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Hardware Questions

Will my plotter work with StyleCAD?


StyleCAD supports a wide range of plotters. These include plotters made by Algotex, Avion, DGI, Eclipse, Gerber, Gerber, Graphtec, IOLine, Lectra, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Neon.
We are adding support for new plotters all the time, so please check with us to see if a non-listed plotter will work with StyleCAD.




Will my digitizer work with StyleCAD?


StyleCAD supports a wide range of digitizers.
These include digitizers made by Accugrid, Calcomp, D-Scan (Investronica), Gerber, GTCO, Kurta, Lectra, Numonics, PAD, Polygon, Richpeace Hipo, Summa, and Wacom.
We are adding support for new digitizers all the time, so please check with us to see if a non-listed digitizer will work with StyleCAD.




Does StyleCAD work with the new generation of USB digitizers?


Yes!
StyleCAD works seemlessly with a wide array of USB digitizers.
StyleCAD engineers work hard to integrate new technology so you can focus on the job at hand rather than on the underlying technologies.




How do I setup a separate cutting machine version of Output Manager?


though this is an advanced technique and requires extensive knowledge of Windows, it can be accomplished quite easily by a knowledgable technician.

Cutting Machine version of Output Manager


In case a separate cutting machine output manager needs to be set up on the same machine where the plotter output manager exists, simply follow these steps.
Although this is an advanced technique and requires extensive knowledge of Windows, it can be accomplished quite easily by a knowledgable technician.

  • 1. Copy the current OutputMgr50.exe file and rename it as CutMgr50.exe.

    2. Double-click on the CutMgr50.exe file to start.

    3. Click on Settings -> Select Device. Select the Cutter.

  • 4. Click on the Cutter Configuration icon under Setting Control.

    5. Select the cutter from the cutter model list. Click on Save to File so that the file output director field is editable.
    Enter a folder name such as C:\Cut Files and click OK. The user should create the folder [Cut Files] using Windows Explorer.




    6. CutMgr50.exe must have its own spool folder. C:\SCAD\Spool is assigned to the current Output Manager.
    Create another folder such as C:\SCAD\Spool-Cut using Windows Explorer.

    7. Click on Settings -> Program Configuration. Enter the newly created spool folder in the Plot Spool Folder field as shown in the picture.
    Also enter a different Job Submit Port number such as 3799 to avoid a conflict with the current Output Manager.




    Enter a new Program Title as necessary for clarification.

    8. Right-click on the CutMgr50.exe file, and click on Create Shortcut. Place this shortcut on the desktop as necessary.
    Right-click on this shortcut and click on Change Icon under the Shortcut tab. Select the cutter icon for clarification.





    9. In Marking, select Setting -> Program Configuration.

  • Make sure the Cutting Server's port number is the same as was set in the Cutter Manager above.




  • Click OK to exit all windows, and restart both the Cutter Manager and the Marking programs before continuing.




How do I setup a Lectra Flypen Plotter with StyleCAD?


Lectra Flypen Plotter Setup
StyleCAD can work with almost any plotter used for apparel design. A popular plotter is the Lectra Flypen Plotter, and StyleCAD can take full control over this plotter. Follow these simple directions for setting up StyleCAD to work with a Lectra Flypen Plotter.

Required Communication Parameters:

Frame Length: 14.959" (38 cm). Please look #2 if encounter problem.

Paper Width: 70.87" (180.0 cm) // 90.55" (230 cm) is maxium, 61" may also work.

Spacing: 3.94" (10.0 cm)
Port: COM1/COM2
Baud: 9600
Protocol: CTS/RTS
Parity: Odd or None
Stop Bits: 1
Data Bits: 8


To change the communication protocol from Lectra to CTS/RTS on FLYPEN.


1. Press VAL. ("VAL" means "Enter")

The screen reads "Mot de passe" (Enter password) 0123456789

Use the left/right arrow keys to enter 1994, the password.

Move the cursor to 0123456789 and press VAL.


2. The screen reads "Maintenance CNUM2.4* Language Systeme".

Press VAL

* If CNUM is 2.5 change Frame Length to 14.520


3.The screen reads "Parameters, Tests, Commandes, Etalonnages"

Press VAL


4.The screen reads "Pmachines, Pstylo, Pvitesse, Pconvoye"

Press down arrow key 3 times then the screen reads "Pdialogue, Pgain, Poption, Pcourroie"

Press VAL


5.The screen reads "Compensation elasticite: (Elasticity Compensation), Oui (Yes)"

Press VAL


6.The screen reads "Type de dialogue: (Type of dialog, i.e., Communication Protocols), Lectra"

Press right arrow key then "Type de dialogue: Lectra"

Now press the upper-arrow key to select CTS/RTS

Press VAL


7.The screen reads "Avance Continue: Non"

Press QUIT


8.The screen reads "Pdialogue, Pgain, Poption, Pcourroie

Press QUIT


9.The screen reads "Voulez-vous sauver (Do you want to save?)"

Press VAL


10.Press QUIT until the screen displays "Machine OK".


11. Turn off the machine and then turn it back on.




How do I setup a Gerber Infinity Plotter with StyleCAD?


Infinity 45 plotter Software Installation with StyleCAD
Pre Requirement for Installation:

If any version of Sentinel Protection software is installed(most likely when you installed StyleCAD on to the computer), please uninstall it. The Winplot program will attempt to install Sentinel Protection software while installation and if any version of it is found, installation will not complete the software settings and won’t run properly even though all of the required files to the computer.


Installation process for software:

1. Open the installation Disc or installation folder likely named ‘accumark8.2.1’
2. Go into ‘WinPlot’ folder
3. Run ‘Setup.exe’ in WinPlot folder
4. Press ‘Next’ at initial installation prompt
5. Press’Yes’ at license Agreement
6. Either choose desired destination folder or leave it as default. Default location :C:\Program Files\Gerber Technology\AccuMark V8 Press ‘Next’after completing installation destination folder.
7. Select ‘Typical’ at Setup Type and press ‘Next’
8. Select ‘no, do NOT install Algotex’ at Choose Install and press ‘Next’
9. Setup will continue and when finished, it will prompt for Problem Enhancement and Report Utility application. Press ‘OK’
10. Press ‘Next’ at Gerber Problem and Enhancement Report Utility installation start
11. Select destination folder or just press ‘Next’
Default location :C:\Program Files\Gerber Technology\Problem Report\ 12. Press ‘Next’ at Confirm Installation
13. Press ‘Close’ when Installation Complete
14. Setup will prompt for GTLM Security application, press ‘OK’
15. Press ‘Next’ at initial GTLM Security installation.
You might have to open up the GTLM Security –InstallShield Wizard window from the task pane if installation window is hidden behind previous installation window.
16. Press ‘Finish’ when Installation Completes.
If you encountered any error message, it means you didn’t uninstall the previous version of Sentinel protection software. Please uninstall all the programs installed in previous steps and Sentinel Protection software, then, restart the installation process from Step 1.
17. Installation will prompt to load license files for AccuMark Program. Just disregard the message and Press ‘OK’
18. Press ‘Finish’ when installation Completes
19. Installation window will close and ‘read me’ file will open. You can close the ‘read me’ file.


Software Configuration: Gerber Device Configuration:

1. Go to control panel of the Windows System
2. If view setting is set to ‘Category’ at the top right corner, select either ‘Large icons’ or Small icons’
3. Find and open ‘Gerber Devices’ in Control Panel. If you encounter error opening the ‘Gerber Devices’ it means you had error message during the installation process but disregarded it. Please follow the installation process steps carefully by removing all of the Gerber softwares and Sentinel Protection software from the computer. Most likely, if the StyleCAD software is installed before the WinPlot software, the Sentinel Protection Software that installed along with StyleCAD software is causing the problem. Please remove the Sentinel Protection Software from the computer before starting Installation Process of Winplot software.
4. Select ‘Gerber Infinity 45 (inf-45)’ under Type at the top right corner of Gerber Device Configuration
5. It will grey out all the fields except for under Settings ‘Output: COM 1’ and ‘Baud Rate: 19200’ Select the appropriate Com port and Baud Rate.
6. Press ‘OK’, then Restart Plotter Program window will appear
7. Select ‘Finish active jobs’ and uncheck ‘Advance paper when done’, then press ‘OK’
8. If Plotter Shutdown Progress window does not disappear, press ‘Finish Now’, then Gerber Device Configuration window will close

WinPlot Configuration:

