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Accumark Pattern Design Menu Bar Function

Accumark Pattern Design


The topics covered in the online help assume that you are familiar with pattern making techniques

and that you have received proper training on the basic functionality of the AccuMark™ or

MicroMark™ system.

PDS 2000™/Silhouette 2000™, is the most productive pattern design system available today. The

power of Gerber’s existing pattern design systems (AccuMark PDS, Silhouette™, MicroMark

PDS and FCAD) have been combined with the Windows® 95, Windows® 98, or Windows NT®

interface. The commands are easily accessible in user-definable tool bars. The result is a system

that eliminates time-consuming, repetitive tasks, allowing you to create more patterns in less time.

The Edition for Your Needs

PDS 2000 is available in the Professional Edition for desktop workstations. Silhouette 2000

Professional Edition is designed for use with the Silhouette table which lets pattern makers work

in life size scale to draft and work with muslins or toiles. An Expert Edition, when available, will

contain advanced features for use on workstations and on the Silhouette table.




Menu Bar

The main menu bar has 11 drop-down menus with commands that allow you to access options and

features in the PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 program.

Menu Use Commands To:

File Open, close and save models, styles, and pieces; use

Style Description; import PLT files; print; plot; exit.

Edit Undo, redo, edit point info, edit line info, edit piece

info; select and delete pieces.

View Zoom; view point, line, piece, and grade

information; clear display, customize tool bars and

screen layout; set Preferences/Options.

Point Add points and notches; delete, reduce, and check

total points; copy point numbers; modify points.

Line Create lines, perpendicular lines, circles and ovals;

delete, replace, and swap lines; clip/unclip

perimeter/boundary lines; modify lines.

Piece Create pieces; add pleats, darts, fullness, seams, and

asymmetrical folds; fold/unfold, split, mirror/open,

annotate, combine/merge, shrink/stretch, and delete

pieces.

Grade Create/edit rules; modify rules; work with nests and

sizes; assign rule table; export rules.

Measure Line length, distance along lines, perimeters, and

between points; piece area; angles; clear

measurements.

Draft Sketch; draft; scale; trim/extend; reorient using the

Silhouette system.

Window Arrange windows.

Help Access Help.




Tool Bar

The standard tool bar is made up of commands that are used frequently when working with PDS

2000/Silhouette 2000. Tool bar buttons provide you a quick way to access commands without

going through the menus.

Tool bars can be customized to meet your needs. You can:

· Add or remove icon buttons from an existing tool bar.

· Change the size of icon buttons.

· Create a new tool bar.

· Dock or float tool bars.

To display the standard tool bar:

1 Use the Screen Layout command in the View menu.

2 Click in the check box next to the feature you want to display.

3 Click OK to save. To change the screen layout back to the default settings, click Reset to Default.

To identify a button in a tool bar:

1 Hold the mouse cursor over the button until the name of the command associated




Using the AccuMark Menu

If you are more comfortable using the menu structure that existed in the AccuMark

PDS/Silhouette version, you can turn this menu on. The basic location of the commands in the

AccuMark menu has been retained.

However, it is to your advantage to work with the new menus and commands the main PDS

2000/Silhouette 2000 menu bar to learn the many new enhancements that can increase your

productivity.

To display the AccuMark menu:

1 Use the Screen Layout command in the View menu.

2 Click in the check box next to the feature you want to display.

3 To reposition, click any gray area of the menu and drag to wherever you prefer in the work area.




Using the MicroMark Menu

If you are more comfortable using the menu structure that existed in the MicroMark PDS version,

you can turn this menu on. The basic location of the commands in the MicroMark menu has been

retained. In addition, Exit and Exit to Main buttons have been added to this menu.

However, it is to your advantage to work with the new menus and commands the main PDS

2000/Silhouette 2000 menu bar to learn the many new enhancements that can increase your

productivity.

