Dear Santa, Here's what I'd like for Christmas...

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Dear Santa, Here's what I'd like for Christmas...

Postby Joe Dusel » Sat, Jun 09 2007, 9:37AM

Here’s my wish list for Version 6:

• Part Editor in the Drawer Box editor. Make sure it includes the Constraint Manager.
• Constraint Manager for the Part Editor in the Room Editing area. It would be nice to be able to change the material for a countertop without a cutouts being lost.
• Custom Molding editor. It sure would be nice to setup whatever profile we like.
• Custom Door editor. It would be nice to be able to design doors any way we like, for instance big doors with mid-rails or muntins on paneled doors. And it would also be nice to be able to select and show panels of a different material than the rails and stiles.
• Line boring (for old time’s sake)
• LDE Title block generator with information such as company name, address, contractor’s license number and such entered in a database.
• LDE View port setup such that if you update the object you are displaying in the line drawing editor, such as a room or just a cabinet, the “view” of that object would correspondingly be updated. That way if we change a cabinet the line drawing of it would match it. It also seems to add a bunch of data to a file in the current setup if we have line drawings.
• LDE Arrow sizes that are fixed.
• LDE data stored in a separate file. By this I mean, if the project name is “kitchenCabs.esj”, the LDE file would be something like “kitchenCabs.lde” and this would only be opened and loaded into memory when the LDE is active. The LDE file name would be based on the project name.
• Glass as a sheet material. It would be nice to be able to easily add glass shelves and unframed glass doors.
• A menu selection in the Presentation Manager to show/hide the lights.


Thanks!!!

Joe

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Postby David Egnoski » Sat, Jun 09 2007, 1:41PM

As long as we're wishing, I'll second Joe's wishes and add one. Not so much for me because I'm a one man operation but for a shop I've been helping to learn eCabinets. They would like an assembly report for the guys in the shop. It would list the parts for one cabinet and a thumbnail front view of the cabinet on one page. I tried to attach a sample page but even zipped it's too big.

Keep up the good work Thermwood. You've still got the best software for the job. I appreciate the effort you put into what you do.
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Re: Dear Santa, Here's what I'd like for Christmas...

Postby DanEpps » Sat, Jun 09 2007, 3:04PM

Joe Dusel wrote:...LDE data stored in a separate file. By this I mean, if the project name is “kitchenCabs.esj”, the LDE file would be something like “kitchenCabs.lde” and this would only be opened and loaded into memory when the LDE is active. The LDE file name would be based on the project name...


I think you have hit on something here Joe!!! :idea:

In fact, since some of the drawing pages take so much memory, it might be a good idea to store each page as a separate file (or database record??? hint).

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Postby Joe Dusel » Sat, Jun 09 2007, 3:14PM

Great idea about breaking out the LDE pages. Then we could have something like \"kitchencabs.p1.lde\", \"kitchencabs.p2.lde\" and so forth. Hey Jason, just send a copy of the code to Dan and I and we'll get on it. 8)

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Postby Nick M Singer » Sun, Jun 10 2007, 11:10PM

Joe your wish for glass as a sheet material has been granted. You can add glass or mirrors and you can make shelves and doors out of it out of it.

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Postby Joe Dusel » Mon, Jun 11 2007, 9:29AM

Nick M Singer wrote:Joe your wish for glass as a sheet material has been granted. You can add glass or mirrors and you can make shelves and doors out of it out of it.


Don't tell me I've been doing this the hard way by adding display panels and then texture matching to a "glass" display object. I can't believe I missed this one. How do you add this transparent glass to the sheet materials?

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Postby Nick M Singer » Mon, Jun 11 2007, 11:33AM

Am I understanding you correctly here Joe. Do you just want something you can use as glass like material or are you looking for something transparent?

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Postby DanEpps » Mon, Jun 11 2007, 11:57AM

Nick

I think what Joe is wanting to do is to define a sheet good and make it transparent for display purposes.

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Postby Joe Dusel » Mon, Jun 11 2007, 12:04PM

Hi Nick,

I just want to be able to easily add glass shelves and doors to cabinets that will resize. It's nice to be able to see through them as well. I've attached a rendering of what I'm talking about.

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Postby Nick M Singer » Mon, Jun 11 2007, 10:30PM

Ok then add a sheet stock item called \"glass\" and attach the image you have used in your example.

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Postby Nick M Singer » Mon, Jun 11 2007, 10:33PM

Ok then add a sheet stock item called \"glass\" and attach the image you have used in your example.

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Postby Rick Palechuk » Mon, Jun 11 2007, 10:58PM

Back to the original topic, I'd like to see a solid, bug free program.

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Postby Kerry Fullington » Tue, Jun 12 2007, 5:57AM

Nick,
If you do that, the material comes out Opaque instead of transparent. The eCab guys would have to do some tweaking to get a transparent material.

Rick,
Because of \"the nature of the beast\" I think the eCab guys could work for months making ecabs bug free and then the next feature they add would let all of them back in. The only way they will ever be \"Bug Free\" is to quit improving the software. Bugs are the price of progress.

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Postby Al Navas » Tue, Jun 12 2007, 6:28AM

Kerry Fullington wrote:... Bugs are the price of progress...

The important thing is that someone (almost) always comes up with a way around a particular bug or issue. And to me, THAT is the value of this forum.

How do you guys remember all the "work-arounds"? I started to catalogue them and gave up, relying mostly on my memory. But even that seems to have some empty areas (or volumes?) from time to time... :roll:


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Postby Rick Palechuk » Tue, Jun 12 2007, 2:23PM

I realize we can't have the program perfect but a certain amount of stability would be good. I think Al hit the nail on the head with a workaround list.


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