# COMMUNITY

### CREO, SolidWorks, Catia, Etc.?

Sort of a broad question here - if it deviates too much from the theme of these forums, my apologies. I was just curious to know, of those of you who use manufacturing design software, which do you prefer and why?

Posted by PlasticPanama 3 years ago

### Learning Redstone

I'm here today to teach you how to have fun with Redstone, now if you don't, you may just jump into a Minecraft sand well and drown. Okay, first thing is first, the BASICS. You may already know that there are what we call 'Logic Gates' in all forms of machines from a computer to a simple on and off switch. We are going to be talking about the main logic gates for now. So let's get started. The NOT Gate: The NOT Gate is what I think is the easiest logic gate to comprehend in Minecraft. It is basically an inverter. It inverts the input. For example, if I were to take an input of Redstone that is on, it would invert it and give an output of Redstone that is off.If it were off, it would be an output of on. This is one of the most used Redstone logic gates. The OR Gate: The OR Gate is also VERY simple to understand, and is also called a Universal Logic Gate, this is because you can use this gate to make any other gate existent. OR basically means 'One input OR the other input  OR both will give us an output'. This is like saying 'Jeff's dog will get a treat if he jumps in the air OR he rolls over, OR does both'. This is also easy to comprehend. (The NOR Gate is the same as the OR Gate except its output is inverted) The AND Gate: The AND Gate reciprocates the OR gate except for one major difference. Instead of 'If one OR the other is on the output is on', it is 'If one AND the other are on the output is on, otherwise it is off'. So what this is saying is that you need to have BOTH inputs on in order to have the output on. This is like saying 'Jeff needs to turn the handle AND push the door to open it'. (The NAND Gate is the same as an AND Gate except its output is inverted, the NAND Gate is also a universal gate) The XOR Gate: The XOR Gate is also very similar to the OR gate but instead of 'One or the other or both', it is 'One or the other'. XOR means 'Exclusive OR', meaning only one of the inputs can be on or else I wont turn on. This is very important when dealing with Redstone calculators or ALUs. It is one of the main functions of a Redstone Adder or Subtractor. (The XNOR Gate is the same as an XOR Gate but its output is inverted) Those are all of the main basic logic gates I'm going to take you through today! These ones are the most important ones to be used and can help people a lot. There are PLENTY more to go through but that would be a bit much documentation for me to handle. If you need any help or need some easy visuals, you can go to StephennJF's YouTube page, or you can also go to bennyscube's YouTube page for help too.

Posted by knexpert1700 5 years ago

### Software Bugs

Hi all, I came to the forums to ask you to try and break my software. You will find the link to it in my instructable. If you manage to break the software please inform me. Thanks, PREDATOR

Posted by PREDATOR_UK 8 years ago

For those of us with bad cameras, does anyone know some free CAD software (Linux or Windows) so that we can include diagrams?

Posted by BoomGuy 11 years ago

### need advice for process control software

I am new to process control software. We are working on a solar steam project that will require some form of automated control. We need suggestions for software (preferably open source and will run on a windows pc) that will handle temp and pressure data aquisition. The software should also be able to affect small electric motors based on the data parameters. Also any recommendations for temp and pressure (psi) sensors would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any suggestions

Posted by culinadge 10 years ago

### Game Interface Protection Software

Have you ever had someone break into a password-protected file/folder by finding out the code? Well, if someone made a Game Interface Protection Software, they don't need a code! The software would have these following traits: 1. The user could choose through a variety of games (like chess or poker) to use as the protection. 2. The user could set the game difficulty level. 3. The user could also have a password after the game, just in case someone else got through the game. 4. The user could also have the game set so the person would only be able to win by a certain way. Ex: (On chess) D1 to C4... If someone here could make this software, I'm sure they would have a nice business.

Posted by Blackhawk2 8 years ago

### Good DVD software?

Hi,So I downloaded all of The Onion videos onto my computer as .FLV's. Then I converted them to .mp4 (ACC audio). Now I want to import them into some type of program that will allow me to make DVD's with Menus and link each clip onto the menus. So does anyone have any good suggestions of free software like that? I have used Roxia my DVD but I don't have the full version and I don't particularly like it. I run am Running Windows XP media Center and Ubuntu Gusty Gubbons on this computer. I have all of the videos on an external hard drive so I could potentially take use my brothers mac. Any suggestions and/or comments are welcome. ThanksJoe

Posted by joejoerowley 10 years ago

### OSX software to measure electical signals

Hello I was hoping somebody could point me in the direction of what software i could use on my Mac OSX 10.7 to measure the electrical current from various sensors etc.  I do not mean a multi-meter as i am looking to log data on incoming voltages from various things i am making. I do not come from an electrical engineer or computer engineer background, therefore i do not know the correct term or name of the programs.They usually look like frequency graphs on the computer screen where the graphs/waveforms move as the voltage fluctuates and they allow you to monitor and record the electrical data for example when you touch a capacitor or move a potentiometer. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you very much.

