This page aims to answer usual questions about
Galaad 3, even by those who do not have it. It does not replace a visit throught the
user's manual (more than 300 pages), but we hope you can find here useful hints.
Otherwise please feel free to ask for more details.
- TECHNICAL FACTS
> What is the minimal system for installing Galaad
- Galaad 3 has been developped using Borland C++ on Windows 32 bits base.
So it works under Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista / 7. Therefore, the
absolute minimum configuration is theorically a 486DX under Windows 95 with 8 Mb RAM
and 30 Mb available disk space. Of course a faster computer would be much better, but
there is no need to purchase a racehorse to run Galaad comfortably.
> Is Galaad a 3-D application?
- Galaad central design module is a 2-D½ vector graphical editor with
depth encoding. But the application provides number of easy-to-use 3-D functions that help
create 3 axis paths or wire meshes. Also several 3-D file formats are imported. The
machining module is fully 3-D oriented for 3 axis or 4 axis supervision. Galaad helps a
lot to make baby steps in 3-D CAD.
> How many possible different depths in one single
- There are no limits. Galaad can manage as many
depths and feed speeds as the number of objects on the board. With 3-D objects, there are
even as many different depths as the number of points in the object path. But the tool
library has a limit of 50 tools maximum, which should normally be sufficient for most
> How many available text fonts?
- There are no limits. Galaad mixes its own fonts (52 different types,
mainly dedicated to engraving works) with TrueType or OpenType fonts (contours and surface
filling) you have installed on your computer. If your Windows configuration contains 500
TrueType fonts, then Galaad will display a total of 552 available fonts. It is up to you
to choose or seek for the font you are missing among those available on the market or as
freeware. Note that Adobe Type Manager fonts that do not have TrueType compatibility are
not usable with Galaad.
> Is it possible to use Galaad on a machine with a
plasma torch, laser, water jet or any other cutting tool?
- It should be in most cases. Just indicate in the machine advanced
parameters seen from Galaad that the spindle must be enabled only when the tool is down.
There are some more "invisible" parameters that allow the user to encode his own
special codes to be sent to the machine for spindle switching, or create delays between
spindle start/stop and move. See these parameters below.
> Galaad does not detect my dongle key.
- Please check if the key has been plugged on the parallel port (LPT
printer port) or a USB port of the computer, depending on the key type. Your operating
system (for example Windows NT/2000/XP) may need a specific driver for the LPT key. For
the USB key, it is mandatory. The installation is automatic from the normal installer on
the CD, but it is not integrated to the downloadable installer since it is generally a
simple evaluation without licence. For a manual installation or reinstallation, run the
programme DongleDriver from Galaad 3 CD-ROM. This programme detects
the type of system and installs the corresponding driver. The USB key must be
unplugged during that installation. Please also note that the USB key cannot work under
Windows 95 and 98 PE and in some cases under Windows 98 SE.
> Galaad mentions file save problems.
- If you wish to run Galaad on a multi-user workstation, those not having
Administrator's rights, then you should not install it in a directory with restricted
access rights (e.g. "C:\Program Files\Galaad") but in a directory where
all users have read & write access rights (e.g. "C:\Galaad").
Concerning Galaad, saving problems are always related to write access restrictions in the
target directory. Galaad saves its environment parameters in its installation directory,
which must then be accessible for write operations. If in doubt, please consult your
> It is impossible to drive my CNC machine.
- If your machine does not react at all when Galaad tries to open the
dialog with it, the problem may be a communication failure or a bad machine driver
selection. Please check the machine model you have declared in Galaad parameters. If it
looks correct, check the cable direction (some models have a computer end and a CNC end)
and the port number. Try with other commuication ports. If using a serial port, check the
transmission speed (baudrate) and eventually try different speeds. Last but not least:
please check that your machine has been powered on.
> The machine drive is not correct or gives error
- Several points needs checking. If your machine reacts to part of Galaad
commands, for example performs its datum move, then we can think that the communication is
ok. In this case, please check that the milling machine model you have set in Galaad
parameters is correct. Check the CNC capabilities (interpolations and memory card).
Advanced or "invisible" (see below) parameters also need checking.
> The machined result is different from the
- Several parameters should be checked, and especially the ballscrew pitchs
and motor resolutions. Please have a look to the scaling factors (input and output). If
the milling its twice bigger than the design, then your screw parameters in Galaad are
twice smaller than the reality, or the motor resolution twice greater.
> The machine is makes unexpected moves when
- This should not happen unless you have integrated a joystick in the machine
advanced parameters. These devices are very versatile and require an accurate management
from the application that use them. So you must check the joystick calibration in Windows
configuration panel or get rid of it in Galaad machine parameters if it persists in making
> It is impossible to get the tool compensation of
an object path.
- It can appear that some very small backgoing vectors in the path create
problems when calculating the tool compensation trajectory. Please zoom in the path and
check if there are no small useless overlapping vertices.
> It is impossible to apply a design function on
- Please check that your object is actually located in the active layer and
has not been locked or protected. Locking objects avoids selection, and protection avoid
deletion or modification.
> I have lost my password.
- Do not panic. Using Windows Explorer, please seek for the file Password.txt
in Galaad directory and double-click on it. In the worst case, you can eventually
reinstall Galaad in the same directory, which will remove the password without changing
anything in your current files and parameters.
> What does Galaad installation change on my hard
- Absolutely nothing but the target directory. There are no files, drivers,
DLLs or other sticky stuff that leaks on your disk. Galaad installation is clean and
strictly limited to this directory. Furthermore, no lines are added to any configuration
or autoexec file. The only changes in the Windows interface are the desktop and
"Start" menu shortcut (that you can avoid if you do not wish to have them), and
the creation of a link between "*.gal" files and Galaad in the registry base.
> How can I unsinstall Galaad ?
- Very simple : open Windows Explorer and delete the directory where Galaad
has been installed, then drag and drop the desktop and "Start" menu icons down
to the trashbox. That's all.
> How is Galaad organised on my hard disk?
- Galaad is a set of several programmes that are assigned to different
functions. There is no need to try running those that are not linked to a given icon in
Galaad folder. They are not usable from outside. In the installation directory, there is a
"File" subdirectory with folders that contain design samples from the CD-ROM, a
"Fonts" subdirectory that contains Galaad special fonts (TrueType fonts are
managed by Windows), a "Libraries" subdirectory that contains the independant
objects you have created plus those from the CD-ROM. It is recommended to save your files
un a folder located in the "Files" subdirectory. This folder (an actual
directory) can be created from Galaad "File" menu. You will get a much cleaner
organisation. In the installation directory can be found some sample files under external
formats, for import functions, and parameter files. These files are: Galaad.ini for
application general parameters; Galaad.net for network parameters; Galaad.cus for
restrictions parameters; Galaad.too for the tool library; Galaad.sta for tool statistics;
Galaad.cnc for machine parameters; Galaad.xyz for memorised machine positions; and
Galaad.mac for the last machining parameters. Parameters in these files are directly
accessible from Galaad, except some rare advanced parameters you can see below.