Per your nudge....
Pattern mode has its uses, especially when you need to precisely control the micro mirrors. This is most useful for sub-pixel resolution control when attempting to achieve dimensionally accurate parts with sharp or straight features, such as straight walls.
Pattern Mode is not very useful for parts with curved surfaces normally printed with Anti Aliasing.
In any case, I have been taking a deep dive into the Processing.org website in an attempt to do one thing:
reduce the amount of work currently required to utilize the PadSlicesForPatternMode code already provided here
My main beef is that you if you work in and office and share the design workload, you likely have a set file / folder structure that is used for saving your work (usually a network) In order to use the
Pattern Mode you have to follow these steps:
1. Export the slices from PS
2. Unzip the file (in your normal file / folder structure)
3. Copy all the image slices to the
"/input" folder located in the directory that you saved the Processing Code to. In my case a local drive.
4. Run the program
5. Open the
"output" folder located in that same parent directory.
6. Cut and Paste all the image files back into your original working directory.
7. Open the
"printsettings" file and add a line of code:
It would seem ideal that once you have the files un-zipped, you could just run the program and point it to your working directory and have it do the work there, no extra copy and paste.
The trouble I have run into is that Processing does not work that way. It wants all the files in ITS working directory - hence the copy>paste>cut>paste. It seems to be a limitation within JAVA, since it's main function is web based applications vs. the traditional desktop centric applications I am used to dealing with.
I have a forum thread over in processing.org for those who might be interested. As of now, I still don't have a solution, but I am hopeful....