dotPLOT 6000-Series User Manual with Notes on

dotPLOT 6000-Series User Manual with Notes on
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dotPLOT 6000-Series User Manual
with Notes on HotPlot 2.5,
the Windows Interface
This version of the manual is up-to-date as of dotPLOT version 6005 (dot6005) of 19 August 2010
and HotPlot 2.5.0 of 19 August 2010.
Ref.: C:\dotNOTES\dot6000_User_Manual.doc
Edition: 19 August 2010
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Table of Contents
1.
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................4
What This Program Can Do ..............................................................................................................4
Requirements ....................................................................................................................................5
Introducing HotPlot ............................................................................................................................5
Licensing ...........................................................................................................................................5
Terminology.......................................................................................................................................6
2.
Installation..............................................................................................................................................7
2.1
Summary ...........................................................................................................................................7
2.2
Installing the System .........................................................................................................................7
2.2.1
Installing the Combined HotPlot/dotPLOT Package .....................................................................7
2.2.2
Installing dotPLOT Only ................................................................................................................8
2.3
Running dotPLOT..............................................................................................................................9
2.4
Testing Profile Symbols...................................................................................................................10
2.5
The Licensing Process ....................................................................................................................11
2.5.1
Types of Licence .........................................................................................................................11
2.5.2
Requesting a Licence..................................................................................................................11
2.5.3
The Internet Licence Application Screen ....................................................................................11
2.5.4
Apply for a Licence......................................................................................................................13
2.5.5
Receive and Install Licence ........................................................................................................13
2.5.6
Check the Licence ......................................................................................................................13
2.5.7
Additional Licences .....................................................................................................................13
2.5.8
Changing your Company Name..................................................................................................14
2.6
Obtaining a Password .....................................................................................................................15
2.7
Selecting a Text File ........................................................................................................................16
2.8
Final Testing of dot6000..................................................................................................................17
3.
JET SETUP .........................................................................................................................................19
3.1
Accessing JET SETUP....................................................................................................................19
3.2
Using JET SETUP...........................................................................................................................19
3.3
Changing Path to Printer Port..........................................................................................................20
3.4
Changing Path to Font Files (PCL)..................................................................................................20
3.5
Changing Path to Text Files ............................................................................................................21
3.6
Changing Path to Printer Files.........................................................................................................22
3.7
Changing Screen Colours ...............................................................................................................23
3.8
Changing the Layout .......................................................................................................................24
3.9
Changing Fonts ...............................................................................................................................26
3.10
Note on PDF Fonts..........................................................................................................................28
3.11
Switching Languages ......................................................................................................................29
3.12
Switching Setup...............................................................................................................................30
3.13
Saving the Setup .............................................................................................................................31
4.
Getting Productive ...............................................................................................................................32
4.1
Creating an Input File ......................................................................................................................32
4.1.1
Text File Editors: E.com, Edit, Notepad, and the HotPlot Text Editor:........................................32
4.1.2
Microsoft-Word ...........................................................................................................................32
4.1.3
WordPad .....................................................................................................................................32
4.2
Writing the Text File ........................................................................................................................33
4.2.1
File Structure...............................................................................................................................33
4.2.2
Lines and Line Length.................................................................................................................33
4.2.3
Headers.......................................................................................................................................33
4.2.4
Layer Descriptions ......................................................................................................................34
4.2.5
The Notes (Including Samples)...................................................................................................34
4.2.6
Attributes for Borehole Logs........................................................................................................35
4.3
The Conversion of the Text File to a Transfer File..........................................................................38
4.4
The Printing of the Profile................................................................................................................41
4.5
Error Messages ...............................................................................................................................42
4.6
Troubleshooting...............................................................................................................................44
4.6.1
Common Problems and Remedies.............................................................................................44
4.6.2
Locating the Causes of Errors ....................................................................................................45
4.6.3
If the Program Crashes...............................................................................................................46
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
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5.