1. Go to Computer(My computer)
2. Go to Local Disk C: if you installed Winplot to its default location.
3. Go to Program Files
4. Go to Gerber Technology
5. Go to AccuMark V8
6. Go to WinPlot
7. Right Click on ‘winplot.exe’ and select ‘copy’
8. Go to the desktop of the computer and right click and select ‘Paste Shortcut’
9. Open WinPlot.exe program or the shortcut you just made
10. Select ‘Configuration’ at the left bottom of the WinPlot window
11. WinPlot Comfiguration window and a prompt for ‘Refresh Settings’ button to apply changed settings will appear. Press ‘OK’ at the prompt
12. Go to ‘Spooler’ tab at the top menus
13. Check ‘Enabled’, then select the Default Location to C:\PLT, If you do not have the PLT folder at C:\ already, please make one now.
14. Do not close WinPlot Configuration window and Go to ‘HPGL Files’ tab at the top menus of WinPlot Configuration window
15. By default, input Units is 1016. Change it to 1000. If this is incorrect, it will change the calibration of the plotter depending on the plotter driver you select in StyleCAD Output Manager software. For ‘STYLECAD MARKER PLOTTER’ driver we will be using, correct value is 1000.
16. Press ‘OK’ to exit the WinPlot Configuration
17. Press ‘Refresh Settings’ on WinPlot window
18. You can check if the computer and the plotter have proper connections by pressing ‘add’ button at the WinPlot software, Select and add any Samples PLT files at the default opened folder, then press ‘Plot’ button at the WinPlot software to see if infinity 45 plotter plots through WinPlot software.
19. Either put the WinPlot program in as one of start-up programs in the windows or instruct the user to open WinPlot program all the time or it won’t plot automatically.

StyleCAD Output Manager Configuration:

1. Open Output Manager Program
2. Under Settings menu, select ‘Plotter Configuration'
3. Select ‘STYLECAD MARKER PLOTTER’ under Plotter Model
4. Uncheck ‘Plotter’ and check ‘Save To File’ under Output Destinations
5. Select the ‘File Output Directory’ to C:\PLT
6. Uncheck ‘Auto Screen Pause (No Plot)
7. Change Frame Length to 3000 and Paper Width accordingly to use
8. Press ‘Save as Default’
9. Under Settings menu, ‘select Plotter Drivers’, make sure ‘HPGL’ is selected
10. Plot 30”x30” square to see if everything is setup properly and check calibration.




How does the HP DesignJet Printer connect to my StyleCAD system?


Serial Cable Pin layouts for HP Designjet Printer (with StyleCAD)
StyleCAD works with a wide array of plotters and printers, including the HP DesignJet series of wide format printers.
To better understand how the printer is connected to your system, please view the pin diagram below.




Numonics Accugrid Digitizer with USB connection?


Yes!
Numonics USB Digitizers

1. You will need to install Virtual Tablet Interface driver (version 6.12 is the latest) that should've been included with your digitizer kit.
Make sure that you install the driver for Numonics Accugrid series 3648 (USB). It will be set at Numonics Accugrid series 2024 (16button)by default.

2. Plug in both the power cord and the USB cable (unlike GTCO-Calcomp boards, you will need a separate power source to run the digitizer even when using USB connection).

3. Open the digitizer windows in StyleCAD Grading.exe, select SETTING, DIGITIZER SETUP, and make sure WINTAB is selected in DIGITIZER SELECTION. Close the program to allow the grading.ini file to update. (Make sure you have the proper cursor button settings selected).




How do I setup a Gerber S93 Cutter with StyleCAD?


In StyleCAD Output Manager, select Gerber GGT 7200/7250 and make sure to turn off pattern annotation.





Software Questions

Setting up a shared plotter in a network environment with multiple users


Network Shared Plotter Setup
In a network environment with multiple PDS/Grading users and multiple marking users,
it is very common to have one or more plotters that are shared among the users.
Plotters could include pattern plotter often capable of changing tools (pen/knife) or marker plotters.
The following sample cases represent the most common set up. Please refer to the situation that matches your configuration.
The variables in the StyleCAD setup are where the style/marker folder is located and how the folder is mapped if it is a network folder.


Setup Case 1: Submitting Marker Plot from PC1 or PC2 - Style/Marker folder exists in PC3 where Output Manger (OM) is running.

The user is running a marking program from PC1 or PC2 on the same network. The style and marker files reside in PC3.
The user wants to submit a marker plot job to OM running on PC3. The network drive mapping can be made to \\PC3\C: or \\PC3\scad.
* Computer Name: pc1, pc2, pc3 (OM runs here and contains style/marker folder)

"Setup Instruction"


Setup Case 2: Submitting Marker Plot from PC1 - Style/Marker folder exists in PC2, OM runs on PC3.

The user is running a marking program from PC1 on the same network. The style and marker files reside in PC2.
The user wants to submit a marker plot job to OM running on PC3. The network drive mapping can be made to \\PC3\C: or \\PC3\scad.
* Computer Name: pc1 (marking program), pc2 (style/marker folder), pc3 (OM running)

"Setup Instruction"


Setup Case 3: Submitting Style Plot from PC1/PC3 - Style/Marker folder exists in PC3, OM runs on PC3.

The user is running a PDS/Grading program and the Plot Manager (PM) from PC1 or PC2 on the same network.
The style and marker files reside in PC3 where the Output Manager (OM) is running. The user wants to submit a pattern plot job to OM running on PC3.
The network drive mapping can be made to either \\PC3\C: or \\PC3\scad.
* Computer Name: pc1/pc2 (PDS and PM program), pc3 (style/marker folder, OM running)

"Setup Instruction"


Setup Case 4: PM (PC1) submits style plot to OM. Style/Marker folder exists in PC2 and Output Manger (OM) is running in PC3.

The user is running a PDS/Grading program from PC1 on the same network. The style and marker files reside in PC2.
The user wants to submit a marker plot job to OM running on PC3. The network drive mapping can be made to \\PC3\C: or \\PC3\scad..
* Computer Name: pc1 (PM), pc2 (Style folder), pc3 (OM)

"Setup Instruction"


Setup Case 5: PM (PC1/PC2)submits style plot to OM (PC3). Style/Marker folder exists locally in PC1/PC2

The user is running a PDS/Grading program from PC1/PC2 on the same network. The style and marker files reside locally in PC1/PC2.
Therefore, OM computer does not have direct access to the style files in either PC1 or PC2. The user wants to submit a pattern plot job from PM in either PC1 or PC2 to OM running on PC3.
In this case, the plot submit must be done with the Copy to Plot Server option in PM. The style file is copied from the local folder in PC1/PC2 to PC3 local folder before OM starts plotting.

* Computer Name: pc1 (PM, style folder), pc2 (PM, style folder), pc3 (OM)

"Setup Instruction"




How to control access to plotter drivers


Please contact your local dealer for support.




How do I setup a workstation for use with StyleCAD Network Version?


StyleCAD Network Version Workstation Installation

*StyleCAD Version Net Workstation supports Windows 2000 or Windows XP only.

Windows ME/98/95 are not supported.

*Prior to installation, the user must create a network drive. The letter for the network

drive must be G. Please refer to Windows Mapping document to learn more about

Windows Mapping. If the letter is not G, after installation, the ODBC System DSNs created

StyleCAD installation must be modified. Also, all reference to G: drive in Program Configuration

window in all StyleCAD programs must be modified to the correct drive letter.

*Prior to installation, the user should know the name of the StyleCAD Server where the

software license key is attached.

*Windows Firewall can block the network key license authorization. Disable the windows Firewall or

perform Add Port (Exceptions tab) to add UDP port 6001. This is the port number used by the Sentinel

network key to authorize network license to the workstation.

1. Insert the StyleCAD Net Version Workstation Installation CD to CDROM. Installation program

will automatically start.

2. Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for StyleCAD. Click Next.

3. License Agreement. Click Next.

4. Enter Text. Please enter your server’s name here. The server name must be in English. Click Next.

5. Customer Information. Enter User Name and Company Name. Click Next.

6. Choose Destination Location. Click Next.

7. Setup Type. Click Next.

8. Program Folder. Click Next.

9. TechSmith Screen Capture Codec Installation. Click Install. For version 6 and higher, this step

is skipped.

10. Question. Click Yes.

11. InstallShield Wizard Complete. Click Finish.

12. After rebooting, please open Output Manager program and select Settings\Program

Configuration. Change the drive letter to C for Pattern Marker Folder & Plot Spool

Folder as indicated.

13. Open all INI files and add following info.

[NetworkConfiguration]
NetkeyServerName=YOURSERVERNAMEHERE




How do I configure Windows Mapping services?


Windows Mapping

StyleCAD Network requires a proper network mapping from the workstation computers to the server computer. The computers must have working network interface cards and Windows operating system installed.

To find out the server computer’s name

Right-click My Computer, select Properties\Network Identification to find out the server computer’s full name.

