Preferences dialog box

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To view and change global options for Designer, click Edit > Preferences. The dialog opens, with Display Preferences grouped at the top, and User Preferences below. Scroll down this topic for details on each option.
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Display Preferences

Display Units

Click the arrow to choose INCHES, CM, or MM. The selected unit is used for all measurements (drawing/editing objects, measuring distances, etcetera).

Default Grid Size Width and Default Grid Size Height

Click the up- or down-arrow to select the default grid size. If Display Units is inches, the default is 1; if Display Units is cm or mm, the default is 25. You can change the grid size as needed, using the Grid Size button in the Face Editor toolbar. Note: Changing these values does not change the grid width and height in the Face Editor until you close and reload the face.

Number of Digits for Precision

Click the up- or down-arrow to specify the number of decimal digits in each numeric value.

Default Font

Click the down-arrow to choose the default for each of the following:

Family (Handwriting, Lucida Sans, Courier New, Arial, etcetera)
Size (9 pt to 99 pt)
Style (Regular, Bold, Bold Italic, Italic)

Grid Opacity

Move the slider on the line scale to set the default opacity of the grid lines, from 0 (0%, or fully transparent) to 10 (100%, or fully black). The default is 3 (30%). You can change the opacity as needed, using the Grid Size button in the Face Editor toolbar. Note: Changing this value does not change the grid opacity in the Face Editor until you close and reload the face.

Silkscreen Render Quality

Move the slider on the line scale to set the clarity of the display of silkscreen graphics in the 3D View, from 0 to 8. If you encounter out-of-memory errors, lower this setting; the images will not be as clear, but rendering will be faster and without memory errors.

Render Outlines in 3D Viewer

Select this check box to have the 3D view outline each cutout.

Measurement for Circles and Arcs

Click the Diameter or Radius button to have the Properties panel display circle and arc sizes in that measurement. The default setting is Diameter.

Change Background Color

Click this bar to select a different background color for the work area. A dialog opens where you can select from Swatches, HSV, HSL, RGB, or CYMY colors. To return the background color to the previous setting, click the Reset button.

User Preferences

Home Directory

Enter the folder name and path (or click the Browse button to select the folder) as the default location for saved files.

Remember Last Directory

Select this option to have Designer use the last folder used to save or load a file as the default location for subsequent files.

Proxy Settings

If your company uses a network configured such that your computer accesses the Internet through a proxy server, select the Use Proxy for http check box, then enter the proxy address and port number supplied by your network administrator.

Accept property changes when

Select the Enter Key Pressed button to have changes to values in the Properties panel accepted only when <Enter> is pressed. Select the Mouse Leaves Form button to have changes accepted when the mouse pointer is moved off the Properties panel.

Error Response

Select the action you want Designer to take when it encounters a placement problem such as an object placed across or outside a face boundary or overlapping an exclusion zone, masking on cold rolled steel, a PEM placed too near a face boundary, or a graphic placed around a circular cutout.

ACCEPT: Accept the placement. If the placement is across a face boundary, the boundary will be automatically cut if the Cut Face option has been selected.
REJECT: Reject the placement.
ASK: Prompt you to choose whether to accept or reject the placement.

Cut Face

Select this option to have the boundary automatically cut when any part of an object is placed or moved onto a boundary.

Allow Editing by Dragging Objects (Free Edit)

Select this check box to allow you, after clicking the Edit tool, to move objects by clicking and dragging them and to resize them by clicking and dragging their nodes. Clear the check box to restrict the changing of an object’s position and/or size with the Properties panel only.

Never Show What’s New

Select this check box to not open the link to the Release Notes page in the Designer wiki when launching a new version of Designer.

Graphics Type

Click the down-arrow to choose the default method to print graphics. Choose ASK if you want to be prompted to choose the method the first time you apply graphics to a face.

SILKSCREEN
DIRECT_PRINTING (digital print)
ASK