Then select the guideline, click menu [Treatment]-[Item Info] to open the dialog, select guideline color;
    3. Click menu [Options]-[Plaid and Stripes] to open the dialog box, enter the larger value you entered in the 1st step:3in in Swatch Length, and enter any value in Swatch Height, then click [OK];
    4. If you don’t select one way fabric, the system will warn you to select it, click [Continue];
    5. The system creates the vertical stripes and select one way fabric automatically (all the sizes of pieces are placed in the same direction, user can set desired direction for different sizes or alternately).

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    • How to do in V7.0:
    1. Enter values to create two guidelines: 1 in guideline & 3 in guideline;

      Note

      V7.0 makes optimiztion on the Guideline Dialog Box: menu_image139

    2. Go to the menu [Options]-[Plaid and Stripes] and open the dialog box, enter the larger value you entered in the 1st step:3in in “Swatch Length” and click [OK].

      Note

      new in V7.0 for dialog box: Swatch Length Swatch Height can recognize the larger value you entered before and zero is acceptable. You don’t have to enter any value here like in V6.0.

    3. If you don’t select one way fabric, the system will warn you to select it, click [Continue];

    4. The system creates the vertical stripes and select one way fabric automatically (all the sizes of pieces are placed in the same direction, user can set desired direction for different sizes or alternately).

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Note

The examples shown above just introduce how to make simple single-cycle vertical stripes or double-cycle vertical stripes, if you want to make N-cycle stripes, then create N guidelines in the first step and then do as following steps.

  • Set single-cycle plaids fabric:

    Example:

    • In V6.0:
    1. Enter values to create two guidelines: 2 in for vertical guideline & 5 in for horizontal guideline (select the guideline, click menu [Treatment]-[Item Info] to open the dialog, select guideline color);
    1. Click menu [Options]-[Plaid and Stripes] to open the dialog box, enter 2 in for vertical guideline in Swatch Length, and 5 in for horizontal guideline in Swatch Hight, then click [OK];

      1. If you don’t select one way fabric, the system will warn you to select it, click [Continue];
      2. The system creates the vertical stripes and select one way fabric automatically (all the sizes of pieces are placed in the same direction, user can set desired direction for different sizes or alternately).

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    • In V7.0:
    1. Click menu [Options]-[Plaid and Stripes] to open the dialog box, enter 2 in for vertical guideline in Swatch Length, and 5 in for horizontal guideline in Swatch Hight, then click [OK];
    2. If you don’t select one way fabric, the system will warn you to select it, click [Continue];
    3. The system creates the vertical stripes and select one way fabric automatically (all the sizes of pieces are placed in the same direction, user can set desired direction for different sizes or alternately).

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Note

if you want to make N-cycle plaids fabric, then create N vertical and horizontal guidelines in the first step and then do as following steps.

  1. If in V6.0, then enter the largest value you entered for the vertical guideline in the first step in Swatch Length and the largest value for the horizontal guideline in Swatch Hight, then click [OK];
  2. If in V7.0, the system will automatically read the largest values you entered before, click [OK] directly.
  • Set diagonal stripes fabric:

The steps is mostly the same as how to set stripes fabric introduced above, the difference is that you need to enter a angle value in Swatch Angle:

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Note

To nest on the diagonal stripes fabric, place the desired pieces on the simulation area (the pieces will be placed according to the angle); to auto-nest the pieces, you need to place all the pieces on the simulation area(they will be placed according to the angle), and then put all the pieces to standby area (for more information about standby area please refer to the introdution of menu_image151 Standby Area), then start auto nesting(select menu_image150 Automatic Marker).

After making the stripes/plaids, how to match the plaid and stripe when nesting

After making the stripes/plaids, need to match the plaid and stripe when nesting, then:

  1. go to menu [View]-[Link Pieces], it turns to Link Pieces window for user to set parameters of Link Piece or Match Point;
  2. After setting, click menu [View]-[Link Pieces] again, click [Continue] button on the Warn Dialog Box;
  3. Finish the steps above, start automatic marker.

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Note

For more information about how to link/match point, please refer to the introduction of [View] menu, [Link Pieces] section.

[Notch List]

User can create, modify and delete the various types of notches used on your marker.

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Note

allow to enter value with unit. For example, the current system unit is in, if you want value 0.5cm, enter 0.5cm directly. The system will calculate the result automatically.

[Text List]

Pre-set the frequently-used text. User can use them directly when use menu_image156 Text tool.

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[Lock Guideline]

Before introducing the function of [Lock Guideline], introduce how to create guideline first.

How to create guideline:

  • First way: create a guideline by dragging: left-click the ruler without releasing the mouse button, drag the cursor to the simulation area. A dash line appears, move it to desired location and then release the mouse button, a guideline is created.

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  • Second way: create a guideline by entering value: hold down Alt key, click the ruler: menu_image127

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    Note

    the way to create guideline in V6.0 is the same as V7.0, the difference is that V7.0 makes optimization for the Guideline Dialog Box, user can set value and color in the same dialog box.

Lock Guideline/ Unlock Guideline:

  • Lock Guideline: Click [Options]-[Lock Guideline], then the guidelines on simulation area are locked, user can’t select, move or modify them. And the item name becomes [Unlock Guideline].
  • Unlock Guideline: Click [Options]-[Unlock Guideline], all the guidelines are unlocked. User can select, move or modify them.
  • Besides being used for matching stripes and plaids, guideline is also used for limiting nesting range or as reference line.

Like: limiting nesting range:

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