* To rename the computer, click properties. It is recommended to use a meaningful name such as ScadServer or TrainServer.

Sharing a local hard drive for the server computer

1. Double-click My Computer.

2. Right-click Local Disk (C:), select Sharing.

3. Click New Share

4. Enter C and click OK.

Mapping to the server from the workstations

Right-click My Computer and select Map Network Drive…

Choose letter G for Drive and enter \\YourServerName\C for Folder.

Click Finish.




I receive the following error screen. What causes this, and what can I do to fix it?


Automarker Socket Error This is not an error but a notification in StyleCAD. There are two possible reasons for this error: 1. TCP/IP might not be set up properly. The dedicated Automarker is able to receive an automarking job over the local network via Sockets, and in order to do that the computer must be set up with TCP/IP protocol.

First, right click on the Network Neighborhood icon on your desktop and select "Properties".

Then, right click on Local Area Connection and select "Properties".

Then, left click on Internet Protcol (TCP/IP) and select "Properties".

Finally, enter your DNS settings, as well as your IP settings (ask your system administrator for information on what numbers to enter here).


2. The port number used by the Automarker server could already be used by another application. To fix this, the user must open the Automarker50.INI file in WinNT or Windows (for XP) and enter the following by using a text editor.

[Server Configuration]
AUTOMARKING_SERVER_PORT=3707

If 3707 does not work either, keep incrementing the number and retry.
You may need to reboot your computer for these settings to take effect.




How do I perform the StyleCAD Key Field Activation?


StyleCAD Key Field Activation
This section discusses how the user may purchase an upgrade for the StyleCAD program and activate the purchased module or a version upgrade without swapping the key. A typical scenario is upgrading the program from 4.0 to 5.0 or adding the advanced PDS module or the automarker toa standard StyleCAD system. The user purchases the upgrade from the local StyleCAD dealer, and then by entering a secret code received from the dealer (or SoftFashion USA) activates the purchased module on the StyleCAD key. This is called Field Activation and is available only to those keys shipped to customers after August 2004.

StyleCAD license keys purchased prior to August 2004 must be returned when the program is upgraded. The customer will be provided with a new key that will be ready for future field >activation.

In order to do the field activation, the customer must install the Sentinel 6.3.1 driver and the FieldExchange program. The Zip file containing both can be obtained from the dealer or downloaded by clicking here. Once the zip file is obtained, follow the steps below.

Installing the Sentinel 6.3.1 driver and activating additional license in a StyleCAD program key.

1. Unzip the fieldExchange.zip file. Double click the file. When the window shows up, there should be 5 files. Drag each one onto your desktop or a folder.

2. Run setup.exe by double clicking it. This should install the Sentinel Superpro 6.3.1 driver and fieldExchange.exe program.



Press the next button.



Press the next button.


Press the next button.



Make sure your StyleCAD key is removed from your computer and Press the Install button.



Press the Finish button.

3. Restart the comptuer then run the fieldExchange.exe program. In order to run the program, press the Start button on the bottom taskbar. Then move the cursor to All Programs buttom. This brings up another menu. Look for Rainbow Technologies. Move the cursor to the arrow next to it. The next menu shows up that says SuperPro. Keep moving the cursor to the arrow to walk through the next menu that says 6.3 and Tools. The Field Exchange Utility should be the first menu item after Tools. Select it.


4. Press the Get Locking Code button on the Field Exchange Utility program. It should display an alphabetical text string. Copy the string and e-mail it to either your local dealer or info@stylecad.com

5. The support team at SoftFashion USA will send back an encrypted text string.

6. Run the fieldExchange.exe program again and enter the received encrypted text string into the text field above the "Update License" button. Then press the "Update License" button.


7. A small popup message "Success!" should appear. If this does not happen, contact the local dealer for further support.

8. Run StyleCAD. The purchased module will now be activated.




What is an alternate method for finding my computer's MAC code besides using FindMAC.exe?


Alternate MAC Code Discovery Sometimes the FindMAC.exe program used to discover your computer's MAC code may not work properly. If this happens, there is a simple alternative way of discovering your computer's MAC code. 1. Move the mouse pointer to the Start Menu, and click on Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt.

2. Type in ipconfig /all and press enter.
3. Take not of the results shown on the screen. The string listed under Physical Address is the MAC code for your computer.




Manual Placement doesn't work on StyleCAD Output Manager


Marking Network Version Setup
Sometimes some features may not be properly enabled in Marking when using the network version of the program. This is typically a problem with the program's configuration and can be fixed quite easily.

1. Open PatternMarkerNet50.INI file and add NetworkConfiguration]info as below if you don't have it.

[SystemRegion]
PatternMarkerFilePath=C:\SCAD\PatternMarkers

[NetworkConfiguration]
NetkeyServerName=YOURSERVERNAMEHERE

2. Make sure your Output Manager has Pattern Marker Folder and Plot Spool Folder mapped to C:\ not G:\. This can be seen in the image below.




Please explain the types of intermediate grading points in StyleCAD Grading.


2 types of Intermediate Grading and their usage
We now have 2 different types of intermediate grading points.

The user can right-click on any point to see the Apply Intermediate Grading option.

Under this option, there are two different intermediate grading methods that are possible. They are: Proportional to Curvature and Proportional to Distance.

The default intermediate grading point type is Proportional to Curvature, and this option will appear in intermediate grading as the image below upon grading:



If the user right-clicks on the grading point and chooses Proportional to Distance, then it will show up in grading as this image below:



This new option was added because the users need to able to grade differently in different areas of pattern. For example, the users can apply the Proportional to Curvature method for areas such as an armhole or the crotch area.




How do I set the default value for the Facing Pair option in Marker Order in StyleCAD 5.0?


Setting the default value for the Facing Pair option in Marker Order (version 5.0)

For Copy Pattern Annotation, the last setting will be remembered. This will be affected by the Insert Pattern and Replace Pattern commands because this option exists for those tools as well.

In order to set the default value to OFF for the Facing Pair option, add the following lines to the marking50.ini file.

[User Configuration]
Default Facing Pair Flag=0

The default value is 1, which sets the facing pair flag. [User Configuration] section should already exist. Just find it and add the Default Facing Pair Flag=0 below the line.




How can I prevent the pattern annotation from appearing (and being plotted) outside of a pattern?


Marker Pattern Annotation Location Control
Sometimes when placing pattern annotations on patterns (especially circular patterns with a hole in the middle), the pattern annotation plots in a location that may cause the annotation to be outside the pattern. This may be caused by the grain line crossing the hole area. There is a simple method for solving this problem.

Simply move the grain line to a location in the pattern so that it sits completely inside the pattern. StyleCAD tries to plot at the geometric center of the pattern first and if the annotation is outside the pattern outline, it tries the grain line location next. Making sure the grain line sits completely inside will ensure that the annotation is plotted inside the pattern outline.




How do I setup the ODBC databases for use with StyleCAD?


ODBC Setup
By default, StyleCAD sets up the ODBC (Object Database Control) settings when the StyleCAD software is installed. Sometimes it is necessary to manually setup the ODBC system in order to change or add a database.

Although the process is straight forward, it is also very specific. When following these directions, please pay close attention to the spelling of certain settings, since StyleCAD depends on the correct spelling of these settings to operate correctly. 1. Select the Control Panel from the Windows Start Menu.

2. If using Windows XP, select Performance and Maintainance, then select the Administrative Tools icon. Then click on the Data Sources (ODBC) icon.

If using Windows 2000 or older, simply click on the Administrative Tools icon and then click on the Data Sources (ODBC) icon.
3. Click on the System DSN tab at the top of the window. If you wish to edit a database, simply click on the database's name and click the Configure button. If you wish to add a new database, simply click on the button marked Add.


4. Once the Add dialog box is open, enter the Data Source Name exactly as it is required by StyleCAD.
The following is a list of data source names recognized by StyleCAD, along with each of their functions:

MyRules40 - Contains the marker list for all styles used by the user. This provides the quick marker info/selection list and contains information such as fabric yield, utilization, marker width, length, size ratios, number of pieces, creator, modified date, etc. It also contains the grading rule tables.

ImportRules - Used only by the StyleCAD File Utility program in order to import rules from a data base file received from another StyleCAD installation. After installation, this ODBC Data Source points to C:\Scad\ImportRules.mdb but could be modifed to point to another file. So in order to import grading rules from another site, copy the MyRules40.mdb file and overwrite your ImportRules.mdb or copy the file in some other folder and make the ODBC Data Source point to that file.

PatternSpec40 - Contains Pattern Specification data.

StylePDM - Contains the Cost Sheet information.

StyleLog40 - Contains the company information, customer list, pattern name list, pattern description list, etc.

PlotReport - Contains plotting history information.


