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  • Command Mode Readability

    Hello, first post here, new user of PC-DMIS. So, I've given myself quite the first project, a Gen 3 LS camshaft!

    I'm struggling with command mode readability. Is there any way to change the text font, size, and possibly spacing/indent between separate features? If I do a parameter change or whatever, it just seems be blend in with the previous feature, and searching through the text is straining on the eyes.. and mind... What can I do to enhance readability?

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    "Try not to be a dick"

  • #2
    Welcome!

    Go to Edit/Preferences/Edit Window Colors

    You can change your edit window colors. What I think would be most beneficial to you is the automatic highlighting of where your curser is. My edit window is a soft blue/purple and highlights a little bit darker when my mouse is over that block of commands, looks like this (in this example my mouse is somewhere over RAD_180_1):

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    Here are my color settings:

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    SF7107(PCD), SF454(PCD), 152614(Quindos), 9159(Quindos), 7107(Quindos), B&S Manual, M&M Gear Checker

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    • #3
      Watch this...

      https://www.automettech.com/edit-window-colours

      Automettech - Automated Metrology Technology

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      • #4
        Or if you just want to change the font style / size hit F6 and select "edit window font"
        Neil Challinor
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        • #5
          Another thought is to define parameter variables at the top of the program in a variable declaration section, separated using $$ comments. Then you can scroll to the top of the Edit Window to make changes throughout the program. You will need to initially place the parameter changes at the correct locations referencing your defined variables, but changes after that point will be easy and you won't have to scroll through anything.

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          • #6
            I have mine set up so everything is a different color. Alignments are green, dimensions are red, move points are purple, features are yellow, stats are grey, probe changes/workplane changes/modes are blue. It makes it easy for me to go over my program at a glance and make sure I have my stats set up, see where my move points are, make sure my probe changes are where they're supposed to be. This might not be what you're looking for but for me personally it makes it easier to program.

            Edit: I changed everything from the Edit -->Preferences-->Edit Window Colors or shift+F6.

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            • #7
              Mine go really wild. I am starting to have issues with bright lights so my background is all black. All the different elements (auto features, constructed features, flow control, alignments, ect...) are all different colors and I have changed the font as well.

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              Remembering my beautiful wife Taz who's life was lost on 6-13-2020. I love you and I miss you.

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              • #8
                Or, if you like a dark theme, you can turn off the highlighting and set the colors to get something like this:
                Edit_window_colors.png
                I've attached the exported color file (zipped so the lizard overlords let me upload it) if you're interested. Note that you do need to turn off background highlighting, and that they're not very readable while the program is running. If anyone knows how to change the highlighting colors during execution, I'd love to know!
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                • #9
                  Here is the Color Editor dialog window example.
                  I try too use the same color format that is used in VS code and Visual Studio IDE.
                  Attached is the color format that I currently use. Unzip and change the file name extension to .clr from .txt
                  Edit Window Color 2020R2 20210201.zip

                  Color Editor Settings.png

                  EditWindow Colors Sample 2021-03-04 072008.png

                  Added this example to the Suggest Features Under (edit window customization/dark mode) posted by Nicholas Blum.
                  HexagonMI Idea Center Link: https://hexagonmi.userecho.com/en/co...ationdark-mode

                  The Color Editor is located under Edit - Preferences - Edit window colors

                  Using the Color Editor window select the Export button and save your current settings to the default folder or create your own location and folder.
                  Next select the Import button, while the Open file dialog window is open go to the unzip folder and copy the Edit Window Color 2020R2 20210201.clr . Then paste the Edit Window Color 2020R2 20210201.clr file in the Import Open file dialog window. Now select open. Select Apply. Select Ok.

                  Check out the help files for other settings and file location.
                  PC-DMIS Help Center - 2020

                  Home > Available Help Files > PC-DMIS Core Help File > Setting Your Preferences > Setting Up the Edit Window > Defining Edit Window Colors

                  Link: https://docs.hexagonmi.com/pcdmis/20...dow_Colors.htm
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                  Last edited by davehocum; 03-04-2021, 08:45 AM.

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                  • #10
                    I should mention/give credit to davehocum, he send me the .clr file to set my colors like his. Only difference between his and mine is the font.
                    Remembering my beautiful wife Taz who's life was lost on 6-13-2020. I love you and I miss you.

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                    • davehocum
                      davehocum commented
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                      No worry. Just glad the info I post can help anyone out with this crazy fun software.

                  • #11
                    You could insert comments with *********************************** between lines or blocks of code.

                    Also use comments in program to explain what is being done

                    ​​​​​​​ex. Measure port on top surface Detail #37

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by A-machine-insp View Post
                      Mine go really wild. I am starting to have issues with bright lights so my background is all black. All the different elements (auto features, constructed features, flow control, alignments, ect...) are all different colors and I have changed the font as well.

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                      Which font do you use?

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by bfire85 View Post

                      Which font do you use?
                      Arial Rounded MT in bold size 11.

                      Edit to add: While looking at it I just decided to try size 10 and I like it. Going to try it out for the rest of the day and see if I stick with it.
                      Remembering my beautiful wife Taz who's life was lost on 6-13-2020. I love you and I miss you.

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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by A-machine-insp View Post

                        Arial Rounded MT in bold size 11.

                        Edit to add: While looking at it I just decided to try size 10 and I like it. Going to try it out for the rest of the day and see if I stick with it.
                        I use Courier10 BT - Bold - Size 10.

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                        • #15
                          WOW!! Thanks for all of the EXTREMELY HELPFUL tips and tricks. I will definitely be using some of these.

                          Thanks again!!

                          Cheers
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