To display the MicroMark menu:

1 Use the Screen Layout command in the View menu.

2 Click in the check box next to the feature you want to display.

3 To change between MicroMark menus, also turn on the MicroMark tool bar.

4 To reposition, click any gray area of the menu or tool bar and drag to wherever you prefer in the work

area.

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To exit a MicroMark menu or close the PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 program:

1 Do one of the following:

Press the Escape key, if the cursor is currently located in this menu.

Click the Exit or Exit to Main buttons located at the bottom of each menu.




MicroMark Function Keys

The function key tool bar can be used to provide quick access to commonly used commands. It is

a shortcut for those menu commands that may or may not have a tool bar button. For example, to

view all visible pieces, you can select Zoom — Fullscale from the View menu, click the Fullscale

button on the tool bar, or press F3.

Most MicroMark functions for these keys are currently available and display any submenus in the

MicroMark menu.

To display the function keys and/or the MicroMark menu:

1 Use the Screen Layout command in the View menu.

2 Click in the check box next to the feature you want to display.

3 To reposition, click any gray area of the menu or tool bar and drag to wherever you prefer in the work

area.

To use function keys:

1 Do one of the following:

On-screen, click the function key button.

On the keyboard, press the appropriate function key.

2 If you pressed F1, F5, or F6, use the MicroMark menu to find a specific function. You may have to

select More to see all available functions. Then do one of the following:

On-screen, click the menu item you want to use.

On the keyboard, press and hold the Alt key. Note the number or letter to the left of the function you

want to use and then press the corresponding key. For example, to use F1/Original Position, press

these keys: Alt and 1.




MicroMark Tool Bar

The MicroMark tool bar has icon buttons for MicroMark Points, Lines, Pieces, Grading, and

Seams menus. Click one of these buttons to quickly access options for that menu in the

MicroMark menu.

Commands can also be accessed using the main PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 menu bar.

To use the MicroMark tool bar:

1 Use the Screen Layout command in the View menu.

2 Click in the check box next to the feature you want to display.

3 To display commands for the following menus in the MicroMark menu, click the corresponding button

in the MicroMark tool bar.

4 To reposition, click any gray area of the menu or tool bar and drag to wherever you prefer in the work

area.




Info Bar

The Info bar provides information for the work area. Name, size, perimeter/boundary type, and

measurement type information is determined by the style/model currently open and the piece

currently selected in the work area. Information and settings in the Info bar include:

· Style or model name.

· Piece name.

· Base/sample size and color pop-up for nested pieces.

· Sew or Cut perimeter/boundary type.

· Measurement type — Imperial or metric.

· Snap to — Grid, Geometry, Precision.

· System Smoothing.

· Hide Seams.



To display the Info bar:

1 Use the Screen Layout command in the View menu.

2 Click in the check box next to the feature you want to display.

3 To reposition, click any gray area of the box and drag to wherever you prefer in the work area.

To change settings in the Info bar:

1 Do one of the following:

Click on a button in the Info bar to turn it off or on. Settings change in the Preferences/Options or

Screen Layout pages as well.

Use Screen Layout to change settings for Snap to. The screen updates while you are making changes.

Use Preferences/Options to change settings for System Smoothing and Hide Seams. The screen

updates while you are making changes.

To view colors for graded pieces on-screen:

1 On the Info Bar, click the arrow button next to the base size.

1. A pop-up chart of sizes and colors displays.




Quick Open

The Quick Open field provides a quick way to open a model, style, or piece, if you already know

the name of the file you want to open. This input field can be docked in any horizontal location on

the workspace or can float in a work area.

To display the Quick Open field:

1 Use the Screen Layout command in the View menu.

2 Click in the check box next to the feature you want to display.

3 To reposition, click any gray area of the box and drag to any horizontal location you prefer in the work

area.

To use Quick Open:

1 Use the General page of Preferences/Options to set the type of the files available in this field.

2 Type a file name in the Quick Open field and then press Enter.




Rulers

Rulers assist in locating and positioning piece geometry in the work area. Displaying the rulers

helps you keep the sizes of the pieces in perspective while working on them. The unit of

measurement depends upon the user environment defined in the AccuMark user environment or in

MicroMark system options.




