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This page describes the main application interface including toolbars, buttons, and dialog windows in Weather Defender.


1 - Interface Overview

The main interface is divided up into four parts: toolbars, workspace, dialog windows, and status bar.

1.1 Toolbars

1.1.1 Map Tab

1.1.2 Team Tab

1.1.3 Interface Tab

1.1.4 Help Tab

1.1.5 Shield Menu

1.1.6 Quick Access Toolbar Menu

1.2 Workspace

1.3 Dialog Windows

Dialog Windows are the semi-transparent windows that appear over top of the workspace area. By default, only the Map Layers and Legend Dialog Windows will be shown. Taking certain actions in the application will cause other Dialog Windows to appear. For example, activating a GPS connection will cause the GPS Dialog Window to be displayed with status information.

There are five Dialog Windows in total: Map Layers, Map Legend, GPS, Chat, and Info Dialogs.

1.3.1 Map Layers

1.3.2 Map Legend

1.3.3 GPS

1.3.4 Chat

1.3.5 Info Dialogs

Info Dialogs are temporary pop-up windows that display when you click special icons on the map workspace. Certain data sets contain more details than can be displayed on-screen. For example, Storm Reports about snowfall would be displayed as a snowflake icon on the map. Clicking on this icon would pop-up an Info Dialog containing additional details (if any) such as total snowfall accumulation in the past 24 hours.

1.4 Status Bar

2 - Customizing the Interface

The interface is highly customizable and can be modified to suit your exact preferences.

2.1 Color & Themes

The application shell (main window) is black by default, but this theme can be changed to Blue or Silver using the Interface Tab > Theme options. You may further tint a selected theme using the color picker.

2.2 Dialog Window Placement

All Dialog Windows can be moved to any position on the Windows Desktop by left-clicking in the title area of the window and dragging, just as you would any other application in Windows. Dialog Windows will remain fixed at the position you drag them unless they are "snapped" to the border of the workspace area, in which case they will move with the main application whenever it is moved.

A Dialog Window may be "snapped" to the workspace area by dragging it within 5 pixels of the top, bottom, left, or right of the workspace edge.

Additionally, you may "dock" a Dialog Window to the top, bottom, left, or right of the workspace area to cause it to resize accordingly whenever the main application is resized. To "dock" a Dialog Window, first snap it to the desired corner of the workspace. Then resize the height (or width) of the dialog to the opposite corner of the workspace.

Dialog Window modifications will be stored when you exit the program so they will reappear in the same location the next time you start.

You may RESET all Dialog Window positions to their original locations by clicking Interface > Dialog Settings > Reset Positions.

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