Fixes released in Version 4.4.9
- 1 Fixes released in February 2016
- 2 Fixes released in January 2016
- 2.1 Tiered consolets
- 2.2 Masking and digital printing
- 2.3 Preferences pane
- 2.4 Overlapping cutouts
- 2.5 DXF files
- 2.6 Brackets
- 2.7 Rackmounts
- 2.8 Enclosure metal type constraints
- 2.9 L Shape enclosures
- 2.10 Preferences dialog
- 2.11 Extruded Aluminum enclosures
- 2.12 Fasteners
- 2.13 Unit Height for Rackmounts
- 3 Fixes released in December 2015
- 4 Fixes released in October 2015
- 5 Fixes released in September 2015
- 6 Fixes released in August 2015
- 7 Fixes released in July 2015
- 7.1 Rackmount faceplates
- 7.2 Quotes
- 7.3 Accept and Close command
- 7.4 Brackets
- 7.5 Text objects
- 7.6 Replacing screws and PEMs
- 7.7 Origin in templates
- 7.8 Brackets
- 7.9 Measurements not displayed
- 7.10 Grouping objects
- 7.11 Linux .DEB Packages
- 7.12 Origin in brackets
- 7.13 Masking
- 7.14 Notes
- 7.15 Selecting objects
- 7.16 L-shaped cover mounts
- 7.17 Face Editor display
- 7.18 Language settings
- 7.19 Folders referenced when using Save As command
- 7.20 Tapped holes
- 8 Fixes released in June 2015
- 9 Fixes released in May 2015
- 10 Fixes released in March 2015
- 10.1 Error message for "homdir"
- 10.2 Grouped objects
- 10.3 Rackmounts
- 10.4 Properties context panel
- 10.5 Performance
- 10.6 Special characters
- 10.7 Design check crashes Face Editor
- 10.8 Unable to generate a quote
- 10.9 Double-clicking filename to launch Designer
- 10.10 Display of 5-sided enclosures
- 10.11 L-shaped enclosures
- 11 Fixes released in February 2015
- 12 Fixes released in January 2015
- 13 Fixes released in December 2014
- 14 Fixes released in November 2014
Fixes released in February 2016
Version 4.4.9-Feb09,16 fixes an issue with older rackmounts that failed to update when loaded in recent versions.
Layers on older enclosures
Version 4.4.9-Feb09,16 fixes an issue in which older enclosures that used layers displayed only the default layer in the Face Editor.
Layers on older enclosures
Version 4.4.9-Feb09,16 fixes an issue in which the Face Editor did not display the bends on older enclosures.
PEMs in the Mini ITX
Version 4.4.9-Feb09,16 fixes an issue in the MINI ITX PEM layout that kept it from being edited after placement.
Digital print design check
Version 4.4.9-Feb09,16 fixes an issue in which the design check for masking with digital print removed any cutouts on the face.
Metal thickness constraints
As of Version 4.4.9-Feb03,16, countersinking metal that is too thin displays a warning, with an image, and when using flathead screws in an enclosure, you cannot continue if the metal is too thin for the countersink.
Version 4.4.9-Feb03,16 fixes an issue in which the bend profile of an angled bracket displayed in the wrong place.
Fixes released in January 2016
- Version 4.4.9-Jan29,16 fixes an issue that prevented changing the metal type for a Tiered Consolet.
- As of this same version, screws for the bottoms of consolets are now always flatheads.
Masking and digital printing
Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16 fixes the issue in which the design check did not prevent masking from being on the same face as digital printing (or vice versa).
Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16 fixed a defect in which, if you set the unit of measure in Preferences to MM or CM and then changed the Grid Size to large values, you could not open the Preferences pane.
Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16 fixes an issue in which, if you drew cutouts that overlapped, the 3D View or exported DXF displayed strips of metal remaining where they overlapped.
Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16 fixes an issue that arose in a recent Beta release that caused errors with DXF files of individual cutouts.
Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16 fixes a defect in which brackets created in Version 4.4.8 would not load.
Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16 fixes a defect in rackmount height limitations, which can now be up to and including 10U.
Enclosure metal type constraints
As of Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16, you cannot create an enclosure with countersinks or PEMs too big for the metal type.
L Shape enclosures
Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16 fixes the depth of the L Shape enclosure. It is now measured from the outside of the front face to the outside of the rear face. If you load an L Shape enclosure that was saved earlier at 5" deep, it will be displayed as more than 5" deep, because it will include the parts gap and thickness of the rear face (panel). This prevents changes to the size of the enclosure.
