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Be Lazy (In a Good Way)

May 18, 2014, 11:53 am by Eldar Gerfanov

I sometimes get email letters from beginning CNC machinists thanking me for making the FSWizard Online Speed and Feed Calculator available for free and asking for some tips and hints.

I always answer and try to encourage people.

Looking at my own CNC career I realize that the thing that is making me successful in my eyes is my own laziness.

Because of how lazy I am I always try to make things the fastest and easiest way possible.

At my previous day job I earned several awards for improving various processes many times saving the company thousands of dollars and many man-hours as a result.

So the main advice I have for those willing to advance is "be lazy"

Always try to improve on your work and make things work faster and better, so you do not have to work hard. If you are successful, your boss will notice.

Bill Gates - the founder of Microsoft once said that he would always give the hard jobs to lazy people, because they always manage to find ways to do them easy.


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HSMAdvisor v0.802

May 12, 2014, 11:20 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

This is a bug-fix update.

As it turned out usage of "Sticky RPM" caused the calculator to not work properly.

Also when in metric mode, Tool Manufacturer Cutting Speed was sometimes not updating properly.

All the problems have been fixed in this update.


HSMAdvisor v0.801

May 11, 2014, 9:46 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Hello guys,

I have just uploaded a latest release of HSMAdvisor v0.801.

In this update i only added a few calculators to the new Reference Tab.

Lets review all those calculators here.
And since i last time got repremended by mr rlockwood for making my post too long and dry, i will spice it up with a ton of pictures and even a download link. BTW you can download the updated version over here http://hsmadvisor.com/index.php?page=Download

There are 3 new calculators.

Those are:

  • Scientific Calc -a child of my labor over this weekend.
    The standard Windows calc was driving me crazy with its small buttons, so i whipped up this one. Maybe later i will make it a separate pop-up window or something
  • Drll Point Calc - a handy tool that allows to calculate depth required to make a countersink of set angle, and tip flat size
  • Partial Bolt Hole Calc- allows to find location of equally spaced holes laying on an ark. 

Here is a full list of calculators available at this point in the Reference Tab:

Scientific Calculator

Bolt Hole


Partial Bolt Hole

Bolt Line

Drill/Countersink Point Calculator

I plan to keep adding more and more new calculators and features and improving existing ones.
Should you have any suggestions, please let me know.


HSMAdvisor UI Survey Results

May 7, 2014, 10:23 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I think it is time to reflect on latest changes to our HSMAdvisor and look at survey results.

Thanks to your input I was able to make changes that I believe addressed some of the issues you guys were having.

You can download and try HSMAdvisor for 30 more days here http://hsmadvisor.com/index.php?page=Download

This update resets your trial counter back to "30 days left", so if your old trial expired, you can use it for one month more.

First of all, I put all of the available overrides on plain sight. Now you do not need to expand a panel to access speed/feed overrides.

I also added cutting speed and chipload to the collapsed view.

Machine Panel now has  Max RPM on collapsed view.

Gages panel now is not expandable and has ...
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Saving a Web Page as Plugin in HSMAdvisor

May 4, 2014, 5:38 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Plugins Tab now has functionality to Download and Save webpages to your computer, so they are always available offline.

There is now an address bar on the bottom of the screen.
If you enter URL address and click go, you can load website in a new tab.

You can save it as one page by right-clicking on corresponding tab and selecting "Save Page on Disk":

Alternatively you can save your webpage in ".mht" format using Internet Explorer into HSMAdvisor\plugins\ folder.

Next time you launch HSMAdvisor, your saved web page will show up in Plugins Tab.

This is where all plugins are saved:

You can use *.HTML, *.HTM, *.MHT and *.TXT files.

If you have any Microsoft Word documents you would like to keep there as well, you can save them "As Web Page" and copy to the plugins folder.


HSMAdvisor v0.800

May 4, 2014, 5:29 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

This update resets trial counter back to "30 days left"!

New Things:

  • New Reference Tab
    I am starting to port geometry calculators found in FSWizard:Mobile app to HSMAdvisor.
    You will be able to find them in ths tab. For now i have added 3 calculators: True Position, Bolt Line and Bolt Hole
  • Ability to Download and save ALMOST any web page as a plugin.

Improved Things:

  • Improved Scaling and layout when using larger Windows Font Size and lager App Font size.
  • Changed position of several controls withing the app to improve usability.

Now lets look closer what has changed....

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A few more days left on this sale!

April 26, 2014, 5:26 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Just wanted to let everybody know that the current sale will run until the end of April.

I also wanted to ask everybody again to participate in the survey posted earlier and help decide the major direction the software needs to be moving.

Edit: I have received very valuable feedback so far.

Please fillup the survey if you did not already.


HSMAdvisor User Interface Survey

April 23, 2014, 12:26 am by Eldar Gerfanov

So far reaction to the new user interface has been somewhat mixed.

Those who like it, i guess keep quiet, and those who don't are voicing their discontent :)

I guess i need everyones feedback on this.

Please fill up following survey, so i can get a clearer picture of what i should be doing.

Here is a link to the survey on SurveyMonkey Website https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HN75QGC

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HSMAdvisor v0.775 .Net4.0 Update

April 18, 2014, 11:04 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Up to now people who wanted to use HSMAdvisor Speed and Feed Calculator on their Windows 8 machines had to install .Net Framework 2.0

I have decided from this point on to supply HSMAdvisor in both .Net versions.

As much as i would like to move completely to 4.0, too many people still run archaic versions of .NET framework.

I also fixed quite a few other things in this update.
So, if something looked wird before, it now should be fixed.

Edit: I have added a fix for metric taps in version 0.777


New and Improved HSMAdvisor v0.77 Goes On Sale!

April 16, 2014, 10:53 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Happy Good Friday and a Happy Easter!

It has been over one month since the last sale. And i would like to kick this one off by releasing the latest improved version of HSMAdvisor.

Starting Today all HSMAdvisor licenses are on 25% discount!

Well, i actually released it a day ago. Just could not hold it to my self and wanted to share it with all the customers who are anxiously awaiting for something new!

As i mentioned before, in this update i completely redesigned the Speed and Feed Calculator's interface.

Typical workflow would consist of filling up all available information top- to bottom.

The most important input fields are now located on horizontal panels.

Each panel has a name and carries a certain set of data:

But wait, there is more!

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