Customizing Pattern Design Work Space

Every pattern designer approaches tasks with a set of unique preferences, needs, and experience.

Designers familiar with a Windows environment will appreciate the easy access provided by drop-down

menus. Those more comfortable in AccuMark or MicroMark environments can make changes to the

workspace quickly in the Preference/Options dialog box. Or you can customize simply for convenience by

moving a menu to a new location, adding a button to the tool bar, or changing a default color.




Docking Tool Bars, Menus, and User Input

Box

Tool bars, AccuMark or MicroMark menus, function keys, and User Input box all use standard,

Windows conventions for dragging and docking. For example, a custom tool bar can be docked to

a side of the screen or left free floating over the work area. When you exit PDS 2000/Silhouette

2000, these items will be saved in their new positions.




Changing Preferences/Options for Piece Display

Use the General page of the Preferences/Options command to change these options.

Filled Pieces – When checked, pieces display with color fill rather than as wire frames. Use the

Fabric Type field on the Color Preferences page to define the fill color used.

Symbols – When checked, symbols indicate the location of points, points that have grade rules and

ends of lines.

Fit Pieces in Work Area – When checked, Full Scale is the default view for the work area when

pieces are first placed.

Hide Seam – When checked, non-perimeter seam allowance lines assigned to pieces in the work area

will not display.

Note: You can use the Info bar in the work space to change this setting, if needed.

Orientation Symbol – When checked, the orientation symbol for a piece displays. The

recommended default setting for this command is ON. To change this setting, you can click on the

Orientation Symbol button.







Changing Preferences/Options for AccuMark or MicroMark

Environment

Use the General page of the Preferences/Options command to set up the environment appropriate

for the marking and grading system you use.

Environment – Specifies an AccuMark or MicroMark environment, depending on the type of

grading and marking system PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 is running on. This is important for

functions like changing a grade rule number, where an AccuMark rule table or a MicroMark rule

table must be referenced.

Note: After changing this setting, you need to close down the PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 program

and open it again for changes to take effect




Changing Preferences/Options for Work Space and Misc.

Use the General page of the Preferences/Options command to change these options.

AutoSave Timer – Specifies how frequently data should be stored in case Auto Recovery is

necessary. This feature makes an independent back up copy of the workspace and does not

overwrite style, piece, or model data.

AutoSave Undo Buffer – When checked, AutoSave Undo Buffer allows you to save the steps in

Undo along with the AutoSave of the pieces in the work areas. If this option is ON, AutoSave will

take longer than if the option is OFF.

System Smoothing – When checked, curved (smooth) lines display on the screen the same way

they would appear if you plotted them. The default setting is ON.

Note: Your setting for this option affects the way lines behave when using commands such as

Move Smooth or Digitize Line. You can use the Info bar in the work space to change this setting,

if needed.

Modify Grade Rule – When checked, grade rules for pieces modified with commands such as Pivot Dart

or Tapered Fullness are automatically updated and an asterisk (*) is placed next to the rule number. The

new rule number is unique to that piece, independent of any rule table, and is stored with the piece

information. For MicroMark data, use Export Rules.

Display Piece Notes – When checked, annotation, or notes, display with a piece. See Annotate

Piece.

Auto Sever Boundary – When checked, the seam will not automatically update seam corners for

pieces being retrieved that were saved in AccuMark 7.6 when using File/Open. Data will come

into PDS with seam lines severed..

Quick Open – Specifies the default file type to open using the Quick Open feature.

Rule Table – Specifies the default rule table to assign to pieces, for AccuMark only. This setting

is utilized whenever you use the Create Rectangle, Skirt, Collar or Sketch and Line/Curve

commands.

Note: If you used the Paths page to change storage area, you must click the Apply button on that

page in order to view the correct Rule Tables.

