The Files tab in the Control Panel¶
WARNING: The manual is current several versions out of date. While it may still be useful for some users, please refer to the tutorial for the most up-to-date information.
Changing file directories¶
There are three ways to change the directory whose contents are displayed in the Files tab:
- Click on the folder icon next to the bar to open a directory window. This allows you to select the directory you want to display.
- Type a path into the bar at the top of the Files tab and hit enter to go to a directory.
- Double click the up arrow in the File list (blue arrow with a filename of ‘..’) to navigate up a directory level. Double click on any displayed directory to open it and show the contents in the Files tab.
Note: The Files tab simply displays the files in your system. None of these files are loaded into RAW until you take some action on them (for example, plotting them)
Updating the file list¶
The file list in the Files tab does not automatically update when new files are placed in the folder. In order to update the file list to show new files, you must click the Refresh button (two green arrows in a circle) to the right of the Folder button near the top right of the Files tab.
Plotting is done from the Files tab in the Control Panel. It can be done in two ways:
- Simply double-click an image, compatible ASCII file, or RAW sec file to plot it.
- Select one or more files to be plotted at the same time and click the “Plot” button
The Calibration, Normalization, Masking, and other Advanced Options will be used to convert images into one dimensional scattering profiles when an image is selected and plotted. The Normalization settings, including absolute scale factor, counter norms, and solid angle correction status, the configuration file used, and the image load path are saved as part of the manipulation history for a scattering profile in RAW created from an image.
Note 1: Selecting files is as simple as left clicking on them. Multiple files can be selected by shift or ctrl (command on OS X) left clicking on the files.
Note 2: Some image files can only be loaded if the image type in the Advanced Options is set appropriately.
Filtering and searching the file list¶
Below the file list is a filter/search bar. You can either select filters from a list or create your own using wildcard characters. The filter bar accepts ‘*’ as a wildcard matching any number of characters and ‘?’ as a wildcard matching a single character.
- If you were looking for all files with ‘BSA’ anywhere in the filename you would write: *BSA* in the filter/search bar. The two * wildcard matches any characters before and after the ‘BSA’.
- If you wanted all files with ‘BSA’ at the start of the filename you would write BSA* in the filter/search bar. The single * wildcard will match any characters after the ‘BSA’.
- If you wanted all of the files with ‘BSA’ at the start of the filename and ‘.tiff’ at the end of the filename you would write BSA*.tiff. The single * wildcard will match any characters between BSA and .tiff in the filename.
- If you wanted all of the files with ‘BSA_000x.tiff’ where x is a single character, you would write BSA_000?.tiff. The ? wildcard will match any single alphanumeric character in that position.
Sorting the file list¶
The columns at the top of the file list, Name, Ext, Modified and Size, show the file name, the file extension, the file modified time, and the file size respectively. By clicking on the column heading, you can sort the file list by those attributes. By default, the file list is sorted by name, ascending (low to high, A to Z). This is indicated by the upward pointing green arrow in the Name column heading. Clicking on the Name column heading will switch the order of the sort to descending (high to low, Z to A) sort. Clicking again will return it to the ascending sort. Clicking on another column heading will sort the file list by that column, and again can be switched between ascending and descending.
Manipulating files and folders¶
Files and folders can be manipulated in the Files tab by right clicking on a filename in the file list. The pop-up menu has the options to create a new folder, rename a file, copy/cut/paste file(s) or delete file(s).
Note: These options change the files on disk, not just in RAW! So if you delete a file here, it will be deleted from your disk. If you want to work with the files you have loaded into RAW, see the sections on the Manipulation, IFT, and SEC Control Panels.