NativeCAM Looks Great! Should Be Included in LinuxCNC 2.8

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11 Jun 2018 12:13 #112181 by andypugh

ozzyrob wrote: On the whole the iso seems to be generated to get people going, whilst keeping the size down, who knows about the inclusion of Libieoffice, that could be a debian thing....one of their many dependencies, that sometimes appear to be a little left of field unless you really know the whole story..


It could be. I once decided to uninstall the Orage calendar and didn't read the warning. It uninstalled all of Xfce and I was left with no GUI or window manager on the machine...
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03 Jul 2018 04:04 - 03 Jul 2018 04:16 #113289 by BrendaEM
OMG! That's quite an uninstall. Andypugh, if you could screw that up--anyone could : )

Though, the installation can be persnickety, NativeCAM bridges the gap between a manual mill and a CNC machine. Without the installation issues, many people would see how great it is.

NativeCAM was featured on Hackaday!
hackaday.com/2015/12/25/linuxcnc-feature...bs-missing-cam-tool/

OT: BTW Speedcrunch absolutely rocks my world. If you are old enough to have used scientific calculators with alpha-numerical keyboards, the user experience is similar. When you restart speedcrunch all of your variables are in there, waiting for you. You can set the mantissa to 50 places, if you are into that kind of thing.
1/3 [ENTER]
= 0.33333333333333333333
x = ans [ENTER]
x*2 [ENTER]
= 0.66666666666666666667

tax = 1.07 [ENTER]
= 1.07

99.99*tax [ENTER]
= 106.9893

1/3 [ENTER]
= 0.33333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333
ans*2
= 0.66666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666667

pi [ENTER]
= 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937511

I had thought of asking for Atom (IDE) to be included on the distro, as it's possible to create a profile that highlights .hal syntax.
Last edit: 03 Jul 2018 04:16 by BrendaEM.
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03 Jul 2018 15:01 - 03 Jul 2018 15:02 #113323 by mozmck
If you want to keep the distro install below 10 DVDs you'll have to forego bloatware javascript programs such as Atom :laugh:
Last edit: 03 Jul 2018 15:02 by mozmck.
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03 Jul 2018 22:39 #113351 by BrendaEM
Is there another small IDE you prefer?
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04 Jul 2018 00:23 #113354 by AnnoyingMutt
Geany rocks, though installing all the plugins adds a bit of weight....but they wont be included.

It's what I'm including in the mint remix I'm playing with.
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04 Jul 2018 00:51 #113358 by mozmck
Geany is good, but for simple text files such as .hal, .ini, and gcode I normally use gedit or mousepad or equivalent. For both of those there is already syntax highlighting for gcode and I think for .ini - I don't know about .hal but someone could add it pretty easily.

I also use Kate for actual programming languages such as python and tcl. I have not noticed that Atom gives me much more than Kate or geany - although I have used it a bit for some php code and it does have some nice features.
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04 Jul 2018 01:10 #113362 by AnnoyingMutt
I use geany or mcedit for all my plain text editing.

I use geany for C development as I find it to setup to just the way I like it.

But text editors are funny things..........we all are aware of the Editor War lol

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Editor_war
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04 Jul 2018 02:30 #113367 by mozmck
Yeah, I've heard about the war, but I don't have the time to learn either of those editors! For C and C++ I actually use Eclipse most of the time as I find it helps me work more quickly than pretty much any other IDE I've used. Some of that has to do I'm sure with being familiar with it now.
But for simple text files - Mousepad is fast and works fine :-)
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04 Jul 2018 03:06 #113369 by AnnoyingMutt
At the end of the day it comes down to what you are use to and what you feel most comfortable with.
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04 Jul 2018 03:28 - 04 Jul 2018 03:31 #113372 by BrendaEM
I had to reinstall NativeCam on my machine. On the second day of trouble-shooting, I did ask for help, this time.

In reading through 55 pages of thread about it and some others, it seems that about half of the questions are about installation. I feel that when it is included on the distro, it will take some burden off of FernV. Between you and I, I think once that burden is off, NativeCam will further improve.

I used NativeCAM to lay out an array of holes in the sacrificial tooling-plate board. I just ran a test, and so far, so good. A real CNC person would run the code at 8:30pm in a residential neighborhood, but I guess I should wait to morning.

I have other odd jobs for NativeCAM, such as facing some bevels and caving some tenons in a woodworking project.

If it seem that I am a fan of this software, it's because I am. I look forward to it being on the distribution.
Last edit: 04 Jul 2018 03:31 by BrendaEM.
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