Customize your workspace with the CAD General workspace offers an alternative ribbon to the default “Drafting & Annotation” workspace of ARES Commander. Icons are reorganized to facilitate the switch from AutoCAD or other similar CAD software. You can also reorganize the user interface of ARES Commander as you wish and save your configuration as a new workspace.
Work spaces in ARES CAD Software
In previous versions of ARES Commander, the software OFFERED TWO WORKSPACES BY DEFAULT: one for 2D named “Drafting & Annotation” and one for 3D. In this version, you will find a second one for 2D named “CAD general”.The new “CAD General” workspace may look more familiar to you if you learned CAD on other programs such as AutoCAD. In other words, it makes it easier to switch to ARES Commander. In turn, the workspace “Drafting & Annotation” is the same as in previous versions of ARES. Note also that if you are nostalgic and prefer the user interface with menus and toolbars you can switch to the “Classic” workspace. In the end, the workspaces allow us, in some way, to give priority to different sets of tools. As we work with ARES Commander we may need to activate new palettes; with a right-click in the ribbon area, you can display and select the palettes you could enable. Unfortunately, by default, all these changes would be lost when changing to another workspace.
Switching workspaces in ARES Commander
For example, if we switch to another workspace and come back, we see the palettes we selected are gone because the workspace has reverted back to its default state. To save the new configuration, ARES Commander is now offering the ability to quickly save under a new Workspace or under an existing one. To do so, we can activate palettes that we usually need, then go to the Workspace drop-down and choose “SAVE CURRENT WORKSPACE”, and in the pop-up box, we can assign a name. That can be a new name or WE CANOVERWRITEone of the existing ones. In this case, we will write a new name. To check, let’s move to another workspace. Now, when we return to the new workspace can check the configuration is as expected. But there is more. Remember that we can change the dark screen mode to the light mode. For this, we turn to OPTIONS, which we can also access from the MANAGE tab. In the OPTIONS box we go to DISPLAY, and in the first option called “User Interface Style,” we can change FROM ONE STYLE TO ANOTHER.
Switching UI Profiles in ARES Commander
The changes will be reflected when we restart ARES Commander. On the other hand, from the MANAGE tab, we can go to the INTERFACE. Here, in the CUSTOMIZE box, we select “UI Profiles” where we can change the workspace in use, by double-clicking on the one that interests us. At the same time, we can select one of them and delete it. In this way, we can create all the workspaces that we potentially need, and eliminate them when they are no longer required. Pay attention that right here, this option appears that allows us to determine if the changes made in a workspace are saved automatically (or not) when we “jump” from one workspace to another. The truth is that there is also a quick way to change the style of the Graphical Interface from dark to light and vice versa. For that, we press the right button and choose the “Switch UI Style” option.
Although, of course, you will have to close ARES Commander and reopen it, so that the changes are made. In the end, there are many new features in different areas of the UserInterface. For example, the “Layer Manager” palette allows you to maximize the size of all columns. Or optimize them. If necessary, we can even maximize a specific column. In short, small improvements that allow us to be more productive when working with ARES Commander. To customize your workspace, you can also modify the Ribbon and save it in your custom workspace. Learn more about the new features in ARES Commander.