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    1 \chapter{Introduction}
    3 %The introduction chapter contains a brief introduction for the
    4 %application that explains what it does and where to report
    5 %problems. Basically a long version of the abstract.  Don't include a
    6 %revision history. (see installation appendix comment)
    8 \label{sec-scidavis-intro}
    9 \section{What is \SciDaVis?}
   11 \SciDaVis{} stands for {\em Sci}entific {\em D}ata {\em A}nalysis and
   12          {\em Vis}ualization. It is a free cross-platform program for
   13          two- and three-dimensional graphical presentation of data
   14          sets and for data analysis. The plots can be produced from
   15          data sets stored in \htmlref{tables}{sec-intro-table}, in
   16          \htmlref{matrix}{sec-intro-matrix} or from analytical
   17          functions.
   19 The \SciDaVis{} project started as a fork of QtiPlot with the aim of
   20 introducing some changes in design as well as project structure. The
   21 QtiPlot development was initiated in 2004 by Ion Vasilief. He was the
   22 only programmer until May 2006 when Knut Franke and Tilman Hoener zu
   23 Siederdissen joined the project. Not much later, Roger Gadiou
   24 officially joined as the main documentation writer. In June 2007,
   25 insuperable disagreements among the developers lead to the fork and
   26 the creation of the \SciDaVis{} project by Knut and Tilman, soon
   27 followed by Roger. In November 2012, after approximately two years of
   28 inactivity in the project, Russell Standish assumed the development of
   29 \SciDaVis. The project is hosted partially at
   30 \htmladdnormallink{Sourceforge}{https://sourceforge.net/projects/scidavis/}
   31 (download files, the bug tracker, forums, mailing lists, etc.), but
   32 its source code development was moved from the \SciDaVis{} subversion
   33 repository to
   34 \htmladdnormallink{Github}{https://github.com/highperformancecoder/scidavis} in
   35 June 2015.
   37 \SciDaVis{} aims to be a tool for analysis and graphical
   38 representation of data, allowing powerfull mathematical treatment and
   39 visualization of scientific data while keeping a user-friendly
   40 graphical user interface. Another keypoint for the \SciDaVis{} project
   41 is to be a multi-system software, it should work on Windows, Linux,
   42 and OS-X systems.
   44 \SciDaVis{} is a dynamic tool, the plots created from data sets and
   45 the spreadsheets owing the data are interconected. When the
   46 spreadsheets are modified, all the objects in the depending plots
   47 (curves, axes scales, legends) are automatically updated. For example,
   48 deleting a spreadsheet or only some columns will automatically remove
   49 all the corresponding curves from the depending plots.
   51 All settings of a complete set of tables, matrix and plots can be
   52 saved in project files, having the extention ``.sciprj". These project
   53 files may be opened using the \htmlref{command line}{specify-a-file},
   54 using the \htmlref{File menu}{file-menu-lnk}, or by using the
   55 \icon{fileopen.png} icon from the \htmlref{File
   56   toolbar}{file-toolbar-lnk}.
   58 The plots can be exported to several graphic formats such as JPEG or
   59 PNG and inserted as images in documents or presentations.
   61 Data analysis operations (integration, interpolation, FFT, curve
   62 fitting, etc) can be performed on the curves in a 2D plot via the
   63 \htmlref{Analysis-plots menu}{analysis-plots-menu-lnk}. The results of
   64 all these operations are also stored in the project files. They can be
   65 visualized at any moment using the \htmlref{Results Log command}{results-log-lnk} and can be
   66 deleted from the project file via the \htmlref{Clear Log Information command}{clear-log-information-lnk}.
   68 When the application is launched, a new project file is created
   69 consisting of a grey main window (the workspace) which contains an
   70 empty table. In order to be operational, this workspace must be
   71 populated with tables storing data sets, either by creating empty
   72 tables first (\htmlref{New $\rightarrow$ New Table
   73   command}{new-table-lnk}) and then filling them with data, or by
   74 importing ASCII files (\htmlref{Import ASCII
   75   command}{import-ascii-lnk}), which automatically creates new tables.
   77 The user can easily navigate through the objects of a project file
   78 using the \htmlref{Project Explorer command}{project-explorer-lnk} or
   79 the \htmlref{Windows menu}{windows-menu-lnk}. The project explorer
   80 also allows the user to perform various operations on the windows
   81 (tables and plots) in the workspace: hiding, minimazing, closing,
   82 renaming, printing, etc.
