The IRIS ExplorerTM Environment

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Starting IRIS Explorer

To start IRIS Explorer, type

in a shell window.

The following three windows will appear:

  • Module Librarian
  • Map Editor
  • Log window
An annotated example is shown below. If your copy of IRIS Explorer has been previously used, the layout might be slightly different since IRIS Explorer stores the layout as it closes. Controlling how the interface looks is achieved via the Layout menu. If any of the windows do not appear, ensure that window name has a tick beside it in the Layout menu. Note that if the Map Editor window is maximised, access to the Module Librarian can be achieved by selecting Librarian on the Admin menu.

Figure 3.1: The IRIS Explorer Interface

The Module Librarian

The Module Librarian is the repository for modules and maps. There are a number of pre-defined categories simplifying the task of finding a particular module or map. It is possible to change or remove the existing categories as well as add your own. To examine the contents of a category, use the horizontal and vertical scroll bars.

The shelf is a special category that appears as an area where you can place frequently used maps and modules, giving instant access to them when required. You can place a module on the shelf by dragging it from the main window of the Module Librarian and dropping it in the shelf area.

Figure 3.2: The Module Librarian Interface

The Map Editor

The Map Editor is the main window in the IRIS Explorer interface. It is the area for creating and editing IRIS Explorer maps. Modules are selected from the Module Librarian, and manipulated in the Map Editor to create the required application. The Admin menu on the Map Editor contains the Quit option which is used to exit IRIS Explorer.

At the bottom of the Map Editor are a number of drop icons which can be used for some module operations; these operations are also accessible through menus.

Figure 3.3: The Map Editor Interface

The Log Window

Some modules can be configured to produce messages which are displayed in the Log Window. A log window can also be started for an individual module by clicking with the right-hand mouse button on the module and selecting Show Log. By selecting Log Window output with the mouse and then clicking the right-hand mouse button, you can copy or cut and paste the text into other applications.

Figure 3.4: The Log Window

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