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PixelCNC: CAM For Artists

CAM software developed by artists for artists to create unique and original works on a 3-axis CNC router or mill. · By Deftware

Random Questions

A topic by valhallaCNC created Jan 12, 2022 Views: 66 Replies: 3
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Hi Charlie :

Couple quick questions.  I changed my default colors to something I liked , how can I back that up so I don't have to recreate the entire thing. Related is there a tool backup file location ?

I have been working  with the relief carving. I get the picture to where I like the effect. I then create my raster layer and format that how i like it. If I want to change one small element in the base picture I have to start all over with the smoothing , blending and what ever other formatting I do. It doesn't keep the change (ex. expand /contract) it resets back to 0.  So if I don't record that number I have to start over. The adjust level graph , resets itself after you make any change. I just cant reapply formatting of the original raster image.   Is there something I'm Missing or is that the way it is ? Hope that's clear for you to understand.

Joe

Developer

Hi Joe,

Apologies for the delay - an unusually busy day cleaning up and fixing everything that was damaged in the storm that came through recently.

OK, what colors are you referring to? The UI theme colors? It should save to your config right away. The tool library is also saved to the config file. If there's a problem with your configuration not staying I'd like to figure out what's causing that.

Yes, so a lot of the functions are all applied to the layer permanently, except that you can undo them. What you can do is duplicate a layer to keep the original handy for making changes to. It was a bit of a judgement call as to whether or not different functions were more like modifiers or functions that were permanently applied to the contents of the layer. The main reason for choosing to make them permanent is that they're expensive to compute and constantly re-computing them would bring program responsiveness down. There are probably ways to optimize things a bit so that all of the raster editing functions are modifiers rather than actually changing the contents of a raster-layer but it's something I haven't put much thought into yet. I do like the idea of moving to that model though.

Another idea is to have PixelCNC at least remember the parameters used for the different functions, so that users can re-apply the same parameters multiple times. That would definitely be a pretty straightforward feature to implement on there.

Thanks for the feedback, I'll think about where to go from here for the next update after the beta release soon. Just wrapping up some website stuff for the launch and doing some final testing and then everything should be good to go!

 - Charlie

I'm never in a rush for answers...

My UI theme colors saves fine, I was wondering about back up for restoring if my PC crashes. So just backup my config file and I would be good to go.

Remembering the parameters would be all that's needed. It would save  alot of time trying to recreate after an edit on the base picture. I'll keep your todo list filled.......Thanks Joe

P.S. Pixelcnc has surpassed my expectations, even at this stage in its development. I have been using it exclusively for my projects. I'm still learning , there are alot of features.

Developer

Ah, I see. I think with v1.53a I hadn't added code to immediately save the config file when you close the UI or theme dialogs - which is something that's been in the development build for a few months now (v1.55b) to ensure that settings changes are conserved in the event that PixelCNC isn't able to quit out successfully due to a crash or something.

Thanks!

 - Charlie