   84 %************************************************************************
   85 %
   86 %           Command line parameters
   87 %
   88 %************************************************************************
   89 \section{Command Line Parameters}\label{command-line-options}
   91 \subsection{Specify a File}\label{specify-a-file}
   92 \index{Command line parameters!Specify a File}
   94 When starting \SciDaVis{} from the command prompt, you can supply the name of a project file:
   96 \begin{verbatim}
   97 scidavis file_name.sciprj
   98 \end{verbatim}
  100 Other file format are also accepted: {\em .opj, .ogm, .ogw, .ogg} for
  101 Origin projects, and {\em .qti, qti.gz} for Qtiplot projects.
  103 The name can also refer to an ASCII file:
  105 \begin{verbatim}
  106 scidavis ASCII_file_name
  107 \end{verbatim}
  109 In this latter case a new ``untitled" project will be created,
  110 containing a spreadsheet with the ASCII data in the file and a 2D plot
  111 of all columns as a function of the first column in the file. You must
  112 take care of the format of the ASCII file because it will be read with
  113 the current parameters of the \htmlref{Import ASCII
  114   command}{import-ascii-lnk} dialog. The default values are:
  116 \begin{itemize}
  117   \item the default field separator is ; but it can be changed in the
  118     \htmlref{Preferences command}{preferences-lnk} dialog,
  119   \item all lines are read,
  120   \item the first line is used to name the columns,
  121   \item the spaces at the end of the lines are not removed,
  122   \item the spaces are not simplified.
  123 \end{itemize}
  125 \subsection{Command Line Options}\label{scidavis-options}
  126 \index{Command line parameters!Options}
  128 Valid options are:
  129 \begin{itemize}
  130 \item \verb+-a+ or \verb+--about+: show about dialog and exit
  131 \item \verb+-h+ or \verb+--help+: show command line options
  132 \item \verb+-l=XX+ or \verb+--lang=XX+: start \SciDaVis; in language XX (`en', `fr', `de', \ldots)
  133 \item \verb+-m+ or \verb+--manual+: show \SciDaVis{} manual in a standalone window
  134 \item \verb+-v+ or \verb+--version+: print \SciDaVis{} version and release date
  135 \item \verb+-x+ or \verb+--execute+: execute the script file given as argument
  136 \end{itemize}
  138 %**************************************************************************
  139 %
  140 %           General concepts and terms
  141 %
  142 %**************************************************************************
  144 \section{General Concepts and Terms}\label{general-concepts}
  145 Several plots and all the data related to these plots can be save in a
  146 {\em project} file, the project is therefore the main container of
  147 \SciDaVis. The following screenshot gives an example of a typical
  148 session. This example shows the \htmlref{log
  149   panel}{sec-intro-log-window} at the top of the workspace, the
  150 \htmlref{project explorer}{sec-intro-project-explorer} at the bottom,
  151 a \htmlref{table}{sec-intro-table} and a \htmlref{plot
  152   window}{sec-intro-plot-window} are shown while other are docked or
  153 hidden.
  155 \begin{figure}
  156   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/scidavis-session.png}}
  157   \caption{A typical \SciDaVis{} session}
  158   \label{fig-scidavis-session}
  159 \end{figure}
  161 There are numerous commands available in \SciDaVis{} depending on the
  162 element which is selected. Therefore, the main menu bar changes when
  163 you select a particular element of the project. Moreover, you can
  164 access to the set of commands relevant of an element by activating the
  165 context menu with the right button of the mouse.
  167 In a project, the objects which can be used are:
  169 \begin{description}
  170   \item[Tables]\index{Table}
  171     A table is a spreadsheet which can be used to store the datas you are entering. It can also be used to do some calculations and statistical analysis of datas. In each table, columns can be labelled as X-values or Y-values for 2D-plotting, or Z-values if you plan to build a 3D-plot. In addition, columns can be labelled as errors on X or on Y values (see \htmlref{Set Column as command}{set-column-as-lnk}).
