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Editing and Getting Around in Strip Charts

You may select specific portions of strip charts to be saved.  Editing must be done in Stand Alone Mode. Any loaded strip chart may be edited.


Positioning and sizing buttons can be found below the Start button. Using these buttons turns off your Auto-Scaling feature but it can be reactivated by pushing the button rightmost button with two curved arrows. Left and right Arrow buttons turn off automatic scrolling when data is being collected. The data will still be received in the background but in order to start scrolling again you must click the Plot/Autoscroll button Note, the buttons with the single arrows move the view of the imaginary chart paper up and down so pressing up will actually make the chart data appear lower in the chart.  

The four leftmost buttons shown above expand or contract the chart width or height. Expanding the chart width actually makes the data appear smaller, just as if you were now using a larger piece of chart paper. Experiment with this and you will get the hang of it quickly.

After right clicking one of these buttons you can drag your mouse on the chart to smoothly continue the process of scrolling or resizing. Its hard to explain, just try it! If you use the right click method any chart that is active, that is, having new data added, will cease to scroll automatically. Remember to use the Plot/Autoscroll button to re-enable scrolling.


Manual Entry
You may manually enter the area of the chart you wish to view using this button. The panel shown below will appear:

Press the apply button to jump to the area you want to see as described in the appropriate date/time and width boxes. You may initiate multiple Manual Entry panels. This is useful for jumping between several set views of the chart.


Important : Re-enable scrolling! 

Buttons may be used while data is being collected, however you will have to press the Plot-Enable Scrolling button to have the chart again scroll with the newly arriving data. 

  Zoom Box

 The on-chart Toolbar also has a Zoom-Box feature shown highlighted above. This allows you to drag a rectangular region on the chart and zoom in on it. Resume plotting using the Plot button  

Cursor Button

A cursor which may be selected by clicking on that option. The cursor is a vertical line which appears on the chart. The values for the data point where the cursor is positioned appear below the chart in the status bar. If more than one channel is on the chart the cursor can be applied to any channel you wish. To switch to another channel simply click the right mouse button on the chart.  The cursor will appear in the color of the channel it applies to.

Full View

The Full View button forces the entire observation onto a single chart window. The need for this will become apparent when dealing with long charts as it make the selection of a single portion of the chart much easier using the Toolbar's Zoom Box feature. Beginning with version 2.3, using the shift key alters the Zoom Box so that the Y values are retained but the full chart X range (time) is shown.  

Save View

The Save View button selects the time chunk of the chart data which appears on the screen at the the time the button is pushed. You are then prompted for a file name (though a suggested name is automatically generated). This is your primary editing function and you you should experiment with using it.

  Set Y to Zero

Sets the bottom of the chart at zero with a single click.

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