Data Stored To – Specifies where new or modified pieces are saved, for AccuMark only. Default




Options Input Section

The upper, middle section of the User Input box allows you to choose any options available for the

command. Depending on the command selected, you can:

· Click a round, radio button to choose between two or more options. For example, when using Create

Line – Offset Even, you can choose to Add or Replace.

· Click one or more check boxes for options. For example, when using Create Line – Offset Even, you

can choose to Extend to adjacent lines and/or Select Reference Location.

· Click on the arrow next to a drop-down list box to select a name, type, or quantity. For example,

when using Create Line – Offset Even, you can choose the exact number of offsets from a list of

possible choices.

· Type a name or value in a field and press Enter or click OK to accept.




User Input Controls Section

The bottom section of the User Input box allows you to implement features, accept/cancel input

from other sections of this box. Buttons in this section are used to:

· Value/Cursor— Switch input mode between Value and Cursor.

· Tracking — Activate Tracking to move quickly through piece geometry in the work area.

· OK — Accept input and continue with the command.

· Cancel — Cancel input and return the cursor to an input field.

· Apply — Accept input and wait for next input.




Setting Color Preferences/Options

Use the Color page in the box to set default colors for selections, pieces, grading, and text.

To make it easier to identify piece geometry in the work are, you can use the Preference/Options

command to change the default colors of internal and perimeter lines on a piece or a nest of pieces.

You can also change colors for text, prompts, background, and guidelines/grid in the work area.




Changing Piece Colors

Use the Color page of the Preferences/Options command to change colors for the following types

of pieces.

Original – Specifies the color of piece (perimeter and internal lines) that has not been edited. This

is the color of piece when the piece displayed on the screen is the same piece that is stored on disk.

Highlighted – Specifies the color of the current piece (perimeter and internal lines). When

multiple pieces are in the work area, the piece that is in focus, displays in this color. With multiple

pieces in the work area, move the cursor around and notice how the pieces change color. The piece

closest to the cursor displays in the Highlighted color.

Modified – Specifies the color of pieces (perimeter and internal lines) that has been edited. The

piece will return to the Original color after it is saved.

Selected – Specifies the color of the pieces that have been selected for a specific function.

Fabric Type – Used to define the colors to be used for color fills. The colors are defined by fabric

type for an AccuMark model or by material group for a MicroMark style.




Changing Plotter Defaults

Use the Plotter page of the Preferences/Options command to change default plotter settings.

Piece Plot Parameter – selects the desired Piece Plot Parameter Table.

Annotation Table – selects the desired Annotation Editor.

Stacking – determines whether multiple pieces are plotted across the width of the paper before the

paper advances; when not checked, plotter advances after each piece plot.

Plot Form – displays the Plotter Window for manual placement of pieces, when checked; or allow the

system to automatically place pieces (according to whether or not Stacking is checked).

Plot Grade Sizes to Use – determines which sizes are plotted from a graded nest; choose Display to

plot the size currently displayed; choose Parameter Table to plot the size(s) indicated in the Piece Plot

Parameter Table.

Character Size – specifies the size for annotation characters.

Piece Separation – specifies the space desired between plotted pieces when Stacking is checked.

Plotter Address – determines destination of plot data; choose Local or a Network Plot Queue Name to

direct the plot data to the currently configured plotter; choose Dos File to save the data as a DOS file,

based on settings in the DOS File Configuration.

Plotter Type There – indicates the type of plotter currently being used.




Changing Cut Parameter Overrides

Use the Plotter page of the Preferences/Options command to change parameter overrides, for

example, when cutting oak tag samples.

Cut Line Length – specifies the length you want each perforated cut line to be.

Tab Line Length – specifies the distance you want between each perforated cut line.

Cut Force – specifies the percentage of maximum blade pressure you want for cut lines.

Tab Force – specifies the percentage of maximum blade pressure you want for tab lines.




Setting Style Preferences/Options

Use the Style page in the Preference/Options box to set preferences for importing or exporting

MicroMark styles. You can set basic preferences when importing and exporting MicroMark styles.