  173     A table can be created by the \htmlref{New $\rightarrow$ New Table
  174       command}{new-table-lnk}. Then there are several ways to fill the
  175     table with your data. If you want to read a table from an ASCII
  176     file, you can import the data from the file to a table with the
  177     \htmlref{Import ASCII command}{import-ascii-lnk}. You can also
  178     enter each value from the keyboard, or copy and paste from another
  179     spreadsheet program. The last way to enter your data is to fill
  180     the table with the results of a mathematical function
  181     (\htmlref{Assign Formula command}{assign-formula-lnk} from the
  182     \htmlref{Table menu}{table-menu-lnk})
  184     \item[Matrix]\index{Matrix} A matrix is a
  185       special table which is used to store the data points for surface
  186       3D plots. It contains Z-values and doesn't include any column or
  187       row which could be designated as X-values or
  188       Y-values. Nevertheless, you can specify the X-values and the
  189       Y-values with the \htmlref{Set Coordinates
  190         command}{set-coordinates-lnk} from the \htmlref{Matrix
  191         menu}{matrix-menu-lnk}.
  193       A matrix can be created by the \htmlref{New$\rightarrow$ New
  194         Matrix command}{new-matrix-lnk}. If you want to read a matrix
  195       from an ASCII file, you can import the data of the file to a
  196       table with the \htmlref{Import ASCII command}{import-ascii-lnk}
  197       and then convert this table to a matrix with the \htmlref{Conver
  198         to Matrix command}{convert-to-matrix-lnk}. In the same way as
  199       for tables, you can also fill matrix with the results of a
  200       function $z=f(i,j)$ in which $i$ and $j$ are row and column numbers,
  201       or $z=f(x,y)$. (see \htmlref{Assign Formula
  202         command}{assign-formula-lnk} from the \htmlref{Matrix
  203         menu}{matrix-menu-lnk})
  205     \item[A Graph]\index{Plot} A graph
  206       can contain one or several plots. Each of these plots is
  207       contained in a different {\em layer}, these layers can be
  208       arranged in many ways to build matrix of plots.
  210       A new layer can be added to an existing graph with the
  211       \htmlref{Add Layer command}{add-layer-lnk} from the
  212       \htmlref{Graph menu}{graph-menu-lnk}. you can also remove an
  213       existing layer with the \htmlref{Remove Layer
  214         command}{remove-layer-lnk}, but if you remove a layer, the
  215       plot will be deleted. You can also copy a layer from one graph
  216       to another, or copy an existing graph into another, the window
  217       will be added as a new layer (see the section on
  218       \htmlref{Multilayer Plots}{sec-multilayer-plots} for more
  219       details).
  221       Plots can be created in several ways. You can select data in
  222       tables or matrix and build a plot, or create new plots from
  223       functions of one or two variables (see sections \htmlref{2D
  224         plots}{sec-2d-plots} and \htmlref{3D plots}{sec-3d-plots}).
  226     \item[A Note] This window is a text
  227       container which can simply be used to insert comments into a
  228       project. This object is nevertheless far more powerfull than
  229       that: it can be used as a calculator, for executing single
  230       commands and for writing scripts (see the \htmlref{Scripting
  231         section}{scripting} for more details).
  233     \item[The Log Window]
  234       This window is used to store the results of all the calculations
  235       which have been done. If this window is not visible, you can
  236       find it with the \htmlref{Project
  237         Explorer}{sec-intro-project-explorer} or with the
  238       \htmlref{Result Log command}{results-log-lnk}.
  240       The text in the log window is also saved in the project file, so
  241       that when you load a previously saved project, the results-log
  242       panel is re-filled with the results of the calculations.
  244     \item[The Project Explorer]
  245       This window is used to list all the windows contained in a
  246       project. The Project Explorer is opened by the \htmlref{Project
  247         Explorer command}{project-explorer-lnk}, and gives a quick
  248       access to all elements of a project, hidden or visibles. It can
  249       be used to do some operations on the windows related to these
  250       items such as hiding a window, renaming windows, etc.
  252       A project file can include several independant projects. In this case,
  253       the containers of each project are stored in different folders.
  255 \end{description}
  256 %       General description of a table
  257 %       ==============================
  259 \subsection{Tables}\label{sec-intro-table}
  260 \index{Table}
  262 The table is the main part of \SciDaVis{} when working with data. For
  263 controlling and converting data the spreadsheet contains a highly
  264 customizable table: all colors and font preferences can be set using
  265 the \htmlref{Preferences command}{preferences-lnk} of the \htmlref{Edit
  266   menu}{edit-menu-lnk}. You can resize a table
  267 in terms of rows and columns using the \htmlref{Dimensions command}{table-dimensions-lnk} command
  268 of the \htmlref{Table menu}{table-menu-lnk}. On the left side of the table, the button can
  269 be used to develop the properties tags. This allows to customize the
  270 main parameters of the table.