Customising dot6000 ...........................................................................................................................47
5.1
Backup Before Customising ............................................................................................................47
5.2
The Customisable Files...................................................................................................................47
5.3
Changing the Prompts (PROMPTS.ENG).......................................................................................48
5.4
Changing Keywords in the Notes Block (CONVOCAB.ENG) .........................................................48
5.5
Changing Keywords in the Header Block (CONVOCAB.ENG) .......................................................49
5.6
Changing the Title Block (PROVOCAB.ENG).................................................................................51
5.7
Changing to Another Symbol Library (PROLIB.DAT)......................................................................52
5.8
Changing the Soil and Rock Name Vocabulary (PROVOCAB) ......................................................53
5.9
Changing Table of Abbreviations for Attributes in Borehole Logs (PROVOCAB) ...........................54
5.10
Logos...............................................................................................................................................55
5.10.1 Example: Creating a Logo PDF File............................................................................................55
5.10.2 Technical Note: Editing .SET Files Directly for Logos.................................................................55
6.
Special Features ..................................................................................................................................56
6.1
Format Control ................................................................................................................................56
6.1.1
Default Format of the Profile Page..............................................................................................56
6.1.2
The Format Control Characters ..................................................................................................56
6.1.3
Modifying the Normal Format......................................................................................................57
6.1.4
Format Disable............................................................................................................................57
6.1.5
Non-Printing Text ........................................................................................................................58
6.1.6
Margins on the Profile Page........................................................................................................58
6.1.7
Margins on Attribute Page (Borehole Logs Only)........................................................................58
6.1.8
Page Length, Top and Bottom Margins ......................................................................................58
6.1.9
Positions of Job Titles and Footer Titles .....................................................................................58
6.2
Soil Symbol Selection......................................................................................................................59
6.3
The Symbols for the Igneous Rocks ...............................................................................................60
6.4
Header Keywords ............................................................................................................................60
6.5
Sundry Layout Features ..................................................................................................................61
6.5.1
Include Files ................................................................................................................................61
6.5.2
Logarithmic Bar Graphs ..............................................................................................................61
6.5.3
Line Graphs.................................................................................................................................61
6.5.4
Line Drawings, Shading and Hatching ........................................................................................61
6.5.5
Raster Lines and Bands..............................................................................................................62
6.5.6
Imported Raster Graphic Drawings (PCL only)...........................................................................62
6.5.7
Footer on Every Page .................................................................................................................62
6.5.8
COMPRESS: keyword ................................................................................................................62
6.5.9
RESOLUTION: keyword .............................................................................................................62
6.5.10 SUB-LAYERS / SUB-STRATA feature .......................................................................................62
6.5.11 A3 Paper .....................................................................................................................................62
6.6
Colour in PDF Output ......................................................................................................................63
6.6.1
Library of Common Colours ........................................................................................................63
6.6.2
Using the RGB Colours...............................................................................................................64
6.6.3
Using the ACI Colours.................................................................................................................64
6.7
Fence Diagrams ..............................................................................................................................64
7.
Disks, Storage and Limits ....................................................................................................................65
7.1
File System......................................................................................................................................65
7.2
Program Limitations ........................................................................................................................65
7.3
Working Data Limits ........................................................................................................................65
7.4
Transfer Filenames .........................................................................................................................65
7.5
Printing to a Disk File.......................................................................................................................66
7.6
File Management.............................................................................................................................66
7.7
Long Job and Hole Numbers...........................................................................................................66
8.
Sample Output.....................................................................................................................................67
8.1
Soil and Rock Symbol Library .........................................................................................................67
8.2
Sample Text Files............................................................................................................................68
8.2.1
EXAMPLES.TXT .........................................................................................................................68
8.2.2
TUTORIAL.TXT ..........................................................................................................................68
8.2.3
BORELOG.TXT ..........................................................................................................................68
8.2.4
Other Sample Text Files .............................................................................................................69
8.2.5
Miscellaneous Files.....................................................................................................................69
9.
Revision List and Updates On-Line .....................................................................................................70
10.
Index ....................................................................................................................................................71
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1.
