Hi, I just wanted to +1 on this thread. I found the separation of all the different modes/layers very confusing. It was quite a learning curve and frankly, ironically just forgetting it all and going to Octoprint was simplier/easier for me. I do still use Astroprint Cloud with the Octoprint plugin, as the key feature is that I can easily access screenshots (but no video, awwww) of my prints remotely away from local network without mucking with routing settings, VPN, reverse proxies, etc.
Now I’ve figured out that there’s three distinct pieces, all with their own, list of what they can and can’t do, and it was very confusing as a user.
- Astroprint Box -> Can get gcode, store model files. Need to sync with Cloud. Can sync profiles with cloud, but not necessary (possible to create duplicates). Some portion Needs Astroprint Cloud Login. Weirdly, print to Astrobox does not work in Cura via API (ie using Cura’s octoprint plugin), but works fine using S3d and slic3r. Shrug
- Astroprint Cloud. Needs login. Can monitor via cloud, but didnt realize for the longest time I can monitor direct via box instead on the local network for a better and faster experience
- Astroprint Desktop. Needs Astroprint Cloud Login if you want to use the cloud features. Works locally otherwise.
I like to think that I’m very comfortable with technology and can learn things fast (I do work at Google as an technical employee), but I found getting in to the ecosystem very confusing.
What would help is more interactive up front documentation on what portion does what, and what situation you want to use it. Also make it more clear when you’re crossing platforms. The buttons look the same, and only by paying close attention to the URL bar did I realize I was being booted/shunted to the cloud
If youre on local network and want to get super deep and detailed with latest version of Cura 3.2.1, do this, and that (ie, generate gcode, connect to Astrobox, upload gcode. Warn me to not connect to cloud up front and bang my head against that, because the upload files icon looks idenical)
If you’re on the go, your family member just asked for a benchy toy they saw on thingiverse, do this: login to cloud.astroprint.com, go to thingiverse, search for it, add it, cloud slice, print, monitor from remote to make sure first layer sticks. The key thing here is that one doesn’t need to mess with the astrobox directly.