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The Run button starts the pattern generation. The Single button should start a single shot generation, but it is not currently implemented. The gearwheel button activates the general settings menu in the control panel. The sliders button activates the pattern settings menu in the control panel. The plot shows a preview of the generated signals by the pattern generator. For the enabled channels, the generated waveform is shown. For channel groups (groups of one or more channels) a “decoder” is displayed and has the purpose to graphically represent the binary value of the channel group. The channel manager panel lists all available channels on the device, and allows the user to create custom channel configurations.
The user can enable channels by clicking the button, setting the channel as an output. The channel name is shown in the second column of the channel manager. This name can be changed from the control panel The channel number is in the third column. This is the actual DIO number of the device. The select button is used to merge multiple channels together into a channel group. Channel groups are used to generate more complex patterns that span over multiple channels.
The buttons can be used to remove a channel from the channel group or to dissolve the channel group (if the button next to the channel group is clicked). The channel group can also be dissolved if the user selects the channel group and clicks the button. Channel groups can be merged with other channels or channel groups by applying the same procedure as before, select channels and channel groups and group them. An alternative to the select/group mechanism is to drag and drop elements in the channel manager like this: An advantage dragging and dropping elements over using select/group mechanism is that it allows the user to reorder the elements in an intuitive way.
The button hides elements that are not enabled, showing only the enabled elements in the channel manager and plot. Whenever an element in the channel manager is clicked, it becomes highlighted. The highlighted element has a darker tint in the channel manager and the associated waveform in the plot is enclosed within two vertical white lines. The highlighted element indicates that settings in the control panel apply to this element.
The control panel allows the user to set the parameters of the waveform to be generated.
The buttons allow navigation through the channel manager.
The Pattern combobox allows the user to select one of the currently implemented patterns.
The currently implemented patterns are:
The Name editbox changes the name of the channel/channelgroup.
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