Automatic menu

With the automatic menu, different things can be done. It can be used for creating and loading process files, getting info on the executed operations and getting info on the file in memory.

Click in the picture below on one of the menu-commands for info. Loads a process file Records a new process file Shows the execution dialog Shows the identification dialog Shows the distance dialog

Automatic menu

Load process file
A process file can be used to perform a lot of actions at once. With the Load process file item, an already recorded process file can be loaded. All commands in the process file are executed when the file is loaded.

When the menu-item is clicked, the dialog in the picture below appears. All files with the extension *.prs in the current directory are visible. A single file can be chosen and will be loaded when Open is clicked.

Open a process file

Start process recording
Clicking this item will show a dialog in which a file name must be specified (see picture below). In this file the recorded commands will be written. Selecting an existing file will overwrite the old file.

Record a process file

All commands given will be written in the process file. The menu-item Start process recording is now changed in Stop process recording (See picture below). Clicking this item will stop the recording.

Stop process recording


Show execution dialog
This menu-item shows the execution dialog in the picture below. In this dialog all commands executed by the user are displayed. A command can be executed again by selecting it in the History list, clicking the Copy button and clicking the Execute button.

Exectution dialog

In the command edit box, a command can be typed and executed by clicking the Execute button. This makes it possible to use the graphical interface with commands typed in at the commandline. This can be very useful with, for instance, the transform function. Since the transform values are stored in memory, a transformation can be done with only typing transform.

Show identification dialog
The Selected list (see picture below) shows all selected structures, polygons, etc. in the drawing. When some elements become (de)selected, you'll have to click the Update button to get the actual information.

Identification dialog

See selecting structures for info on how to select strucutures.

Show distance dialog
Clicking this menu item will show the dialog below. Another way to show this dialog is selecting a relative point with the mouse menu.

Distance dialog

This dialog shows the startpoint and a list of relative points, each with info on the distance (x, y and total) and the angle between this point and the startpoint.

Selecting a new startpoint, will clear all relative points.

When Clear is clicked, all relative points are removed and startpoint is set at (0,0). This also happens when a the program is started or when a new file is loaded.
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