Cimatron now allows you to reorder features in the History Tree by dragging them up or down. Using this method to reorder features changes the part timeline, so it can have major implications on the design and should be done carefully. But it can also require less reliance on Insert Mode and save the time of deleting wrongly-ordered features. To prevent failures or regeneration problems, reorder was created with certain rules already in place. For example, the cursor will show a blocked sign if you are trying to move a feature ahead of its parent feature. Moving a child feature like an extrude up the tree will also move the parent sketch.
Version 14 allows you to define keyboard shortcuts to the common feature guide commands such as Ok, Apply, and Cancel. Hotkeys are defined while in the toolbar customization mode. Locate or search for the command you want, and assign the key. Also new is a graphical keyboard shortcut list, to easily see which keyboard shortcuts are already assigned.
Dragging a neutral format file from Windows into Cimatron will trigger the Import Translator for that type of file. A new general preference found in Version 14 will now allow you to access the import parameter options when dragging the file into Cimatron. Go to the Data Interface preference and check the box Open the DI dialog when importing by dragging files.
The Cimatron Replay tool provides a couple of options for easy navigation of the feature tree. The icon for Replay is available any time a part is active, but the easiest way to access the tool is from the feature tree itself – just right-click on any feature in the tree.
Replay provides two options – Insert and Jump to – both take you to the selected feature in the timeline:
- Insert is used to create a new feature at this point in the timeline. The tree insertion arrow now moves, and the features below are suppressed. In order to exit the Insert mode, the suppressed features must first be unsuppressed and regenerated.
- Jump To is used as a view-only function. The tree insertion arrow moves but no features are suppressed. You can quickly move forward and backward through the features without waiting for regeneration.
A major advantage of version 13 is the ease in which the interface can be customized. A right mouse click anywhere on the icon bar lets you choose the customization mode. The Customize Screen mode allows feature icons to be moved or added to new menus or toolbars. The Customize Screen is also the place to define a hotkey for a function. Note that while in customize mode, a right mouse click over any icon will offer the options to set icon size (small or large) or text (with or without). To save an icon arrangement, use the Save Profile button. If for any reason you need to set all of the icons back to the original Cimatron default state, use the Reset All utility found in the Control Panel.
In version 13 the mouse wheel can be used to zoom in and out of the display without holding down the Ctrl key. To activate this ability, check the box found on the General > ZPR preference page. The center of the zoom area will be where the cursor is on the screen. With Zoom By Wheel Mouse enabled, you can still utilize the mouse wheel to “pick through” surfaces of the model: just pause the mouse over a surface for a moment to allow the system to switch to pick-through mode.
Concurrency is a new capability available in version 13. It is intended for customers who need multiple users working in the same job, and can be activated for a small extra cost. Concurrency works by allowing each user to define a “concurrency space” on their local PC. Each user can take ownership of a different portion of the job, and the system is responsible for checking the relevant files in and out of the server and the local concurrency space. Any user can view the entire job, and a series of file icons clearly represent to each user which files are under their control and which are not.