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Technote.251:
Often getting Application Not Responding errors
SmartCAM v2017 gets frequent "Application Not Responding" issues, related to Microsoft Security Update.

Technote.250:
Error 3057 when using Job Library Macro Commands
After updating to SmartCAM v2016, get error 3057 when trying to use JOS file-based Job Library macro commands.

Technote.249:
Predator Editor for SmartCAM V2014 displaying Error 10: Access or Permission Problem
After updating to SmartCAM v2014, Predator Editor displays error 10: Access or Permission Problem.

Technote.248:
SmartCAM application crashes after opening and closing online help
Resolve issue where opening and closing SmartCAM help causes application to crash.

Technote.246:
Unable to Import or Export DXF/DWG Files
Problems importing/exporting DXF/DWG files after updating to v2014 SP1.

Technote.245:
SmartCAM application crashing on Start-up or Exit
Resolve issue related to duplicate .LIC licensing files.

Technote.244:
How Do I Find My INI Files?
Instructions for locating your SmartCAMcnc.INI or Application.INI files.

Technote.242:
When thread milling the 2620 Macro file not found error occurs.

Technote.243:
505 Product Licensing Error
Common causes and solutions for the 505 Licensing error.

Technote.241:
On a Vista or Windows 7 platform, get license and/or permission errors.
Resolving issues with Windows Vista and Windows 7 UAC VirtualStore file redirection.

Technote.240:
Predator Editor exits if launched while SmartCAM is running
How to resolve issue where launching Predator Editor, while SmartCAM is running, displays error and closed Predator.

Technote.239:
Void Layer doesn't completely cut the stock layer.
ShowCut Void Layer doesn't appear at all, or appears to partially cut the stock layer.

Technote.238:
Error 1324
During installation receive Error 1324.

Technote.236:
Version 15 macro functions.
Tips and tricks with new macro functions available in v15+.

Technote.235:
ViewShowPath or ViewAngle error appears in the Diagnostics Window.
How do I correct the ViewShowPath or ViewAngle error that appears in the diagnostic window at start up?

Technote.234:
Swapping the middle and right mouse buttons.
How do I swap my middle and right mouse button functions?

Technote.233:
Errors 3081 and 3104 about #EL_NUM when using Rectangle, or executing a macro.
Diagnostics Window opens with errors when using Rectangle, Polygon or running a macro.

Technote.232:
How do I change my foreground and background colors?
How to change your fore and back ground colors.

Technote.231:
My solid/surface model is very sluggish when dynamically rotating the view.
A Tip if you are dealing with a model that is very slow to respond to dynamic viewing.

Technote.230:
Managing custom data.
Tips and suggestions about how best to store and maintain custom data such as Custom Panels, macros, Icon Bars, etc.

Technote.229:
Troubleshooting SmartCAM Graphics.
This deals with graphics display issues; including cursor ghosts, free coordinates, jagged graphics, Print Graphics, sticky cursor, etc.

Technote.228:
How do I turn off Tool Tips?
If you prefer using the one line help, this is how to turn off tool tips (sometimes known as balloon help).

Technote.227:
Import Error 6609 Temporary directory setting is not valid.
When importing CAD models you may get a 3014 error, or this error. This technote describes a likely fix.

Technote.226:
Get unknown work plane error from macro in v13.5.
If you are getting this error in version 13.5 and up, this is the likely cause and solution.

Technote.225:
Extra parenthesis in code from tool description.
If your control does not accept nested parenthesis this technote describes how to remove them from the JOF defaults.

Technote.223:
Creating a SmartCAM Font file.
You can create your own font file. This technote describes how.

Technote.222:
Troubleshooting problems with Predator Editor.
Issues and solutions to several common problems encountered with Predator for SmartCAM.

Technote.221:
Mouse motion is slow with Amill or FFM.
If you find that your mouse motion is sluggish, this technote describes a possible solution.

Technote.218:
Difference between Hide and Mask.
A description of what the difference between Show/Hide and Mask/Unmask is.

Technote.217:
Inserting new lines in Macro variables.
How to insert new lines, or carriage returns within a single string variable.

Technote.216:
Custom Tool Graphics or Drag Tool does not display.
If your Custom Tool Graphics is not displaying correctly this technote describes what may be wrong and a possible solution.

Technote.215:
Transitioning pre-v12 installations.
This technote describes the things to be aware of when transitioning any older version to a newer version of SmartCAM in regards to customizations, Code Generators and more.

Technote.212:
Machine Define is giving a 'Cannot find *.TRN' file error.
If Machine Define gives this error, this technote provides a description of what is wrong and how to fix the issue.

Technote.211:
SmartCAM v14.5+ Licensing - Questions and Answers.
General and common questions and answers for installation and licensing issues for SmartCAM versions 14.5 and greater.

Technote.210:
Creating and using SET files.
Tips and tricks about creating and using CAM Connection setup files.

Technote.209:
Passing variables to the Code Generator.
How to, and special consideration when passing a variable to the Code Generator system.

Technote.208:
There is a different, or no server code for my installation.
When you do not get a server code for your licensing of SmartCAM, this is a possible reason and solution.

Technote.207:
Installing SmartCAM as 'Administrator'.
Special considerations MUST be made if you intend to install SmartCAM while logged in as administrator and run while logged in as a user or someone other than administrator.

Technote.205:
Predator Editor doesn't launch from the Icon bar.
If the Predator button on your Icon Bar fails this technote describes what may be wrong and how to remedy it.

Technote.201:
SmartCAM's small Show Path panel.
There is a two line tall ShowPath panel available and this is how to activate and use it.

Technote.187:
Clean Un-install of SmartCAM.
A description of all the files and where they are located during a version 11.x or less installation.

Technote.177:
v9.x .PM4 files get error "11501: Cannot convert the Job File" when read into v11.x
Older versions of JOF files can cause this error. This technote offers a possible solution.

Technote.166:
Clarification of Changes in SmartCAM v10.0 Turning Applications
Details about the differences from pre-version 10 turning applications and current useage.

Technote.156:
Printing Graphics to Scale from SmartCAM
Tips on printing graphics to scale.

Technote.143:
Pocket Machining Tips
Tips and tricks using milling Pocket roughing functionality.

Technote.133:
Report Generator Printing Extra Page and/or Skipping Lines
How to edit report format files to eliminate extra pages or skipped lines.

Technote.115:
How do I print Job Notes in a report?
Tip on editing your report format files to include your Job Notes.

Technote.114:
Creating a Barstop
One way to create a barstop in SmartCAM turning applications.

Technote.109:
How to use DEBUG To Trouble-Shoot Serial Communications
Tips for trouble shooting your communication ports.

Technote.106:
Problem with revolved surfaces importing from IGES and others
Tips about revolved, or spun surfaces with SmartCAM and other applications.

Technote.98:
Guidelines for Rotary Axis Work
Tips, tricks and rules about Wrapped Geometry with SmartCAM advanced milling applications.

Technote.82:
IGES Export Settings tips -- Any CAD System
Tips and tricks about IGES settings.

Technote.50:
SmartCAM pre-v14.5 Licensing - Questions and Answers
General questions and answers about installation and licensing.