MapBoards Pro Description

Latest Version:2.54

This doumentation is based on the latest version.  The MapBoards Pro (MBP) toolbar icon image will show a download indicator image when an update to your currently installed version is available. Updates are made available independent of the app store. When you run the app an update button image is presented if an update is available. Pressing the button will result in downloading and installing the updated bundle. This support is available starting with version 2.53.

However if you are running a version prior to 2.53 you will need to download the latest from the app store to enable the support described above. You can do so by going to
   My Downloads and selecting image
on MapBoards Pro. Be sure to select the appropriate OS version when downloading.

Note: If the link "My Downloads" above does not take you to your My Downloads in the App Store then you can copy paste the following into your browser address bar.

View version history here.

New user?:  Quickstart

Map Output Type

By default, when the option Map Output Type is Component Bodies, a map with copies of the bodies in the model are arranged on one or more boards. The entire arrangement will be created under a component named "map" in the brower tree.

There are a number of alternative output types including SVG File, DXF File or Report which can be created directly without providing a map of Component Bodies or you can create these alternate outputs using tasks on the created map object. See Post-Mapping Tasks

Material List

When MBP starts the length, width, thickness and material type are determined for each component body in the model. The list of all material and thickness pairings are presented allow the targeted board dimensions to be specified. The initial default dimensions filled in will be a size large enough to fit one component, the largest component for each material type. You will needs to updated these dimensions before you run MBP the first time on a model to match the size of the material you plan to use. The dimensions will persist and be included the next time you run MBP on this model. Selecting Save as Default on the option tab will save the dimensions entered for each material type and thickness pairing and used as defaults by MBP with other models. In this example the dimensions for materials Walnut and Mahogany are large enough to contain all components of their material type.

Selection Support

By default all component bodies are included in the created map. Alternatively you can select which component bodies that you want included in the map.  By selecting a component occurrence or a component body from the browser tree or a body in the design view a second selection table is displayed. The selected component bodies are displayed in this table. This example shows two components selected of type Walnut allowing their quantities and grain direction to be changed while still allowing the entire model to be included in the created map.

  • Include Entire Model - Include all components in model with the modifications made to the selected items.
  • Quantity - The selected item's number of copies can be increased from the default of one.
  • Grain Direction - When creating the map each component's longest dimension, its length, is placed horizontally matching the targeted board length. This is an attempt to match wood grain direction.  This default is changed by toggling the double-arrowed icon on the selected item, horizontal image or vertical image.
Rearranging Map
Component bodies in the map created can be manually flipped, rotated and moved in three ways.  Select the link for the steps required.
Exporting Map

A flat pattern of the created map can be exported as a DXF or SVG file with a number of options including kerf thickness.  The DXF file exported is layered as viewed from the top and will include perimeter, cutouts, insets, and labels.  Inset layer names will describe either a depth or depth range. The same view is created with an SVG file export with layers represented as lines with selectable colors and adjustable thicknesses.

You can perform the export as part of the map creation in one step or produce a map first then export the flat pattern with tasks from the map object context menu in the browser tree. Since you can manually rearrange the components on the resulting map you may prefer the stepwise process of creating the map, rearrange the map then export the flat pattern.

Advantages of exporting or labeling after the creation of a map:
  • allows components to be manually rearranged before export
  • fine tune export parameters such as kerf before exporting
  • relabel to fine tune font, font size or units after rearranging map
  • can elect to label or export one board at a time, useful on large models
Cut List and Label Printing
Save Cutlist is an option available in the options tab when creating a map. The resulting CSV file contains a list of all components included in the map with dimensions and material type. It is sorted by board number, width and length. It can be imported into a spreadsheet program and formated for viewing. You can also easily print labels by importing the CSV file into Avery's online Design and Print utility.  By creating a free account you can save your custom label printing template for reuse. Avery 5160 is good choice for label printing. This video will provide guidance.  Avery Data and Mail Merge
Map Report
MBP can create a Map Report instead of a Map with bodies by selecting Report as a Map Output Type in the Options tab. It will generate informative HTML report on the map and components in the model. The resulting HTML can be saved as a PDF or printed.
Linked Components and Assemblies
In order to create a relocatable copy of a body found in a linked component or assembly, without breaking the link, a local copy of that linked component is made from its datafile. The following are best practices when using linked components and assemblies with MBP in order to avoid errors.
  • Always ensure the saved assemblies you linked in have MBP created maps removed. Clear the map by invoking MBP and pressing Cancel.
  • Name all component and do NOT use Fusion's automatically created component names, i.e. ComponentX. Instead provide your own unique names.
  • Remember to save any updates you make to the assembly and refresh the model where linked.

There are a number of options available in the options tab. Trying the different arrangement types, the Can Rotate setting and boards dimensions will result in varied results. All options and dimensions will persist and be includes the next time you run MBP on this model. You can save your option selections as default by pressing Save as Default in the Option tab.

View all available options here.  Option Descriptions