In Version 4.4.9-Jan25,16, the Preferences dialog was reorganized and some obsolete options were removed. The Display Preferences are now grouped at the top, followed by the User Preferences below. In the User Preferences, most of the error response options were grouped into one option that lets you tell Designer to automatically accept or reject the error, or to prompt you to choose what to do. (No new options were added.)
Extruded Aluminum enclosures
Version 4.4.9-Jan11,16 fixes an issue introduced in a recent Beta in which an exception occurred when older extruded aluminum enclosures with the "natural" screw finish were imported into Designer. Note that Protocase does not stock zinc-coated screws for extruded enclosures.
As of Version 4.4.9-Jan11,16, the Cutout Library no longer includes fasteners (nuts, studs, standoffs); they can now be placed only using the Cutout Library and Fasteners > Place Self-Clinching Fasteners command in the Face Editor.
Unit Height for Rackmounts
Version 4.4.9-Jan05,16 fixes an error introduced in an earlier Beta release, in which the Unit Height was displayed in inches even though the input was in "U" units. Note: "U" is a rack unit of measure that describes the height of electronic equipment designed to mount in a 19-inch rack or a 23-inch rack. The 19 inches (482.60 mm) or 23 inches (584.20 mm) dimension reflects the width of the equipment mounting-frame in the rack including the frame; the width of the equipment that can be mounted inside the rack is less. One rack unit is 1.75 inches (44.45 mm) high.
Fixes released in December 2015
Version 4.4.9-Dec21,15 fixed a problem introduced in a recent beta, in which grouping cutouts in the Face Editor and then pressing the Edit tool could cause cutouts to be flipped on the x or y axis.
Editing Enclosure Properties
In Version 4.4.9-Dec14,15, pressing Cancel in the Edit Enclosure Properties dialog takes much less time to close the dialog.
Installing Designer on a Mac OSX Mountain Lion
With Version 4.4.9-Dec09,15, the registration issue was resolved. You no longer receive the erroneous warning that the file is damaged and that you should remove it; instead, you are simply informed that the file was downloaded from the Internet.
Pasting multiple cutouts
Version 4.4.9-Dec07,15 fixes an issue in which selecting and pasting several cutouts at once could cause them to stack on top of each other.
Version 4.4.9-Dec07,15 fixes the issue in which, when the only cutouts in a part were overlapping, an irrelevant warning was displayed.
Concentric graphics and cutouts
Version 4.4.9-Dec03 fixes the problem in which parsers were displayed in the Cutout Library.
With Version 4.4.9-Dec03, images are displayed for the Angled Bracket, Angled Offset Bracket, Angled U Bracket, and Triangular Bracket.
Version 4.4.9 fixes the problem in which PEMs were not displayed in the 3D View.
Zoom and Reset View
Version 4.4.9-Dec03 fixes issues in which the Zoom and Reset View tools were not working properly.
Fixes released in October 2015
Version 4.4.9-Nov23,15 fixes an issue in which a file with countersinks, when loaded into an upgraded version of Designer, caused an irrelevant error message saying that the template would not update.
Design check warning
Version Oct27,15 fixes a problem in which the Design Check warning was displayed, but no errors were listed.
Irrelevant boundary warning
Version Oct 27,15 fixes the issue in which an irrelevant Boundary Warning message was displayed when you started to replace a PEM but then clicked Cancel in the Self Clinching Fastener Selection window.
Adding notes to edited cutouts
Version Oct22,15 fixes the issue with the Cutout Manager in which notes added to edited cutouts were not saved.
In Version Oct22,15 you can export an image that has been imported to a face.
Digital Printing recommendations, errors, and warnings
- In Version Oct22,15 digital print is now the default printing method and a valid option for all graphics unless the image is over 46"x46" or is on a bare or grained finish. If you choose silkscreening when digital print is a valid option, Designer will recommend using digital print instead. (If you ignore the recommendation, Designer will not recommend it again for that design file.)
- In Version Oct 27,15, Designer prevents you from applying digital print to bare metal or a grained finish, and warns you when you apply silkscreening to bare metal.
Fixes released in September 2015
With Version 4.4.9-Sep24,15, Designer is no longer listed in the Windows Add/Remove Programs list as "Protaces."
Files created in Version 3.0
Some files designed in Protocase Designer Version 3.0, when imported into the current version, flipped some cutouts horizontally on some faces. As of Version 4.4.9-Sep10,15, these files are imported properly.
Fixes released in August 2015
Version 4.4.9-Aug27,15 fixes problems in which user-placed handles did not load properly, and enclosure designs with such handles could not be updated.
