The Gateway and Global Preferences window enables you to customize the behavior and appearance of some Ecce components as described here. Any changes you make in the window affect you (your account) and no one else. The options in the Preferences window are divided onto two functional tabs:
|Miscellaneous||various units, date format, audible beep notifications, Gateway behaviors|
|Run States||colors associated with various run state icons of a calculation or job|
Key Concepts: The changes you make in the Preferences window affect the behavior and appearance of other Ecce tools . When you open the window for the first time, all preference options are set at the Ecce default values. If you modify these settings, you must "Save" the new settings before they can take effect.
If you open the Preferences window later (during the same Ecce session), the option settings will be as you last left them, regardless of whether you saved them or not. Therefore the displayed settings reflect your last visit to the window in the same session but may NOT reflect the current behavior and appearance of Ecce.
Click on Preferences in the Gateway (above). If the Preferences window is already open, this action will bring the window to the front. To start a separate instance of the Preferences window, shift-click on Preferences in the Gateway (although why you'd want to do that is almost beyond human understanding).
The following items briefly describe elements in the tabs of the Preferences window.
|Energy||Hartree, kcal/mol, electron Volts, kj/mol, cm-1, Mdyne A|
|Distance||Angstrom, Pm, Bohr|
|Frequency||em-1, electron Volt|
|Date Format||Choose format for month (m) day (d) and year (y):
mm/dd/yyyy OR dd/mm/yyyy OR mmm dd, yyyy
|Notifications||Mark these options to cause an audible beep to accompany error and warning
messages. These messages appear in the message
area of many tool windows.
|Request Confirmation on Exit||Mark this option to see a confirmation dialog upon exiting the Gateway. The dialog gives you the option to close the Gateway but leave other tools open. If you do not "Request Confirmation on Exit," then exiting the Gateway will automatically exit all Ecce tool windows (with prompts to save current work, when appropriate).|
|Show System Busy Icon||Mark this option to cause the Ecce "wave"
icon in the Gateway to be animated whenever the system is busy (such
as opening a new tool window). Or unmark this option to prevent the animation.
Use the Run States tab of the Preferences window to set the colors of the calculation run state icons wherever they appear in Ecce.
|Note: The icon representing an "imported" calculation is always set to the same color as the "completed" icon . The color of the "imported" icon is not specified separately.|
|Ecce||The first column of icons (labeled Ecce) shows the system default colors.|
|username||The second column of icons (labeled with your username) shows the optional color set, which you define.|
|State||The State buttons are for setting the corresponding username icons to the current color in the color selector.|
Select from the following checkboxes to pick a color selection method.
To choose your own color set:
|Save the current conditions of all preferences on BOTH tabs.
You MUST use the Save button if you want any modified settings in the Preferences window to take effect.
|Reset the preferences on BOTH tabs to Ecce default values.|
|Close the Preferences window.
When you next open the Preferences window, it will display the same settings it displayed when the window was closed.
|Show this online help for using the Preferences window.|
|Ecce Online Help
Revised: August 14, 2003