These include naming conventions and preferences for notch table, grain line, and grading

reference line.




Changing Preferences/Options for Naming Styles

Use the Style page of the Preferences/Options command to change these options when importing

or exporting MicroMark styles.

Retrieve Style/Prefix Style Name – With button selected, automatically adds the MicroMark

style names as a prefix for each piece when the style is opened. This is useful when opening more

than one style into the work space.

Store Style/Append Style Name – With button selected, automatically removes the MicroMark

style name from each piece when the style is stored.

Hints

In order to import or export MircoMark styles, keep in mind the following when naming pieces:

In AccuMark, pieces are stored as individual files with unique names which do not have to be

associated with a model. For example: 1234rfrnt or 5678rfrnt.

In MicroMark, pieces are associated with a style and unique names are not used. For example, right

front for style 1234 and right front for style 5678 may both be named rfrnt.




Changing Preferences/Options for Exporting Grain Line

Use the Style page of the Preferences/Options command to automatically create a grain/grade

reference line when exporting to MicroMark styles.

Export Grain Line – With button selected, automatically creates a grain/grade reference line for a

piece exported to MicroMark. These are based on the primary grain line of an AccuMark piece










Changing Style Preferences/Options for Notches

Use the Style page of the Preferences/Options command to specify how PDS 2000/Silhouette

2000 should match the notch types in MicroMark to the ones in AccuMark when converting data.

To set defaults for converting data with notches:

1. From the View menu, select Preferences/Options.

2. Click on the Style tab.

3. Select the Notch Table to use that will apply the correct notch types and depths when transferring

data.

4. Match each MicroMark notch type to a corresponding AccuMark notch type.

5. Click Save to save changes.

6. When finished, click OK to close the Preferences/Options box.

Hints:

In order to import or export styles or models, keep in mind the following when defining notches:

In AccuMark, the notch number can refer to any type of notch. You can define five different types of

notches in a Notch Parameter table.

In MicroMark, the notch number refers to a specific notch type. For example, Notch 1 is always a VNotch.




To set preferences and

options: Move your cursor around the screen below to find out

information about settings you can make.

1 From the View menu, select

Preferences/Options.

2 Click on the Paths tab.

3 Select the options you want or enter

values.

4 Click Save to save changes.

5 To change back to the default settings

click Reset to Default.

6 When finished, click OK to close the

Preferences/Options box.




Changing Paths for Storage Areas

Use the Paths page of the Preferences/Options command to change these options when working

with AccuMark data.

Device – Specifies the hard drive on your AccuMark PC or File Server where the system finds and

stores AccuMark data.

Storage Area – Specifies the name of the default storage area where PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 can

find and store AccuMark data.

Environment – Specifies the name of the User Environment parameter table.




Changing Paths for Styles

Use the Paths page of the Preferences/Options command to change these options when working

with MicroMark data.

Device – Specifies the hard drive on your MicroMark PC or File Server where the system finds and

stores MicroMark data.

Style Path – Specifies the path and name of the directory where PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 can find

and store MicroMark data.

Grade Path – Specifies the path and name of the directory where grade rule tables for MicroMark

data are stored.




Changing Paths for Import Files

Use the Paths page of the Preferences/Options command to change these options when working

with imported graphic files.

Device – Specifies the hard drive on your MicroMark PC or File Server where the system finds and

stores MicroMark data.

Path – Specifies the path and name of the directory where graphic files are stored.




Overview of Customizing with Screen Layout

The amount of space you have to work in depends on the menus, tool bars, and status bars you

choose to display. For example, AccuMark users might feel more comfortable working with the

AccuMark menu than with the menu bar. MicroMark users probably will decide to display the

function keys. New users that do not have a history with either of these grading/marking product

can choose to work directly from the main menu or tool bar. It is to your advantage to work with

the new menus and commands in the main PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 menu bar to learn the many

new enhancements that can increase your productivity.




Display Guidelines

A grid of horizontal and vertical guide lines can be displayed in the work area. The X and Y

distance between these guide lines can be specified as well as the type of lines. The color of the

lines can be specified on the Color tab of Preferences.

