2: Digitizer Manager Basics

Working Area Interface

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The working area shows pieces and floating windows in the Digitizer Manager Program.

The Job List window shows on the working area, visible or not. The Info bar is located at the bottom of the window.

The Info bar displays:

  • Default Unit
  • Given Medium Size
  • Quantity of sizes in grading nest
  • Cursor position on the working area
  • Job Status
  • Number of users connecting

Zoom Menu

image3 In the lower left-hand corner of the main application window, five buttons allow you to use different Zoom views.

image4 The Zoom menu button allows you to control the zoom level.

You can select a pre-set zoom percentage or enter a specific zoom percentage. By default, the zoom level is set to 15% on every new file opened.

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To use this tool, simply click the appropriate pre-set zoom value. You can enlarge size from 0.5% up to 2000%. The Global View item displays all the visible pattern pieces in the working area.

image6 The Zoom on selection shows selected piece(s) in the center of the window.

image7 The Global View button displays all the visible pattern pieces in the working area.

image8 The Zoom Out and Zoom In buttons allow you to select preset view levels of 200%, 100%, 50%, 33%, 25%, 20%, 10%, 8%, 6%, 5%, 4% , 3%, 2%, 1% or 0.5%.

Types of Points

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Points define both the contour and the inner indications of a pattern. PAD System™ uses three types of points:

image10 Regular point: This type of point appears at the beginning and at the end of a segment. The system reads a segment from one Regular point to the next Regular point, including all points between the two ends. Regular points are added when working on the pattern piece.

image11 Mark point: Mark points are added to the contour of a pattern piece, by using either the Add Point to Segment or Point tool.

image12 Control point: These points pull on the segment to hold your curve. They are based on the Bezier curve principle.

Other point characteristics can identify Notches, Punch Holes, User’s Notches, User’s Punch Holes, Matching Point, Start Point, Lift and Plunge, Symmetrical Start/End Point, Internal Start Point*. You can select these point characteristics using the Point characteristics dialog box or the Points and Notches option in the Pattern program.

Segments

A segment can be one of three things:

  • A polygon contour
  • A style line, or
  • A construction line between two points inside or outside a shape
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A segment is considered as a construction line if it does not define any element of the pattern but is used as a guide for development.

Many different functions can be applied to a segment. You can access information on Segment Length and Segment Angle using the Plan View or Piece View Toolbox / Toolbar in the Pattern Program.

Selection and Activation

To select an entire piece, click it using your mouse and the pointer tool.

No points are visible: The piece is not activated.

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White points are visible: The piece is activated under the digitize process.

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Black points are visible: The piece is selected. Click the mouse on any segment to select the piece.

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Keyboard Selection

To make a keyboard selection, press the left mouse button (Windows/Linux) / the mouse button (Macintosh) along with one of the following keys:

The Shift key (Windows, Macintosh and Linux) to select more than one element

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The Esc key (Windows, Linux and Macintosh) to activate the Cancel button in any dialog box.

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The Tab key to go from one field or button to another in a dialog box.

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Hold down the Shift key and press the Tab key to move to the previous box.

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Click a text box to activate it. Double-click it to select all the information it contains.

To scroll the view of the working area:

Press and hold the Space bar (Windows, Macintosh and Linux).

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A hand icon appears:

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Hold down the left mouse button (Windows) / the mouse button (Macintosh) and move up, down, left, right.

Job List

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The Job List window shows the pieces on the working area.

The minus sign image24 and plus sign image25 allow hiding or displaying the full list.

To open a subjacent menu, click the +/- symbol. Press and hold the Alt (Windows) / Option (Macintosh) / Alt +Windows keys (Linux) and click the + or - sign to open or close the entire section (all the subjacent menus and elements) with a single click.

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Use the two task buttons located at the top of Job List window to modify piece info in Job List.

Job List Buttons image27

image28 Click this button to display the Piece Info dialog box. Alternatively, user can double-click a piece to get the Piece Info dialog box.

image29 Choose this button to Delete the selected piece(s). A dialog box asks whether you really want to delete your selection. Select Continue if yes, otherwise select Cancel to stop.

Customizing your Job List with Contextual Menu

To obtain contextual menu, right click the mouse button on the Job List button bar. This enables you to customize the way you view the piece information.

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Check on the item of the contextual menu to sort the pieces or changethe way you view the information in the list.

Piece information: By Columns

By checking the Info by Columns Option on the title bar, user views piece information arranged in vertical columns.

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By un-checking the Info by Columns, user can view piece information in comma separated rows.

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Job List style: Group by Fabric (Plan)

By checking Group by Fabric (Plan), user can view the pieces listed one by one in the Job List, instead of grouped according to the fabric type.

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By un-checking Group by Fabric (Plan), user can view the pieces listed according to the fabric type.

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Job List style: Group by Fabric (Pieces)

By selecting Group by Fabric (Pieces), you can view the pieces listed one by one in the Job List, instead of grouped according to fabric.

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By un-checking Group by Fabric (Pieces), you can view the pieces listed according to fabric type.

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You can select both Group by Fabric (Plan) and Group by Fabric (Pieces).

Piece Info

The Piece Info allows user to view or edit information on the selected piece(s).

User can access this dialog box via the Piece Information function on the Job List window by pressing the button or double click the selected piece by mouse.

To get the info of a piece:

  1. Activate the piece to get info.

  2. Click the Piece Information button in the Job List window. The Piece Info dialog box appears as below.

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The first section in the dialog box indicates the number of selected pieces.

The second section is the piece identification. It shows piece information appearing on the piece.

  • Pattern #: The style number.
  • Piece Name: The piece name, which can be selected from a predefined list in the Piece Name List… dialog box.
  • Description: Additional information describing the piece.
  • Piece Code: Indicates the need for special piece treatment or any additional information.
  • Reference Code: An identification code for the piece or any additional information that can be selected from a predefined list in the Option menu –> Reference Code List... by clicking the pop-up menu that has the shape of a triangle next to the text field.
  • Quantity to Be Cut: The quantity of pieces needed for a complete garment. Single means a right-side-up piece and Paired means two pieces: a left piece and a right piece.
  • Fabric: Identifies a fabric for a given piece or group of pieces, which can be selected from a predefined list in the Options menu Fabric List by clicking the pop-up menu that has the shape of a triangle next to the text field. If a color code is given, the piece changes/adds color automatically.

The third section allows user to identify or determine whether the piece is in Plan View or Pieces View.

  • Plan: Indicates that a pattern piece is in Plan View.
  • Piece: Indicates that a pattern piece is in Pieces View. Pieces in Pieces View appear in PAD System Marker modules.

The fourth section allows user to assign a color to the piece, providing better visual identification of the piece on the current working area or when making future modifications. If the color of the fabric has been preset in the Options menu > Fabric List , the OK button will not be available.

Default Hot Keys

Hot Keys enhance the speed and efficiency of your work.

Digitizer Manager offers some preconfigured Hot Key shortcuts that enable user to carry out routine tasks using one, two, or three-key combinations.

The following Hot Key combinations are pre-set in your Digitizer Manager application:

Function Windows / Linux Macintosh
File: Quit Ctrl+Q Ctrl+Q