UltraScan Configuration:

There are a number of parameters that need to be setup for UltraScan II to function properly. The configuration panel is accessed from the main menu under the "File" menu:

If you start UltraScan for the first time, the configuration panel will load automatically to make ensure that you confirm the default settings. After loading the configuration panel, you can edit the items in the list or click on the respective pushbutton for the file selection browser window to select a file or path. When a path is required, click on the desired directory name, else click on a filename:

  • WWW Browser: This is the path to the executable of your html browser. If your preferred browser (for example, netscape) is in your searchpath, the single word 'netscape' will suffice here, otherwise enter the complete path.
  • tar Archive: This is the path to the tar program (Tape Archiver). This is a standard GNU unix utility used by UltraScan to archive raw experimental data and to manage the Archive Database. Enter the path to the binary or simply 'tar' if the program is in your search path.
  • gzip Compression: gzip is a standard GNU Unix utility used for compressing files on your harddrive. gzip is the most efficient compression program available and will save hard disk space on your computer. Enter the path to the binary, or simply 'gzip' if the program is in your search path.
  • UltraScan Root: The path to the UltraScan root directory where all data, results and archives are stored.
  • Data Directory: The root path where your XL-A/I saves aquired data.
  • Result Directory: The location where all result files from your analyses are stored.
  • html Reports: The root directory where all html reports are stored.
  • Help Directory: The directory where UltraScan has the help files installed. This should be a default setting and should ordinarily not be changed.
  • Archive Directory: The location of your data archives.
  • Temperature Tolerance: The minimum temperature difference throughout a velocity run that will cause a temperature check warning. 0.5 degrees is a good number to use.
  • Beckman Time Bug Correction: Certain versions of the Beckman Data Acquisition software record the timestamps for the datafiles incorrectly. Turning this flag on will compensate for this error. The UltraScan data editing module will automatically alert you if you need to turn this feature on. The default setting is "off".
  • Raw Data Files in Capitals: Depending on your method of transferring raw datafiles acquired with the Beckman software from the Windows operating system to the Unix operating system, your files may have either upper or lower case file names. The problem, of course, is that Windows filenames are not case sensitive, even if they appear to be under Windows 95. For example, if you use UltraScan on a remote computer where the Windows drive with the data is mounted using the Samba protocol, the filenames may be exported as upper case, if you ftp the files, or mount the drive as a vfat partition on your linux box, the file names will be lower case. Set this flag to the appropriate setting, so you can find your files on your system. "On" stands for UPPER case compatibility, "Off" stands for lower case filenames.
  • Color Preferences: Click on the "Change" button if you want to load or define a different color scheme.
  • Font Preferences: Click on the "Change" button if you want to set a new default font for all of UltraScan's applications.
  • Database Preferences: Click on the "Change" button if you want to set the database username, password, database name and server host name.

Once all settings are correct, click on "Save" to make your settings permanent.

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Last modified on July 10, 2003.