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Toolbar states in mastercam

Toolbar states

A toolbar state is a snapshot of the display status (show/hide), physical orientation, size, location, and state (docked / undocked) of all toolbars in the Mastercam window at a specific point in time.

Toolbar states are stored in binary format within a section of the current toolbar file (.mtb). To open and load a toolbar file, use Open button on the Customize dialog box.

When you load a toolbar state, you restore a customized toolbar layout to the Mastercam window in order to work with toolbars in a certain configuration. For example, you might create and save different toolbar states for working with Lathe, Mill, or Router machine definitions.

In the Machine Definition Manager, you can assign a toolbar state to a machine definition. When you then assign the machine definition to a machine group (for example, to create toolpaths), the associated toolbar state automatically loads in the Mastercam window.

 

 

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Root and Immediate Mode functions

Mastercam provides two types of functions; Root and Immediate Mode.

Root functions cancel any existing active function before starting up. Immediate Mode functions interrupt a function, and when they have finished, they return to the function. An Immediate Mode command is a function that executes without first canceling the current function.

For example, when you are drawing a line and press [Alt+F1] to Zoom to fit, it does not close you out of the Create Line function. The Fit and Zoom functions in Mastercam’s View menu are examples of Immediate Mode functions.

By default, Immediate Mode functions are set to display in the Most Recently Used (MRU) toolbar. You can change the default using the Include immediate mode functions checkbox in the Screen property page (System Configuration).

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Use this dialog box to control the startup options for a particular seat (license) of Mastercam.

You can set the following Mastercam startup options:

  • Assign product (platform) levels and availability, such as Mill, Level 1
  • Edit the availablility of Mastercam Add-on products and the status of their use
  • Start Mastercam with either a HASP or NetHASP
  • Use Dealer, Industrial, Educational, or Student functionality (editing capabilities for Mastercam Resellers only)
  • Run Mastercam with or without Maintenance (editing capabilities for Mastercam Resellers only)
  • Create a customized Mastercam shortcut on the desktop based on your current settings
  • Save the current settings to the registry and/or open Mastercam when you click OK

The Mastercam Launcher is primarily designed for NetHASP clients and Mastercam Resellers. It is intended to be used to customize the startup settings for a particular Mastercam license. Some of the options on this dialog box (such as running Mastercam with or without Maintenance) will only be made available if you have a Reseller’s HASP. Regular HASP and NetHASP clients will not see these options. Mastercam Launcher will “recognize” which type of SIM you have on your machine, and this dialog box will display only those options that you can change.

For detailed information on each of the options in this dialog box, click the Field Definitions tab above.

 

 

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Mastercam Viewports

Choose View, Viewports.

Viewports

Use this menu choice to divide the graphics window into multiple viewports, or panes, each displaying a different graphics view of the same geometry. You can also set the view to its original default.

Mastercam offers four viewport configurations. The following graphic shows the default views assigned to each viewport configuration.

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VP1=top view; VP2=isometric view;VP3=front view; VP4=right side view.

 

 

 

 

Working with multiple viewports

A viewport is an area within the graphics window that displays a particular graphics view of the geometry you are working with. A viewport configuration is a particular arrangement of one or more (up to four) viewports. By default, Mastercam displays geometry from the top view in a single viewport that occupies the entire graphics window.

To divide the graphics window into multiple viewports, or panes, each displaying a different graphics view of the same geometry, choose an option from the View, Viewports menu.

Mastercam offers four viewport configurations. The following graphic shows the default views assigned to each viewport configuration.

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VP1=top view; VP2=isometric view;VP3=front view; VP4=right side view

To change the view that appears in a viewport, use the cursor to select the pane, then use one of the following methods to choose a different view:

  • From the View menu, choose Standard Views. Then select a standard graphics view from the drop-down list.
  • From the View menu, choose Orient, Views. In the Views Selection dialog box, select a named view from the list of standard and custom defined views.
  • From the Status Bar, click Gview and select the view from the list.
  • In the active pane of a multi-viewport configuration, move your mouse over the axes coordinate display until the cursor changes to an arrow. Click the axes marker to enlarge the viewport and make it the only visible view port.

Tip: To change the size of the viewport panes, grab and drag the vertical or horizontal inside edge.

 

Working with multiple viewports

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