Posted by bluebey 5 years ago

### Free Software Sources

. I'll kick this off with my all time favorite, SourceForge. "The world's largest Open Source software development web site.". No matter what you want to do, you can probably find a free program that will do it at SourceForge.. Quality of the programs varies widely, but if you pay attention to last revision dates (be wary if it hasn't been updated in a few years or hasn't been updated since it was posted) and the number of downloads (more is usually better), you can skip over the lesser stuff.. Not sure how they handle malware prevention, but I've never been infected by any of the plethora of stuff I've downloaded.. . 2008-04-26. Here's the sources others have contributed, in a handy list with links. MS Visual BASIC (Brennn10) Softpedia (LinuxH4x0r, ll.13) MajorGeeks (Goodhart) Download.com (CNET/ZDNET) (Goodhart, ll.13) The Pirate Bay (ll.13)

Posted by NachoMahma 10 years ago

### Home surveillance software

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Posted by ppremjith 1 year ago

### Creating Database

Posted by Blinktwice 4 years ago

What pc software do you use to create a radar screen on computer screen that then picks up signals from ultrasonic sensor???

Posted by toka519 6 years ago

### Soft toy/inflatable design software

Does anyone know of a way I can design my soft toy/sculpture/inflatable in 3d then print out the parts with software? Otherwise, how should I do this? Appreciate the help!

Posted by jarris 6 years ago

### PCB design and cicuit simulation software

Hi all first post here could someone recommend a good software package for PCB and circuit design and simulation on a budget preferably compatible with windows vista and 7 and with CNC capability (looking to build one in the future)

Posted by pmills4 5 years ago

### Movie-Editing Software?

I've been getting into short film recently and I'm looking for some movie-editing software. I want something that:works on Windowsis free/open sourceis easy to usehas a good amount of useful featuresI like iMovie, but I'm not spending the money on a Mac.Help?

Posted by Labot2001 10 years ago

### Good Software For Planning Builds

Does anyone know any good software to help with planning builds? Any type of building type software or such, for small projects. I guess 3d modeling is probably what a lot of people use, but it seems like it has a steep learning curve from what I've seen. I was hoping maybe there is a much simpler modeling program out there for, example,  just throwing a quick box/chest together with dimensions etc.

Posted by darrellacoustic 3 years ago

### Software for blueprinting

Right now I'm blueprinting a project in Photoshop but even with the exact numbers i have to scale it up whem putting int in my project, I could just remake the files to fix the issue but there has to be software out there that makes the process simplier so i dont have to hand calculate distances between cuts and the like

Posted by nekollx 5 years ago

### Telephony Software?

Would anyone know if it's possible to use the modem in my ibook to hook into my phone line and use my ibook as an answering machine/callerid onscreen and be able to record/listen into conversations without making a clicking noise that the phone makes? Thanks guys, I'm sure someone here probably knows what software I can use.

Posted by Punkguyta 11 years ago

### software to record from tv in card

I have conexant bt878 tv in card and want to record composite video (yellow plug) i look for software that works in windows xp pro is free (as in linux) or free (as in not paid) + does not advertise itself in the recorded video etc + does not have any limits like demo software does not contain drm (copy protection) records in moderate to high resolution (not like 3XX x 2XX thumbnail video) and with high quality codec records audio too

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago

### Some good editing software?

Hey guys. I'm gonna (probably) (hopefully) gonna get a summer job this year.I want some good editing software. As ridicoulous as it sounds, I want it to be able to do particle effects and such. Like this: (just....not as constipated-y) Anyway, I'm leaning towards After Effects, but I hear it depends on the version, cuz it can get quite expensive. So, you guys got any good software that can do this sort of thing, available in stores, and will only damage me \$50-\$100? Hopefully less than 100...... *sniff* My money goes away so quick.....

