What's new in  Mill v4.4


Printouts with Pictures

Never send a simple printout to the shop floor again.  Add an image as large or as small as you like.  Make it solid or wireframe.  For laser printers, give it a black background.  For color printers, give it a white background.

Printout2.GIF (36908 bytes)

How it works:  When you click on File|Print|Print Source or File|Print|Print ToolList, you'll see the graphics screen quickly refresh as it re-builds an image for your printer.  Your printout will show the part on each page (or just the first, or just the last, or just the first and the last).

How to change it:  If the picture is too large or too small, just resize your screen's graphic viewport.  You can even stretch it long in X (or Y) to make better use on the paper.  If your picture has too much detail, then press Ctrl-Left Arrow to collapse your source and draw just a few expanded tools.  To show a wireframe instead of a solid, press F2 or F5 before selecting File|Print.  If you right-click on the viewport, you can change the solid picture from iso2 to any other ISO view or to top, front, side, etc.  If you'd like to alter printer settings, just click on Tools|Options|Print:

ToolsOptionsPrint.GIF (6043 bytes)

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Administrator Mode

Added Admin mode (password protection) to Tools|Options, so that critical settings are tamper-proof.


REPEAT now fully supported by Copy and Paste

Using your left-mouse button, click and drag SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SOURCE LINE (not the left side of the line) to highlight several lines of source.  You will need to drag your mouse in an up-down motion to highlight more than one line.  Next select from the pull-down menu, Edit|Copy (or Ctrl-C).  Now right click anywhere else in your source program.  You will be asked whether to paste above or below the selected line of source.  Special note:  to cut or copy just one line of source, click and drag in a left-right direction rather than an up-down direction.  If you highlight at least 30% of the source line, then it will be fully selected when you let go of the mouse button.

One Source to Another

Did you know you can open several G-ZERO sources at the same time?  Try starting two copies of G-ZERO and then load two different source programs (or from Windows Explorer, double-click on two different sources).  Then using your left-mouse button, click and drag to highlight several lines of source.  Next select from the pull-down menu, Edit|Copy (or Ctrl-C).  Now right click anywhere else in the OTHER source program.  Or you can just select the second source and press Ctrl-V to paste the lines to the end.

Middle of the Program

Once you have pasted some source into the clipboard using Copy (or Cut), you can paste back into the middle of the source, OR A DIFFERENT source by right clicking anywhere in the middle of your program.  G-ZERO then asks whether to paste above or below the selected line.

Delete like a Jedi Master

If your hand-eye coordination is good, and you hate having to confirm deletions all the time, just click your left-mouse button in the middle of some source and highlight like crazy until all the offending source lines are lit.  Then just press Ctrl-X to make large chunks of your source go away real fast.  Remember, if you delete the very last line of source, then the whole block is usually irretrievable.

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Power User Features

Decimals now fully supported in file and folder paths:  Go ahead and name your file something like M:\Preferred_User_Mill_Data\Mills\Machine.2\Stage Bezel Mount_Rev22.5.023_Op11.M

Max number of tool types expanded from 50 to 200 so you can add many more tools to the library

Source is easier to read from inside the post:  Added support in post to 'see' any number in the recent source.
For example to see the 3rd number entered for the most recent mill command, just use #7.3. Variable #7.0 contains the total number of entries given for the most recent mill command.

Added NOSWEEP to %ORDER so that all tools start at first station each time.  Must be at end of %ORDER line after last number letter pair.  For %+ORDER, NOSWEEP must come at the end of the last line.

G-code header now includes DATE and TIME stamp.

DRILLing command's special c'sink cycle, now supports %#TB (tool bottom) when calculating proper Z depth.

Improved DXF output so is cleaner and ignores %S, etc.



Expanded Materials List

Mill-mat.GIF (2557 bytes) Many new materials have been added so that you can spend less time thinking about feeds and speeds, and more time running your CNC.




%BS, %BS1, %BS=OFF

%BS turns on blockskip "/" mode. %BS1 generates "/1" for machines
with multiple levels. %BS1 thru %BS9 are supported. Cancel with %BS=OFF.
This feature works best in the *** comment section of the tool command.

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