CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER IS DESIGNED BY A PATTERN MAKER FOR PATTERN MAKERS
AND THINKS pattern maker LANGUAGE
has been made to design the program to work the way a pattern maker
thinks, as opposed to the way engineers and computer programmers think.
(Of course, this is within the structure of AUTOCAD® which was designed
by engineers and computer programmers.) Commands have been chosen that
should make logical sense and therefore it will not be necessary to
learn a new language or a new problem-solving thought process. The SEW
MENU is designed to provide for a combination of logical thought process
and minimum of movement.
COMES WITH A TEACHING MANUAL
The program designer spent 3 years teaching with C.P.M. in an effort
to devise a manual which will allow people to learn to use the program
quickly without having to separately learn to use AutoCAD®. The
manual contains several formats to accommodate the needs of different
learning types. Unfortunately, it cannot accommodate those who prefer
to be shown through demonstration. The HELP files are fairly good as
visual demonstrations. If you are planning to teach with the program
we suggest that the site license is an economical deal since it also
includes the rights to reproduce the manual for class use.
recommend that student pattern makers experience pattern making through
draping and flatpatterning in the traditional real time and real space
methods before they are allowed to work within the computer. It is important
that they develop a spacial 3 dimensional vision in their minds of how
a flat shape becomes a sculptural shape around a body.
CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER command menus for the stand-alone and the add-on's
for versions 12, 13, and 14 use the classic Windows style popdown menus.
menu structure has been carefully worked out to facilitate the work
flow as much as possible. Many
of the commands, which appear to be standard AutoCAD®
been customized to automatically perform sequences of choices as is
appropriate to the pattern making process.
14 menu includes a number of additional useful functionalities that
were not available until version 14.
If you are
running an add-on version you can easily switch to a standard, or your
own customized, version of the AutoCAD®
menus simply by typing the work "menu" in the command line
and then doing a "browse" select to the AutoCAD®
menu of your choice. To return to the Custom Pattern Maker menu is the
DOS versions have
been designed to run with either a side screen menu (SEW) of commands
that stays visible all the time or pull down menus (POP SEW) that disappear
from the screen after the command has been SELECTed. The side-screen
menu provides constant visual reference reminder of commands so you
do not have to worry about memorizing commands and exactly where to
find them. You will want to use the side SEW MENU while you are learning
to use the program. At the top of each menu is the ACAD command which
will take you to the standard AUTOCAD® MENUS. You shouldn't need
commands from these menus as all the commands you need should be on
the SEW MENUS.
After you use the program for a while, you automatically know the commands
you want to use. You may find that the additional screen space gained
by eliminating the on-screen side-menu and using the popdown menu is
advantageous. (You can have AUTOCAD® reconfigured without the side-menu
space on the screen.) The location of the commands on the POP MENUS
is different than the SEW MENU because the structural workings of the
popdown menu system is different. You may find that using these menus
increases the speed of operation in flat pattern manipulation and marker
PROGRAM RUNS WITH CURSOR DEVICE
Almost all the commands you need can be given to the computer by pointing
to it on the menu and clicking with whatever cursor device you are using.
The program was developed using a common 3 button "mouse" cursor. A
puck digitizer gives you more control because there is more friction
when you move it. The stylus has proved to be the most economic of movement
and the easiest for new computer users to handle. A few commands will
need to be typed in. In these cases the computer will ask for the command
and give you the choices at the bottom of the screen in the "dialogue"
area. All numbers will have to be typed in. All commands can be ENTERed
either by TYPEing or by SELECTING with a cursor from a menu.