Communication/Control Software Poll

What Communication / Control software do/will you use?

Carbide Motion Machine Control Software
35
21%
GrblGru
3
2%
Universal G-Code Sender
53
32%
Grbl Controller
9
5%
bCNC
13
8%
LinuxCNC
1
1%
EstlCAM
2
1%
ChiliPeppr (internet required)
29
18%
Easel (internet required)
7
4%
Other (please specify)
13
8%
 
Total votes: 165

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Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by WillAdams » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:01 pm

Okay, we've polled everything else, and this one is by request....

You can vote for up to 10, and re-vote, so don't feel shy.
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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by Georgei » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:22 pm

You
WillAdams wrote:Okay, we've polled everything else, and this one is by request....

You can vote for up to 10, and re-vote, so don't feel shy.
Mach3 is missing from the control programs.

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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by WillAdams » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:27 pm

Georgei wrote:Mach3 is missing from the control programs.
Hazard of being a commercial program and listed here: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... nterpreter --- only looked at the opensource page.

Please use ``Other'' and specify here.
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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by Woodworker » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:39 pm

Using UGS on stock machine will investigate others once bigger machine is ready.
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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by chamnit » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:14 pm

- Mostly use a mix of Grbl's Python streaming script, UGS, and GrblWeb. In no particular order.
- Carbide Motion only on my Nomad, which works really well for that machine. Simplifies everything to just what you need.

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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by jlauer » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:09 pm

Will, can you rename "ChiliPeppr Gcode Sender" to just "ChiliPeppr"? It does so much more than just Gcode Sender that it doesn't quite make sense to have it in that title.

Some of the things way beyond "Gcode Sender"...
- Auto-Leveller (with real-time 3D display)
- Eagle BRD Importer
- Touch Plate
- GPIO Server
- Text Message Alerts
- Jogging/Inspecting/Simulating via 3D Viewer
- Cross-platform
- Run remotely on Raspberry Pi
- Supports TinyG and Grbl
- Javascript Macros
- Webcam Integration (with server workspace)
- Real-time forking of individual widgets
- ShuttleXpress Pendant Server

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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by veng1 » Fri May 01, 2015 5:47 pm

I use Mach3 on the SO2.

I'm going to try Carbide on the SO3.

I cannot use anything that requires a connection to the internet. That length of CAT5 is about 6 miles long.

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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by jlauer » Sat May 02, 2015 1:58 am

Hi Will, with adding (internet required) which is sort of editorializing the list of apps, it would seem only fair to add stuff like (Mac only) or (PC only) or (Doesn't run on Android tablets) on other software. Or, one idea is to say (internet required, thus you gain the power of the cloud) and then it sort of softens the editorializing.

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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by cvoinescu » Sat May 02, 2015 2:04 am

I don't see the point of the "(internet required)" qualification. It does not help answer the question. Nor would others, such as "Mac only". If you use it, of course you're on a Mac -- tick the box. If you don't, don't.

(When the census asks about where you may also live, they don't add "(must be student)" to the "in college housing" option.)
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Re: Communication/Control Software Poll

Post by chamnit » Sat May 02, 2015 4:09 am

For the most part, these are all cross platform gcode senders. There are some exceptions of course, like linuxcnc but that can be easily installed on any pc still. I think there should be an important distinction between GUIs that require Internet (or utilize the awesome power of the cloud, as john would put it). It's a major thing that sets them apart from the others, because not everyone has Internet access (developing countries or rural areas). It's not simply Mac-only or platform specific issue but rather accessibility.

I originally asked Will to put up this poll to help try to make a determination between traditional GUIs and Internet-based GUIs without starting a flame war. Today I asked him to place that (Internet required) to help make that distinction, but I suppose that has met some resistance already. This all started from a lengthy offline debate that jlauer and I had yesterday. We both wanted to know "How important is having an Internet requirement?" If it's not important, voters will ignore that (Internet required). Please put it back up. It makes a difference for the original intent of this poll.

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