Configuration

Tools - Options

BackfaceCulling

When displaying surface meshes, faces with back facing normals (using right hand rule) are not displayed

This can speed up displaying meshes considerably and also make the wireframe 3D view clearer.

CADView_BackgroundColor

The color of the drawing background.

CAMTemplateConfigFile

The location of the XML file used to store the CAM Template list.

Warning! Care should be taken when changing the CAMTemplateConfigFile option as any existing template files at that location will be overwritten when the current copy of CamBam is closed.

CheckVersionAtStart

True | False

If True then the program will check for updates when it loads.

Set this option False if you are not connected to the internet.

The version check only downloads a tiny text file from the CamBam web site containing the latest version number. No other information is transferred.

CutWidthColor

The color used to display toolpath cut widths.

DefaultFontFamily

This is the font used when no font is specified for text drawing objects.

DefaultGCodeExtension

A default file extension used when gcode files are produced.

DefaultLayerColor

The color to use when new layers are inserted into a drawing.

DiagnosticLevel

An integer number use to control how the number of information messages displayed in the message pane at the bottom of the CamBam interface. Typical values are 0 to 4, where 0 displays little or no messages and 4 diplays reems of diagnostic information.

DrawingTemplate

This property can contain the filename of a CamBam drawing (.cb file) to be used as a drawing template.

Whenever a new drawing is created, or a non CamBam (such as DXF, 3DS etc) is loaded, the basic format and properties of the drawing template will be used for that document.

This is useful for setting default values for properties stored in documents, such as PostProcessors.

DrawingUnits

This sets the drawing units to be used for new drawings.

This property may be overridden by the drawing units of the DrawingTemplate, if one is supplied.

GeneralTolerance

Used for many mathematical routines to cope with error inherent when dealing with floating point numbers.

The recomended value for this property is 1e-6 (0.000001).

Warning! Changing this setting is not recomended as it can cause unexpected results in operations such as toolpath generation.

GridColor

The color of the drawing grid.

GridInfo_Inches
.DrawingUnits
.MajorScale
.Maximum
.Minimum
.MinorScale

Information that defines the drawing grid, when Inches drawing units are used.

GridInfo_Metric

Information that defines the drawing grid, when Metric drawing units are used.

MinimumArcLength

Used in some geometric calculations to set the minimum arc length. Arcs smaller than this length may be replaced with line segments.

RotationMode

ALT_Left | Left_Middle

Controls which key and mouse combination control the view rotation.

ALT_Left - the view is rotated by holding down the alt key and dragging with the left mouse button.

Left_Middle - the view is rotated by pressing the middle mouse button and dragging with the left mouse button. The middle mouse button can be released while dragging.

SelectBrightnessThreshold

Obsolete

SelectColor

The color used to select paint selected shapes.

SelectFade

Controls how much unselected shapes are faded as a percent.

ShowGrid

Sets whether the drawing grid is displayed.

SnapToGrid

True | False

If True, drawing points will snap to the minor grid units.

This option can also be changed from the View - Snap to Grid menu option.

SnapToPoints

True | False

If True, drawing points will snap to shape control points, circle centers and other significant points.

SplineCurveSteps

When splines are displayed, their shape is approximated by line segments. This setting controls the number of segments used to display. A larger number will give a smoother appearance but may slow display performance.

This setting does not affect the resolution of geometric operations based on splines, such as toolpath generation.

SplineToPolylineTolerance

Splines are converted to polylines internally before they can be used for some operations, such as toolpath generation.

This setting controls the degree of error allowed in this conversion, measured in drawing units.

A smaller value will result in more accurate spline conversions but can hinder performance considerably.

TextCurveTolerance

Text objects are converted to polylines internally before they can be used for some operations, such as toolpath generation.

This setting controls the degree of error allowed in this conversion, measured in font units (0-2048).

A smaller value will result in more accurate text conversions but can hinder performance considerably.

ThinkingMessage

Message to display when CamBam is busy calculating. Displayed in full, unexpurgated technicolor! :-)

ToolpathArcColor

The color of arc segments in toolpaths.

ToolpathLineColor

The color of line segments in toolpaths.

ToolpathRapidColor

The color used to display toolpath rapids.

ViewFocalLength

Used when ViewProjectionMode=Perspective to control the focal length of the perspective view.

ViewProjectionMode

Isometric | Perspective

Perspective view modes are largely experimental at the moment. Some functionality, such as correct point selection is not yet working.

ViewTextColor

The color used to display text in the drawing view.

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