  272 \begin{figure}
  273   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/table.png}}
  274   \caption{A \SciDaVis{} table with the properties dialog developped
  275     and the type tag selected.}
  276   \label{fig-the-table}
  277 \end{figure}
  279 In a spreadsheet, columns can have the following flags: X, Y, Z,
  280 X-error, Y-error or can be simple columns without any special
  281 flag. The X columns are abscissae columns while the Y columns are
  282 ordinates columns used when creating a 2D plot from data. The X-error
  283 and Y-error columns can be used in order to add error bars to 2D
  284 plots. These flags can be changed using the \htmlref{Set Column as
  285   command}{set-column-as-lnk}.
  287 \index{Table!Number format}
  289 The tag which is selected in figure \ref{fig-the-table} is used to
  290 assign a type to columns: numeric, text, date or time. The format used
  291 to display the data can then be chosen, the format in tables is not
  292 used for plots (use the \htmlref{Axes command}{format-axes-lnk} to
  293 define display format for axes labels).
  295 \begin{figure}
  296   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/table_tag_1_3.png}}
  297   \caption{The two other tags of the properties dialog of \SciDaVis{} tables.}
  298   \label{fig-the-table_2}
  299 \end{figure}
  301 \index{Table!Labels}
  303 Every column of the table has a label, this can be defined in the
  304 description tag (figure \ref{fig-the-table_2}). This label will be
  305 used by default in plots for curve selection and legend display. You
  306 can use complex labels with spaces and special characters like ``Vol
  307 (cc/g)" if needed. This command can also be reached by the
  308 \htmlref{Edit Column Description command}{edit-column-description-lnk}
  309 of the \htmlref{Table menu}{table-menu-lnk}.
  311 \index{Table!Assign formula}
  313 The last tag of the properties dialog correspond to the command
  314 \htmlref{Assign Formula command}{assign-formula-lnk} of the
  315 \htmlref{Table menu}{table-menu-lnk} (figure \ref{fig-the-table_2}). It is used to fill the column with the result of a mathematic expression. Refer to the \htmlref{Assign Formula command}{assign-formula-lnk} for more details.
  317 You can select all the columns of the spreadsheet (\verb|Ctrl+A|) or
  318 only some of them by clicking on the column label while keeping the
  319 \verb+Ctrl+ key pressed, or by moving the mouse over the column
  320 label. This also allows you to deselect columns.
  322 On the selected columns you can perform various operations:
  324 \begin{itemize}
  325 \item Fill with data. You can insert the row numbers (\htmlref{Fill
  326   Selection With$\rightarrow$Row Numbers
  327   command}{fill-selection-with-row-number-lnk}), random numbers
  328   (\htmlref{Fill Selection With$\rightarrow$Random
  329   Values}{fill-selection-with-random-values-lnk}), or the result of a
  330   function (\htmlref{Assign Formula command}{assign-formula-lnk});
  331 \item\index{table!normalize columns} normalize columns with the \verb+Normalize Columns+ command of the context menu;
  332 \item\index{table!sort columns}  sort columns with the \htmlref{Sort
  333   Table command}{sort-table-lnk} of the \htmlref{Table
  334   menu}{table-menu-lnk} or with the \verb+sort column+ command of the
  335   context menu;
  336 \item compute statistical data on columns and rows with the
  337   \htmlref{Statistics on Columns command}{statistics-on-columns-lnk}
  338   and \htmlref{Statistics on Rows command}{statistics-on-rows-lnk}
  339   of the \htmlref{Analysis-tables menu}{analysis-tables-menu-lnk};
  340 \item build a plot from selected columns with the \verb+plot+ command
  341   of the context menu or with the commands of the \htmlref{Plot menu}{plot-menu-lnk}.
  342 \end{itemize}
  344 All these functions can be reached by right clicking when a column is
  345 selected. Most of them can also be reached by using the \htmlref{Table
  346   menu}{table-menu-lnk}.
  348 You can cut, copy and paste data between spreadsheets or between a
  349 spreadsheet and another application (Excel, Gnumeric, OpenOffice Calc,
  350 etc).
  352 You can import single or multiple ASCII files using the
  353 \htmlref{Import ASCII command}{import-ascii-lnk} from the
  354 \htmlref{File menu}{file-menu-lnk}. This will create one or more new
  355 tables. You can also export the data from the spreadsheet to a text
  356 file using the \htmlref{Export ASCII command}{export-ascii-lnk}.
