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02/28/2016 - The current version of the Segmented Project Planner is 3.04.0208, 02/28/2016.
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Design your first segmented project in 5 minutes with the Segmented Project Planner
Major Features of the Segmented Project Planner
Incline Angle, Volume)
Design Tools (Describe-A-Shape,
Reports (Project, Cut List, Turned Away, Turning)
Template Printers (Rings, Segments, Angles)
Significant Features in the Segmented Project Planner:
- Runs on all recent versions of Microsoft Windows including 98/Me/XP/NT/2000/Vista/Windows 7/8/8.1/10. Using Wine 1.3, even Linux is supported.
- If you set up a Windows environment on your Mac/iMac, the program will run there as well. See here for details.
- Use a simple starter shape to create your own vessel shape in 5 minutes. Use completed projects to make new starter shapes to use in future projects. Use the mouse to draw projects. Over 25 starter shapes provided.
- Project Report supports tailoring of content and color of individual columns. Tailoring saved as a part of a project file so each project can have its own tailoring. Color changes also apply to Grid display.
- Resizes to use the whole screen so you don't have to squint to see project details. Virtually all dialogs incorporate this resizability feature to help tired eyes.
- Base program provides feature ring design support for Diammonds, ZigZags, Mosaics, Open Segment, and Vertical Separaters.
- Segmented Scene designer supports 'whole project adornments'.
- Slicer designer supports slicing arbitrary patterns.
- Diamond Border designer supports slicing diamond figures, ala, Navaho blanket border pattern.
- Design Assistant provides multiple design cues to make it easier to design like a professional.
- Paint any segment with an image of your choice. 55 wood pictures provided for your use.
- Named Colors allow you to create and save color definitions; use them to paint/fill any segment of any project to see the effects of using contrasting woods.
- Segment Designs/Mosaics allow you to create compound segments composed of several material types.
- Create documentation for your project, complete with pictures, so you won't forget how you did it or what happened along the way
- Registered users get free upgrades.
- Supports English/Imperial (inches) and Metric (millimeters) units with automatic project conversion between chosen units
- Feature Size dialog helps to determine the maximum feature size by accounting for segment corner turnoff, inside visibility, and border material widths.
- Describe Shape dialog simplifies creating shapes from a picture, chart, or table.
- Shape-A-Bowl allows you to trace shapes from pictures/sketches. It's Sketch-A-Bowl on steroids!
- Help file system provides access to additional information for nearly every dialog.
- Shape Report creates a report that contains diameters and station points for a displayed shape. This is useful for both segmented and monolithic projects.
- Main screen and Layer Tuner dialogs include mouse-click transformation of a project/layer to compound miter, Ring Master, or frame miter style. Individual layer level access provided both in Edit and popup menus.
- Current Layer Details dialog provides display and print information about the current layer. The printed copy will be useful when designing feature ring items/adornments in graphic programs outside of the Segmented Project Planner
- Combine Layers function facilitates incorporating feature rings into project designs
- All project renderings draw project walls using Bezier curves for smooth and graceful project profiles
- Supports Ring Master projects
- Layer Tuner provides large-view drag-to-change with real-time view update to make the design process easier and more intuitive. "Trim to indicated outer wall" added to Layer Tuner so you can get a better idea of what the finished project will look like.
- Calculate side Incline Angles for compound miter or Ring Master situations
- Intelligent layer insertion anticipates your next layer size.
- Print full ring and/or segment templates to support open segment glue-ups and segment size checking
- Gallery View makes it easier to identify projects to work on next
- Resize your project just like a photograph
- Displays projects with staggered/half-lap or vertical segment alignment. Stagger 50% by default and arbitrary stagger by layer is supported
- AutoBowl function automatically translates outer bowl dimensions into layer diameters and segment widths to make design even easier than before.
- Copy Layers function quickly copies selected layer input parameters down through one or more layers for faster design.
- Export files are created whenever you print so you can use project data in other documents.
- Includes 17 free project plans you can use/modify for your own projects
- You can conveniently e-mail me from within the Segmented Project Planner. You can include a project file with your message making it easy for me to spot your difficulty and give you help on how to fix a problem
- Seven levels of zoom let you get really close and personal with the details of your project
- Supports frame miter, stave, solid, veneer and compound miter rings
- Calculates segment-cutting dimensions for any size ring with any number of sides so it won't limit what you can plan
- Calculates segment dimensions that take your personal accuracy into account so you don't have to worry about adding fudge factors
- Calculated dimensions are displayed in units that agree with your stated cutting accuracy
- Calculates the size of board needed to make each ring so you don't have to buy/cut more wood than you need
- Calculates board length to support either economy or grain matching cutting methods
- Displays top and side views of your project so you can see what's going on at every step of your design
- Displays overview or detail side views so you can use it to design the entire project
- Side view displays include wall placement in each layer
- Displays minimum wall thickness for the project so you can avoid walls that are too thin
- Enter dimensions in fractional or decimal inches (e.g. 10-1/2 or 10.5) or choose millimeters
- A project can have as many layers as desired so you won't be limited
- Prints full project specifics along with top & side views to a Windows compatible printer so you can take the output straight to the shop
- Calculates the cost of each project layer so you can see what your new project will take out of your pocket
- Extensive context sensitive help and on-line user manual so all questions are quickly answered.
- It's ambidextrous so you can perform most tasks with either the keyboard or the mouse
- Most menu options have hot-key shortcuts so program actions are a single keystroke away
- Incorporates Microsoft design guidelines for improved usability.
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