i've scanned a dozen or so boards for stretch in the last year, input them into aku and converted to shape3d. he said the cuts he's getting off my files rival what he's gotten from kkl.
i think shape3d is way over done. you can get everything you need from aku.
when i map, i take measurements every three inches - straightline
Truly aku is pretty much perfect for the usual shortboard.
But, the inability to control the bottom rail curve makes it obsolete for heaps of other boards.............................
Its scaling algo really works great.
Its toolpath smoothing algorithm works great. Visible in the 3d wireframe. Based on Splines.
Rob try version X!
Shape3dX has an improved scaling algorithm.
If the "Constant proportions" checkbox is ticked, every designed element (profile,outline,slices) will be scaled according to the rate of change in the newly inputted length.
Shape3dX is more than enough to keep the most demanding shaper very happy. Also, before complaining about the way it handles information, learn to use it. V8 is good to, but V9 (or X) gives us bullshit control over the design.
Being a "Shaper" is a quasi dead profession isn't it? I think its nearly fully shifted to "Designer" today. Let's be honest to the world of today.
If you can cut a board right to the designed shape, why would you want to leave extra foam and pleasure yourself by hand?
Now, try to go to someone that truly knows what the software is doing and knows how the machine is setup. I would guess there are around a handfull or two of guys that have that interest.