Although mostly intended as a platform portable basis for GSEOS, version
7 has a number of upgrades, improvements, and new features over 5.2:
- Full undo of any edit operation on a screen
When selecting multiple data items each item in the selection
is outlined. This makes it easier to see which items are part of the
selection if the selection rectangle spans a large area.
- Selecting multiple items (Show me)
When selecting multiple data items each item in the selection is outlined.
This makes it easier to see which items are part of the selection if
the selection rectangle spans a large area.
- Displaying data items (Show me)
When selecting data items, only the amount that fits into the selection
is shown. In GSEOS 5.2 the entire array is displayed which can lead
to huge items on the screen. The status bar indicates how many elements
are actually displayed.
- Selecting obscured items
When items are obscured by other items you can hold down the Ctrl-key
and iterate though the objects underneath the mouse pointer.
- Design mode grid
In design mode you can now optionally display a grid that can help with
data item displays
- Stale data notification
You can set a stale data timeout on individual items or use a global
timeout setting. If enabled the items will be displayed to indicate
that the data is stale.
- Data Items and Formulas have been combined (Show me)
The two tools to draw data items and to draw formulas from GSEOS 5.2
has been combined into one. Now you simply draw a data item and can
select the data source from a simple item or a formula. This also makes
it easy to switch between the two without loosing all the format information
for this item.
- Data Item update properties
The default update mode for data items is now timer driven. The only
mode in GSEOS 5.2 is real-time. For high frequency items this incurrs
a lot of overhead and doesn't improve readability of data. GSEOS 7
introduces three update modes: Timer based, Real-time, Idle. In timer
mode the display is updated after the timer interval which is configurable
expires. Real-time mode is equivalent to the GSEOS 5.2 data updates,
and Idle mode updates the data only when the system is idle and uses
the least amount of system resources.
- Status Image display
Similar to the GSEOS 5.2 text reference format where a status text can
be displayed instead of the data value GSEOS 7 adds the display of
an arbitrary image depending on the data value. This can be used to
visualize status with an image.
- Desktop page manager
Desktop files can now be managed from a central dialog that lets you
add new desktop pages, rename them, or remove them. You can also set
a description for each tab which will be displayed when the mouse lingers
over the tab. The new desktop format is XML based. GSEOS 5.2 and older
binary desktop files can be read with 7.
- Improved message window
The message window has been improved to list more message details and
to coalesce multiple messages into one if the contents are identical.
- Improved system window handling (Show me)
The GSEOS Explorer, Message window, and Console window can now be displayed
either in a floating format like in GSEOS 5.2 and also alternatively
'pinned' to a desktop page. This way they don't take up valuable screen
real-estate. With a simple push of a button the window can be activated
and toggled between pinned and floating state for quick access.
- Interactive network configuration (Show me)
The network configuration can now be done from within GSEOS Explorer.
You can now add new client and server connections, set their properties
and connect and disconnect all from the user interface. The settings
will be commited to the gseos.ini file.
- XML based command definition
You can specify your command definitions in an XML based definition
syntax or use a utility to convert from APL command spreadsheets into
the XML based definition files. The GSEOS Explorer lists all the available
commands and you can fill in arguments and issue commands right from
the user interface.
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