Latest bit of software. 07/15/2010
It seems that every direction I turn Im having to email someone new to figure out something or get help with a piece of software etc etc. Any way. I would like to say that Dan Heeks, creator of HeeksCad and HeeksCNC, is a great guy! It turns out hes a windows program developer who povides his source for anyone to compile for anything they can compile it for. I always assume when someone provides source that their automatically linux super users. I felt kind of silly after sending him a not so brief email asking what I was doing wrong compiling his software for Ubuntu. Basically this wiki explains how to build HeeksCAD/CNC under ubuntu but after I compiled and installed it kept running into missing icons and missing parts of the program. I tried to find help in the google group for HeeksCAD but that didnt turn out to provide much help and possible solutions were slow to arrive so I decided to email Dan. He informed me that he wasnt "much of a Linux user". I explained the problem I was having and my theory that not all the files were being copied to the correct locations during the make install phase. The next morning a new build came out and it worked like magic.
For any one interested I have created .Deb packages of HeeksCad, HeeksCNC, and the three other packages that needed to be compiled from source. Ive tested them on a clean install of Ubuntu to verify that the do truly work. For now post a comment and Ill email them to you. I may host them somewhere later down the road if Dan Heeks is alright with that. Ive emailed them to him so he might host them as well!
For now I will leave you with yet another screen shot. This screen shot happens to be of a Hack a Day badge that I found on their website. The green fog turns out to be the actual tool path which is nifty cool. Itll probably be the first object I test out once I get everything in a row.