Settings Dialog Updates
The Help group in the General page of the System tab has now become the Browser group. The new Use Default Browser option allows you to decide which browser is used to launch the Online Help, and the Setup Sheets. By default, the system uses your default browser. By clearing the check box seen in the image below you can now set these to be launched with the browser of your choice!
Simply select the .exe of the desired browser and that will what is used to launch the online help and setup sheets!
The new User Interface page of Settings dialog has a couple things you would already be familiar with, like the Theme and Selection mask options from the User Profile page of the Backstage, but also has the new Tree Behavior options! We wanted to reduce the need to right-click even more by making it so you could simply edit your features, operations and more just by double clicking on the item! We also made this an option, so for any users that preferred the previous method of expanding and collapsing the items can simply set that as the option.
- Edit - launches the applicable dialog to allow you to adjust parameters in the wizard, edit geometry, set up tools, etc.
- Expand/Collapse - allows you to expand and collapse items in the CAM Tree.
The new Auto Blank New Items option allows you to have the toolpath of your new CAM features hidden upon creation! By default, as soon as a feature is created, the toolpath of all operations in the feature is immediately visible. This makes sense, since you're going to want to see if the toolpath appears to be what you had in mind before simulation. However, checking the toolpath of your feature when there are many overlapping operations is nearly impossible. It's easy enough to blank the feature so you can click operations in the CAM Tree to view their toolpath, but with this version we're saving you those extra couple mouse clicks by allowing you to blank newly created features by default!
This version of BobCAD-CAM gives you the option to save yourself a lot of right-clicking in the CAM Tree, while making it much easier to see the state of each item at a glance! By default, changing the status of CAM Tree items requires right-clicking the item to update the status through the context menu. Once you do, an icon is placed in front of the items name showing that state. This is all pretty standard, but with the new Look and Feel options for the CAM Tree in the Settings menu, you can switch to the new Extended style CAM Tree to save a ton of right-clicks and provide a little visual organization! Now use Blank/Unblank and Post Yes/No with a simple click.
We went even further with the new Extended CAM Tree style by allowing you to control the look and feel of it! When we consulted our customer base, it was clear there was a divide where the users would prefer these new options to be, so we just provided you the option to choose yourself. These options let you decide which side of the CAM Tree the states appear, and whether the states are shown as icons or check boxes.
You can now control the font used for your code posted in the Posting Manager. We've been updating the Posting Manager to make several things easier for you, and one thing customers have asked for is the ability to update the font used for the code. While it is strictly a cosmetic enhancement, we heard you, and it has now been implemented.
Previous versions of BobCAD would only allow you to enable a single coolant option per operation which was fine for most of our customers. However, many machines these days have multiple coolant options that can be enabled at once and every manufacturer likes to handle their own and of codes a little differently! Now instead of having to work with the posting department to build you custom posting dialogs in the operations, BobCAD now natively supports up to 10 coolant on and off codes to be optionally used.
Please note that modifications to your existing post processor will be needed to add this new functionality.
Once set, a single coolant option, or a combination of these coolant options, can be turned on by launching the Coolant dialog from operations tool page.
Copy with Geometry
With the new Copy with Geometry option, you can copy all the settings of the feature along with all the geometry associated with the feature and paste it in the same document!
The new Add Note option allows you to create your own custom tool tips for items in your CAM Tree! Tool tips can be found everywhere in software and are a great way to get a quick explanation of a functions purpose. Simply hover your mouse over the function and a note pops up. In the new BobCAM for Rhino V2 we found a way to help you organize your job even more by giving you a way to create your very own tool tips. Simply right-click the item and choose Add Note. The Add Note dialog appears allowing you to type a message out. Click OK, and a Note icon is added to the item in your CAM Tree. The next time you, or another programmer hovers over that icon, the tool tip appears! Notes can be added to:
- Machine Setup
- Index Systems
The new visibility options in Backplot allow you to hide the individual components of the tool! In the past you could control the transparency of the entire tool assembly, but not the individual components. In this release, you can decide which aspects of the tool are visible.
This same functionality is available when backplotting for lathe operations as well!
CAM Wizard Tree state retained
In this version the expanded/collapsed state of the tree inside all your CAM Wizards is retained when the file is saved. When creating a feature with many operations, the items in the tree can easily run off the page and it can be handy to collapse and expand the individual operations. In the past when the wizard was closed and reopened, all operations would once again be expanded. Now, not only is the state of each operation retained when you reopen the wizard, but it's even retained when you save, close, and reopen the entire file!
CAM Tree focus retained
In this version the highlighted item in the CAM Tree retains focus when entering and exiting the CAM Wizard. While we have many ways to organize your CAM Tree, it can be easy to lose your place in large CAM Trees. In the past when you right-click an item in the CAM Tree to edit it, it only remained highlighted until you exited the wizard. This meant that you could lose track of the item you were just editing. Many customers in our online forum were requesting the item being edited should retain focus when editing the CAM Wizard. Well, we heard you! In this version, that is exactly what happens.
Post NC Programs for individual items
In this latest version of BobCAD-CAM we're giving you the ability to post particular portions of the program easier than ever before. While you have always been able to control what is posted out by setting everything else to Post No, doing this every time may need to post a different portion of the program can get a little tiring. Now BobCAD-CAM allows you to simply right-click the item and choose Post or Post & Save as to output that portion only! This can be done to output single features or operations, single Machine Setups, a single group, a single Index System, or Wrapping Group. Isolating the portion of the program you want to post has never been easier!