Posted by Keith-Kid 9 years ago

### Webcam Software?

Hey guys and gals, I am playing around with a old Pentax 110 camera and I noticed that my cheap Labtec webcam fits almost perfect in the backing of the camera. This works VERY well because I have numerous lenses that I can switch out. I immediatly noticed the quality of the image is many time better doing this. The main problem I have is the webcam fits perfect rotated sideways. When I use the cam the video/pics are all rotated. Is there any software that will run on a PC that will rotate this for me? Also out of curiosity is there anyway via firmware update, software etc... to increase the overall size of the image or is it hardware dependant? I appreciate any help I can get. Thanks, Jester

Posted by Jester_boy2 10 years ago

### Digital pen

Can  an optical mouse be turned into a PC screen writing gadget or digital pen? Optical mouse have a low resolution camera. By using a software that coordinates what's being shown on the screen and a modified optical mouse, it could be possible to draw on the screen or turn this combination into a touch screen application.

Posted by oobi07 8 years ago

### How can I get web radio software recorder ?

I Would like to have a perfect software  to download or record my best program from web radio? Any help ?

Posted by AUsbi 5 years ago

### Designing probes for soundcard oscilloscope software

While searching for a cheaper alternative for an oscilloscope I found an answer from Lemonie about a software that uses a computer's soundcard. I found an Instructable for a soundcard probe but I am not sure that it works with the software. Does anyone has any suggestions or ideas for creating probe(s) that work(s) with the software?

Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago

I just thought that the Lego-ers (?) would like to know about Ldraw, open source CAD software specifically for designing Lego models. Have a look at this BBC News story to see a chap who built a model of St Pancras' railway station to a scale suitable for minifigs. Of course, you may not wish to go "open" with your software (I doubt that Ldraw has been as thoroughly debugged as Firefox, for instance), so you may with to use the official Lego CAD software.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

### Portable software for veroboard design?

On the hunt for software that will allow me to do layout designs for veroboard circuits, however all I've found requires installation and doesn't have a portable version available. Does anyone know of any that has a portable distribution, bonus points if it contains breadboard and PCB sections too. Forgot to mention, Windows user here. Thanks!

Posted by Auraomega 6 years ago

### Software for slicing 3d model into layers for printing, cutting and assembly from card, layer by layer

I've been looking for software to slice up some 3d models I've made in 3ds max, and i know there are Pepakura model unfolders but the shapes are quite curved and a pepakura model wouldn't shape up right. So I'm looking for software that can cut a 3d model into variable layer height for printing on card and assembling like a 3d sculpture ( see Darth Vader - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciberdoc/3895118480/ ). Any ideas?

Posted by Pink_wolf 6 years ago

### Search and communication software for multiple deep sea drones

Why, for clearly group drone work, like clearing mine fields and searching for an airplane lost at sea, don't we have software that can coordinate a group of drones to systematically work together to thoroughly search a programmed area and either blow up the mines or notify "command" of a "hit"?   I can also imagine aerial drones being used to search for lost hikers or for military purposes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Somebody can do this.

Posted by Chrmngblly 4 years ago

### PIC Programming Software

I am just starting to get into PICs, problem is, I can't find a program. All these tutorials on PICs on Instructalbes talk about the hardware, but not very many talk about software. I am pretty fluent in VBasic/Basic so I would like a developer that works in that language or C/C++. I have PIC Prog, but that just downloads it. Anyway here's what I need help finding: -Free devolpment and compiler program -Preferably programs with Basic or C -Works with JDM2 programmers. Yes I have MCU experience, but it's been with an OOPic. I can't use it on everything so I am switching to PICs. Anyway if anyone can help me with software solutions, I'd really appreciate it.

Posted by gimmelotsarobots 10 years ago

### DVD Audio Amplification Software Resources?

Hi All, I'm working on my kids' Holiday Play that I recorded on a mini-dvd camcorder (it's Februaray already !!??!?). The sound is pretty weak. I have edited the dvd to cut out the crap and have vob files, etc. Can anyone direct me to a tutorial on how to pull the audio so I can amp it up a little in audacity? I would need to know how to separate it from the vob files and then combine it again hopefully without having to re-master the dvd. Windows or Linux software is fine - I run both. Thanks!

