Huge 10 ScreenSets Package. 2012.    For Mach3 Mill CNC Software

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                      News: New ScreenSet added June 7, 2012   (BlueGlass)
                                   Package include now 10 ScreenSets.
 
    Details concerning:  "How do I get perfect graphics on my screen and how about ScreenSet sizes"   added July 10, 1012

09-12-2013  New update ( Wrong dro numbers below offset of diagnostic page) now corrected.

 

 

Mix of the ScreenSet pages in full size (click on preview)
Please note Screensets are in both 1024x768 and 1400x1050 but can be used on all display sizes.
Please note this is only screenshots, so the graphics are not quite as good as when it is in the program.

Please See also        How do I get perfect graphics on my screen and how about ScreenSet sizes: 

SimpelRun in Metal
On a 1920x1200 Display
(Screenset 1400x1050)
ToolPath in Metal
(Screenset 1400x1050)
MDI in Black
(Screenset 1400x1050)  
Diagnostics in White
(Screenset 1400x1050)  
ProgramRun in BlueGlass
On a 1920x1200 Display
(Screenset 1400x1050)  
With Widescreen, manual jog (tap) can be open without overlap
SimpelRun in BlueGlass
With Manual Jog
(Screenset 1400x1050)

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ScreenSet With Skin Metal

Please Note popup window with ScreenSet Page Screenshots. The size is only 700x524 if it enlarges the graphics is very poor. These photos are only to show what each ScreenSet contains.

 

          SimpleRun             SimpleRun W. MJog          ProgramRun                           MDI                              ToolPath                           Offsets

          Settings                      Diagnostics                    Extra/Custom                     Shortcuts                        M-Codes                            About
  Manual Jog (TAB)                    
         

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ScreenSet With Skin Black

Please Note popup window with ScreenSet Page Screenshots. The size is only 700x524 if it enlarges the graphics is very poor. These photos are only to show what each ScreenSet contains.

 

         SimpleRun             SimpleRun W. MJog            ProgramRun                          MDI                              ToolPath                           Offsets

          Settings                      Diagnostics                    Extra/Custom                     Shortcuts                        M-Codes                            About
  Manual Jog (TAB)                   
         

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ScreenSet With Skin White

Please Note popup window with ScreenSet Page Screenshots. The size is only 700x524 if it enlarges the graphics is very poor. These photos are only to show what each ScreenSet contains.

 

         SimpleRun             SimpleRun W. MJog           ProgramRun                           MDI                              ToolPath                           Offsets

           Settings                      Diagnostics                    Extra/Custom                     Shortcuts                        M-Codes                            About
   Manual Jog (TAB)                 
         

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ScreenSet With Skin White

Please Note popup window with ScreenSet Page Screenshots. The size is only 700x524 if it enlarges the graphics is very poor. These photos are only to show what each ScreenSet contains.

 

         SimpleRun             SimpleRun W. MJog           ProgramRun                           MDI                              ToolPath                           Offsets

           Settings                      Diagnostics                    Extra/Custom                     Shortcuts                        M-Codes                            About
   Manual Jog (TAB)                 
         

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ScreenSet With Skin Wood

Please Note popup window with ScreenSet Page Screenshots. The size is only 700x524 if it enlarges the graphics is very poor. These photos are only to show what each ScreenSet contains.

 

          SimpleRun             SimpleRun W. MJog           ProgramRun                          MDI                               ToolPath                           Offsets

          Settings                      Diagnostics                    Extra/Custom                     Shortcuts                        M-Codes                            About
  Manual Jog (TAB)                  
         

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The ScreenSet:
 
The idea of ​​a new ScreenSet was partly to get a more symmetrical layout which could thereby make room for a few more functions and all 6 axes, and even larger toolpath display on all pages, but still keep the same simple and inspiring environment with the same well functional features such as Mach3 standard ScreenSet contains. And at the same time allow for multiple skin and an opportunity also to use MACH3 on a larger screen with a great graphics resolutions.
All 6 axes are implemented on all Screen Sets pages, without it seeming crowded, this is convenient since many small Stepper Cards in the future will come with both 5 and 6 axes and already there are Chinese versions with 5 axes, and if you do not use all axes directly the extra axes can be used for other automation functions such as Tool change.
As also described on Artsoft Mach3's website Mach3 started mostly for hobby people, but is now increasingly used in the professional CNC world, most of all because of the unlimited possibilities of traditional Pc, and this combined with the many features/function and stability the software from Artsoft Mach3 delivered.
So I have tried to find a balance with coverage of both world with a professional and presentable layout and still with a panel design that is motivating to work with and the various skin also makes that you can adjust the term.  

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The main features:
  • More symmetrical layout.

  • Realistic 3D graphics. The same graphics environment style is echoed on all sides.

  • All 6 axis implemented in all pages.

  • Two screen resolutions the standard size 1024x768 and 1400x1050 for larger screens.

  • Ability to customize own functions and still keep the same layout design.