NOTE: For this procedure to work correctly, make sure the data source names are spelled in the same manner shown above in bold. If there is a problem in the spelling, StyleCAD will not recognize the data source file in the software.


5. Under Database, click the Select button. A file selection dialog box appears. Select the desired database to associate with the data source name.

ADVANCED FEATURE: If a database has been corrupted by the system or if any other problem has occurred with the database file, it is possible to repair the database association using this same procedure. Instead of clicking the Select button, press the Repair button instead.

6. Now click OK or Finish to exit all of the open windows. If the StyleCAD program is open, close it and re-open it to start using the new database file.




How can Spyware affect StyleCAD?


Spyware Effects on StyleCAD
With the amount of Spam and Spyware creeping into users' systems these days, it's important to know how these pieces of unauthorized software affect StyleCAD.

The best form of defense is to keep StyleCAD systems disconnected from the internet. Sometimes this isn't possible, so users might try installing anti-spyware programs. Although we cannot recommend any specific spyware removal programs, our users and technicians have found success with programs like Ad-Aware and Spyware Doctor.

Because of the way Spyware affects the user's computer system, StyleCAD's DLL files could be affected. We've received reports of Spyware and some Spyware removers to copy, move, or block some of StyleCAD's DLL files. This could cause StyleCAD errors such as the grading panel's disappearance or a corrupt ODBC database.

The user can take several precautions to recover from such a failure. First of all, backup your ODBC databases (the databases StyleCAD uses to store software information) frequently. This will ensure that a recent version is available incase the user needs to reset the database. If users find themselves with DLL errors due to Spyware, they can use their original StyleCAD CD to reinstall the software files. This will clear up the software from any errors that Spyware may have caused.




How do I upgrade from an older version of StyleCAD Network system to a newer version?


Updating to StyleCAD 6.0 from previous versions is quick and easy.
Simply purchase the new software, and you will receive instructions for upgrading.
Upgrades are fast, and very easy to accomplish even for a novice computer use




How do I digitize grading data?


Digitzing Grading Data
In order to digitize grading data, you need a 16 button cursor. The following images show the digitizer button setup window and the exact sequence of how to digitize grading data. The grading data for curve points need not be digitized in because StyleCAD's grading data blending algorithm will take care of the curve points. The black numbers represent the button to press and the red numbers represent the exact order in which they are entered. Digitizing Internal Lines and Drill Holes

A. Digitizing Internal lines Step 1: With the [Intermediate/selection button] (usually button A on a 16 button mouse or button 3 on a 4 button mouse), (refer to the Digitizer Cursor Configuration), click the [Internal Line] menu item. If you have the sound on, you should hear "Internal Line."

Step 2: Now you are in Internal Line digitizing mode. You can now digitize the internal line as you would digitize any line normally. In other words, use [Grading Button] or [Intermediate/selection button] for the curve point. When you are finished with the line, press the [End Mode Button] (usually button 1 on either 4 or 16 button mouse). This finishes the first internal line. At this point, you are still in internal line mode. You can repeat step 2 again for second internal line or proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Press the [End Mode Button] once more to exit the internal line mode. If you have the sound on, you should hear "Internal Line Finished." B. Digitizing Drill Holes Step 1: With the [Intermediate/selection button] (usually button A on a 16 button mouse or button 3 on a 4 button mouse), (refer to the Digitizer Cursor Configuration), click the [Drill Hole] menu item. If you have the sound on, you should hear "Drill Hole."

Step 2: Now you are in drill hole digitizing mode. Use [Intermediate/selection button] for the drill hole. You can repeat step 2 again for a second drill hole or proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Press the [End Mode Button] to exit the drill hole mode. If you have the sound on, you should hear "Drill Hole Finished."




Is StyleCAD a UNICODE program?


Yes. StyleCAD starting from version 10 supports UNICODE. Therefore, the user can change the language of the program anytime without using the Regional Settings in the Windows Control Panel. Also, the user may enter any language into any text data in the style files and marker files. For example a pattern name can have English part and Chinese part. Additionally, StyleCAD supports the concept of Dual Language Support. This feature allows the user to enter data in 2 separate languages and switch between them by a click of a button. For example, pattern name and description can have English text and a separate Spanish Text. The user can then choose to display all pattern information in English or Spanish. Any combination of languages is supported.




Does StyleCAD run on Dual Monitor Setup?


Yes, StyleCAD Version 11 programs may be placed in the secondary monitor and remember the position of dialog windows in the secondary monitor.




How to change the font and text size on StyleCAD V11 for UHD displays?


1. Go to Settings and select Preference.

2. Click on Set Dialog Font.

3. Choose the Font, Font Style, and Size.

4. For UHD (4K) displays, choose the [Large Toolbars] button in the Preference window. This doubles the pixel size of all the toolbar icons and will make it easier to see and select the tools.

5. The Grid Scale controls the scaling of all grids (spreadsheet like tables with grids) in StyleCAD. This affects Grading Panel, Pattern Chart, Browse Pattern Window, Marker Order windows etc etc. Try setting to 1.5-2 to increase the size of the rows and columns.

6. If QuickStep entries appear too small to read, try setting the size to Large.

7. If the pattern label on the display is too small to read, try setting the pattern label size setting to Large.

With this, you’ve changed the font and text size for all your StyleCAD programs installed on your computer.




Installing StyleCAD Plugins for Browzwear VStitcher


1. First update the license for VStitcher’s dongle to be able to use version 7.8. a) Run Browzwear_HASP_RUS.exe. Select [Update of existing protection key] and click on [Collect Information]. Save the .c2v file and email it to support@browzwear-global.com. Also ask them to add the Open Platform feature. They will send you the .v2c file and instructions on how to apply it onto your dongle. 2. Create a subfolder inside the Plugins folder and place the bwpluginStyleCAD.dll and plugin.json files inside this folder. The name of the subfolder does not matter. Now when you open VStitcher 7.8, the Plugins menu will appear in the title bar. Note: If you have more than one plugin, each plugin requires a separate subfolder with its own plugin.json file. If the first method does not work, please try this second method. Instead of creating a subfolder inside the Plugins folder, open VStitcher 7.8, go to Edit and select Preferences. Then go to Plugins and click on + to add the Plugins folder. After adding the Plugins folder here, the Plugins menu will show up in the title bar. If the Plugins menu still does not show up in the Title Bar. If after trying these two methods you are still unable to see the plugins menu, go to Programs and Features from the Control Panel and check to see if you have Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) installed on your computer. If you do not have it installed, then please download the program from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784. After you install Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) on your computer, the Plugins menu should show up in the title bar.




How do I digitize internal lines and drill holes?


1. From the digitizer windows Setting menu, select [Digitizer Setup]. Select the model, COM port setting, resolutions etc. When the model is selected, the default configuration setting is automatically applied to all the fields. The command format below the model selection defines the expected button click report message format from the digitizer. You can consult the digitizer manual and configure the board to report in the expected format. 2. Button Setup Digitizing Grading Data In order to digitize grading data, you need a 16 button cursor. The following images show the digitizer button setup window and the exact sequence of how to digitize grading data. The grading data for curve points need not be digitized because StyleCAD’s grading data blending algorithm will take care of the curve points. The black numbers represent the button to press and the red numbers represent the exact order in which they are enetered. 3. Setting Up Digitizer Menu Area Place the StyleCAD digitizer menu sheet on a corner of the digitizer. We recommend the upper right hand corner. Once the menu is placed, you must define the location so that the menu click is recognized by the program. Select the [Define Menu Area] command from the [Setting] menu. You will see the menu area display show up in the left side of the digitizer window and will hear “Click left corner please” sound if you have a speaker attached to your computer. With the digitizer cursor, click the small black round dot toward the bottom left corner of the menu sheet. Use the selection cursor button defined in step 2 above. You will hear “Click right corner now, please.” Click the small black round dot toward the bottom right side of the menu. Now your menu area is defined and the menu clicks will be recognized. 4. Cursor click report display area A really useful feature of the digitizer window is that it displays the digitizer cursor click reporting message. The display area is next to the pattern name entry field on the window. The cursor report is a text string and it contains the button ID, X/Y coordinate data. If the COM port setting is incorrect, you will not get legible display in this area when you click the digitizer. If you are getting legible text in the area, it is a confirmation that your COM setting is correct. The reported cursor message format must match the message format shown for the digitizer model selected in step 1. If the format does not match, you must either configure the digitizer board to report in the matching format or select a model in the digitizer setup window in StyleCAD to match the message format being used by the digitizer. 5. Digitizing Large Patterns that do not fit on the digitizer board. Use the [Paste Pattern] command. 6. Digitizing Nested Pattern (Graded Pattern) The steps are shown below in the diagram. Numbers in black shows the button being used and numbers in magenta color is the sequence number. For this illustration, we assumed that button 0 is the Intermidate/selection button, 1 is the grading/corner button, 2 is the end button, 4 is the Nest button. For the Drill Hole 26 With the zero button select drill hole on the Menu 27 With the zero button select the drill hole on the base pattern 28 With 4 button select the next drill hole 29 With 4 button select the last drill hole 30 End with 2 button 31 Save with 2 button 7. Digitizing Internal Lines and Drill Holes




Can I run StyleCAD on a MAC computer?


