Project Component - Quality Control
The ‘Quality Control’ section of the Project component contains four tick boxes, namely:
The first of these boxes dictates whether or not the user interface prompts the user to confirm that they wish to overwrite the output from a previously ran analysis upon requesting a full re-run. This prompt takes the form of a pop up dialog, as shown in the figure below, which appears when you attempt to re-run an old analysis. Upon seeing the prompt, click Yes if you wish to overwrite the existing output, otherwise click No. The benefit of this prompt is that it prevents the accidental loss of important data when the user mistakenly clicks on the run button. Note that this prompt does not appear when you request a postprocessing type analysis as in this case there is no risk of losing substantial output. By default, the associated box is ticked meaning that the prompt will occur for all analyses in the project file. If you remove the tick then the prompt will disappear.
Results Overwrite Prompt
The second tick box also relates to another user interface prompt. This particular prompt notifies the user when the there is a mismatch between the saved input data in the project file and the output from old analyses. This notification occurs upon attempting to close the project file and it affords the users an opportunity to return to the file in order to re-run any affected analyses. The figure below illustrates an example of the prompt. If you wish to return to re-run existing analyses, so as to synchronise them with the input data, then click Yes otherwise click No upon which the project file will close. As expected this prompt only appears if you actually save changes made to the project file after all analyses have been ran. By default, the box is ticked so as to ensure the appearance of the prompt, but if you feel it is unneeded then you can simply remove the tick.
Re-Run Analysis Prompt
The third box in the ‘Quality Control’ section relates to the creation of a detailed Input Echo document. This document is created at generation time when you run a particular analysis and it contains an echo, or summary, of all input data specified for the various components associated with the analysis. Access to the Input Echo is achieved through a related button on the Results tab of the Analysis component. Note that by default all analyses in the project file will create an Input Echo, unless of course you remove the tick from the box.
The fourth and final tick box governs how the user can update existing inputs on the various Analysis components in the project file. These inputs relate specifically to the Installation Stages, Parameters, Criteria and Summary Postprocesing tabs of the Analysis component, where input data is stored in a list format at the bottom of the tab. If the user wishes to change existing data on these tabs then, by default, they need to:
a)Click on the relevant item in the list. The inputs for this item will then appear in the various dialogs and drop down lists at the top of the tab.
b)Make the necessary changes to the input data.
c)Click the Update button to confirm the validity of the changes thereby storing them in the list.
Some users may find step c) above somewhat cumbersome, and even unnecessary, so with this in mind PipeLay also offers an alternative automatic update feature where the user interface automatically stores any changes made as soon as you click away from the selected item, for example if you click on a different item in the list or indeed move to another tab. This automatic update is enabled by ticking the fourth box in the ‘Quality Section’ of the Project component. If ticked, the Update button will become disabled on the related tabs of the Analysis components and any updates made by the user will be stored immediately when they click away from the selected list item.