The settings panel is where you can toggle certain interface settings for better performance.
Here you will find elements that will make using uMake’s interface easier
- Quick Menus – Toggle the quick menu option on or off here. Quick menus reside in the lower corner of the interface opposite the Orbit button. Quick menus make it easier to access the snap and symmetry functions.
- Apple Pencil – This toggles the Apple Pencil mode on or off. If you have an iPad that is compatible with the Apple Pencil, using Apple Pencil Mode will slightly change how uMake works. You will be able to orbit with one finger, and only the pencil will sketch curves. This can speed up your workflow.
- Left- Hand Interface – Toggling on the Left-Hand interface will reverse the default interface and place the side panel on the left and the orbit button on the right to make it easier for left-handed users to use uMake.
These are where Settings and tools for precision design can be found
- Grid Units – You can choose the units for the grid here to make working with the grid easier and more meaningful. Tap on grid units then selects a unit of measurement you wish to work with. You can also then customize how the grid scales as you work with it with the Grid Spacing settings below. Adaptive will change the grid as you zoom in and out, while fixed will keep he grid the same as you zoom in and out.
- Dimensions – Toggling dimensions will show dimensions of the bounding box of any object you select. The units will correspond to the grid units you choose under ‘Grid Units’. When you have dimensions toggled, you can change the dimensions of any selected object by tapping on the dimension displayed on the bounding box.
Here you can toggle on various snap settings to help make designing with more precision easier.
- Snap To Grid – This will snap the center of objects such as curves or surfaces to the grid. However it when enabled, it will let you snap control points to grid intersections.
- Center of Axis – This will align the center of the selected object up with the center of one of the 3 Axes. Helpful if you want to center an object along one of the axes.
- Center of an Object- This will snap the center of on object to the center axis of another object – helpful when you are trying to align to objects by their centers.
- Edges – This will snap the alignment of the edge of one object to edge of another object. Helpful if you want to try and align the edge of one object to another.
- Curve Edges – When working with control points, you can snap a control point to the end point on another curve.
- Any Curve Point – When working with control points, this will snap control points along any point on other curves.
A subset of snap tools can be found in the quick menu tools. The Snap Tools found in settings offer a few more options such as Center of Axis.
If you want to work with symmetry, you can choose which axis to reflect over here.
- X-Axis – Lets you create symmetrical designs over the
X Axis. Good for use with the Top, Bottom, Left, or Right Views.
- Y-Axis – Lets you create symmetrical designs over the
Y Axis. Use for Left, Right, Front or Back views.
- Z-Axis – Lets you create symmetrical designs over the
Z Axis. Use for Top, Bottom, Front or Back Views.
NOTE: Symmetry tools can also be found in the quick menu tools.
Toggle on or off auto surfacing here. When toggled on, any set of planar curves (Curves on the same plane) will automatically create a surface. Toggle off if you would prefer not to automatically create surfaces.