What is needed to install DeskProto (Setup tips)
What hardware/software is neededDeskProto is available for Microsoft Windows and for Apple MacOS.
For Windows it needs Win7, Win8, Win10 or newer. Normally the 64 bits DeskProto will be installed, on 32 bits versions of Windows the 32 bits program. A special build for Win XP (SP3, 32 bits) is available on request.
Minimum required hardware is a Pentium PC with 1 GB RAM and 100 GB of free disk space (the Setup only installs ca 100 MB of data, however you will need much more for your STL files and NC files). In order to minimize waiting times a fast machine with more memory is recommended.
For MacOS DeskProto needs Sierra (10.12), High Sierra (10.13), Mojave (10.14), Catalina (10.15), Big Sur (11) or newer. DeskProto for MacOS always is 64 bits. Here as well minimum hardware requirement is 1 GB RAM and 100 GB free disk space: faster/more is better.
The MacOS version does not include the "Custom Wizards" nor the option "Send Toolpaths directly to machine" (each of these a rarely used feature). As Apple's implementation of OpenGL is incomplete the commands "Print Image" (File menu) and "Generate Contour" (in the dialog to graphically set the Operation Area) do not work in the MacOS version, see faq.php#graphics8.
For Linux DeskProto has been developed and tested using Ubuntu 18.04 (64 bits), still it should also work on most other popular Linux distributions. Only 64 bits versions are supported. Here as well minimum hardware requirement is 1 GB RAM and 100 GB free disk space: faster/more is better.
The Linux version does not include the "Custom Wizards" nor the option "Send Toolpaths directly to machine" (each of these a rarely used feature).
The 3D graphics card in your PC needs to support OpenGL (Version 2.1 or higher):
In many cases graphics problems can be solved by downloading and installing a more recent display driver. A powerful graphics card is recommended as that will speed up drawing.
DeskProto (V7 or newer) supports the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse series of products (also called 3D Mouse and SpaceNavigator), see the DeskProto Help file for more information.
How to installWindows: just as all Windows applications DeskProto can be installed by running the DeskProto Setup program. You can download this Setup program (dp70-XX.exe, in which XX is the language code) from the download page (on the CD this program is called Setup.exe). All you need to do is start this program.
The DeskProto Setup program will now automatically install DeskProto onto your hard disk. You will be prompted to enter the file locations: default a folder "C:\Program Files\DeskProto 7.0" will be created for the program, and a folder "C:\ProgramData\DeskProto 7.0" for the samples and the cutter/machine/postprocessor definitions (Note that \ProgramData by default is a hidden folder). Using two separate folders is needed as otherwise each user would need administrative privileges. sorry about that.
After installation a new Program Group will have been added to the Start menu, and an icon called "Deskproto 7.0" will have been added to your desktop. Start DeskProto by double clicking the DeskProto icon on your desktop.
MacOS: DeskProto for MacOS is delivered to you as an DMG (Apple Disk Image) file. You can download this file (dp70-XX.dmg, in which XX is the language code) from the download page. You can mount this DMG by double-clicking it. After agreeing with the license it will show the DeskProto70Installer dialog. Installing DeskProto can be done by simply dragging the DeskProto icon into your Applications folder.
Linux: DeskProto for Linux is delivered to you as an AppImage (Application Image) file: a format meant to install an application on various Linux distributions. You can download this file (DeskProto-7.0-XX.AppImage, in which XX is the language code) from the download page. Next you need to check the option "Allow executing the file as a program" in the Properties of the downloaded file, then you can start the program by double-clicking it.
How to un-installWindows: uninstalling DeskProto is easy:
- click the Windows Start button, select 'All Programs', open the folder 'DeskProto 7.0' and click 'DeskProto 7.0 uninstall'.
In case this does not work you can also uninstall as follows:
- click the Windows Start button, select 'Control Panel', 'Programs', 'Uninstall a program'. Now click on line 'DeskProto 7.0' and then press button Uninstall.
MacOS: uninstalling DeskProto is easy:
Drag the DeskProto app from the Applications folder to the Trash (at the end of the Dock).
Linux: uninstalling DeskProto is easy:
Simply delete the AppImage file.