In DIAdem 2011 we now have the ability to conveniently Copy REPORT sheets and Append VIEW sheets, now it'd be great if we could Copy VIEW sheets (with script accessibility, of course).
I know this has been mentioned before, but doesn't have an "Idea Post" so thought I'd add it so it doesn't get lost.
I think DIADem would be a great solution if it came with a web-based client which would allow users to:
- Login remotely using a standard web-browser
- Allow users to access data from their web-browser without having to install any exectuables or active-x components
- Basically allows similar functionality of the VIEW tool, execpt make it web-based.
DIADem would be a great collaboration tool if it could be used without having to install a bunch of EXEs on every computer. And going for a Citrix-style thin-client solution is just too costly. Built-in web-based access would be awesome.
A fairly common graph (for me anyway) is a Bar plot with positive vertical error bars drawn:
In Diadem 2010 and previously, it was possible to create such a graph by creating a Line plot with error bars, and then converting to a Bar plot- a little dodgy, but it worked. In Diadem 2011, this no longer works, and it is necessary to create two plots: one Bar plot and one blank Line plot with error bars.
My suggestion is that it would be much cleaner to allow the definition of error bars on a Bar plot directly - after all it is a single quantity. In fact, almost all of the other plot types could also benefit from being able to add error bars directly.
This would also help in being able to create Box plots - a process that is currently less than straight-forward.
When I export a plot in a DIAdem report I lose the transparency that I have associated with any coloured background segments in my plots. It would be helpful if the transparency was maintained as it helps to show overlapping areas.
As a side note, I find that when I zoom out on the axis of a plot the background segments disappear when they get narrow, but still wide enough to show on screen. This can be confusing as there is no indication it is happening. Perhaps background segments could always be drawn at least 1 pixel wide.
Rather than asking for a change to the "Repeat Marker" to plot all the points (we'd prefer "Repeat Marker" in DIAdem VIEW to be "Every N Points" where N = 1 rather than "Up to N Points" where N = 100), I think it would be great if we could have a configurable DIAdem default set of VIEW items that could be saved via usercommand, script, or a file configuration so we could conveniently spread it to our users.
This could include colors, points and/or lines, "Repeat Markers" configuration, line width/size/fill.
The "Repeat Markers" option is the most important to us because we have had users in the past who didn't realize that they were only seeing 100 points of their data, which can be a very bad thing (for example if you've turned off curve color and are looking for outliers in 150 points of data). On the other hand, I can understand not wanting to plot 2 billion points on a graph, hence the ability for an administrative body (or individual users) to configure the graph defaults.
The default type for a 2D Axis view display is line, but for all our signals we need stair curve. So I have to manually go to display settings and set the type to stair curve for every channel. If there are many channels that is very tedious. It would be nice to have a global setting that can be set for all view displays.
I do not understand why it is not possible jet. After I Drag and Drop a Waveform inside VIEW. A possibility to change the x-Axis to absolute time should be possible.
The only way of doing it now is creating an extra Time Channel.
I've noticed that the easiest way to relate a channel calculation back to the original channel is to append to the channel name:
Filtering for *engspeed, or *engspeed_rpm will return all of the above channels, but in my experience I rarely want to see all the additional channels...With enough channels, it can effectively obscure the channel you're looking for!
The simplest way I can think of to obscure these with the current functionality would be to have a stop character ("\"?) to prevent the filter from grabbing anything beyond that point:
*EngSpeed_rpm\ would return anything ending in *EngSpeed_rpm
Another way would be to get rid of the assumed * at the end of the filter, forcing people to put one on themselves when necessary (but that would be changing the current functionality and would likely confuse users at first):
*Engspeed_rpm would return anything ending in *EngSpeed_rpm
*EngSpeed_rpm* would return everything with EngSpeed_rpm inside it
This would also be nice for looking for channels that end in something, like anything ending in *nm\ rather than anything with nm in the name...
I quite often use a 2nd y-axis in a 2D-diagram. In order to improve the visibility I like to use the same grid for the first and second axis but different scaling. The 2nd y-axis is set to automatic scaling because of changing data ranges. Unfortunately the scaling range used for the second y-axis is completely unpredictable. Therefore the scale is way to big and the setting has to be corrected manually. This is very annoying, because the automatic choice is often not very logical and this behavior is not documented at all.
I can't rotate graphics or rectangles, ellipses etc. in the diadem report (display-position-...?). This is however possible with text boxes and should be no big deal for other object or graphics
It would be fantastic if you would develop your own, or put a wrapper around one of the existing public domain, statistics packages and greatly expand on the statistics currently offered in the product. Evaluating the statistical significance of data seems a natural and powerful feature that should be included as part of data analysis.
Having network directories available in the DataFinder is a great tool. However, if a network directory is added as a default search locations AND the network cable is unplugged, DIAdem will hang for a very long period of time. Windows commands are used to query for network locations. If not connected to the network, the timeout for these commands is quite large.
While this is technically expected behavior, it is not ideal software functionality to hang if a network cable is unplugged.
I would like to be able to copy a plot to the clipboard, either from View or Report. At the moment I have to use a screen-capture tool like Snippy.
I am introducing DIAdem to our company at the moment and all my colleagues are surprised that DIAdem cannot do this.
I would like to be able to view the date of a time channel in a 2D Axis System. I know I can do it transfering it to DIAdem REPORT and then selecting the desired format in the axis, but I want to do it on VIEW.
I have tried with a waveform channel, a channel made of time stamps... I think it would a great feature!!
When dragging and dropping a channel into a View or Report table from the Data Portal, no matter where you release the channel, it's always appended to the end. This can be frustrating if you have a large number of channels in the table, forcing you to rearrange the table after each channel is added.
I would like to propose the ability to drop channels in-between columns of the table, OR append channels on the end.
I would think that the area you drag the channel into would decide where it inserts:
Between 2 channel headers (anywhere in the "Selected Channels" section or above) = Insert
Anywhere on the "Channel Contents" section, row numbers, or blank area without channels = Append to end
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