Posted by homba 10 years ago

### POLL: What runs your blog?

Lots of people run blogs these days, and there is lots of software out there to help them. What do you use to write your blog? I've created a poll, and I'm interested in what you use. Here's the poll

Posted by munchman 8 years ago

### New software traces 3D models from video footage (yow!)

VideoTrace is a pretty sick new bit of software in the prototype phase that's being developed by folks in Australia. By placing and fine-tuning points on video footage, the software can create a 3D model with textures. Now that I know about it I wish they would hurry up and release it.In their words:VideoTrace is a system for interactively generating realistic 3D models of objects from video ÃÂmodels that might be inserted into a video game, a simulation environment, or another video sequence. The user interacts with VideoTrace by tracing the shape of the object to be modelled over one or more frames of the video. By interpreting the sketch drawn by the user in light of 3D information obtained from computer vision techniques, a small number of simple 2D interactions can be used to generate a realistic 3D model. Each of the sketching operations in VideoTrace provides an intuitive and powerful means of modelling shape from video, and executes quickly enough to be used interactively. Immediate feedback allows the user to model rapidly those parts of the scene which are of interest and to the level of detail required. The combination of automated and manual reconstruction allows VideoTrace to model parts of the scene not visible, and to succeed in cases where purely automated approaches would fail.Check out the video at VideoTrace's site. It has one of the coolest uses of copy-and-paste ever.via boingboing

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

This is interesting, So Zscaler acts like a pass/no-pass Gate.   If it were a firmware gate that only could be accessed by a dedicated keyboard then it could stop hackers dead.   Yes it would force sites to hold all their content rather then pulling this from there and that from elsewhere but NO HACKERS unless they physically take a site. What say you ?

Posted by iceng 2 years ago

### iPhone Pirates!

From Wired:"The iPhone's App Store is becoming an increasingly juicy target for pirates, who have illegally cracked 20 percent of paid applications for free distribution.Apple's App Store offers about 25,000 paid apps, and iPhone analytics company Medialets estimates at least 5,000 have been pirated. The company also said it has tracked dozens of apps with as high as a 100-to-1 pirated-to-paid ratio."That's one fifth of Apple's applications for the iphone! LinkWhat do you guys think? Do any of you use the pirated apps? Most of us have heard all the downsides to pirating, are there upsides to pirating? Opinions welcome; discuss!

Posted by drinkmorecoffee 9 years ago

### Android 4.4.2

Alrighty folks, its been a while since i've been in the instructables community.... I apologize for my absence. Anyways, on to my question. My mother and I both have Samsung Galaxy s3s with android 4.4.2, and I am able to set a new lock pin, change lock type, or even disable mine. She, however, cannot do so on her phone. I've looked myself, and it seems all other options for the lock screen are "grayed out" and unable to be selected. All we want to do is disable the lock screen on her phone. Anybody know why this is happening or what I can do to help her out?

Posted by dkop1 3 years ago

### Free Software Foundation

Has anyone ever come across this group? If so, what do you know about them? Legit? etc...Free(dom) software group....

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago

### Good Free (and Legal) Software

Over the past few years I've had a love/hate relationship with free software. Trying to find it, getting viruses from it, realising that it stinks. I wanted this forum to be a place where people can post their great software finds for PC, MAC or LINUX. No matter how strange or obscure, post it and where you got it.

Posted by blksheep 10 years ago

### Free NASA Software!

Posted by Kiteman 1 year ago

### lcd cropping software?

I just built a DIY projector for my room (basically an overhead with an lcd and fans slapped on). Many people that do this use a 15 inch screen, but my family recently burnt out the backlight of a 17", so I used that. Anyways, since the stage of the overheadprojector can't see the whole LCD, some parts of the image get cut off. Is there some sort of software to essentially shrink a screen so that I can get the whole image viewable to the projector?

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago

### Protoboard Layout Software?

I'm looking for recommendations for good software for making schematics and layouts for protoboard (you know, the copper clad perf board). I've tried expressPCB and looked at Eagle, but they're designed for etching a board - not as helpful as I'd hoped. I want one that allows you to easily create a schematic, generate netlists, lay out your parts, and create connections. ExpressPCB does this, but it is missing something I would really really like - the ability to view the reverse side of the board (for when you're wiring the board). What do you use? Do you like it? What is it missing? Oh yeah, and I don't want to pay anything, either. I'm cheap!