To turn guide lines on or off:

1. From the View menu, select Screen Layout.

2. In the Guidelines section of the dialog box, click a button to select the type of lines you want.

None — Turns off guidelines. Go to step 4.

Lines — Displays solid lines.

Dots — Displays dashed lines.

Crosshairs — Displays cross hairs where horizontal and vertical guidelines intersect.

3. Enter a value for spacing between lines in the X and Y directions. The unit of measurement depends

on default settings.

4. Click the Apply Grid button.

5. Click OK to save changes and close the Screen Layout box.
































































Snap to Grid, Geometry, or Precision

To simplify selecting points or lines on pieces in the work space, set the Snap option to have the

cursor immediately jump to the closest point or line or to a guideline/grid. You can also enter an

exact value for moving or entering geometry for pieces.

To change snap settings in Screen Layout:

1. From the View menu, select Screen Layout.

2. In the Snap section of the dialog box, place or remove a Ö next to the options you want.

Grid — Causes the cursor as it enters the work area to jump to a guide line. Guide lines must be

turned on.

Geometry — Causes the cursor as it enters the work area to jump to the closest point or line.

Precision — Moves geometry exact distances or adds geometry to a piece using exact

measurements.

3. If you selected Precision in step 2, enter a value.

4. Click OK to save changes and close the Screen Layout box.

To change snap settings in work space:

Use the Info bar in the work space, to change settings. Clicking on the Grid, Geom, or Prec button

automatically changes the setting chosen in Screen Layout.

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Keyboard

When implemented, use the Screen Layout command in the View menu to set the keyboard style.

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Use Custom Toolbars

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Custom Toolbars

AccuMark = New

MicroMark = New

Use this command in the View menu to customize tool bars by:

Adding or removing buttons to the standard tool bars.

Creating custom tool bars.

Related Topics

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Add or Delete Tool Bar and Buttons

The standard tool bar, as well as custom tool bars, is made up of buttons that provide easy access

to frequently-used commands. Each button is marked with an icon that represents a command.

Custom tool bars can be created to meet your needs and speed production. You also can change

the size of buttons in the tool bar in Screen Layout. Tool bar buttons provide quick access to

commands without going through the menus.

Related Topics

To create a custom tool bar:

1 From the View menu, select Custom

Toolbars.

2 In the upper section of this box, select

the menu or category that contains the

command for which you want to add a

button.

3 In the lower section, find the name of

the command. Left click on it, hold

down the mouse button, and drag the

name (which becomes a button) to one

of the following locations:

Next to the standard tool bar.

Onto the work area.

Either method creates a

custom tool bar. A custom

tool bar can be docked or

left undocked and will be

saved when you exit PDS

2000/Silhouette 2000.

4 Click OK to save changes and close the

Custom Toolbar box.

5 To change the back to the default

settings, click Reset to Saved.

To delete a button in a tool

bar:

1 Right click on the button to be deleted.

2 Click OK to delete.

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To delete a custom tool bar:

1 Make sure the custom tool bar is not

docked.

2 Click the button at the top right of

its title bar.

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For the Piece/Icon Menu

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Displaying the Piece/Icon Menu

The Piece/Icon menu displays all pieces of a model or style either as piece icons, by name only, or

both. Using the Options Pop-up menus, you can choose to sort pieces in the menu, resize and

reposition the menu horizontally or vertically, and temporarily open a full screen view of the

Piece/Icon menu which occupies the entire, current work area. This menu displays in the work

area automatically when a model or style is opened.



Related Topic(s):

To reposition the Piece/Icon menu:

1. Position the cursor on the Piece/Icon menu, making sure it is not directly over a piece.

2. Click the right mouse button.

3. From the Options Pop-up menu, click on one of these options:

Dock to Top, Left, Bottom and Right — places the menu along the selected edge of the work area.

FullScreen — displays the Piece/Icon menu in a full screen so that many rows of pieces can be seen

at one time.

