CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER - Chapter I - pg 5
previous   next             
  fortunate enough to find one, one that uses pencils. The multi_pen plotter makes it possible to color code pattern pieces and instructions. Plotter pens are rather expensive (the felt tip type is best for pattern making) so finding one that uses pencils is ideal. Pencil plotters are rare and pen plotters are becoming difficult to find unless you are looking for a used one. Pens are also becoming more difficult to find. These older plotters use are available through Architectural supply dealers and online through www.ebay.com auctions etc.

C.P.M. is fully compatible with AutoCAD® which means that any plotter, digitizer or cutting machine that is AutoCAD® compatible is also compatible with C.P.M..



2. INSTALLING CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER SOFTWARE

2.1. Copy the directory C.P.M. to the main trunk of your hard drive.
    
2.1.1.  First open the My Computer window on your computer desktop by DOUBLE CLICKing on the My Computer Icon.

2.1.2.  Next open the CD drive window by double clicking on that icon. Then open your hard drive window. (Usually this is the C: drive.)

2.1.3.  “Drag” the C.P.M. folder into your harddrive window by putting your cursor on the C.P.M. folder icon in the CD drive window. Hold down the left mouse button.  With your other hand, hold down the CTRL (control) key and then “drag” the folder to the hard drive . Once it is there, let up the left mouse button.

2.1.4. Be careful not to “drop” on top of another folder (directory). It is best to drag the cursor on top of the folder icon with the letter of you hard drive (ie. the C folder)

2.1.5. (Keep holding the CTRL key down.)  You should see a message widow open up that says it is copying the C.P.M. folder and its content to your harddrive. You should see animated file pages “flying through the air”.  Once you see that you can let up on the CTRL key. Wait until it is finished.
                        
2.3.  Check and make sure the copying job is really done by CLICKing on the CPM folder (directory) icon.   It should open up and you should see the list of C.P.M. program files.  This will include the .dwg files for all the marking in addition to all the operational files.

2.4.  You can “drag” the CPM.exe icon  to your desktop to create an “alias” that will make starting the program easily accessable. Simply put your cursor on top of the CPM.exe file in the CPM folder, hold the SELECT (left mouse button) button down and “drag” it to where you want it on the Desk Top. It is easy to tell it is an “alias” icon