1.1
Introduction
What This Program Can Do
The program dotPLOT, Main Version 6000 (dot6000 for short) prints geological soil profiles and
borehole logs on Hewlett Packard LaserJet printers, using a personal computer running Windows.
It can also print to a variety of file formats including PDF. The program may be used without the
borehole log option and without the PDF option.
dot6000 is designed specifically for soil profiles and borehole logs. It is a very compact program,
superfast at 2 pages per second, with compact data files (typically less than 3 KB per page) and
compact printer files (about 20 KB per page). Customers can learn to use it merely by looking at
the examples supplied – training is almost superfluous – there are no templates or esoteric code
words – sandy silt in the text will produce the symbol for sandy silt!
Some customers who have large database systems store the geologist’s field notes on their
database and then run the file of notes through dot6000 for the printing of the profile report only
when required, thus avoiding megabytes of graphics storage.
Input is in the form of a Microsoft Word .doc file or an ordinary text (ASCII) file produced by any
word processing package or editor. The objective of the program is to intelligently interpret the
stream of words as though they were typed directly from the field notes (possibly in the form of a
tape recording), to automatically select symbols for soil and rock types, to choose appropriate
scales, number of pages and page breaks, to format the text and to produce the finished pages
ready for binding into a report, all with the minimum of editing by the geologist.
The printed soil profile is in the form of high-quality laser graphics combined with text in userselected fonts. Symbols for almost any soil descriptions and rock types can be combined: thus the
symbol for SANDY can be combined with the symbol for CLAY, and this can in turn be combined
with the symbol for GRAVEL or BOULDERS. By clever masking, symbols containing white space
(e.g. BOULDERS) can be superimposed on other symbols. The program allows any combination to
be selected by the user of up to 12 symbols per layer. Eighty standard symbols are provided which
cannot be altered by the user, although they can be reassigned. They have been designed to cover
most soil types and all classes of the igneous rocks. A selection of libraries may become available.
Using an additional module the user may design symbols of his own’. Extra symbols or libraries
can be provided for you at additional cost.
dot6000 will recognise notes on water tables (permanent or perched), water-seepage or waterstrikes, weathering horizons, rockheads, samples (undisturbed disturbed or chemical) and locate
symbols for these alongside the profile. Reduction of levels is automatic and a correction is applied
for slope.
The BOREHOLE LOG module will allow up to 15 columns of rock attributes to be arranged in any
order desired tabulated either on a sister-page or on the profile page. Bar graphs of the attribute
values can be drawn with normal or inverse shading. Each borelog column may be sub-divided and
sub-labelled.
A legend summarising all the particular symbols used on a job can be printed at the end of a run.
The user may download his own LOGOS to the LaserJet as macros which the program can
automatically locate and print on each page. Optionally a PCL raster or PDF logo can be inserted in
the print file. Alternatively space can be left for the logo on pre-printed sheets.
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The program offers extensive support for non-English languages and non-standard use of symbols.
All aspects of the program can easily be customised by the user to work in the user’s choice of
language or dialect – this includes keywords in the input text file, prompts by the programs, and
printed output. Existing symbols may be assigned different names or synonyms in any number of
languages.
A useful set of format controls is supported. The general page layout is customisable to a limited
extent. Any bitmapped or scalable soft font on the user’s hard disk may be used provided the files
follow the HP protocol. Cartridge and Internal printer fonts may be used.
For PDF output only the useful 12 standard Adobe fonts are supported namely COURIER,
HELVETICA and TIMES ROMAN, each with upright, italic, bold and bold oblique variations.
Because of the numerous variables involved and the variety of personal choices that are possible in
arranging the layout, the program has been arranged to read a SETUP FILE that stores all the
values required. A routine is provided which enables the user to easily make changes to the setup,
to store those changes, and to recall or switch between them by name at any later time. Thus a
single work station can keep track of up to 19 different setups: For example there may be one for
profiles, one for boreholes, one for percussion logs and further variations to suit individuals using a
pool work station.
