ModernUI Workbench

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Modern UI workbench icon

Introduction

The ModernUI Workbench is an external workbench that replaces the standard user interface. It has modern features such as:

  • Each workbench has its ribbon tab.
  • Modern UI ribbon tab replaces the top-level menu.
  • Activating a workbench's ribbon tab shows groups of the workbench's tools.
  • Panels such as Combo View are collapsed/expanded upon mouse-over.

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Limitations and Troubleshooting

  • If you experience unexpected behavior, always first try to uninstall and then reinstall the ModernUI workbench.
  • The workbench is primarily tested with English and may exhibit unexpected behavior in other languages.
  • Installing more workbenches after installing ModernUI may cause problems.

Install

Install with the Std AddonMgr.svg Addon Manager.

Note: To uninstall, you have to create a macro and execute it. If you do not feel confident about this, consider to not install.

Running Modern UI in a self-contained directory

To easily test Modern UI without interfering with your standard configuration, you can contain it in a separate directory. Uninstalling Modern UI is then simply accomplished by deleting the directory. introduced in version 0.19

Linux

For example:

$ mkdir modernUI  # new directory that contains Modern UI
$ cd modernUI
$ HOME="$PWD" FREECAD_USER_HOME="$PWD" FreeCAD_0.19.AppImage

When starting FreeCAD like this for the first time, you have a new default configuration. Now install (and configure) Modern UI. This is essentially a portable FreeCAD version.

Instead of using the command line, you can also create a dedicated desktop icon.

Windows

There are not dedicated instructions for Windows yet, however, it is very similar to creating a portable version of FreeCAD on a USB medium.

Uninstall

Detailed instructions can be found on GitHub.

The uninstall sequence is as follows:

  1. Uninstall with the AddonManager.svg Addon Manager.
  2. Restart FreeCAD.
  3. Create a macro with this code:
    from PySide2 import QtCore, QtGui, QtWidgets
    mw = FreeCADGui.getMainWindow()
    mw.menuBar().show()
     
    WBList = FreeCADGui.listWorkbenches()
    for WB in WBList:
        FreeCADGui.activateWorkbench(WB)
        for tb in mw.findChildren(QtWidgets.QToolBar):
            tb.show()
    
  4. Execute the macro.
  5. Restart FreeCAD.

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