  358 %       General description of a matrix
  359 %       ===============================
  360 \subsection{Matrix}\label{sec-intro-matrix}\index{Matrix}
  362 The matrix is a special table which is used for data which depends on
  363 two variables. This special table is used to store data for
  364 3D-plots. The difference between a table and a matrix is that there is
  365 that columns are assigned to the abscissae x while rows define
  366 abscissae y.
  368 The defaut size of a matrix is $32\times32$ cells. You can modify this size
  369 with the \htmlref{Dimensions command}{matrix-dimensions-lnk}. Column and row numbers are named $i$
  370 and $j$ respectively, ranging from 1 to the size of the matrix. You can
  371 specify an X-scale and an Y-scale with the \htmlref{Set Coordonates command}{set-coordinates-lnk}, this
  372 define values of $x$ and $y$ for columns and rows (figure
  373 \ref{fig-matrix}).
  375 \begin{figure}
  376   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/matrix.png}}
  377   \caption{The \SciDaVis{} matrix.}
  378   \label{fig-matrix}
  379 \end{figure}
  382 The values which are stored in a matrix can be obtained from a
  383 function of the form $z=f(i,j)$ or $z=f(x,y)$ with the \htmlref{Assign
  384   Formula command}{assign-formula-lnk}. They can also be read from a
  385 file with the \htmlref{Import ASCII command}{import-ascii-lnk} which
  386 inserts the file data into a table, and then the table can be
  387 converted to a matrix with the \htmlref{Convert to Matrix
  388   command}{convert-to-matrix-lnk} of the \htmlref{Matrix
  389   menu}{matrix-menu-lnk}.
  391 As in the case of tables, a property tag can be shown or hidden by
  392 clicking on the vertical button on the right.
  394 Through the \htmlref{Matrix menu}{matrix-menu-lnk}, several operations can be done on a
  395 matrix like transposition (\htmlref{Transpose command}{transpose-lnk}), mirroring
  396 (\htmlref{Mirror Horizontally command}{mirror-horizontally-lnk} and
  397 \htmlref{Mirror Vertically command}{mirror-vertically-lnk}), inversion
  398 (\htmlref{Invert command}{invert-lnk}), computation of the determinant
  399 (\htmlref{Determinant}{determinant-lnk}). The data of a matrix can then be used to build a
  400 3D plot with the commands present in the \htmlref{plot3d menu}{plot3d-menu-lnk} and in
  401 the \htmlref{3D surface toolbar}{d3-surface-toolbar-lnk}.
  403 %
  404 %</sect2>
  405 %
  406 %<!--
  407 %       General description of a plot window
  408 %       ====================================
  409 %-->
  411 \subsection{Plot Window}\label{sec-intro-plot-window}\index{Plot}\index{Plot!Layer}
  413 The plot window is the one in which the graphic is plotted. The main
  414 container of the plot window is the layer. You can have several layers
  415 in a plot, which may be arranged as you want. Each layer can contain a
  416 plot, or another item like a label.
  418 Each new plot can be inserted in a new layer of this plot window, it
  419 has its own geometry and graphic properties (background color, frame,
  420 etc). The figure \ref{fig-plot-window} shows a graph with two layers
  421 which have different geometries. Inside a layer, the area in which the
  422 curves are plotted is the {\em canvas}.
  424 \begin{figure}
  425   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/plot-window.png}}
  426   \caption{An example of \SciDaVis{} 2D graph with 2 layers.}
  427   \label{fig-plot-window}
  428 \end{figure}
  430 Each layer can be activated by clicking on the corresponding gray
  431 button  \icon{layer-button.png} in
  432 the top-left corner of the window. The elements which can be accessed
  433 by a double click in a layer are:
  435 %
  436 %<itemizedlist>
  437 %<listitem>
  438 \begin{itemize}
  439 \item the graph itself: this will open the \htmlref{Plot
  440   details}{format-plot-cmd} dialog box. You can then change the way
  441   the curves are plotted.
  443 \item The axes or the axes labels: this will open the \htmlref{General
  444   Plot Options Dialog}{format-axes-cmd}. It is used to customize the
  445   axes, the numbers and labels of the axes, and the grid.
  447 \item Any other text item: this will open the \htmlref{Text
  448   Dialog}{sec-adding-text} which allows to customize the font of the
  449   label and the frame in which it is drawn.
  450 \end{itemize}
  452 All these functions can be reached through the \htmlref{Format
  453   menu}{format-menu-lnk}.