Although the program allows for considerable customisation, it is supplied “ready to run” with normal
English input and prompts, using a standard HP LaserJet printer and internal fonts.
1.2
Requirements
dot6000 runs under DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 2000, NT, XP and Vista.
The input data file can be prepared with any file editor (E.COM, EDIT.COM), or as a .DOC file using
MS Word or as a TEXT file using WordPerfect, or directly using HotPlot (Next section).
While a Hewlett Packard LaserJet printer is recommended for PCL output, other makes of printer
may work if they support page composing, HP-PCL (Printer Control Language) and 300 dots-perinch graphics. PDF output can be printed via Windows to any installed printer.
512 KB RAM memory is sufficient.
1.3
Introducing HotPlot
There is an optional Windows interface, HotPlot, which provides access to the major functions of
dotPLOT in a user-friendly visual fashion with mouse support. From Version 2.0.0 of February
2010, HotPlot lets you edit SET files, reducing or eliminating the need for JET SETUP.
1.4
Licensing
dot6000 is licensed for installation on the C: drive of one machine only. It will not run from stiffy
drives. A server based licence is now available.
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1.5
Terminology
In this manual the following terms are used for the various punctuation marks:
Symbol
|
_
Name
bar
underscore
Also known as
vertical bar
underline
~
`
/
\
^
()
[]
{}
<>
#
tilde
acute accent
slash
backslash
caret
parentheses
brackets
braces
less than, greater than, signs
hash
wiggle
backward apostrophe
forward slash
circumflex
round brackets
square brackets
curly brackets
angle brackets
(pound sign on some keyboards)
To see what the symbols are used for, refer to section 6.1.2 below (The Format Control Characters)
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2.
Installation
DOTPLOT IS A DOS PROGRAM. THIS IS NOT A DOS TUTORIAL. IF YOU ARE NOT
CONVERSANT WITH DOS FILES, DIRECTORIES, COMMANDS AND BATCH FILES THEN YOU
SHOULD USE THE WINDOW INTERFACE, HOTPLOT.
THIS IS NOT A WINDOWS TUTORIAL EITHER. IF YOU ARE NOT CONVERSANT WITH BASIC
WINDOWS CONCEPTS LIKE FILES AND FOLDERS THEN YOU SHOULD GET OUTSIDE HELP.
2.1
Summary
• Install dot6000 (usually on a machine connected to a LaserJet). The program must be installed on
the C: DRIVE – it will not run from any other drive.
• Alternatively, if you prefer a Windows interface, install HotPlot: It can then do the installation of
dot6000.
• Test dot6000, through HotPlot if you are using it.
• Enter the licence details, obtain and save the licence file. For details see Section 2.5 below on
page 11 (The Licensing Process) and subsequent sections.
• Perform any customisation such as changing the page layout (Chapter 5 below starting on page 46
– Customising dot6000) and adding your own Logo (Section 5.10 below on page 55).
Lack of a valid licence will cause the banner “DEMO” to appear on printouts. The banner will
darken with age.
2.2
Installing the System
2.2.1
Installing the Combined HotPlot/dotPLOT Package
If you are not using HotPlot, ignore this section and skip to the one directly below.
The program can be downloaded from the Internet as an executable file HotPlotSetup.exe.
1.
Click the Internet hyperlink, found near the top of the page
http://www.softwareafrica.co.za/dotplot-setup.htm
2.
A pop-up window will ask if you want to Save or Run the program. Choose Run. (for
multiple PCs, you can Save it and then Run it later on each PC)
3.
Wait until the program has downloaded.
automatically, close it.
4.
The WinZip Self-Extractor will appear, ask for an "Unzip to" folder, and offer C:\dotSetup as
the default.
5.
Click the Unzip button. NB: You must use C:\dotSetup and not change to anything else! If
your PC does not have a C: drive, contact us for an alternative Setup.
6.
The WinZip Self-Extractor will say: "10 file(s) unzipped successfully". Click OK and Close.
7.