Yes. Option 1) Apple Boot Camp: Apple has a utility program called "Boot Camp" that comes with all Macs these days. If you are willing to purchase the Windows OS from Microsoft, then you can use the Boot Camp application to essentially create a silo/partitioning on the hard-drive and store both the Mac OSX and Windows OS on your Macbooks. All the most current Macbooks, should have the Boot Camp Application, in the Utilities folder or is easily acquirable from Apple, in the off chance something is amiss, but any model post 2015 should have it included. The Pro: Easy to run, and will not cause significant slow down, as it is not an emulation of the Windows OS, running, on top of the Mac OSX. Instead it just uses the Apple Hardware to run a Windows OS. However, the added benefit is that when you first log in, the option to run the Mac OSX or Windows OS will appear. Selecting the desired option will cause the hard-drive to run the selected OS. So it is not the equivalent of just purchasing a windows laptop with an Apple shell. You will still retain the option to run the MAC OSX when desired, at the log in screen. The Con: As noted above, the function in essence silos off the two OS's. As a result, it is very difficult to have them communicate between each other. Furthermore, Windows specific apps will only work when the Windows OS is run and vice versa for MAC OSX apps. In other words, if you were to use StyleCAD on a Macbook using this method, it would require the designer to do what they needed to do on StyleCAD, then log out, reboot, and select the MAC OSX, if they needed to work with a MAC specific app. Which may not be a viable option based on your efficiency requirements. Here are some links from Apple that discuss this topic: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468 https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204990 https://support.apple.com/guide/bootcamp-assistant/install-windows-on-your-newer-mac-bcmp173b3bf2/mac Option 2) Run an emulation The Pro: If you choose to run an emulation, basically a window will appear within the Mac interface that is running the Windows OS. From there you can comfortably do anything and everything you would want to do in a Windows PC, within the emulation window while having the added benefit of being able to still do everything that you desire to do within your MAC OSX interface, without having to log out or reboot. The highest level professional programs advertise that they allow for a very seamless integration, so usability will not be an issue once the initial learning curve is passed. The emulator, once downloaded, will appear as an app, so you may place it in the dock for easy access. The Con: The one potential problem is that if the laptop hardware is not strong enough, it may cause significant performance issues; as, essentially, the emulator would be using the MAC OSX to run the Windows OS, so this double up can cause significant slow down, if one does not have the hardware performance capabilities. Here are links to the two most popular business/professional based options: VMWare Website Link: https://www.vmware.com/products/fusion.html Webstore Link: https://store.vmware.com/store?Action=DisplayProductDetailsPage&Env=BASE&Locale=en_US&SiteID=vmware&productID=5124967100 Parallels Website Link: https://www.parallels.com/ Webstore Link: https://www.parallels.com/all-products/




What are the system requirements for VStitcher and Lotta for Windows?


https://support.browzwear.com/Reference/system-requirements.htm




What is the difference between the PE and the SE?


StyleCAD V11 PE (Pattern Expert Version) Option
Note: If your key is enabled as a distributor key, Control-Q switches the PE to SE
version. If your distributor dongle does not behave this way, email us and we can
program your dongle for this switching feature.
The extra features only included with StyleCAD PE version are:
In the Grading screen:
- The default grading tool supports the ‘E’ quickstep which automatically
grades the end of an internal line so that the end of the internal line touches the
graded pattern outline for each size perfectly.
In the PDS (Pattern Making) screen: - Style/Pattern History feature
- Pattern Info Translation feature
- Segment Length Tool for sleeve
- Dart Tools to create darts on screen, transfer darts, blend
- Pleat (Knife Pleat and Box Pleat) & Shirring making tools including Puff Tool
- Tracing Polyline Tool (In V10 SE version, the Trace Tool has been added)
- Spiral Tool
- Curve Blending Tool
- Quick Step “B” and “BB” for blending curves
- Quick Step “DC” for automatic Dart Cap shape generation - Quick Step “PC” for automatic Pleat Cap shape generation
- Quick Step “P” with the default PDS Tool for quick pivoting function
- Perimeter Tool supports the ‘I’ quickstep to compute the perimeter of multiple
sections where the sections are intersecting each other
- Use As Outline popup menu command
- Custom Curve Library feature. The user can save curves for future reference
- French Curves
- Block Blending Tool
- PolyBezier Line Tool – QuickStep “C” to copy sections from other curves or
French curves
- Flip Tool – QuickStep “DD” (Detached/Disabled) allows temporary folding of
a section to be edited
- 2 Point Guideline, 2 Point Guideline with 90 deg crossing guide line, Tangent
Guideline
- Native Yuka file importing




Reasons for StyleCAD not starting up (critical errors):


llegal Use of StyleCAD License. Contact a distributor. A. Remote terminal program is running. B. Some sort of crack software is installed on the computer. C. Some sort of CPU sharing device is being used - multiple keyboards/multiple displays/multiple mouses for 1 computer. 2. Key requires an upgrade. Please contact the dealer. Different version of StyleCAD has been installed. (Example: V11.exe installed but the dongle is programmed for V10). 3. Invalid Licence File A. The License file is missing in the installation folder. B. The Licence file is invalid and does not match the PC information (should request a new license file).




Is there a manual for the QuickSteps?


Yes. Please download the QuickStep manual from the following link: https://app.box.com/s/lyfb187k3rw0qpmz7ecuxc7csq2mvq8u




How can I download the GTCO CalComp driver and application compatible with StyleCAD?


You can download TabletWorks-10.10.53.4448 from here.





Import & Export Questions

Setting up a shared plotter in a network environment with multiple users


Network Shared Plotter Setup
In a network environment with multiple PDS/Grading users and multiple marking users,
it is very common to have one or more plotters that are shared among the users.
Plotters could include pattern plotter often capable of changing tools (pen/knife) or marker plotters.
The following sample cases represent the most common set up. Please refer to the situation that matches your configuration.
The variables in the StyleCAD setup are where the style/marker folder is located and how the folder is mapped if it is a network folder.


Setup Case 1: Submitting Marker Plot from PC1 or PC2 - Style/Marker folder exists in PC3 where Output Manger (OM) is running.

The user is running a marking program from PC1 or PC2 on the same network. The style and marker files reside in PC3.
The user wants to submit a marker plot job to OM running on PC3. The network drive mapping can be made to \\PC3\C: or \\PC3\scad.
* Computer Name: pc1, pc2, pc3 (OM runs here and contains style/marker folder)

"Setup Instruction"


Setup Case 2: Submitting Marker Plot from PC1 - Style/Marker folder exists in PC2, OM runs on PC3.

The user is running a marking program from PC1 on the same network. The style and marker files reside in PC2.
The user wants to submit a marker plot job to OM running on PC3. The network drive mapping can be made to \\PC3\C: or \\PC3\scad.
* Computer Name: pc1 (marking program), pc2 (style/marker folder), pc3 (OM running)

"Setup Instruction"


Setup Case 3: Submitting Style Plot from PC1/PC3 - Style/Marker folder exists in PC3, OM runs on PC3.

The user is running a PDS/Grading program and the Plot Manager (PM) from PC1 or PC2 on the same network.
The style and marker files reside in PC3 where the Output Manager (OM) is running. The user wants to submit a pattern plot job to OM running on PC3.
The network drive mapping can be made to either \\PC3\C: or \\PC3\scad.
* Computer Name: pc1/pc2 (PDS and PM program), pc3 (style/marker folder, OM running)

"Setup Instruction"


Setup Case 4: PM (PC1) submits style plot to OM. Style/Marker folder exists in PC2 and Output Manger (OM) is running in PC3.

The user is running a PDS/Grading program from PC1 on the same network. The style and marker files reside in PC2.
The user wants to submit a marker plot job to OM running on PC3. The network drive mapping can be made to \\PC3\C: or \\PC3\scad..
* Computer Name: pc1 (PM), pc2 (Style folder), pc3 (OM)

"Setup Instruction"


Setup Case 5: PM (PC1/PC2)submits style plot to OM (PC3). Style/Marker folder exists locally in PC1/PC2

The user is running a PDS/Grading program from PC1/PC2 on the same network. The style and marker files reside locally in PC1/PC2.
Therefore, OM computer does not have direct access to the style files in either PC1 or PC2. The user wants to submit a pattern plot job from PM in either PC1 or PC2 to OM running on PC3.
In this case, the plot submit must be done with the Copy to Plot Server option in PM. The style file is copied from the local folder in PC1/PC2 to PC3 local folder before OM starts plotting.