Version 4.4.9-Aug21,15 fixes an issue in which enclosures could not be ordered correctly.
Version 4.4.9-Aug21,15 fixes an issue in which a file could not be loaded.
Version 4.4.9-Aug21,15 fixes several issues with PEMs:
- When you added a PEM, only the hole was displayed, instead of the PEM itself, and if you moved a PEM, it disappeared entirely. When you saved and reloaded the file, PEMs were displayed properly.
- PEMs were displayed as "assembly: pem" rather than "PEM: partnumber" and were displayed under the Part rather than the Face.
Version 4.4.9-Aug21,15 fixes an issue in which trimming an object and then clicking Accept and Close could cause the trimmed object to disappear. With this release, if you leave a valid outline for the trim, no issues occur. Known limitation: If you leave an invalid outline (in which at least one line segment is not attached at both ends), then after you click Accept and Close you receive a warning that Non-closed cutouts exist, and you are given three options: Continue trimming, Undo, and Accept as is. Currently, these options do not operate correctly. (Continue trimming and Accept as is cause the object to disappear; Undo causes all interior lines in the two objects to appear trimmed in the 3D View, but are still two separate overlaid objects in the Face Editor.)
Part Tree Viewer
Version 4.4.9-Aug17,15 fixes an issue in which, on some computers, the Part Tree did not display in the topmost window, and was obscured by other open windows on the screen.
Version 4.4.9-Aug17,15 fixes an issue in which PEMs in rotated groups could have an incorrect rotation, causing the PEM to be drawn in the wrong location in the 3D view.
In previous releases, the OK button at the bottom of the template dialog was not visible on laptop and other small monitors. With Version 4.4.9 -Aug17,15, the button is now visible on any monitor.
Quoting and opening files
Version 4.4.9-Aug17,15 fixes problems in recent beta versions in which some files would not quote and others would not open.
Fixes released in July 2015
Version 4.4.9-Jul30,15 fixes an issue in which rackmount faceplates could not be used to make a subassembly.
In previous releases, Designer did not produce a quote for a design with 300 cutouts on a face. This was fixed in Version 4.4.9-Jul30,15.
Accept and Close command
Version 4.4.9-Jul28,15 fixes an issue in which, when Designer was run on some versions of Windows, the Accept and Close command did not close the editor window.
In a previous beta release, if you placed a bracket, then saved and reloaded the file, the footprint of the bracket was not displayed in the Face Editor. This has been fixed as of Version 4.4.9-Jul23,15.
Prior to version 4.4.9-Jul23,15 the bounding box on text was slightly off. It is now exact, so you can use the Measure tool to align the center of the text box with another object, and you can use the Alignment tools to align the text with other objects.
Replacing screws and PEMs
As of Version 4.4.9-Jul21,15, you can see information on screws, and optionally replace a screw with a PEM (or replace a PEM with another PEM), as follows. (Note that you cannot replace a screw with another screw.)
- In the Face Editor, click Edit, then select the screw.
- Note: If the screw is grouped, you must first ungroup it.
- In the Properties panel, notice the new Replace... button, which includes the part name of the screw. (Only part of the part name is visible on the button; to read the entire name, hover over the button.)
- To replace the screw with a PEM (or a PEM with another PEM), click the button.
Alternate method: Right-click a screw and choose Properties to review and/or replace the screw with a PEM. The Properties window also lets you edit the Origin(X), Origin(Y), Rotation, and the side of the face that the screw sticks up out of.
Origin in templates
Version 4.4.9-Jul23,15 fixes an issue in which the origin was incorrect in the side panel of the U-Shape enclosure with Cover Mounts template.
Version 4.4.9-Jul21,15 fixes an issue in which brackets placed into a different design did not have any thickness until you saved and reloaded the file.
Measurements not displayed
In a previous Beta release, the Measure tool did not display the measurements, and sometimes did not move an object that it was snapped to. These are fixed in Version 4.4.9-Jul16. In addition, the Measure tool's snap points now include the center and tangent points of arcs.
Version 4.4.9-Jul16 fixes an issue in which objects inside of an enclosure flipped 180 degrees horizontally when grouped.
Linux .DEB Packages
As of the Version 4.4.9-Jul16 release, the .DEB packages no longer require a permissions change for proper installation.
Origin in brackets
Version 4.4.9-Jul13 fixes an issue in which the origin of a bracket (displayed as red arrows in the 3D View) did not line up properly with the bracket corner if the bracket height was less than 1.5".