To change how pieces display in the Piece/Icon menu:

1. Position the cursor on the Piece/Icon menu, making sure it is not directly over a piece.

2. Click the right mouse button.

3. From the Options Pop-up menu, click on one of these options:

Icon Only — displays an icon button for each piece.

Name Only — displays piece names only.

Icon and Name — displays an icon button for each piece with the piece name below the button.

To sort pieces in the Piece/Icon menu:

1. Position the cursor on the Piece/Icon menu, making sure it is not directly over a piece.

2. Click the right mouse button.

3. From the Options Pop-up menu, click on one of these options:

Unsorted — orders pieces in the Piece/Icon menu as they were retrieved.

Sorted by Name — orders pieces in the Piece/Icon menu alphabetically by name.

Sorted by Fabric — orders pieces in the Piece/Icon menu grouped by fabric type/material group.

Continue to click to move the first piece in the menu to the end of the menu.

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Deleting Pieces from the Piece/Icon Menu

You can remove selected piece(s) or all pieces from the Piece/Icon menu without deleting the

pieces from the hard disk.

To delete selected piece(s) from the Piece/Icon menu:

1. Highlight the piece(s) you want to delete.

2. Click the right mouse button.

3. From the Options Pop-up menu, click Delete Icon. The selected piece(s) will be deleted from the

Piece/Icon menu.

CAUTION: This will delete piece(s) from the MicroMark style as well as from the Piece/Icon

menu.

To delete all pieces from the Piece/Icon menu:

1. Position the cursor in the Piece/Icon menu, making sure it is not directly over a piece.

2. Click the right mouse button.

3. From the Options Pop-up menu, click Delete All Icons.

4. When prompted, do one of the following:

Click OK to delete all pieces from the Piece/Icon menu but not from the disk.

Click Cancel to end the option without deleting pieces.

Note: To delete pieces from the work area only, use the Delete Piece from Work Area command

in the Piece menu.

Related Topic(s):

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Placing Pieces into the Work Area

To select and place a single piece from the Piece/Icon menu:

1 Click on the icon button for the piece.

2 Move the cursor into the work area and click the left mouse button to place the piece.

To select multiple pieces from the Piece/Icon menu:

1 To select a range of pieces or all pieces, press and hold the left mouse button over the icon button for a

piece and then drag the cursor along a group of consecutive icon buttons, or hold the Shift key down

and select the icon buttons of the first and last desired pieces.

2 To select several pieces whose icon buttons are not located near each other in the Piece/Icon menu, hold

the Ctrl key down while clicking on the desired pieces.

To place selected pieces:

1 To place selected pieces, click the right mouse button. The cursor can be directly over a piece or not.

2 In the Options Pop-up menu, click to choose one of the following:

Place Selection Tiled — places selected pieces and tiles them in the work area.

Place Selection Positioned — places selected pieces in the work area as defined using Define

Position.

3 Or click Cancel Selection to make a different selection.

To place pieces by fabric type/material group:

1 Make sure the cursor is directly over a piece of the fabric type or material group you want to place.

Click the right mouse button.

2 In the Options Pop-up menu, click to choose one of the following:

Place Fabric Tiled — places pieces of each fabric type/material group and tiles them in the work

area.

Place Fabric Positioned — places pieces of each fabric type/material group in the work area as

defined using Define Position.

To place all pieces:

1 Make sure the cursor is not directly over a piece in the Piece/Icon menu. Click the right mouse button.

2 In the Options Pop-up menu, click to choose one of the following:

Place All Tiled — places all pieces and tiles them in the work area.

Place All Positioned — places all pieces in the work area as defined using Define Position.

Note: After placing pieces positioned, you can use Separate Pieces or F2 is to separate them in the

work area.

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Piece Information from the Piece/Icon Menu

Several types of Information about a piece display directly on the icon button in the Piece/Icon

menu. You can also display a Piece Properties box.