Posted by jptrsn 7 years ago

Back in college we used to work with SolidWorks, so I'm used to making some simple work in that. Problem is they do not have trials anymore, and I can't afford such a program. So I'm looking for a nice free CAD program to replace it. - It should have 3D capabilities, to make it easier for me to understand what I'm doing. - Constraints, so I can define dimensions and features and have the other features adjust to it - Boolean and Splines support, but no need for fancy tools. - Drafting, to make the finished blueprint. It doesn't need any simulation, rendering, analytics, or management tools, and should, before anything else, be easy to learn. Right now I have found a number of programs, but I have no idea about how to figure out which is "better" for me. I will be testing them while waiting for a possible reply, so maybe I'll be the one to find a nice one :) But PLEASE don't hesitate to reply if you have any suggestions! The ones I have found are: BRL-CAD, the US Army's open-source CAD Program PowerSHAPE-e Kompas 3D T-FLEX CAD Student Edition Anyway, hope we can get a dialog going and find the best free hobby starter's CAD software for tech and craft :)

Posted by ELF 8 years ago

### Symbol CS1504 Keychain Barcode Memory Scanner

A couple of years ago at work I purchased this little keyring barcode reader http://www.symbol.com/product.php?productID=204 It's a great little thing. It comes with no software so I paid to download some reading software (don't know what I did with it) which had fairly limited functionality it would show me the date and time of reading, the type of barcode format and the barcode number. What I really want to do with this now is use it for asset checking. I want to put a barcode on every door in my building and an asset number barcode on every asset. That way when the yearly audit comes round I can nip from room to room and scan the door and then all the assets. Come back to a PC and download - Room ID, Asset ID and a date and time stamp. But what I really want this to do is to just pull the description data associated with the asset number from so sort of table. The developer software is freely available... but I don't want to learn Pearl or any other language just for this... If someone made a little open source app... I'd pay for it (as long as it was like the budgy) If you could compile a little app for the Symbol how cool it would be!

Posted by ChickenGrylls 8 years ago

### Laser cutter software issue

I use a laser cutter that runs on LaserCut 5.3 To create my files, I draw in Inkscape, save as a DXF file, then import that into Lasercut5.3 Unfortunately, importing into LaserCut5.3 creates artifacts in my files - polygons are created where none were before, and lines are invisibly doubled up, meaning that the laser cuts some lines twice, which wastes time, energy, and can spoil a project if a line goes too deep. Two typical examples are below. In an ideal world, the "e" would come out as two continuous lines (inside & outside).  Intead, it comes out as three lines, and the straight parts of the lines are "doubled over" - it cuts twice. Where two or more straight lines are contiguous, like the "k", the sections gain extra lines that break it up into smaller polygons. (I have shown the extra lines in red). Both cases are fixable, on a file-by-file basis, but, in the clunky LaserCut5.3, the fix can take longer than the original design. Has anybody else experienced this issue, and how did you fix it?

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago

### HNS-Corp.tk

I have got my site up and running. What the site is for is for me making and selling programs, and soon to teach others how to script and program. The site is http://www.HNS-Corp.tk I currently have four programs for sell, well two programs and two anti-programs for those programs. If you want to know more just go visit the site.

Posted by Nemraiku 10 years ago

### Using a webcam to do digital video from a microscope.

I don't have windows set up for the net so it was nice to buy a cheap webcam that works right away in linux  and skype with my sister and brothers in different parts of the world.  It has a focus ring and I tried it with my microscope and prepared slide.  And then later with greeny water from plant pots in the back garden. It is actually pretty good.  I had to use 2 software programs. I used cheese to open the webcam but it misses frames when it records its own video!  I found that opening recordmydesktop and recording the cheese window or cheese area of the desktop solves the problem. I got the microscope second hand in a thrift store. Next step will be to find a pond and grab some really nice samples. I will grab pics of how I set it up in a while, but for now here is a video of a prepared slide, and focusing through it. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; I did some other videos too with live specimens from the back garden but nothing really exciting. I still have to work on lighting and making the mount a bit more rigid but for a first attempt it is pretty good. Brian

Posted by gaiatechnician 7 years ago

### Help! How to code this (START SWITCH)

Sir/Mam,    I have a problem on coding in my start button, when i pushed the start button, the process still working and need to finish its task given on the code then OFF, The Problem is: the problem is, when i pressed the start the button(ON), the process starts, but when i press the start button (OFF) , the Arduino finishes the entire code before it turns off. what i need is when i turn off the switch, the entire microcontroller(ARDUINO) is turn off, and when i start again the start button(ON), the process starts from the top.

Posted by Khel.Limbaro 3 years ago

### Editing HD video in Movie Maker 6

I've been wanting to make better videos and found that my Galaxy S3 makes fairly good quality videos (for my budget). But my final edited movies are crap thanks to having to edit them in Windows Movie Maker. In order to edit an MP4 in Movie Maker, I have to convert down to WMV. Does anyone know how preserve the high definition of an MP4 when editing the video in Windows Movie Maker 6? I need any help I can get! Thanks! Here is my latest video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLUDSVdL_fg

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