  • A new page design SimpelRun with a very large toolpath display and only the main functions.

  • 3 output buttons on / off on the main page to manually turn on/off external cooling pumps, etc.

  • 4 input led on the main page for status or warnings.

  • ManualJog “wheel” (TAB) with all 6 axles implemented.

  • The layout of buttons, dro, and displays are different but names and functions are still the same as Mach3 standard screenset.

  • Inspiring environment with different skin / background graphics, something for every taste.

  • Multiple skin

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The package includes: 
  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin Black, Resolution 1024x768,   13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin Metal, Resolution 1024x768,   13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin White, Resolution 1024x768,   13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin Wood, Resolution 1024x768,  13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin BlueGlass, Resolution 1024x768,  13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin Black, Resolution 1400x1050, 13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin Metal, Resolution 1400x1050, 13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin White, Resolution 1400x1050, 13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin Wood, Resolution 1400x1050,13 pages including 9 program pages.

  • 1  Complete ScreenSet:  Skin BlueGlass, Resolution 1400x1050,  13 pages including 9 program pages.

  •     Contains a total of 130 pages.

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Purchase a License for the ScreenSet Package. 2012 Containing the 10 ScreenSets.
 
The price for at license is:  $19 USD
 
You can purchase the package by pay with Paypal, Visa or other cards by Press Buy Now
 
 
 
This is done as follows:
1: Press Buy Now and pay by Paypal, Visa or other cards.
2: Just after you have paid and get to the "check out" page
PRES Back to pj@oncable.dk then you will be sent to a download page.
    Here you can download the whole package of 18 mb. in zip format (too large to send by e-mail)

If you against all expectations not are sent to a download page where you immediately can download the package do not panic you will in all circumstances receive an email the day after with a download link.

 
Note: A license is for 1 person
All copyright on all graphics in this package belong to: PBJ Per Bjørn Jeppesen

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How to "Install" Screenset package
 
1: Download the ScreenSet Package Zip file to your hard drive usually C: (so you will always have a copy even if you install a new Mach3  revision).
2: Then you unzip the zip file (se how on download page) containing 10 set files and 2 folders.
3: Then you copy the 8 files with the last 3 letters (.Set) from the downloaded folder to your Mach3 folder usually  C: Mach3
4: Then copy the folder with the name PBJ-bitmaps from the downloaded folder to your Mach3 folder under Bitmaps  C: Mach3/Bitmaps.
5: Then copy the folder with the name PBJ-Bitmaps-1400 from the downloaded folder to your Mach3 folder under Bitmaps  C: Mach3/Bitmaps.


So it should look like this:
However, note (.Set) files must be directly in Mach3 folder.

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How to change ScreenSet from Mach3 standard ScreenSet 1024.set to one of the new ScreenSet
 
 
1: Click View and then Load Screens
 
 
2: Double click the SET file you want to use.
3: A few seconds after the Screen is open.
 
You can easily switch between the new ScreenSets and MACH3 standard ScreenSet, it has nothing to do with the MACH3 program "hardcoden" to do and it has nothing to do with machine setup codes in XML files.

 

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Design Notes:

At the Standard ScreenSet by Mach3 there are some keyboard Shortcut written in parentheses after the function, but since it is not on all the function and to make it more manageable without too much text I have chosen to completely omit the Shortcut text but instead made ​​a "button" on all pages where you quickly can get to a page with all the keyboard shortcuts described.

On the Screen Simpelrun there is a button labeled Manual Jog this button is to change G-Code display to 14 buttons where you can manually navigate all 6 axes for a final fine tuning.
You could also just choose TAP and Manual Jog Wheel would appear, in principle be the same, and settings for manual jog come also from the Jog Wheel settings but you stay in the simple environment in this way.

The Screen labeled Extra is a page to link to upcoming or new pages and for your own custom functions.

Output 4, 5 and 6 Buttons on RunProgram Screen you have to enable and setup in Ports and Pins / Output Signals.

Input 1, 2, 3 and 4 Led on RunProgram Screen you have to enable and setup in Ports and Pins / Input Signals.

 

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Very important setting in Mach3 to get the best graphics on the PBJ Screen Sets:

In Mach3 go to: CONFIG  -  GENERAL CONFIG  -  SCREEN CONTROL  
UnCheck : Auto Screen Enlarge  (This is very important)
Check : Hi-Res Screens  (Hi-Res is not so important)
Like this:
 
 
Note: This setting is saved in the XML file (machine file) and you must make this setting again if you switch to another XML file.

 

 

In more detail explained below.

How do I get perfect graphics on my screen and how about ScreenSet sizes: 

All screens have a standard Resolution called The Native Resolution. 

Wiki:    The native resolution of a LCD, LCoS or other flat panel display refers to its single fixed resolution . As an  LCD display consists of a fixed raster, it cannot change resolution to match the signal being displayed as a CRT monitor can, meaning that optimal display quality can be reached only when the signal input matches the native resolution. An image where the number of pixels is the same as in the image source and where the pixels are perfectly aligned to the pixels in the source is said to be pixel perfect. 

