Adding accent rings in SegPro

Discussion in 'Segmented Turnings Forum' started by Chuck Margeson, May 14, 2019.

  1. Chuck Margeson

    Chuck Margeson PRO Member

    Trying to design new bowl in SegPro. Storyboard allows only one accent row top & bottom. All else is default specie. Is it possible to add an additional accent row?
    After the base disk I want a thin row of white and a thin row of black. Same on top but in reverse.
    Any help would would be appreciated.
    Chuck Margeson
  2. mfisher

    mfisher Super Moderator Staff Member

    SP (segment pro) does not have the flexibility that WTP (woodturner pro) has. So adding thin rowsat the top and bottom of the vessel (base disk) can't be done in SP. It can in WTP.

    In SP the choices are featured ring + 4 accent rings, featured + 2 accent rings, or featured ring only. Select the one you want by clicking on the button. To use this select featured ring.

    SP was designed for those wanting a quick design process. WTP provides much more control of ring height, etc.
  3. Chuck Margeson

    Chuck Margeson PRO Member

  4. Chuck Margeson

    Chuck Margeson PRO Member

    OK. Got. Is there a way to export a WTP file to SP?
  5. mfisher

    mfisher Super Moderator Staff Member

    Unfortunately there is no way to export a SP project into WTP or WTP into SP. The data base structure is entirely different.

    It really doesn't take much time to take a project from SP to WTP. Using the summary/cut list from SP as a guide, I just enter the outside and inside diameter into WTP for each ring. Add your accent rings in to the mix, adjust ring height, etc.

    I have done a few projects were I started in SP because I love the paint feature. From there I recreated the project in WTP,

    Good luck.
  6. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    This is a good opportunity for me to review the decisions I made when writing Segment PRO.

    A large percentage of my users are not strong with computers and I’ve watched them struggle to get over the software learning curve. When I retired to work on this company, I finally had the time to write a new program where I could let the software do most of the work. This let me greatly reduce the user interface and, thanks to video tutorials, it is far simpler and much faster to design a ‘standard’ segmented bowl. In an instant gallery, about 80% of the segmented bowls you find are standard.

    The software engine that builds the bowls follows a complex algorithms to build various styles of bowls but if something non-standard was allowed, the engine wouldn’t know what to do. Also, to allow you to add anything non-standard, I have to add a lot of user interface and since there isn’t any more screen real estate available, it would mean additional screens and we’re right back to the learning curve issue.

    Fortunately, Woodturner PRO allows you to create virtually 100% of segmented bowls and also gives you much more control of the vessel with the trade off that you have to do all of the work. As Mike can attest, once you work with it for awhile, you will like using it.

    The important thing is for you to understand if a new project falls into the standard mode or not. If so, Segment PRO will do it in a fraction of the time. If it isn’t, Woodturner PRO is the software to use.

    Since the two programs have almost nothing in common, exporting from Segment PRO to Woodturner PRO would be difficult and very incomplete. Starting in the correct software is the best answer.


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