Saving your lesson
This page will walk you through saving and testing the lesson you have
- You save your lesson by clicking on the File ->
Save Lesson menu item:
- A "file chooser" dialog will pop up -- you must choose or type in
the name of the ZIP file to save your lesson to. For example:
- After you "click" the dialog box's Save button, the
program will copy all of your image files from their source directory
into the ZIP archive file. You will then get the set/change saved
lesson parameters dialog:
- You may change any of the values shown by just typing over them.
Note when you click in the text entry field, the format of the
information will appear at the bottom of the screen!!
Here is what they mean:
- Height and Width are precomputed as the size of your
largest image, with an additiona 120 lines added to the height if you
are not using always torn-off controls (see below). This is the size
of the window that will appear when running your lesson.
- Server hostname the internet name of the machine to use as
the primary VISITview server. The visit.bat and the
visitm.bat files will refer to this host.
- Alternate server(s) names zero or more other machines to
use as backups. Separate machine names with a comma, and use the
form: email@example.com for each one. The
characters before the @ sign will become part of the batch filenames
(e.g., visit_cira.bat) -- therefore, do NOT use any special
- Server group is the unique identifier for this lesson and
often this version of the lesson. We recommend something like:
mylesson-070402. This value is used by the VISITview server
to insure that everyone is using the same lesson...therefore, it is very
important to put in a unique value for the Group
(for example: "precip-type-16nov02")
- Require ID may have a value of "true" or "false". If
"true", then students will receive a prompting when they start up your
lesson, to enter their name or office identifier.
- Pause on last and Pause on first control the
behaivor of animations. If you want a pause put on the first and/or
last frames, enter the number of milliseconds (0 = none).
- Background color is the color to use for the background,
in the form: #RRGGBB (red, green, and blue in hexadecimal). For
example: #FFFFFF is white, #800000 is dull red.
- Foreground color is the color to use for the foreground --
usually lettering, in the form: #RRGGBB (red, green, and blue in hexadecimal)
- Enhancement table file the name of the file to use for
the enhancement (color) table. The default is enh.tab.
- Size of text annotation the point size of the font to use
for text annotations. The size may also be changed "on-the-fly" by
putting the point size in brackets at the beginning of the text (e.g.,
My big text).
- Root name of batch files. By default, the root name of
the batch files for starting VISITview lessons is "visit". You may
change that by entering a value here: NOTE: No spaces or other
special characters should be used!!
- Transparency value
- Overlay Transparency Value is the red-green-blue value
that will be treated as transparent in an overlay image. You may
specify a range (shown in the example: xd0d0d0,xffffff).
- Allow control tear-off may be either: true,
false, or always to specify how controls will be
presented to the students.
- Phrases for text-on-screen is a comma-separated list of
words or phrases that can be used to 'seed' the text annotation
type-in. This saves lots of fumbling and typos during a lesson!
- Save Java Runtime in Lesson will cause the JRE for
Windows(tm) to be saved in the lesson ZIP file. Normally, this
should be left checked (that is, include the JRE).
- Create Instructor Notes template file check this if
you would like a template file for your instructor notes to be
written into the ZIP file. This file will be named InstructorNotes_template.html.
It will contain page "name anchors" and some other templating for you to
use to create the actual InstructorNotes.html file to include
in your lesson. You will need to use an editor for this, and then
"Attach" it to your lesson's ZIP file later (using the Lesson Builder's
"File->Attach file" menu choice, prior to re-saving the lesson).
- When you've changed the lesson parameters to the values
you want, click the OK at the bottom of the page
- The program will then create the HTML and helper script/batch
files, and then copy all the java runtime for Windows.
- When it's finished, the original window will be restored.
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