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  • Quick Start Guide

    L i v e W i r e 2

    The Professionals Data Analysis And Visualization Tool

    Z Systems, Inc. Winnipeg, Canada

  • Table of Contents About this Quick Start Guide............................................................................ 4

    What is LiveWire? ....................................................................................... 4 Whats Included? ........................................................................................ 4

    Installation ................................................................................................... 5 Automatic Installation ................................................................................. 5 Manual Installation...................................................................................... 5

    The Workspace .............................................................................................. 6 Saving your Workspace ............................................................................... 6 Opening a Workspace.................................................................................. 7

    The Navigation Tree ....................................................................................... 9 Tree Components ....................................................................................... 9 How to Access Features and Properties .........................................................10 The Tab Control.........................................................................................10 The Tool Bar .............................................................................................10

    The Worksheet .............................................................................................12 Adding Additional Worksheets......................................................................12 Deleting Worksheets ..................................................................................12 Focus is the Key ........................................................................................13 Moving Components...................................................................................13 Accessing Features and Properties................................................................13

    Annotations..................................................................................................14 Activating the Annotation Layer ...................................................................14 Adding Annotation Objects ..........................................................................14 Resizing Annotation Objects ........................................................................15 Moving Annotation Objects..........................................................................17 Displaying Annotations ...............................................................................17

    Working with Data Sets .................................................................................18 Importing Data From a File Explained ...........................................................18 Copying Data from Another Application .........................................................19 Data Generation and Curve Calculations........................................................20 Reloading Data..........................................................................................22 Data Synchronization .................................................................................22 Sorting Data Alphabetically .........................................................................24

    Record sorting .......................................................................................24 Group sorting.........................................................................................24 Channel sorting......................................................................................25

    Working with Graphs .....................................................................................26 Adding Graphs ..........................................................................................26 Controlling Graph Zoom..............................................................................27 Panning....................................................................................................29 Adjustable Aperture ...................................................................................30 Data Analysis ............................................................................................30 Accessing Features and Properties................................................................32 Multiple Selection of Graphs and Formatting ..................................................32 Copying Data from the Navigation Tree to a Graph .........................................36 Moving Groups of Data into a Graph .............................................................37

    Printing .......................................................................................................39 Introduction..............................................................................................39 Adjustable Margins ....................................................................................39 Adding Print Objects...................................................................................41

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  • Final Print .................................................................................................44 Hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts for common actions).............................................47

    General Components..................................................................................47 Graph Components ....................................................................................47 Axis Components.......................................................................................48 Frequency Plots .........................................................................................48

    Technical Support .........................................................................................49 Copyright.....................................................................................................50

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  • About this Quick Start Guide This quick start manual is meant to be a quick introduction to LiveWire. It does not cover all the features and capabilities of LiveWire. It does however give you a fast point of reference for common features. For information on all features or more detailed explanations, please consult the comprehensive LiveWire User Manual.

    What is LiveWire? LiveWire is a simple, yet powerful software tool designed to visualize and present time-based data. This application uses a single window split pane user interface. It supports the importation and exportation of industry standard data file formats, such as COMTRADE1 and EMTDC2. It also provides users with the ability to import and export general data formats such as comma separated variable files (*.csv) and text files (*.txt). LiveWire even provides the means to generate data from user-defined equations and import/export data from other applications using the clipboard.

    LiveWire has a very wide range of advanced features not available in similar software packages. Features like smart axis and dynamic aperture controls in both the graphs and plots allow the user to easily navigate through their data. Other features like enhanced tool tips present the user with thumbnail views of data sets. The ability to save and restore LiveWire workspaces (*.lww) provide the user with a sense of comfort and security that their worksheets and imported data files will not have to be regenerated, like many other data analysis packages. The capability to generate Bitmap images on a frame-by-frame basis, allow the user to add results and visual depiction to their reports quickly and effortlessly, without using additional software.

    Whats Included?

    1. 1 - LiveWire CD 2. 1 Quick Start Guide 3. 1 License key (if applicable, see note 1)

    Note 1: If LiveWire is part of a package, it may be licensed under the package License agreement. If so, LiveWire will install without requiring a License/Registration key.

    If LiveWire was not part of a package License agreement then a License/Registration key will be included. If there is any discrepancy then contact the Software Package provider or support@zsystems.ca.

    1 Common Transient Data Exchange (COMTRADE) IEEE-C37.111 is fully supported for years 1991, 1996(draft), 1997(draft) and 1999 in both ASCII and BINARY and Multi-File spanning.

    2 Electromagnetic Transients for DC (EMTDC). This format uses information files and multi-file spanning to support up to 200 channels.

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  • Installation

    Automatic Installation

    1. Insert the LiveWire CD into your CD Rom drive. 2. LiveWire will automatically begin its self-install program. 3. Follow the on screen instructions to continue with the installation.

    Note 1: If installation does not automatically start, follow the manual installation. Note 2: You can hit cancel at any time to stop the installation procedure.

    Manual Installation

    1. Have the LiveWire CD in your CD Rom drive. 2. From the Windows taskbar, click Start Run.

    3. Type {your CD drive letter}:\setup.exe in the Open text box.

    4. Click Ok, then follow the on-screen instruction to install the program. Note 1: You have to determine the drive letter of your CD drive where the LiveWire CD is located and substitute {your CD drive letter}:\setup.exe

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  • The Workspace The LiveWire Workspace is an application window and its associated navigation tree win

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