Run "My Computer" or Windows Explorer (shortcut: "Windows key"
8.
Open the folder that you unzipped to, i.e. C:\dotSetup
9.
You should see a program, SETUP.EXE (If you see SETUP, not SETUP.exe, you have file
extensions turned off –this is OK, but don't confuse it with SETUP.LST which is also there).
10.
Double-click SETUP.EXE to run it.
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2.2.2
11.
The HotPlot for dotPLOT Setup window should open. On the Welcome screen, click OK.
12.
Click the big button at top left to begin installation.
13.
Wait until it says "HotPlot for dotPLOT Setup was completed successfully".
14.
Click the Start button. Under Programs, you will find a new item: HotPlot. Click it to run the
program. ,
15.
To create a shortcut to HotPlot on your desktop, use the right mouse button to grab the Start
> Programs > HotPlot icon and drop it on your desktop, then choose "Copy Here".
16.
When you run HotPlot it will notice that you do not have dotPLOT installed, and offer to install
it.
17.
Just click Yes, and dot6000 will be installed (when prompted to "Press any key to continue",
press Enter as required until you see the message END OF INSTALLATION).
18.
HotPlot will congratulate you on installing dotPLOT, and tell you how to License dotPLOT.
Click OK
19.
HotPlot will ask you to find PROFILE.EXE. It will already be looking at C:\dot6000, so just
click Open.
20.
HotPlot is now running and connected to dotPLOT. Click Help for pointers on getting started.
21.
You can now delete the temporary folder C:\dotSetup.
22.
You can upgrade the system at any time by repeating the installation process.
Installing dotPLOT Only
If you wish to use the Windows interface, HotPlot, ignore this section and use the previous one
directly above.
The program can be downloaded from the Internet as an executable file dot6000Setup.exe (the
exact number will vary with the version).
1.
Click the Internet hyperlink found near the bottom of the page
http://www.softwareafrica.co.za/dotplot-setup.htm
2.
A pop-up window will ask if you want to Save or Run the program. Choose Run. (for
multiple PCs, you can Save it and then Run it later on each PC)
3.
Wait until the program has downloaded.
automatically, close it.
4.
The WinZip Self-Extractor will appear, ask for an "Unzip to" folder, and offer C:\dotSetup as
the default.
5.
Click the Unzip button. NB: You must use C:\dotSetup and not change to anything else! If
your PC does not have a C: drive, contact us for an alternative Setup.
6.
The WinZip Self-Extractor will say: "7 file(s) unzipped successfully". Click OK and Close.
7.
Run "My Computer" or Windows Explorer (shortcut: "Windows key"
8.
Open the folder that you unzipped to, i.e. C:\dotSetup
9.
Double-click C:\dotSetup\INSTALL.BAT
INSTALL.MSG) to run it.
10.
When prompted to "Press any key to continue", press Enter as required until you see the
message END OF INSTALLATION.
11.
Press Enter to exit the Install.
12.
Once you are satisfied that dotPLOT runs, you can delete the "C:\dotSetup" folder and its
contents.
13.
You can upgrade the system at any time by repeating the installation process.
14.
If you wish, create a shortcut to the executable file c:\dot6000\profile.exe on your desktop.
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The program supplied will be fully functional but a licence will be needed to suppress the “DEMO”
banner on printouts.
2.3
Running dotPLOT
dotPLOT may be launched from DOS by running the executable C:\dot6000\profile.exe. To run
from Windows, create your own shortcut on the windows desktop that uses C:\dot6000\profile.exe
as the target.
To run dotPLOT from HotPlot, first run HotPlot using Start > Programs > HotPlot (or a desktop
shortcut if you created one as described above). Near the bottom right of the HotPlot window, click
the button [Go to dotPLOT]. This will put you into the main dotPLOT Menu:
The first time the program runs, it will examine the system to determine the type of monitor screen
present and will store the values it needs in a file called PROCOLOR.CUS. On later runs this is
bypassed.
