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Turntable question/suggestion

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What can we as users do to get items we would like to see added or modified in Fcad.
Things like items we use on a frequent basis that we don't want to do in XML or
items like the turntable, which builds a turntable based on rack size. I never
have a rack size till it's to late & the size of the turntable should not relate
to the rack. The current turntable command is of no use to me as an end user, I
need to be able to make it the "correct" size. A good set of inital parameters
is fine, but ultimately the end user should be able to modify it to what ever size,
height & configuration they need. Some of mine run 2 different size racks & have
chamfers corners, others are perfectly round to fit in a platform. From my perspective
it is acceptable for proposal type layouts currently, not what I work on. (No slam
intended, just doesn't do what I need it to do.)
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Re: Turntable question/suggestion

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Mark,
Many parameters of our built-in Factory CAD objects are editable by end
users. Some objects use DAT files in the support folder to get a list of
defaults for the dialog or the min/max range for them. However, in most
cases, the geometry representation itself cannot be changed by the user
except through object parameters.
The xml objects are ultimately the most flexible because you can change the
geometric representation in addition to the parameters of an object.
If there are specific changes you need, entering ERs (enhancement requests)
through GTAC is the best option you have. These are processed as we are
working on new releases of the software.
In my opinion, xml objects are the best alternative Factory CAD users have
to really customize the object geometry and parameters for their layouts.
But, I do understand this takes a little more effort up front. Your comment
about needing chamfered corners is a typical request we've heard lately.
Everyone wants the factory model to be more accurate, but we should also
keep in mind performance. We've seen some very large factory models. At
the macro level, features like chamfered edges begin to seem less important
and are typically traded off to improve performance for larger models.
Thanks for you interest in the newsgroup. Your comments and questions are
valuable to us.
Jonathan Umscheid
Software Engineer
UGS - Factory CAD
"Mark Burns" wrote in message
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>
> What can we as users do to get items we would like to see added or

modified in Fcad.
> Things like items we use on a frequent basis that we don't want to do in

XML or
> items like the turntable, which builds a turntable based on rack size. I

never
> have a rack size till it's to late & the size of the turntable should not

relate
> to the rack. The current turntable command is of no use to me as an end

user, I
> need to be able to make it the "correct" size. A good set of inital

parameters
> is fine, but ultimately the end user should be able to modify it to what

ever size,
> height & configuration they need. Some of mine run 2 different size racks

& have
> chamfers corners, others are perfectly round to fit in a platform. From

my perspective
> it is acceptable for proposal type layouts currently, not what I work on.

(No slam
> intended, just doesn't do what I need it to do.)
>


Re: Turntable question/suggestion

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Jonathan
Thank you for your descriptive reply. It's good to know the depths of things when
you tell us why something isn't "that simply" to alter.
The problem that we fall to next is "XML"... There is an immense lack of experience
with XML & or anything about it. No one I work with had even heard of it prior
to switching to Fcad & I haven't found a tutorial that will teach me what I need
to know. (Our time is limited to work hours on Fcad & we have quoted jobs that
have to get out so there isn't much time to play with XML)
Regards,
-Mark-

Re: Turntable question/suggestion

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Mark,
You make a good point. XML is pretty old technology; nonetheless, ever since
we released custom object building capabilities in FactoryCAD ver 7.0 (in
Aug 2001), we have been working on improving the toolkit and the associated
documentation (help and tutorials.) Hopefully the new tutorials in ver 10
will be more helpful for you. Of course, formal training will also help a
great deal Smiley Happy
Regards
Shree Moorthy

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> Jonathan
>
> Thank you for your descriptive reply. It's good to know the depths of

things when
> you tell us why something isn't "that simply" to alter.
>
> The problem that we fall to next is "XML"... There is an immense lack of

experience
> with XML & or anything about it. No one I work with had even heard of it

prior
> to switching to Fcad & I haven't found a tutorial that will teach me what

I need
> to know. (Our time is limited to work hours on Fcad & we have quoted jobs

that
> have to get out so there isn't much time to play with XML)
>
> Regards,
> -Mark-