User Preferences

  •   PREFERENCES...       ⌘,  This window lets you select your preferences for program appearance and functions.   Chose one of three tabbed categories: AppearanceSounds, Printing,   File Handling,  and Operations.

    • File opening options:   When selecting a file to open, you can access Warthog-format files only (this includes Sable files), or access any file type, including .text or .csv files.

    • Warn before closing or quitting:   This option, if selected, will warn you if you are about to perform an operation (closing a file or quitting) that will destroy work you have performed on the current file.

    • 'Save' command replaces old file:   This option, selected by default, will cause a 'Save' command to replace the original file, if it was not of type .WHdata -- in other words, the orginal file disappears and is replaced with a new Warthog-format version of type .WHdata.   If not selected, a 'Save' command will create a new .WHdata version while leaving the original file intact.

    • File filtration:   This option, if selected, checks newly-opened files for abberant readings ('spikes') and fixes them.   It only handles single values that differ from both the immediately preceding and immediately following values by 400 or more.

    • Soreadsheet file type:   The default format for 'spreadsheet' output is .csv (comma-separated values), with a generic icon.   You can also select 'xls' format (tab-delimited).   The latter is not standard Excel .xls format, so when you open an .xls file you may get a warning from Excel that the format isn't as expected.

    • File appending:   When you append a file to an already-loaded file, the program normally shows the channel labels in each of the files and asks your permission before proceeding with the merge.   If this option is selected, appending will occur 'automatically' (without asking the user) IF the number of channels is the same in both files.   Note that it does not matter if the channel labels differ.

    • The Plot Style button lets you set the foreground (data), background, and label and marker colors on the plot and block windows (this is available only when a data file has been loaded).

    • To avoid having to re-set your preferences at every launch, click the Store Preferences button to store your current settings (including screen colors, current values of FiO2, FiCO2, and RQ, etc.).   When launched, LabAnalyst reads the preferred settings and uses them as defaults.

    • The Export button lets you save a copy of your preferences external to the LabAnalyst application package, where it normally resides.   This is useful if you want to save your preferences before updating LabAnalyst, which comes with a generic set of preferences.   Once you have installed the new LabAnalyst version, use the Import button to restore your old settings (be sure to click the Store Peferences button to save them into the application package).

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