Seam allowance and mirror status indicators

The following symbols display either on the lower right of the icon button or before the piece

name.

Cut lines — indicated by solid line symbol

Seam lines — indicated by dashed line symbol

Severed seam — indicated by a dashed line over a solid line

Mirrored pieces — indicated by symbol of a box around a line

Shrink/Stretch — indicated by >< symbol

Piece counts

Piece counts tell the number of left and right pieces defined in the model/style The system

assumes a left piece is as digitized or unflipped.

Lefts and rights — indicated by numbers on the lower left of the icon button. Example: A pocket piece

(2,0 ) calls for two lefts and no rights.

Fabric Type/Material Group

Displays in the Piece Properties box.

To display information for a piece:

1 Select a piece in the Piece/Icon menu.

2 Click with the right mouse button.

3 From the Options Pop-up menu, click Piece Properties to display the Piece Properties box with the

following types of information: paths; model/style; rule table; piece name, category, and description;

fabric type; number of points per piece.

4 Click OK to close the Piece Properties box.



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For AccuMark or MicroMark

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Setup for AccuMark or MicroMark Grading/Marking System

When using PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000, markers can be created on either an AccuMark or

MicroMark system. For that reason, both AccuMark and MicroMark environments are supported

by this software. If you already have a grading and marking system, you need to consider some or

all of the questions on this page before beginning to create pieces.

What do you want to do?

Use AccuMark menus in the work space.

Use MicroMark menus in the work space.

Set the default location of models or styles.

Set preferences for notches.

Set preferences for MicroMark grade rules.

Set preferences when importing and exporting MicroMark styles.

Set preferences for environment and paths.

Display pieces in the work space.

Open existing models or styles.

Access features in MicroMark function keys.

Access features in AccuMark Popup Menu.

Convert between AccuMark and MicroMark data.

Learn about seam allowance differences in AccuMark and MicroMark.

Work with MicroMark grading.

Cross reference to AccuMark or MicroMark options.

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Set Preferences for Environment and Paths

If you are more comfortable working in the AccuMark or MicroMark environment, set the

following preferences.

What do you want to do?

Set up an AccuMark or MicroMark Environment.

Identify paths to existing model or style data.

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Customize Work Space for AccuMark

If you are more comfortable working in the AccuMark environment, move your cursor around the

screen below to find out information about AccuMark menus and options.

To view all of the screen, click on the middle button in the upper right corner of this help window.

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Customize Work Space for MicroMark

If you are more comfortable working in the MicroMark environment, move your cursor around the

screen below to find out information about MicroMark menus and options you can display.

To view all of the screen, click on the middle button in the upper right corner of this help window.

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Mark Request and Orderload Differences

Markers can bemade using MicroMark or AccuMark marker making.

If markers are going to be made in the MicroMark, then the piece restrictions are defined in the Style

Description and the marker is created using Mark Request.

If markers are going to be made in the AccuMark, then the piece restrictions are defined in Lay Limits

and the marker is created using Orderload.

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Differences

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Differences Between PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 and AccuMark or

MicroMark

PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 users familiar with AccuMark or MicroMark will notice differences in

working with certain commands. Information below is important especially it you plan to import

from one format and export to another format.

What do you want to know more about?

Versions and database requirements.

Finding and storing models or styles.

Description of model and style.

Working with pieces.

Selecting, using Options, and tracking.

Piece limitations in marker making.

Working in AccuMark or MicroMark environment.

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Selection, Options and Tracking Differences

PDS 2000/Silhouette 2000 users will notice the following differences from working in:

AccuMark MicroMark

Options/Preferences

Many of the options in the MicroMark

PDS Options table are accounted for in

the new Function Options of PDS

2000/Silhouette 2000.

Selection and Tracking

For all of the functions on the

AccuMark, the function is always

selected first and the object (line, point

or piece) is selected second.

Sometimes the object is selected first

and the function is selected second. In

the Point menu in MicroMark, many of

the menu options are not displayed

until a point is selected. Points are

selected by initiating Point Tracking .

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