  455 %<!--
  456 %       General description of a note
  457 %       =============================
  458 %-->
  459 \subsection{Note}\label{sec-intro-note}
  460 \index{Note}
  461 A note can simply be used to insert text (comments, notes, etc) into a
  462 project, but is really far more powerfull than that. It can be used as
  463 a calculator, for executing single commands and for writing scripts.
  465 \begin{figure}
  466   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/new-note1.png}}
  467   \caption{The \SciDaVis{} Note Window.}
  468   \label{fig-note-window}
  469 \end{figure}
  471 You can also change the text input method. {\em Simple Composing
  472 Input Method} is the standard method to enter text in QT
  473 applications. {\em Xim} is the X input method, it is
  474 the legacy system of the X window environment to support localized
  475 text input. The default choice is the second one, it allows to enter
  476 special characters and accents from your localised environment.
  478 \index{Calculator}
  479 The second use of notes is calculator. The evaluation of mathematical
  480 expressions and execution of code is done via a note's context menu,
  481 the Scripting menu or the convenient keyboard shortcuts. In figure
  482 \ref{fig-note-window-1},
  483 it is shown that you just need to place the cursor on an expression
  484 and use the {\tt Ctrl-Return} command to evaluate the
  485 expression.
  487 \begin{figure}
  488   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/new-note2.png}}
  489   \caption{The \SciDaVis{} Note Window used as a calculator.}
  490   \label{fig-note-window-1}
  491 \end{figure}
  493 you can define variables and refer to them to build complex
  494 expressions, but you must evaluate each line with the
  495 {\tt Ctrl-Return} command to fill the variable with its
  496 value. All variable are private to the note in which it is defined,
  497 and you can't refer to it in another note. With a right click, you
  498 access to the context menu which contains the list of all available
  499 mathematical functions.
  501 For information on expression syntax, supported mathematical functions and how to write scripts, see the \htmlref{scripting section}{scripting}.
  502 %<!--
  503 %       General description of the log window
  504 %       =====================================
  505 %-->
  506 \subsection{Log Window}\label{sec-intro-log-window}
  508 \index{Log Window}
  509 \index{Analysis!Results}
  511 This window keeps a history of all analysis which have been done in
  512 the project. This panel contains the results of all the correlations,
  513 fittings, etc. It can be shown or hidden with the \htmlref{Results Log
  514   command}{results-log-lnk} of the \htmlref{View menu}{view-menu-lnk}.
  516 \begin{figure}
  517   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/log-window.png}}
  518   \caption{The \SciDaVis{} Log window with the information related to a fit on a curve.}
  519   \label{fig-log-window}
  520 \end{figure}
  523 You can clear the content of the log window with the command
  524 \htmlref{Clear Log Information command}{clear-log-information-lnk} of
  525 the \htmlref{Edit menu}{edit-menu-lnk}. If you load a project for
  526 which some analysis has been done, the computations will be done again
  527 and the log window will be filled with the results.
  528 %<!--
  529 %       General description of the project explorer
  530 %       ===========================================
  531 %-->
  533 \subsection{The Project Explorer}\label{sec-intro-project-explorer}
  534 \index{Project Explorer}
  536 The project explorer can be opened/closed using the \htmlref{Project
  537   Explorer command}{project-explorer-lnk} from the \htmlref{View
  538   menu}{view-menu-lnk} or by clicking on the \htmlref{Project Explorer
  539   icon}{project-explorer-icon} in the \htmlref{file toolbar}{sec-file-toolbar}.
  542 \begin{figure}
  543   \resizebox{\textwidth}{!}{\includegraphics{pics/explorer1.png}}
  544   \caption{The \SciDaVis{} Project Explorer.}
  545   \label{fig-project-explorer}
  546 \end{figure}
  549 It gives an overview of the structure of a project and allows the user
  550 to perform various operations on the windows (tables and plots) in the
  551 workspace: hiding, minimazing, closing, renaming, printing,
  552 etc\ldots{} These functions can be reached via the context menu, by
  553 right-clicking on an item in the explorer.
  555 By double-clicking on an item, the corresponding window is shown
  556 maximized in the workspace, even if it was hidden before.
  558 You can organize the differents objects in folders. When selecting a
  559 folder, the default policy is that only the objects contained in it
  560 will be showed in the workspace window. You can also display all the
  561 objects in the subfolders if you change this policy with the ``View
  562 Windows'' command to ``Windows in Active Folder and Subfolders''.