* Computer Name: pc1 (PM, style folder), pc2 (PM, style folder), pc3 (OM)

"Setup Instruction"




How to control access to plotter drivers


Please contact your local dealer for support.




How do I setup a workstation for use with StyleCAD Network Version?


StyleCAD Network Version Workstation Installation

*StyleCAD Version Net Workstation supports Windows 2000 or Windows XP only.

Windows ME/98/95 are not supported.

*Prior to installation, the user must create a network drive. The letter for the network

drive must be G. Please refer to Windows Mapping document to learn more about

Windows Mapping. If the letter is not G, after installation, the ODBC System DSNs created

StyleCAD installation must be modified. Also, all reference to G: drive in Program Configuration

window in all StyleCAD programs must be modified to the correct drive letter.

*Prior to installation, the user should know the name of the StyleCAD Server where the

software license key is attached.

*Windows Firewall can block the network key license authorization. Disable the windows Firewall or

perform Add Port (Exceptions tab) to add UDP port 6001. This is the port number used by the Sentinel

network key to authorize network license to the workstation.

1. Insert the StyleCAD Net Version Workstation Installation CD to CDROM. Installation program

will automatically start.

2. Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for StyleCAD. Click Next.

3. License Agreement. Click Next.

4. Enter Text. Please enter your server’s name here. The server name must be in English. Click Next.

5. Customer Information. Enter User Name and Company Name. Click Next.

6. Choose Destination Location. Click Next.

7. Setup Type. Click Next.

8. Program Folder. Click Next.

9. TechSmith Screen Capture Codec Installation. Click Install. For version 6 and higher, this step

is skipped.

10. Question. Click Yes.

11. InstallShield Wizard Complete. Click Finish.

12. After rebooting, please open Output Manager program and select Settings\Program

Configuration. Change the drive letter to C for Pattern Marker Folder & Plot Spool

Folder as indicated.

13. Open all INI files and add following info.

[NetworkConfiguration]
NetkeyServerName=YOURSERVERNAMEHERE




How do I configure Windows Mapping services?


Windows Mapping

StyleCAD Network requires a proper network mapping from the workstation computers to the server computer. The computers must have working network interface cards and Windows operating system installed.

To find out the server computer’s name

Right-click My Computer, select Properties\Network Identification to find out the server computer’s full name.

* To rename the computer, click properties. It is recommended to use a meaningful name such as ScadServer or TrainServer.

Sharing a local hard drive for the server computer

1. Double-click My Computer.

2. Right-click Local Disk (C:), select Sharing.

3. Click New Share

4. Enter C and click OK.

Mapping to the server from the workstations

Right-click My Computer and select Map Network Drive…

Choose letter G for Drive and enter \\YourServerName\C for Folder.

Click Finish.




I receive the following error screen. What causes this, and what can I do to fix it?


Automarker Socket Error This is not an error but a notification in StyleCAD. There are two possible reasons for this error: 1. TCP/IP might not be set up properly. The dedicated Automarker is able to receive an automarking job over the local network via Sockets, and in order to do that the computer must be set up with TCP/IP protocol.

First, right click on the Network Neighborhood icon on your desktop and select "Properties".

Then, right click on Local Area Connection and select "Properties".

Then, left click on Internet Protcol (TCP/IP) and select "Properties".

Finally, enter your DNS settings, as well as your IP settings (ask your system administrator for information on what numbers to enter here).


2. The port number used by the Automarker server could already be used by another application. To fix this, the user must open the Automarker50.INI file in WinNT or Windows (for XP) and enter the following by using a text editor.

[Server Configuration]
AUTOMARKING_SERVER_PORT=3707

If 3707 does not work either, keep incrementing the number and retry.
You may need to reboot your computer for these settings to take effect.




How do I perform the StyleCAD Key Field Activation?


StyleCAD Key Field Activation
This section discusses how the user may purchase an upgrade for the StyleCAD program and activate the purchased module or a version upgrade without swapping the key. A typical scenario is upgrading the program from 4.0 to 5.0 or adding the advanced PDS module or the automarker toa standard StyleCAD system. The user purchases the upgrade from the local StyleCAD dealer, and then by entering a secret code received from the dealer (or SoftFashion USA) activates the purchased module on the StyleCAD key. This is called Field Activation and is available only to those keys shipped to customers after August 2004.

StyleCAD license keys purchased prior to August 2004 must be returned when the program is upgraded. The customer will be provided with a new key that will be ready for future field >activation.

In order to do the field activation, the customer must install the Sentinel 6.3.1 driver and the FieldExchange program. The Zip file containing both can be obtained from the dealer or downloaded by clicking here. Once the zip file is obtained, follow the steps below.

Installing the Sentinel 6.3.1 driver and activating additional license in a StyleCAD program key.

1. Unzip the fieldExchange.zip file. Double click the file. When the window shows up, there should be 5 files. Drag each one onto your desktop or a folder.

2. Run setup.exe by double clicking it. This should install the Sentinel Superpro 6.3.1 driver and fieldExchange.exe program.



Press the next button.



Press the next button.


Press the next button.



Make sure your StyleCAD key is removed from your computer and Press the Install button.



Press the Finish button.

3. Restart the comptuer then run the fieldExchange.exe program. In order to run the program, press the Start button on the bottom taskbar. Then move the cursor to All Programs buttom. This brings up another menu. Look for Rainbow Technologies. Move the cursor to the arrow next to it. The next menu shows up that says SuperPro. Keep moving the cursor to the arrow to walk through the next menu that says 6.3 and Tools. The Field Exchange Utility should be the first menu item after Tools. Select it.


4. Press the Get Locking Code button on the Field Exchange Utility program. It should display an alphabetical text string. Copy the string and e-mail it to either your local dealer or info@stylecad.com

5. The support team at SoftFashion USA will send back an encrypted text string.

6. Run the fieldExchange.exe program again and enter the received encrypted text string into the text field above the "Update License" button. Then press the "Update License" button.


7. A small popup message "Success!" should appear. If this does not happen, contact the local dealer for further support.

8. Run StyleCAD. The purchased module will now be activated.




What is an alternate method for finding my computer's MAC code besides using FindMAC.exe?


Alternate MAC Code Discovery Sometimes the FindMAC.exe program used to discover your computer's MAC code may not work properly. If this happens, there is a simple alternative way of discovering your computer's MAC code. 1. Move the mouse pointer to the Start Menu, and click on Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt.

2. Type in ipconfig /all and press enter.
3. Take not of the results shown on the screen. The string listed under Physical Address is the MAC code for your computer.




Manual Placement doesn't work on StyleCAD Output Manager


Marking Network Version Setup
Sometimes some features may not be properly enabled in Marking when using the network version of the program. This is typically a problem with the program's configuration and can be fixed quite easily.

1. Open PatternMarkerNet50.INI file and add NetworkConfiguration]info as below if you don't have it.

[SystemRegion]
PatternMarkerFilePath=C:\SCAD\PatternMarkers

[NetworkConfiguration]
NetkeyServerName=YOURSERVERNAMEHERE

2. Make sure your Output Manager has Pattern Marker Folder and Plot Spool Folder mapped to C:\ not G:\. This can be seen in the image below.




Please explain the types of intermediate grading points in StyleCAD Grading.


2 types of Intermediate Grading and their usage
We now have 2 different types of intermediate grading points.

The user can right-click on any point to see the Apply Intermediate Grading option.

Under this option, there are two different intermediate grading methods that are possible. They are: Proportional to Curvature and Proportional to Distance.

The default intermediate grading point type is Proportional to Curvature, and this option will appear in intermediate grading as the image below upon grading:



If the user right-clicks on the grading point and chooses Proportional to Distance, then it will show up in grading as this image below:



This new option was added because the users need to able to grade differently in different areas of pattern. For example, the users can apply the Proportional to Curvature method for areas such as an armhole or the crotch area.




How do I set the default value for the Facing Pair option in Marker Order in StyleCAD 5.0?


Setting the default value for the Facing Pair option in Marker Order (version 5.0)

For Copy Pattern Annotation, the last setting will be remembered. This will be affected by the Insert Pattern and Replace Pattern commands because this option exists for those tools as well.

In order to set the default value to OFF for the Facing Pair option, add the following lines to the marking50.ini file.

