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    Default Bowl drawing s/w

    Cheers, Ern

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    Nice one! I tried drawing a bowl in sketchup and it's didn't go as well as I thought it should...

    I'll give this one a go. How do you find using it?

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    Have only just started to play with it Dave.

    Will compare his algorithm for a catenary curve with my old fashioned manual method.
    Cheers, Ern

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    What an amazing site Thanks rsser
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    ...not bad for a "poor mans" Woodturners Studio. The free part makes it even better
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    Bill's going to enhance the s/w following suggestions from users and may then ask for donations. Will keep you posted.
    Cheers, Ern

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    I might be able to draw it OK, but as for turning the same shape on the lathe, well that's another thing.

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    well for me its a fun tool and I can see it will have its uses, dunno how much use it will be for me. But will keep playing with it to see what its capabilites are.


    Good find Ern Its certaintly easy to use .


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    Quote Originally Posted by rsser View Post
    Bill's going to enhance the s/w following suggestions from users and may then ask for donations. Will keep you posted.
    Without a printer, it's hard to check any output. But it'd be nice if it hd an option to display a grid against the curve, so one could make measurements directly off screen.

    Still, it looks interesting and I'll be keeping an eye on it...
    I may be weird, but I'm saving up to become eccentric.

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    Yes, that suggestion has been made to Bill Skew.

    Also metric grid, finer grid option, resizable editor window to match a trued blank etc.
    Cheers, Ern

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    I rather assumed it would have been.

    Along with an option to add more adjustment points (although removing them wasn't a problem; move one off-screen and goodbye, farewell, I won't be seeing you again... unless I reload the SW. )

    Then again, I didn't RTFM.
    I may be weird, but I'm saving up to become eccentric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skew ChiDAMN!! View Post
    I rather assumed it would have been.

    Along with an option to add more adjustment points (although removing them wasn't a problem; move one off-screen and goodbye, farewell, I won't be seeing you again... unless I reload the SW. )

    Then again, I didn't RTFM.
    double click adds new points...

    ( I had to RTFM to work out how to get rid of them!)
    ...but together with the coffee civility flowed back into him
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    Two thumbs up, Ern. Greenie launch in progress.
    Al
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    Bill has updated the s/w.

    Here's some details:

    To download, see: http://www.billooms.com/bowlshape.html

    You may want to first delete your old version to avoid confusion --
    delete the link on your desktop, and then with the Java control panel
    delete the old version of the software.

    Improvements include:

    * Scale the printed view to fit on the page, select landscape/portrait/
    automatic

    * Grid on the outline editor window, and ability to change the grid
    size.

    * Scale the printed outline for very small or very large pieces.

    * More options to set the size (height, diameter, proportional,
    stretch).

    * Choose inches/cm for all you metric folks.

    * Preferences window to set some things (and save them).

    * Saved file now has dimensions in inches/cm, saves grid size, certain
    preferences, bowl color.

    * Window contents scale as you change window size.

    * Other small things

    I've updated the User Manual, so you'll want to download a new copy of
    that. There is also a Version History that you can download to see the
    details on what has been added/changed.

    There is also a bunch of examples that you'll find useful to see ways
    of adding finials, bases, and ideas for shapes. This also provides a
    good selection of starting points for your work. They are all saved in
    a zip file (after downloading, double click to un-zip them all in a
    directory).

    Thank you to those who have made donations to support this work (or
    have indicated you are willing to do so). There is a "Donate" button
    on the web site for those of you who want to contribute to this work
    (payment via PayPal). This is voluntary, as the software is free to all.

    Enjoy!
    Bill Ooms
    Cheers, Ern

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    Vers 1.2 is out. From Bill Ooms:

    There's another update to the BowlShape software with minor additions:
    * "Clear" button on Outline Editor to start with a clean screen
    * "New" menu does the same as the "Clear" button
    http://www.billooms.com/bowlshape.html
    Cheers, Ern

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