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Mastercam X Mr2

Mastercam X Mr2

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Published by: nickalberto on Jan 13, 2010
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 What’s New in Mastercam X MR2
The following links list the new functionality in this Maintenance release of Mastercam X.
What’s New in Mastercam X MR2
In an effort to improve efficiency, we have made some AutoCursor modifications that emulate more of what users wereused to in previous versions of Mastercam.
FastPoint Mode
Some users have requested that FastPoint Mode be the default. This change will allow you to set it and use it exactlythe way you want. Since both modes have their advantages, you must have easy access to both. One of the commoncomplaints with releases before Mastercam X was that you had to hit the space bar to put the system into FastPointmode.
AutoCursor now has two distinct modes for input – XYZ mode and FastPoint mode. Rather than forcing you tomanually switch from the XYZ mode with the spacebar or FastPoint button, you can now force the system intoFastPoint mode as the default. The
Default to FastPoint mode
option in the AutoCursor Settings dialog boxcontrols this state.
Each mode will have a different effect on the interface in the AutoCursor and in ribbon bars that use hot keys 1,2, or 3 to manipulate AutoCursor positions of some entities.
XYZ mode
This is how the current X interface works. This includes the AutoCursor and ribbon bar actions. This is the active modewhen the
Default to FastPoint mode
option is unselected.
FastPoint mode
FastPoint mode will be activated any time you type X, Y, Z, D, or any number on the keyboard.
When set as the default mode, the XYZ keys normally reserved to put focus in the X, Y, Z, or D fields of theAutoCursor ribbon bar or activate the 1, 2, 3 options on the ribbon bar will open the FastPoint mode, just like inVersion 9.
While FastPoint mode is the default, you will still be able to use the mouse to access the X, Y, Z, or D fields of the AutoCursor ribbon bar and type anything in those fields without activating the FastPoint mode.
While in FastPoint mode, you will only be able to access the 1, 2, 3, buttons in the ribbon bar by using themouse. These buttons are used in some functions to redefine the geometry by prompting to select a newposition.
What’s New in Mastercam X MR2
Power Keys
This adjustment changes the way AutoCursor positions are accessed, making them available via single keystrokes. Youwill be able to turn this on or off. Basically, this option allows you to use E for endpoints, O for origin, C for Center,and so on, just like the override modes in prior versions of Mastercam, without forcing you to use an [Alt] or [Ctrl] keycombination.
The AutoCursor Settings dialog box now has a switch to use this option.
The AutoCursor dialog box and the drop-down list will show the hot keys with an underlined character.Windows 2000 or XP will not show the underlined character in a dialog box unless you first hit the [Alt] key, orturn off your computer’s
Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key
option(can be accessed by going to the Windows Control Panel and selecting
The hot keys will not be user customizable but they are translatable.
When the AutoCursor Power Keys are active, Mastercam X will interpret user input differently when thesystem is prompting for an AutoCursor position.
The keystroke will be first run through the AutoCursor power keys to see if it matches one of thosesettings.
If a power key match is found, the AutoCursor will then be in Override mode, just as if you clicked itwith the mouse.
If no match is found, the keystroke will be passed down to the ribbon bar to see if it activates any of thecontrols.
If no match is found in either place, the keystroke will be treated as it is now.
There may be cases where ribbon bar controls will not work when Power Keys are enabled. In those cases, youwill be forced to use the mouse to access those options.
The options on the right side of the Settings dialog box will not have hot keys. Angular, Tangent, Perpendicular,Nearest, and Horizontal/Vertical are all new to X and are all “relative” positions, not discrete snap positions.
The Relative option, which is not in the Settings dialog box but is in the drop-down override list, will not have ahot key even though it had one in Version 9.
When in an override mode, the rubber band cursor does not appear on the screen or is removed from the screen.This is consistent with Version 9 override behavior. To address this will require more design work for theAutoCursor in a future version.

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