I would be happy to document what I am doing, but first I need to figure out how to do it. I had originally downloaded the most recent (untrusted version) of valentina and had problems. I deinstalled it then installed version 0.4.5.0 built on Sat Oct 15 2016 and that is what I am using. Where do I look for help with simple configuration issues?
1) when I try to use tape, when I attempt to use "new" or "open individual" I get an error KSambaShare: Could not find smb.conf! I figured out how to fix this. I had to install the Samba package which is not done by default in ubuntu.
2) next, I try to create a new pattern piece "basic sleeve" using unit = inches. I click measurements and load individual to get my basic measurements. I start with the given point "A". I select line from the valentina tools and click on the point (A) and drag and release to get the dialog box. I correct the angle (was 269.374 changed to 270 for vertical downward). I want to enter the length (shoulder point to wrist as described in Don McCunn's book 1977 revised edition, page 72. This corresponds to arm_shoulder_tip_to_wrist. In the dialog box (edit length) I see the list of measurements, so double click on arm_shoulder_tip_to_wrist, which appears in the data entry area. The value of that measurement (21.5) appears at the top of the dialog box after the =.
3) I want to draw the "biceps line" so I select point "A", select the tool for "point at distance along line" tool, and attempt to select a point which I will use "arm_shoulder_tip_to_armfold_line" as the distance from the origin. I am stuck. I get the magenta "rubber band line" and in the lower left part of the valentina tool it says "select select second point". I am unable to select the second point. First I tried to click, to double click, to use the "enter" key. None worked. Then I accidentally dragged the rubber band line at an angle other than 270 and clicked. I got a dialog box. It said point label A2, first point A, second point A. I changed it to be second point A1. I changed the length to be "arm_shoulder_tip_to_armfold_line" (value 4.5) and clicked OK. I got an error box. When I tried to close the error box, I got an error:
Application "valentina" is not responding
You tried to close window "Warning. — Valentina" from application "valentina" (Process ID: 25008) but the application is not responding.
Do you want to terminate this application?
Warning: Terminating the application will close all of its child windows. Any unsaved data will be lost." I have tried this several times and can find no way past it.
Can you tell me where to look next?