DSM 5: Some Features are greyedout
Hi,
in the new Version DSM5 are some options greyedout if I have activated the constraint features in the "File>DesignSparkOptions" menue.
If the constraint features are switched off then DSM5 behaves like DSM4.
In deepth Part1:
1. I switch to SketchMode (2DSketching)
2. I choose a tool (circle for example)
3. Now, I want to place the circle relativ to a point (an edge of a rectangular for example)
4. So, I wanted to define if it should placed with "Cartesian Dimension" or "Polar Dimension"
in the "SketchOption" menue on the left.
5. But now, these points are greyedout!!!
I can activate the cartesian dimension with the ShiftKey but it isn't possible to change between
cartesian and polar dimensions.
In deepth Part2:
1. In SketchMode I've placed a circle for example
2. Then I've placed a single point as a rotation marker for the next steps
to generate a rotation pattern of the circle.
3. Now, I take the MoveTool an click on the circle.
4. I move the coordinate frame of the circle to the single point to define the rotation basepoint
5. Now, I want to choose the "Generate Pattern" option in the SketchOptions dialog on the left.
But this option is also greyedout!!!
So, at the moment I see no possibility to generate a pattern in the SketchMode.
Are these greyedout features (cartesian/polar dimension and generatepatttern) a bug in DSM5 ???
Or is there a new logical way to use these features that I havn't understand ???
Regards

Hi Ingo
Yes it's different, it's also a 'work in progress' and unfortunately, DesignSpark had to 'use' a 'Sketcher Constraint' version slightly behind the official youtube published V5.0 information.
The Sketcher Constraints has it's own new logic  however, all is still possible. Polar lines can be done by tabbing between the angle and length or vice versa  this seems to work the same or is very similar as non constraint method and for Cartesian, use the Shift over the initial point ( as you have said).
My opinion is to make consistent small trials with the new sketcher  i quite like it now, there's no need to fully constrain all geometry at all  just enough to achieve accurate geometry or enough dimensions and constraints to drive it around to your desire.
For making patterns in the new sketcher  it's a semiautomatic process ( kinda), for circular patterns, Ctrl drag (enter value) or double click for 90 deg), new position remains 'selected' and incommand for fast duplicate move. Personally i find patterns are better handled in solids ( although a small bug in pattern 'Properties' !)
So, these are not bugs i think, just the software working differently for now.
Hope i've helped  i'm not here to annoy anyone.
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I just found this DSM5 video explaining the new way of working with Sketcher Constrains. I was watching a lot of DSM4 videos and was very frustrated not able to follow along. Hope this helps anyone looking for DSM5 new way of sketching.
Constraintbased sketching with DesignSpark Mechanical  YouTube
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