This is the MAIN MENU:
d o t . P L O T
=================
Program to print and draft soil profiles
Version 6005
MAIN MENU
DONGLE # Licence D000
Company Name
Program Active
PBpH6
PROFILE VOCABULARY Filename = PROVOCAB.ENG
SETUP Filename = STANDARD.SET
F1
START
F2
ACTIVITY
PROFILES
F3
OUTPUT to
PRNTFILE.PDF
F4
ADDRESS
C:\DOTFILES
F5
ACCESS
JET-SETUP
The function keys (F1 to F5) are fully explained in Section 4.3 on page 38 (The Conversion of the
Text File to a Transfer File).
If you will be printing to a printer connected to your PC, press F3 as many times as required for the
F3 display to read “OUTPUT to PRINTER”. Now you must find the address of the printer port on
your work station: It is likely to be either LPT1 or COM1. dot6000 expects to see a printer at the
address shown on your screen under F4. If this does not agree with the configuration of your
machine it will be necessary for you to now select JET-SETUP and re-define the default address, as
explained in Section 3.3 on page 20 (Changing Path to Printer Port).
Printing to a USB or network printer can only be done through the PDF module – i.e. the trusty old
DOS command “copy/B FILENAME LPT1” is no longer supported for USB devices.
For printing a PDF file, Adobe Acrobat Reader (or equivalent) is used to open the files and must
have access to a Windows printer. If you will be printing to a printer connected to your PC, press
F3 as any times as required for the F3 display to read “OUTPUT to PRNTFILE.PDF”. Note the F4
display of the address to which files will be printed: If this is not acceptable, press F4 to change it
(files will be printed to the subfolder “000000” at this address).
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2.4
Testing Profile Symbols
At the dotPLOT MAIN MENU, choose SYMBOLS by pressing the F2 key as many times as
required. Then press F1 START. A list of the standard symbols will be displayed.
T E S T
R O U T I N E
=======================
ROUTINE TO PRINT THE SYMBOL LIBRARY SUMMARY SHEETS.
THIS TEST ROUTINE DOES NOT REQUIRE A VALID PASSWORD.
YOU MAY NOT CHOOSE MORE THAN 36 SYMBOLS AT A TIME.
(You must spell the symbol names exactly as below)
BOULDERS
SCATTERED BO GRAVELS
GRAVELLY
SILT
SILTY
CLAY
CLAYEY
MUDROCK
COAL
DOLOMITE
LIMESTONE
PLUTONIC
HYPABYSSAL
VOLCANIC
DIORITE FAMI
FREE QUARTZ GRANITE
QUARTZ DIORI QUARTZ GABBR
QUARTZ DIABA QUARTZ DOLER RHYOLITE POR QUARTZ ANDES
GABBRO
PYROXENITE
DIABASE
DOLERITE
NEPHELINE SY OLIVINE DIOR OLIVINE GABB PERIDOTITE
OLIVINE DOLE KIMBERLITE
PHONOLITE
OLIVINE ANDE
QUARTZ VEINS METAMORPHIC SCHIST
BRECCIA
DENSE FERRIC NODULAR FERR SPARSE FERRI DENSE CALCRE
CALCRETE
WELL CEMENTE PARTIALLY CE RUBBLE
CONCRETE
PERMANENT WA PERCHED WATE UNDISTURBED
ROOTS
ROCKHEAD
WEATHERING H WATER SEEPAG
> Enter START SYMBOL, END SYMBOL
SAND
CONGLOMERATE
QUARTZITE
GABBRO FAMIL
QUARTZ PYROX
QUARTZ BASAL
ANDESITE
TINGUAITE
OLIVINE BASA
CHERT
NODULAR CALC
FILL
DISTURBED SA
BAND
SANDY
SANDSTONE
BANDS
PYROXENITE F
GRANITE PORP
DIORITE
BASALT
OLIVINE DIAB
OLIVINE
WAD
SPARSE CALCR
CRUSHED ROCK
CHEMICAL SAM
(skip to abort)
Type start and end spanning no more than 36 symbols (reading horizontally and then vertically – as
with normal text)
startname, endname <ENTER>
Up to 25 symbols can be printed on one page. If all is in order the page will print successfully
looking like the examples in Chapter 8, and the menu will reappear. To exit, press ESC.
