Opening a .dd file
The following instructions detail how to access and edit cutting code in Windows.
Caution | ‘Hide extensions for known file types’ must be disabled in Windows File Explorer Options view tab.
1. First you’ll want to make a copy of the existing .dd file and paste it to a folder on your desktop.
2. Change the extension of a .dd file to .zip as shown.
3. Use Winzip, Winrar, or similar utility to extract the contents of a .dd file including the Manifest file that contains codes for directing which files are executed during the program, Image folder containing .jpg images displayed in each step of a program, and Code folder containing .txt and .nc files which contain g-code executed by the manifest file for each step of a program.
Note | Text files containing g-code can be edited using a basic text editor.
Note | Notepad++ is a free program that can be used to edit .nc and .yml files.
Note | The manifest.yml file is the master file that executes g-code text files, instructional text, and displays images contained in the code and image folders.
4. When you've completed your custom code, compress all the files in a zip archive and change the file extension to .dd so it can be recognized by DDCut. Select the manifest, code, and image files so they are all highlighted and right click to ‘add to archive’. Select the .zip option in the Winzip window. Once the zip file is created, rename it’s extension to a .dd file.
5. Run your edited .dd program through DDCut.