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Feature Requests

Postby Kerry Fullington » Sat, Sep 15 2012, 10:14AM

There hasn't been one of these threads in a while but the need for additional features in eCabinets is still here.

We really need the ability to lock opening sizes in cabinets.

We need the ability to globally change edge banding at the job level, (much like the change sheet stock feature) so out labels and thicknesses can be correct without the need to edit each cabinet in a job.

We need a "Drawer Stretcher" feature in frameless so that we don't have to use a fixed shelf with a back inset. This causes problems when a cabinet is resized in depth on the fly.

We need the frameless corner cabinet ends to not automatically add for a miter on the front edge. No one miters a frameless corner cabinet and this causes a great deal of grief.

We could still use auto-dimensioning in the LDE as well as the LDE dynamically updating with the current Custom Layout Drawing and an easy way to get section views of individual cabinets for the shop floor.

It would be nice if the drawer slide hardware was associated to the drawer type instead of the drawer front so that when we change drawer boxes either at the cabinet or job level the width of that box would increase or decrease according to the slide specifications. When a customer decides to go from soft close undermount slides (1/4" clearance) to full extension side mount slides (1/2" clearance ) it is a major ordeal to do at the job level. This happens a lot.


In control nesting I would like to be able to customize labels such a being able to change text color to highlight things such as the job name and banding to make them easier to read on the shop floor.

That is my short list.

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Scott Marshburn » Sat, Sep 15 2012, 2:22PM

I have one for control nesting .That would be to have ability to estimate cut times for nested parts based on feed speeds plunge rates and rapid moves. This feature would have been nice to have had this past week as we had a job that required a hourly rate. Lucky for us our educated guess was close enough to when the job. but it could have easily gone the other way.
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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Forrest Chapman » Sat, Sep 15 2012, 3:51PM

Yes, yes, yes.. we have asked for quite a while for many of these features. In version 4 beta I suggested changing the drawer parameters with hardware at room or batch level. I was also disappointed that the lock dimension did not mean lock opening dimensions . The hardware whole to back off cabinet would also be a nice feature they will have to allow for a second axis . being able to rotate an object axis origin would also help greatly when profile modeling . Forrest

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Scott Marshburn » Sat, Sep 15 2012, 6:43PM

And by the way lets not forget the ability to apply more than 2 regions for custom cutters for mdf doors. We need something more than a inside region and an outside region.
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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Kerry Fullington » Sun, Sep 16 2012, 8:54AM

It would also be nice if the Part Editor would work properly so we could get benefit from the Profile Modeler.

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Forrest Chapman » Sun, Sep 16 2012, 10:31AM

Probably a loaded question but what is not working for you in part editor for profiling? Forrest

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Kerry Fullington » Sun, Sep 16 2012, 12:40PM

Forrest,

I have been getting the "Can't Perform Sweep Operation" quite a bit.

Do a search for Sweep Operations and you will get some of the complaint threads from the past.

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Thom Davies » Wed, Sep 19 2012, 11:43AM

Scott

There is a program that reads the CNC code and tells you how long it will take to cut. its called Cut time from www.cncautomation.com/en/software, Its fantasic!

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Jon Dieterlen » Thu, Sep 20 2012, 9:46PM

I would also like to be able to lock opening heights of drawers. It is crazy that this cannot be done. Also anything that requires repetitious actions such as matching texture of mouldings on each cabinet in a room. Also adding moulding for presentations. When you change the height of a cabinet with bottom moulding, the moulding does not remain in the correct position from the bottom of the cabinet. Automatically pulling pre-specified dimensions in the LDE.

In my business shop drawings must be made, which requires a few hours of very repetitious dimensioning.

Just some food for thought,

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Scott Marshburn » Fri, Sep 21 2012, 6:18PM

I have another one for control nesting It would be nice to specify a final cut depth for a tool in a dxf file for example you specify tool abc as a center line cut to have a max plunge at 3/8 " and a final cut depth of 1/32" then the controller would calculate the steps necessary to perform the passes needed. Though I would not know how to name such a layer. Any thoughts?
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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Al dedenus » Sat, Sep 22 2012, 2:13AM

Totally agree Kerry and Jon, auto dimensioning in LDE also the ability to scale drawings i.e. 1:20 1:50 etc.

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Steve Detina » Thu, Sep 27 2012, 11:32AM

All of these suggested features are great. What we all have to remember is that eCab is free and it costs money to add these features. Also from what I understand there are only so many developers available at thermwood to work on eCab. I for one would like to have the line drawing editor redone so that we could produce good shop drawings quickly and efficiently. I would be willing to pay for a add on module to eCab to get this done. This would save me time and effort and pay for itself.

It could be done something like this:

A list of enhancements that users would like. Outline what each enhancement would do exactly. Put a cost to that enhancement. Since when you purchase a thermwood you are actually subsidizing the cost of the software some what those user who have a machine will get a discount on the enhance module. Those who don't have a machine pay a little more. Those who don't want to pay anything will have to wait till thermwood decides to provide that enhancement to them for free.

just putting it out there.

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Daren LaBranche » Fri, Sep 28 2012, 1:21PM

As a new user, here are some requests (not sure if they're features or repairs though).

1) The ability for users to separate all user-modified data from system data. See my exploration into this here: http://www.thermwood.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13123&p=69348#p69348

2) Allow users to modify image files & folders in the 'Materials' folder to better suit their needs & remove clutter without breaking the functionality of system configured things (ie: Conestoga doors). Again, see the link above for more details.

3) Allow users to better manage the materials library (ie: sheet stock, banding, etc...) without breaking things.

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Rick Deskins » Fri, Sep 28 2012, 1:30PM

2) Allow users to modify image files & folders in the 'Materials' folder to better suit their needs & remove clutter without breaking the functionality of system configured things (ie: Conestoga doors). Again, see the link above for more details.


Conestoga doors do not use images in the materials folder. They use images from C:\Users\Public\Documents\Thermwood\eCabinet Systems\Doors\Conestoga\FINISHES.
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Re: Feature Requests

Postby Daren LaBranche » Fri, Sep 28 2012, 2:00PM

Conestoga doors do not use images in the materials folder. They use images from C:\Users\Public\Documents\Thermwood\eCabinet Systems\Doors\Conestoga\FINISHES.


That's odd Rick. I never touched the items in the folder you mention, yet the door kept coming up with the yellow "image not found" pic after I changed the folders in C:\ProgramData\Thermwood\eCabinet Systems\materials. The problem was fixed when I reverted back to the original contents.


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