ioGAS Tips & Tricks
If you are running Windows use one of these keyboard shortcuts to quickly perform various functions in ioGAS including:
- Ctrl-O Open ioGAS File
- Ctrl-S Save ioGAS File
- Ctrl-A Open Attribute Manager
- Ctrl-V Open Select Variables
- Ctrl-C Copy Window
- Ctrl-Z Undo Nodes in Polygons or Polylines when creating diagrams
Share diagrams, calculation and spiderplots from a central server:
1. Create user diagrams, calculations or spiderplots and save to a server folder
2. Go to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\ioGAS\userConfig
3. Open up one of diagram.location.ini, calculation.location.ini or spider.location.ini file into a text editor such as WordPad or NotePad
4. Enter the new server folder path using the following syntax: 2=//server/data/x (where x is th number after the last item in the location list)
5. Save the *.location.ini file and then re-start ioGAS
6. Go to the Diagrams, Calculations or Spider>User menu option to view
NB: User files are now cached so you can access them without being connected to the network.
My 3D Spatial Plot icon is greyed out but I have set the XYZ columns correctly……
The 3D spatial plot tool has a 40,000 visible row limit set in order for the window to open. If your dataset has more than 40,000 rows try subsetting the data using the Attribute Manager and turn off categories until the visible row limit is less than 40,000. When the 3D Spatial Plot is opened turn on the visibility for the other categories to view the data. Note that large amounts of data displayed in the 3D plot window may have an effect on performance.
What is the best way to view large number of plots in a single window?
This can be an issue especially with large numbers of individual plots in Scatterplot Matrix, Ranked Variable Map or Gridded Image windows. Before you create the plot window select the “Scrolling Window” option from the Window menu. This option will make the individual plots larger in size and add horizontal and vertical scrollbars for navigation around the plot window. To remove the Scrolling Window select the option again in the Window menu.
Is it possible to get the Attribute Manager window to remain open all the time?
To stop the Attribute Manager from minimising each time you click on a plot window and you are running dual monitors drag the Attribute Manager window onto the second monitor. Alternatively, select the “External Windows Always on Top” option from the Windows menu. Move the Attribute Manager window away from the centre of the screen to prevent it from obscuring any error/warning messages underneath.
Create your own Spiderplots in ioGAS!
Spiderplots are a great visual way to compare your data against the elemental values of different host materials such as basalts, granites, sedimentary rocks, chondrites, continental crust/mantle derivatives or even plants. Sometimes it is useful to create custom spiderplots using average elemental values of the local rock types. These baselines can then be used with your other data to see if samples identify with a particular elemental signature.
Using our example.xml file as a starting point simply add the element, unit and value information required. Save the file and then open it up into ioGAS via the Spider menu. Spiderplots can also be shared with other users within your organisation.
For detailed steps on how to create a custom spiderplot click here