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Daniel Falck has been looking at an open source CAM program named Apt360

"Around 1999 or 2000, I learned that there was a computer language named Apt (automatic programming tool) that was the basis for most modern CAM systems. I also found out that there was source code available for this system. But, alas, the source was only available for VAX systems, which I had no access to. Well, fast forward to 2006, and the aptos project...."
ramblings from DF- more to come on this story

the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy might have said:


I ran across a cool project that is dedicated to resurrecting the old APT processor here: [Aptos]

It seems that this project has inspired someone to write a viewer for APT (VAPT) and it can be found here: [Vapt]
(Note: the latest version of Vapt (0.2.6) never got uploaded to the Vapt page (0.2.1), but it did get uploaded to the aptos project page. More info on this shortly.)

This isn't a web link but, we have been hanging out in the freenode #cam channel (probably used to be dedicated to web cameras or something else : )

I was able to get both projects to run on Ubuntu Dapper and have been pretty pleased with what they can do. -DF
(Anyone else have more to say here about tested OS versions? Virtualbox?)

Get Stuff

You might want to create an ~/aptos directory to contain the rest of the directories.
Download and untar the three Aptos files from sourceforge into the ~/aptos directory, they will have version numbers attached.
At this writing, the latest known are:
[apt360-1.0.2], [postp-0.2.1], and [vapt-0.2.6]
Note that this most recent vapt seems to be missing a version number in compressed form, but it reveals itself after expanding. You might want to rename the tar file from vapt.tar.gz to vapt-0.2.6.tar.gz after downloading it if you plan to save it for future uses.

Build Stuff

Notes on installing apt360 (If you don't already have "build-essentials", this would be a good time to install it/them.)

Fulfill apt360 and postp dependencies (by using apt-get, synaptic, aptitude, etc.)
Install all of these: libf2c , bison , flex
Maybe install dxflib (was at http://www.ribbonsoft.com/dxflib_downloads.html and more recently at http://www.qcad.org/en/dxflib-downloads )
(not necessary just to use apt360, and even post .tap files, this is only for the optional 'posting' of dxf files. )

Install apt360: in the ~/aptos/apt360-n.n.n directory, do:
./configure (if a warning scrolls by about "no gsl lib, can't TABCYL", then install gsl-lib and gsllib0-dev.)
sudo make install (I had to use sudo for this, your results may vary.)
Notes, problems, comments:
Ubuntu 7.10: There are some problems - maybe related to the stock terminal that comes with it. The configure and make scripts are getting mangled.

Install postp:
postp has a python installer, so, within the postp directory:
sudo python setup.py install --prefix=/usr/local

Install vapt:
vapt has a python installer, so, within the vapt directory:
sudo python setup.py install --prefix=/usr/local

Fulfill vapt dependencies (by using apt-get, synaptic, aptitude, etc.)
install python-dev (development version of python)
install pyopengl (some problems, python-opengl-togl seems to be broken in Ubuntu 7.10)

Now create the two main symbolic links (change any of these if as needed if you want to switch between versions):
ln -s ~/aptos/apt360-1.0.2/ ~/aptos/apt360
ln -s ~/aptos/postp-0.2.1/ ~/aptos/postp
Then go inside the apt360-n.n.n directory and create a symbolic link to the directory in which vapt resides.
ln -s ~/aptos/vapt-0.2.6/ ~/aptos/apt360-1.0.2/vapt

If you try to run vapt (first time) and you get an error about "install missing python-tk", install it, and the related -debug also.
Now if you try to run vapt (second time) and you get an error about "can't find package Togl", congratulations, you're getting close!

Togl is on Sourceforge, so go [here] and install the dependencies needed, You may already have Tk, Tcl, etc.
Also install everything connected with libxmu- there are several, but they're all small.
You can install Togl from the download directory you're storing it in, or from wherever you wish.
Download and install Togl (1.7 for now, more on this later), then run ./configure and look at the errors.
Install whatever is needed to fix the error (Google helps). Keep re-running ./configure until it will complete without errors.
Do the same thing with make, but every time you install another thing, go back and re-run ./configure so ./configure knows about it.
Then try to start vapt, look at the errors that occur, and Google them to learn what to install next. Keep at it until vapt will start and display a screen.

Now, on to the fun part....

Run Stuff


Editing example *.apt source file

Example cutter location output from apt


Example Output of VAPT

Links to Apt Code Syntax


Apt code examples



How To Run An Example, from Apt to Axis


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