[User Configuration]
Default Facing Pair Flag=0

The default value is 1, which sets the facing pair flag. [User Configuration] section should already exist. Just find it and add the Default Facing Pair Flag=0 below the line.




How can I prevent the pattern annotation from appearing (and being plotted) outside of a pattern?


Marker Pattern Annotation Location Control
Sometimes when placing pattern annotations on patterns (especially circular patterns with a hole in the middle), the pattern annotation plots in a location that may cause the annotation to be outside the pattern. This may be caused by the grain line crossing the hole area. There is a simple method for solving this problem.

Simply move the grain line to a location in the pattern so that it sits completely inside the pattern. StyleCAD tries to plot at the geometric center of the pattern first and if the annotation is outside the pattern outline, it tries the grain line location next. Making sure the grain line sits completely inside will ensure that the annotation is plotted inside the pattern outline.




How do I setup the ODBC databases for use with StyleCAD?


ODBC Setup
By default, StyleCAD sets up the ODBC (Object Database Control) settings when the StyleCAD software is installed. Sometimes it is necessary to manually setup the ODBC system in order to change or add a database.

Although the process is straight forward, it is also very specific. When following these directions, please pay close attention to the spelling of certain settings, since StyleCAD depends on the correct spelling of these settings to operate correctly. 1. Select the Control Panel from the Windows Start Menu.

2. If using Windows XP, select Performance and Maintainance, then select the Administrative Tools icon. Then click on the Data Sources (ODBC) icon.

If using Windows 2000 or older, simply click on the Administrative Tools icon and then click on the Data Sources (ODBC) icon.
3. Click on the System DSN tab at the top of the window. If you wish to edit a database, simply click on the database's name and click the Configure button. If you wish to add a new database, simply click on the button marked Add.


4. Once the Add dialog box is open, enter the Data Source Name exactly as it is required by StyleCAD.
The following is a list of data source names recognized by StyleCAD, along with each of their functions:

MyRules40 - Contains the marker list for all styles used by the user. This provides the quick marker info/selection list and contains information such as fabric yield, utilization, marker width, length, size ratios, number of pieces, creator, modified date, etc. It also contains the grading rule tables.

ImportRules - Used only by the StyleCAD File Utility program in order to import rules from a data base file received from another StyleCAD installation. After installation, this ODBC Data Source points to C:\Scad\ImportRules.mdb but could be modifed to point to another file. So in order to import grading rules from another site, copy the MyRules40.mdb file and overwrite your ImportRules.mdb or copy the file in some other folder and make the ODBC Data Source point to that file.

PatternSpec40 - Contains Pattern Specification data.

StylePDM - Contains the Cost Sheet information.

StyleLog40 - Contains the company information, customer list, pattern name list, pattern description list, etc.

PlotReport - Contains plotting history information.


NOTE: For this procedure to work correctly, make sure the data source names are spelled in the same manner shown above in bold. If there is a problem in the spelling, StyleCAD will not recognize the data source file in the software.


5. Under Database, click the Select button. A file selection dialog box appears. Select the desired database to associate with the data source name.

ADVANCED FEATURE: If a database has been corrupted by the system or if any other problem has occurred with the database file, it is possible to repair the database association using this same procedure. Instead of clicking the Select button, press the Repair button instead.

6. Now click OK or Finish to exit all of the open windows. If the StyleCAD program is open, close it and re-open it to start using the new database file.




How can Spyware affect StyleCAD?


Spyware Effects on StyleCAD
With the amount of Spam and Spyware creeping into users' systems these days, it's important to know how these pieces of unauthorized software affect StyleCAD.

The best form of defense is to keep StyleCAD systems disconnected from the internet. Sometimes this isn't possible, so users might try installing anti-spyware programs. Although we cannot recommend any specific spyware removal programs, our users and technicians have found success with programs like Ad-Aware and Spyware Doctor.

Because of the way Spyware affects the user's computer system, StyleCAD's DLL files could be affected. We've received reports of Spyware and some Spyware removers to copy, move, or block some of StyleCAD's DLL files. This could cause StyleCAD errors such as the grading panel's disappearance or a corrupt ODBC database.

The user can take several precautions to recover from such a failure. First of all, backup your ODBC databases (the databases StyleCAD uses to store software information) frequently. This will ensure that a recent version is available incase the user needs to reset the database. If users find themselves with DLL errors due to Spyware, they can use their original StyleCAD CD to reinstall the software files. This will clear up the software from any errors that Spyware may have caused.




How do I upgrade from an older version of StyleCAD Network system to a newer version?


Updating to StyleCAD 6.0 from previous versions is quick and easy.
Simply purchase the new software, and you will receive instructions for upgrading.
Upgrades are fast, and very easy to accomplish even for a novice computer use




How do I digitize grading data?


Digitzing Grading Data
In order to digitize grading data, you need a 16 button cursor. The following images show the digitizer button setup window and the exact sequence of how to digitize grading data. The grading data for curve points need not be digitized in because StyleCAD's grading data blending algorithm will take care of the curve points. The black numbers represent the button to press and the red numbers represent the exact order in which they are entered. Digitizing Internal Lines and Drill Holes

A. Digitizing Internal lines Step 1: With the [Intermediate/selection button] (usually button A on a 16 button mouse or button 3 on a 4 button mouse), (refer to the Digitizer Cursor Configuration), click the [Internal Line] menu item. If you have the sound on, you should hear "Internal Line."

Step 2: Now you are in Internal Line digitizing mode. You can now digitize the internal line as you would digitize any line normally. In other words, use [Grading Button] or [Intermediate/selection button] for the curve point. When you are finished with the line, press the [End Mode Button] (usually button 1 on either 4 or 16 button mouse). This finishes the first internal line. At this point, you are still in internal line mode. You can repeat step 2 again for second internal line or proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Press the [End Mode Button] once more to exit the internal line mode. If you have the sound on, you should hear "Internal Line Finished." B. Digitizing Drill Holes Step 1: With the [Intermediate/selection button] (usually button A on a 16 button mouse or button 3 on a 4 button mouse), (refer to the Digitizer Cursor Configuration), click the [Drill Hole] menu item. If you have the sound on, you should hear "Drill Hole."

Step 2: Now you are in drill hole digitizing mode. Use [Intermediate/selection button] for the drill hole. You can repeat step 2 again for a second drill hole or proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Press the [End Mode Button] to exit the drill hole mode. If you have the sound on, you should hear "Drill Hole Finished."




Is StyleCAD a UNICODE program?


Yes. StyleCAD starting from version 10 supports UNICODE. Therefore, the user can change the language of the program anytime without using the Regional Settings in the Windows Control Panel. Also, the user may enter any language into any text data in the style files and marker files. For example a pattern name can have English part and Chinese part. Additionally, StyleCAD supports the concept of Dual Language Support. This feature allows the user to enter data in 2 separate languages and switch between them by a click of a button. For example, pattern name and description can have English text and a separate Spanish Text. The user can then choose to display all pattern information in English or Spanish. Any combination of languages is supported.




Does StyleCAD run on Dual Monitor Setup?


Yes, StyleCAD Version 11 programs may be placed in the secondary monitor and remember the position of dialog windows in the secondary monitor.




How to change the font and text size on StyleCAD V11 for UHD displays?


1. Go to Settings and select Preference.

2. Click on Set Dialog Font.

3. Choose the Font, Font Style, and Size.

4. For UHD (4K) displays, choose the [Large Toolbars] button in the Preference window. This doubles the pixel size of all the toolbar icons and will make it easier to see and select the tools.

5. The Grid Scale controls the scaling of all grids (spreadsheet like tables with grids) in StyleCAD. This affects Grading Panel, Pattern Chart, Browse Pattern Window, Marker Order windows etc etc. Try setting to 1.5-2 to increase the size of the rows and columns.

6. If QuickStep entries appear too small to read, try setting the size to Large.

7. If the pattern label on the display is too small to read, try setting the pattern label size setting to Large.

With this, you’ve changed the font and text size for all your StyleCAD programs installed on your computer.




Installing StyleCAD Plugins for Browzwear VStitcher


1. First update the license for VStitcher’s dongle to be able to use version 7.8. a) Run Browzwear_HASP_RUS.exe. Select [Update of existing protection key] and click on [Collect Information]. Save the .c2v file and email it to support@browzwear-global.com. Also ask them to add the Open Platform feature. They will send you the .v2c file and instructions on how to apply it onto your dongle. 2. Create a subfolder inside the Plugins folder and place the bwpluginStyleCAD.dll and plugin.json files inside this folder. The name of the subfolder does not matter. Now when you open VStitcher 7.8, the Plugins menu will appear in the title bar. Note: If you have more than one plugin, each plugin requires a separate subfolder with its own plugin.json file. If the first method does not work, please try this second method. Instead of creating a subfolder inside the Plugins folder, open VStitcher 7.8, go to Edit and select Preferences. Then go to Plugins and click on + to add the Plugins folder. After adding the Plugins folder here, the Plugins menu will show up in the title bar. If the Plugins menu still does not show up in the Title Bar. If after trying these two methods you are still unable to see the plugins menu, go to Programs and Features from the Control Panel and check to see if you have Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) installed on your computer. If you do not have it installed, then please download the program from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784. After you install Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) on your computer, the Plugins menu should show up in the title bar.




