Many thanks to Eric Sanders for his versions of plugins!
Several plugin enhancements have been made:
1. The configuration window now contains four new buttons: Cancel-This will allow you to exit the configuration without saving the old configuration. Export – This will allow you to create a configuration setup file that you can use as an archive, or to setup a pendent on another machine. Import will import your saved setting file. The last button is the Reset All button. This will reset all the buttons to None.
2. There are two new check boxes in the configuration window. “Disable Button Beeps” will suppress the Windows beep you get when you press a button. You will still get the chime sound from Mach3 however. “No Decel on Jog Stop” – When you are jogging, and then stop, the axis can in some cases continue moving for some time. This is because although the jog is commanded to stop, it stops at your current acceleration rate you have setup. Checking this option will stop the axis much quicker. Use this with caution on large heavy tables as damager may result!
3. The button configuration options have been redone to me in alphabetical order.
4. You will now get pop-up tips as your cursor moves over the options. These tips are read from the ShuttleRUTips.xml file installed into the plugins folder.
5. A software fix had been put into place to prevent a glitch that was causing a phantom button press to come through when the inner wheel was being rotated for a number of times.
Please delete the old ShuttleRU plugin form the c:\mach3\plugins folder. Mach3 must not be running in order to do this! Download and unzip the appropriate plugin into the plugins folder. If you have more than one ShuttleRU plugins active, double button presses and double incremental moves may happen.
New! Eric Sanders made the new versions v.6.11 and ShuttleRU_STM32.v.7.18 of the plugins.
Here are the changes:
1. Custom OEM Codes has been increased to 15.
2. An important new button option is available: Momentary Shift to Red, (MSR), (thank you Herb Winters for this excellent suggestion). Why is this important? Previously, It was easy to lose track of which mode you were in and could easily perform a Green operation, thinking you were in Red mode. For example, you might accidentally zero out your X axis thinking you were going to Home X. To use the MSR button, hold down the MSR button while pressing the other button. A good way to setup your Shuttle is to have all “Red” options as setup type functions, and “Green” functions as running mode functions. There are a few things to keep in mind with its use.
a. If a button is assigned to MSR, then the normal Red/Green Shift button on the ShuttleRU will be inoperable.
b. Although in the plugin configuration screen, you can still switch between the Red/Green options with the regular shift button, if a button is assigned as a Momentary Shift to Red, then that is all this button will perform. In other words, there is no “shifting” of the MSR button.
c. Since the Red/Green display bar is handled by the ShuttleRU firmware, pressing the normal shift button will still change the color of the display bar.
d. Some of the button options were renamed slightly to allow for cleaner sorting.
e.The Configuration screen will now display the actual plugin.dll version number on the title bar.
3. A new check box has been added to each button: [X] Double Press. Although the new Shift to Red option gives a measure of safety, making sure you don’t perform a move accidentally because the pendant is a red/green mode that you didn’t realize, this new option adds a second layer of safety. Here is an example: my pendent is setup so that all machine setup functions, like X-homing, Y-Homing, axis zeroing , etc., are all shift to red option. Homing is a function that can cause a crash if you are not ready for it. For these options, I also require a double button press.