Wednesday, November 30, 2005 

More online help, new entity support, FAQ update

When you upload a file that has problems, you now get a link to help right next to the error message.

Also, tiny areas that have errors like crossing lines will now be circled so that they're easier to see.

LWPOLYLINE support has been added, which should increase compatibility with a variety of programs, including Autotrace.

The FAQ on software has been updated to include links some conversion software so that users have an easier time getting their files in DXF format.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 

New FAQ up

I just put up a new FAQ with a bunch of graphics that show the right way and the wrong way to make a CAD file for Big Blue Saw.

Link

Monday, November 28, 2005 

There's a thread over at CNCZone with some discussion of Big Blue Saw.

Sunday, November 27, 2005 

Ease of use

My next few improvements to the website will focus on ease of use. For example, I'm about to roll out a change that will point the user in the direction of the FAQ if they upload a file that completely confuses the quoting software.

The site also needs to do a better job of correcting problems as they arise. For example, it may be able to merge overlapping areas, or delete crossing lines. I'll be thinking about how to best handle certain common situations.

It's also pretty clear that people don't really understand what to expect when uploading their DXF file. We've gotten quite a few DXF's that have multiple views, complex assemblies, and other things that we have no to make sense of right now. I need a way to make sure that it's clear right from the beginning what to expect.

Saturday, November 26, 2005 

Starting the Big Blue Saw blog

I've decided to create a blog to help communicate changes to Big Blue Saw.