How do I digitize internal lines and drill holes?


1. From the digitizer windows Setting menu, select [Digitizer Setup]. Select the model, COM port setting, resolutions etc. When the model is selected, the default configuration setting is automatically applied to all the fields. The command format below the model selection defines the expected button click report message format from the digitizer. You can consult the digitizer manual and configure the board to report in the expected format. 2. Button Setup Digitizing Grading Data In order to digitize grading data, you need a 16 button cursor. The following images show the digitizer button setup window and the exact sequence of how to digitize grading data. The grading data for curve points need not be digitized because StyleCAD’s grading data blending algorithm will take care of the curve points. The black numbers represent the button to press and the red numbers represent the exact order in which they are enetered. 3. Setting Up Digitizer Menu Area Place the StyleCAD digitizer menu sheet on a corner of the digitizer. We recommend the upper right hand corner. Once the menu is placed, you must define the location so that the menu click is recognized by the program. Select the [Define Menu Area] command from the [Setting] menu. You will see the menu area display show up in the left side of the digitizer window and will hear “Click left corner please” sound if you have a speaker attached to your computer. With the digitizer cursor, click the small black round dot toward the bottom left corner of the menu sheet. Use the selection cursor button defined in step 2 above. You will hear “Click right corner now, please.” Click the small black round dot toward the bottom right side of the menu. Now your menu area is defined and the menu clicks will be recognized. 4. Cursor click report display area A really useful feature of the digitizer window is that it displays the digitizer cursor click reporting message. The display area is next to the pattern name entry field on the window. The cursor report is a text string and it contains the button ID, X/Y coordinate data. If the COM port setting is incorrect, you will not get legible display in this area when you click the digitizer. If you are getting legible text in the area, it is a confirmation that your COM setting is correct. The reported cursor message format must match the message format shown for the digitizer model selected in step 1. If the format does not match, you must either configure the digitizer board to report in the matching format or select a model in the digitizer setup window in StyleCAD to match the message format being used by the digitizer. 5. Digitizing Large Patterns that do not fit on the digitizer board. Use the [Paste Pattern] command. 6. Digitizing Nested Pattern (Graded Pattern) The steps are shown below in the diagram. Numbers in black shows the button being used and numbers in magenta color is the sequence number. For this illustration, we assumed that button 0 is the Intermidate/selection button, 1 is the grading/corner button, 2 is the end button, 4 is the Nest button. For the Drill Hole 26 With the zero button select drill hole on the Menu 27 With the zero button select the drill hole on the base pattern 28 With 4 button select the next drill hole 29 With 4 button select the last drill hole 30 End with 2 button 31 Save with 2 button 7. Digitizing Internal Lines and Drill Holes




Can I run StyleCAD on a MAC computer?


Yes. Option 1) Apple Boot Camp: Apple has a utility program called "Boot Camp" that comes with all Macs these days. If you are willing to purchase the Windows OS from Microsoft, then you can use the Boot Camp application to essentially create a silo/partitioning on the hard-drive and store both the Mac OSX and Windows OS on your Macbooks. All the most current Macbooks, should have the Boot Camp Application, in the Utilities folder or is easily acquirable from Apple, in the off chance something is amiss, but any model post 2015 should have it included. The Pro: Easy to run, and will not cause significant slow down, as it is not an emulation of the Windows OS, running, on top of the Mac OSX. Instead it just uses the Apple Hardware to run a Windows OS. However, the added benefit is that when you first log in, the option to run the Mac OSX or Windows OS will appear. Selecting the desired option will cause the hard-drive to run the selected OS. So it is not the equivalent of just purchasing a windows laptop with an Apple shell. You will still retain the option to run the MAC OSX when desired, at the log in screen. The Con: As noted above, the function in essence silos off the two OS's. As a result, it is very difficult to have them communicate between each other. Furthermore, Windows specific apps will only work when the Windows OS is run and vice versa for MAC OSX apps. In other words, if you were to use StyleCAD on a Macbook using this method, it would require the designer to do what they needed to do on StyleCAD, then log out, reboot, and select the MAC OSX, if they needed to work with a MAC specific app. Which may not be a viable option based on your efficiency requirements. Here are some links from Apple that discuss this topic: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468 https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204990 https://support.apple.com/guide/bootcamp-assistant/install-windows-on-your-newer-mac-bcmp173b3bf2/mac Option 2) Run an emulation The Pro: If you choose to run an emulation, basically a window will appear within the Mac interface that is running the Windows OS. From there you can comfortably do anything and everything you would want to do in a Windows PC, within the emulation window while having the added benefit of being able to still do everything that you desire to do within your MAC OSX interface, without having to log out or reboot. The highest level professional programs advertise that they allow for a very seamless integration, so usability will not be an issue once the initial learning curve is passed. The emulator, once downloaded, will appear as an app, so you may place it in the dock for easy access. The Con: The one potential problem is that if the laptop hardware is not strong enough, it may cause significant performance issues; as, essentially, the emulator would be using the MAC OSX to run the Windows OS, so this double up can cause significant slow down, if one does not have the hardware performance capabilities. Here are links to the two most popular business/professional based options: VMWare Website Link: https://www.vmware.com/products/fusion.html Webstore Link: https://store.vmware.com/store?Action=DisplayProductDetailsPage&Env=BASE&Locale=en_US&SiteID=vmware&productID=5124967100 Parallels Website Link: https://www.parallels.com/ Webstore Link: https://www.parallels.com/all-products/




What are the system requirements for VStitcher and Lotta for Windows?


https://support.browzwear.com/Reference/system-requirements.htm




What is the difference between the PE and the SE?


StyleCAD V11 PE (Pattern Expert Version) Option
Note: If your key is enabled as a distributor key, Control-Q switches the PE to SE
version. If your distributor dongle does not behave this way, email us and we can
program your dongle for this switching feature.
The extra features only included with StyleCAD PE version are:
In the Grading screen:
- The default grading tool supports the ‘E’ quickstep which automatically
grades the end of an internal line so that the end of the internal line touches the
graded pattern outline for each size perfectly.
In the PDS (Pattern Making) screen: - Style/Pattern History feature
- Pattern Info Translation feature
- Segment Length Tool for sleeve
- Dart Tools to create darts on screen, transfer darts, blend
- Pleat (Knife Pleat and Box Pleat) & Shirring making tools including Puff Tool
- Tracing Polyline Tool (In V10 SE version, the Trace Tool has been added)
- Spiral Tool
- Curve Blending Tool
- Quick Step “B” and “BB” for blending curves
- Quick Step “DC” for automatic Dart Cap shape generation - Quick Step “PC” for automatic Pleat Cap shape generation
- Quick Step “P” with the default PDS Tool for quick pivoting function
- Perimeter Tool supports the ‘I’ quickstep to compute the perimeter of multiple
sections where the sections are intersecting each other
- Use As Outline popup menu command
- Custom Curve Library feature. The user can save curves for future reference
- French Curves
- Block Blending Tool
- PolyBezier Line Tool – QuickStep “C” to copy sections from other curves or
French curves
- Flip Tool – QuickStep “DD” (Detached/Disabled) allows temporary folding of
a section to be edited
- 2 Point Guideline, 2 Point Guideline with 90 deg crossing guide line, Tangent
Guideline
- Native Yuka file importing




Reasons for StyleCAD not starting up (critical errors):


llegal Use of StyleCAD License. Contact a distributor. A. Remote terminal program is running. B. Some sort of crack software is installed on the computer. C. Some sort of CPU sharing device is being used - multiple keyboards/multiple displays/multiple mouses for 1 computer. 2. Key requires an upgrade. Please contact the dealer. Different version of StyleCAD has been installed. (Example: V11.exe installed but the dongle is programmed for V10). 3. Invalid Licence File A. The License file is missing in the installation folder. B. The Licence file is invalid and does not match the PC information (should request a new license file).




Is there a manual for the QuickSteps?


Yes. Please download the QuickStep manual from the following link: https://app.box.com/s/lyfb187k3rw0qpmz7ecuxc7csq2mvq8u




How can I download the GTCO CalComp driver and application compatible with StyleCAD?


You can download TabletWorks-10.10.53.4448 from here.