[OpenSCAD] Close command

Kenneth Sloan kennethrsloan at gmail.com
Sat Jun 25 15:44:33 EDT 2016


I nominate “Openscad is non-standard” as the understatement of the year.

In a language where a cube may have different H,W,D, and where coders specify hex-nuts as “cylinder”s, I don’t think the slightly different handling of “Close” makes it on to the first page of examples of “non-standard” usage.

You were surprised.  Get over it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there were not 10 existing OpenSCAD users who would complain about things “breaking” if the behavior were changed.

and, besides - working differently from Microsoft Word, CorelDraw, and Photoshop is not prima facie evidence of being “wrong”.

Being “different” is not always a bad thing.

Kenneth Sloan
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> On Jun 25, 2016, at 10:36 , Michele Denber <denber at mindspring.com> wrote:
> On 06-23-2016 9:51 PM, MichaelAtOz wrote:
>> I'm not sure if it is in 2014.12.25 but current versions have an 'allow
>> opening multiple documents' advanced preference.
>> When set it operates the way you expect with multiple files, except closing
>> the final document closes the program. Which is logical, as the graphic
>> display window is undefined without a source file.
> Yes, but that does not require exiting the program.  When you first start the program, the graphics window is blank until you start writing code and rendering.  This is the way Microsoft Word, CorelDraw, and Photoshop all work.  If you have one file open and click Close, the file is closed but the program remains running with a blank text or graphics window.
> That's the way every program I've ever used that offers a Close command works.  Closing the last file leaves the program running with a blank window ready to either open a new file or start creating a new document.  I submit that Openscad is non-standard in that regard.
>            - Michele
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