In Version 4.4.9-Jul07, masking is properly quoted, and also fixes the issue that arose in an earlier version in which the following warning was not displayed when masking was applied to cold rolled steel.
Version 4.4.9-Jul07 fixes an issue in which the Notes Viewer let you edit the Name, Part Number, Manufacturer, and Description fields. These fields, which are for internal use only, are automatically populated with the object specifications. With this release, they can no longer be edited.
Version 4.4.9-Jul07 fixes an issue in which, if you selected one object, additional objects appeared to be included in the selection.
L-shaped cover mounts
Version 4.4.9-Jul07 fixes an issue in which if you tried to add graphics to the cover mount, Designer would say it protruded.
Face Editor display
With Version Version 4.4.9-Jul07, after you select a face to edit, the Face Editor displays it in the center of the screen.
Version 4.4.9-Jul07 fixes an issue in which users with language settings that use a comma instead of a decimal (Romania, Spain, Germany, etc.) had difficulties entering data in some of the fields in the Properties panel.
Folders referenced when using Save As command
When you load a file, Designer remembers the folder that you load it from and uses it as the default folder when you use the Save command. As of Version 4.4.9-Jul07, that folder is also used as the default for the Save As command.
In Version 4.4.9-Jul07, you are no longer given an option to change the hole size for tapped holes. If the hole size is non-standard in an existing design created in a previous version, then when you load the file, the hole will be resized automatically.
Fixes released in June 2015
Tapped hole cutouts
Version 4.4.9-Jun19 fixes errors that caused incorrectly sized cutouts for tapped holes.
Error with the "Ask a Question" feature
Fixes released in May 2015
Digital Printing vs. Silkscreening
Version 4.4.9-May28 fixes a problem in which, when you updated a file with digital printing specified in it, it changed to silkscreening. With this version, you can fix the file by opening the face that has the graphics, then choose Silkscreen > Convert to Digital Printing and click the Accept button.
Fixes released in March 2015
Error message for "homdir"
Version 4.4.9-Mar23 fixes an issue in which, upon launching Designer on some computers, a message about "homedir" was displayed
Version 4.4.9-Mar23 fixes an issue in which the Face Editor did not display grouped objects on some versions.
In Version 4.4.9-Mar23, the option for Removable Front Cover was removed from rackmounts that did not have mounting ears.
Properties context panel
Version 4.4.9-Mar23 fixes an issue in which font tools were not fully displayed in the Properties panel.
Version 4.4.9-Mar23 fixes an issue in which some enclosures could take a very long time to open.
Version 4.4.9-Mar23 fixes an issue in which certain special characters such as the degrees symbol were displayed improperly.
Design check crashes Face Editor
Version 4.4.9-Mar23 fixes an issue in which the Face Editor became non-responsive after a design check.
Unable to generate a quote
Version 4.4.9-Mar23 fixes an issue in which selecting Instant Quotes and Purchasing > Purchase generated the error message "We are unable to generate a quote for this file. Please send your PDA file to firstname.lastname@example.org for help."
Double-clicking filename to launch Designer
Version 4.4.9-Mar12 fixes an issue introduced in version 4.4.9-Jan06 in which, if an earlier version of Designer also existed on your system, then opening a Designer file by double-clicking the filename would launch the older version.
Display of 5-sided enclosures
Version 4.4.9-Mar12 fixes an issue in which notes and objects for 5-Sided enclosures were not displayed.
Version 4.4.9-Mar06 fixes an issue in which previously designed and saved L-shaped enclosures would drop any cutouts that were on the bottom panel.
Fixes released in February 2015
With Version 4.4.9-Feb04, the DXF cutout import function has been improved, and layers are now supported.
Fixes released in January 2015
Version 4.4.9-Jan12 fixes an issue in which some colors in bitmaps were not detected for silkscreening if the red and green components were similar to the background but the blue component was not. Also fixed was a defect in which screws added to a design caused a drawing error on silkscreened items.
Fixes released in December 2014
Version 4.4.9-Dec18 fixes an issue in which a rackmount lost any custom cover color set after upgrading to Version 4.4.6.
Version 4.4.9-Dec18 fixes a defect in which the Face Editor displayed brackets flipped on the X axis; brackets with PEMs were not displayed in the Face Editor.
Fixes released in November 2014
Erroneous "HomeDir" message
Version 4.4.9-Nov10 fixes an issue in which you could receive the erroneous message "HomeDir config.ReadConfig(): somedirectory".
If you are using Version 4.3.1, attempting to generate a quote for a design might not produce any result, with no error message displayed. To fix this, upgrade to the latest Version 4.4.9 beta release.