Overheal
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Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:12 am

So I'm on Windows 7 @ work and for me to distinguish between .gcode and factory files I actually have to go in to an individual file's Properties to see its file extension - Windows Explorer just shows both as a "3D Model File" in the File type column. Can these different file types have unique icons? If not, can the file types have different unique descriptors such as G-Code File or Slicer Project File? Eg. SolidWorks has unique File type descriptions and icons for SLDPRT, SLDASM and SLDDWG. I would like to have unique icons and descriptors for .gcode, .factory and .stl

S3D-Jake
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:52 am

Great point! I'm excited to see if this can get implemented. I too would love to see some sort of visual distinction between the various associated file types the software uses. Thanks for the awesome idea. I've documented it for our development team.
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TheBum
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:31 am

Even something as simple as a letter badge in the corner of the icon would be helpful (e.g. "G" for G-code or "F" for factory file).

wirlybird
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:38 am

You can go to control panel then file explorer options and unhide file extensions. This way you can see the extension.
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Also as a starting point you can change or assign icons to a file type. You can also assign what program is the default for that file type.

A little Googling will help on this.

https://www.faqforge.com/windows/window ... indows-10/

TheBum
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:44 am

That may help the OP, but I'm not sure it would work for me on my Mac.

wirlybird
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:00 pm

Never tried on a Mac so I'm no help!

Overheal
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:47 pm

wirlybird wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:38 am
You can go to control panel then file explorer options and unhide file extensions. This way you can see the extension.
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Also as a starting point you can change or assign icons to a file type. You can also assign what program is the default for that file type.

A little Googling will help on this.

https://www.faqforge.com/windows/window ... indows-10/
I don't know if that's allowed by the administrator; certainly a workaround but still feel the distinctions should be native to the software package as it is with other platforms.

edit: can make that change, but it doesn't sort them properly. Explorer lumps all "3D Model Files" together as one type and then alphabetizes them, so if you wanted to group .gcode and .factory separately it's messy.

And .stl aren't an S3D handled file type in my setup apparently :P
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wirlybird
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:56 pm

Overheal wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:47 pm
wirlybird wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:38 am
You can go to control panel then file explorer options and unhide file extensions. This way you can see the extension.
1.png


Also as a starting point you can change or assign icons to a file type. You can also assign what program is the default for that file type.

A little Googling will help on this.

https://www.faqforge.com/windows/window ... indows-10/
I don't know if that's allowed by the administrator; certainly a workaround but still feel the distinctions should be native to the software package as it is with other platforms.
One problem you will find is that STL, & gcode for instance are too common a file type used by multiple software packages so if you associate gcode to S3D then install another app that can work with gcode files that app may change the association.

Overheal
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:01 pm

That shouldn't be a problem here. S3D is what I use for 99% of my .STL opens, the rest being SolidWorks opens and you need to perform that in a funny manner anyway to pull it in as a solid you can manipulate, so having .stl associated with SW is counterproductive.

wirlybird
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Re: Different file icons

Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:08 pm

Overheal wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:47 pm
wirlybird wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:38 am
You can go to control panel then file explorer options and unhide file extensions. This way you can see the extension.
1.png


Also as a starting point you can change or assign icons to a file type. You can also assign what program is the default for that file type.

A little Googling will help on this.

https://www.faqforge.com/windows/window ... indows-10/
I don't know if that's allowed by the administrator; certainly a workaround but still feel the distinctions should be native to the software package as it is with other platforms.

edit: can make that change, but it doesn't sort them properly. Explorer lumps all "3D Model Files" together as one type and then alphabetizes them, so if you wanted to group .gcode and .factory separately it's messy.

And .stl aren't an S3D handled file type in my setup apparently :P

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Check out this little utility. I haven't used it but it is supposed to be good. I think you can use it to change the file type description.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html

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