In many descriptions of the flat panel is described the Native Resolution and Max Resolution but you are not getting perfect results using Max Resolution. So you are stuck on the Native Resolution. 

The problem then is to get ScreenSets to be partly perfect graphics and fit to your screen.

Mach3 comes with a standard ScreenSet which has a resolution of 1024x768. which most ScreenSet do. Displays today come with a higher resolution and MACH3 is default set to fit the size of your screen, which means that ScreenSet either being stretched or shrunk to fit the screen, that means, unfortunately, just that the graphics are bad specially text and borders.

        
Setting  Fig.1                                   For perfect graphic this is recommended  Fig. 2

If you then change the settings in Mach3 under (Config> General Config> Screen Control) from Fig.1 to Fig 2 especially by uncheck auto screen enlarge, you get the best graphics. By having auto enlarge turned on is the same as to enlarge a small photo.

If you made the above settings, you have a perfect graphics but MACH3 is small on the screen if you have a higher native resolution that's where this ScreenSet is good because you also have a complete ScreenSet at a higher resolution of 1400x1024.

Why not make one for all sizes, unfortunately there are a lot of screen sizes, and there shall be created an entirely ScreenSet for each size in both graphics and features so it is very extensive. But with these two sizes 1024x768 and 1400x1050 are you better off.

Even with an HD 1920x1080 resolution screenset 1400x1024 almost fills the entire screen, but the width is larger but this you can take advantage of by having Jog Wheel enabled all the time.

You can test the two setting in MACH3 with ScreenSet you are using now and see the difference between that ScreenSet fit to screen size or that there are focused on good graphics.

 

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Improvements, Errors, bugs or Contact:

Send suggestions for improvement or review errors to my Email: pbj@sten-kunst.dk

Basically, I am only responsible for the graphics provided in this package but I have used Machscreen to get it fully functional which therefore makes it full Customizable through Machscreen and Photoshop.
If there are errors in some functions that I have overlooked, I will of course fix this and a new revision will be downloadable on the emailed download page.

For support regarding Mach3 go to: http://www.machsupport.com/forum

For support regarding MachScreen go to: http://www.kd-dietz.com/klausphp/

A good place for help regarding CNC in general is: http://www.cnczone.com/forums

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Upcoming:

      If there is sufficient interest in these 8 Screen Sets I have the following plans.

  • More Skins (if you have already purchased this package you get free access to new skins)
  • This package in several languages. (If you have already purchased this package you get free access to other languages)
  • Screen Sets for Mach3 Turn and Plasma (if you have already purchased this package you will get this for a lower price.)
  • A ScreenSet particularly for small touchscreens. (This will be a separate license)

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ScreenSet Size. 
 
Mach3 Standard Mill ScreenSet 1024x768 Size 2,1 MB
 
PBJ Black Mill ScreenSet 1024x768 Size 2,25 MB (But higher resolution)
PBJ Metal Mill ScreenSet 1024x768 Size 2,44 MB (But higher resolution)
PBJ White Mill ScreenSet 1024x768 Size 2,67 MB (But higher resolution)
PBJ Wood Mill ScreenSet 1024x768 Size 3,13 MB (But higher resolution)
 
PBJ Black Mill ScreenSet 1400x1050 Size 2,85 MB
PBJ Metal Mill ScreenSet 1400x1050 Size 3,06 MB
PBJ White Mill ScreenSet 1400x1050 Size 3,45 MB
PBJ Wood Mill ScreenSet 1400x1050 Size 4,02 MB
 
The size of 1024x768 could easily be made smaller, but the chosen resolution gives a razor-sharp resolution and the size difference from the standard size is very small and has no great effect.
There where at a very slow computer will be able to feel an effect is at a resolution of 1400x1050 and if you then also use SimpelRun with a large display.

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Credit:

I would like to express my enthusiasm and respect for the two software producers:
 
Mach3 from Artsoft: I am also a pioneer of CNC hobby and has now built both Routers and Lasers that operate via Mach3 and I'm still very impressed with Mach3 and the endless possibilities it offers, in the early hobby cnc days I started to make a program in VB to control a CNC router, but when Mach3 came on the market I dropped the thought of making a program simply because Mach3 is just perfect, I do not see an alternative and use it diligently, especially the ingenious structure Mach3 has: the XML files containing machine data, and so the module with the "hard code" and the final user interface (ScreenSet).
The openness that is about the program the support and well-documented user manuals are also fantastic.
 
MachScreen By Klaus Dietz: The Program MachScreen By Klaus Dietz I have used for making the graphics work on Mach3. The ScreenSet is therefore Customizable by Using this very simple and efficient nise Screen Designer, and it is quite impressive if you look at all the support Klaus Dietz has given in various forums and all that time he spent into the development of the program.
 
Per Jeppesen, PBJ

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