Thanks, a lot. Downloaded the Dremel software, seems to work OK but not as slick as PS. I will stick with it.
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From: scott chabineau
Date:17-04-2017 11:30 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [Ember Research Hub] [Support & Troubleshooting] Print Studio no
I doubt it. It is being promoted as a stand-alone subscription solution. The free version is supposed to have all the same features as PS - just harder to use in my opinion. Subscription cost "per year" tiers is as follows: 1,000/ 4,000/ Call!
Every time I start to try to use NETFABB, I just end up feeling angry and usually quit before sending the print to the printer. While PS was not perfect and had its quirks, it was pretty intuitive. Netfabb is not.
Why is there something called 'Parts' that lets you import your file, but really what you need to do is first ADD an Ember workspace and import your part THERE? What is 'Parts' for if all I need to do is in the workspace. Just prompt me to start there, to begin with.
If you want to preview the slice - you have to add it to the 'Slices' section. How do I do that? Click on Slices and you get nothing useful. What you really need to do is RMB on the imported part under Ember, all the way down buried under 'extras' is "Slice selected parts". Why isn't this the top choice?
OK - now what? How do you move through the slices....? Hmmm - click play? OH - now I see a barely visible slider off to the left of the entire interface (did you see it the first time? It took me several attempts before I remembered where to look).
But wait, why do I only see the outlines of the slice? Where are the solid sections? You have to click around to select the slice (it borders in a green box with red handles when you have it selected) then RMB over any 2D lined EDGE of the slice - not just anywhere on the slice - and select "Show Filling".
OK - so then I figure everything out, print my part, move on.... close netfabb.
Next part - open netfabb - where is my Ember Workspace? Nope have to add it again before you can start a new part. I don't see a way to make it open as default.
These are just the basics and I get frustrated that it's not more apparent. I've gleaned some from the user manual - but the thing is huge and you have to really dig to find what you want. Even then you have to play around a bit.
I am sure the software is super powerful - so powerful that the basic user is left wondering what other software is out there that lets me do what I need for much less.... oh yeah, Print Studio. So my final conclusion is that as a very powerful software company, Autodesk will focus on the high-end commercial market. We small business/ prosumer users will find a true open source program that will satisfy our needs for free. We both will get what we want in the end ( I hope).
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