If the printing is not successful check the cables, switches and the address as described above.
If using a serial interface check baud rate settings on your computer and printer. If the printer is
not an HP LaserJet model, check that it is indeed fully compatible and set to use HP-PCL (Hewlett
Packard Printer Control Language). If this is not the case, printout can be obtained via PDF and
Acrobat.
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2.5
The Licensing Process
You can test dotPLOT and HotPlot without licensing the system. The banner “DEMO” will appear
across printouts.
2.5.1
Types of Licence
The basic dotPLOT licence covers only soil profiles. Extras, optional though recommended, are:
♦
♦
♦
♦
2.5.2
HotPlot (Windows interface): Without licensing this option, if you run dotPLOT from HotPlot, it
will run as a demo. dotPLOT can still be run thorough DOS, but you miss out on the userfriendly Windows interface of HotPlot.
PDF: This is necessary to produce PDF files, both for e-mailing and for printing using Adobe
Reader. Without it, you can print directly to Hewlett Packard LaserJet printers and printers
that are fully compatible with them.
Borehole Log: This is essential if you are doing cores and not just test pits. This option gives
you a facing page (which can be combined onto the main page) with columns of attributes
that can include graphs.
dot6000 features: If you are upgrading from an earlier version there is an extra charge for
this. If you purchased dot6000, it forms part of the package.
Requesting a Licence
If you have not already done so, install HotPlot (if you are using it) and dotPLOT as explained
above. Run dotPLOT, either on its own or from HotPlot.
To run dotPLOT from HotPlot, run HotPlot. At the bottom right of the HotPlot window, click the
button [Go to dotPLOT]. This will put you into the main dotPLOT Menu:
PROMENU UserNo = 0
d o t . P L O T
=================
Program to print and draft soil profiles
Version 6005
MAIN
MENU
No Licence
IN DEMO MODE!
Press <Alt+L> for Licence Application, <Alt+P> for Password.
PROFILE VOCABULARY Filename = PROVOCAB.ENG
SETUP Filename = STANDARD.SET
F1
START
F2
ACTIVITY
PROFILES
F3
OUTPUT to
PRNTFILE.PDF
F4
ADDRESS
C:\DOTFILES
F5
ACCESS
JET-SETUP
Hold in the Alt key and press L on the keyboard to go into the Licensing screen:
2.5.3
The Internet Licence Application Screen
You should see the screen shown below. Type your company details in the block. Brief Help
appears on the right-hand side of the highlighted line. The "Company Name" will appear on all
printouts from dotPLOT, so make sure it is correct!
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Press Enter or
to go to the next line,
data will be saved automatically.
to go up a line. Press Esc (escape) when finished. The
INTERNET LICENCE APPLICATION
COMPANY NAME
POSTAL ADDRESS
continued
continued
Contact name
Phone numbers
e-mail address
OPTION Borelog
OPTION PDF
OPTION HotPlot
OPTION PlainText
LICENCE DRIVE
NUMBER OF COPIES
TALLY IN FAMILY
NOTES:
Be careful
example C:
X:
S:
how
for
for
for
Software Africa
126 Kelvin Drive
Morningside Manor
2191
Rick Raubenheimer
011 802-2685 / 082 389-3482
[email protected]
Y
Y
Y
Y
E:
1
1
< Signature
<
<
<
<
Y=Yes
eg C:
for Servers
for Site
<Esc> press escape to exit.
you choose the drive for the Licence. It may be C: X: or S:
your hard drive, equivalent to password - for life of the drive.
a flashdisk (for example) - mobile and portable, prone to theft.
a server, number of concurrent users is controlled.
To get a Licence, e-mail C:\dot6000\MAILFORM.OUT to [email protected]
Select the items you want in the "OPTION" choices:
♦
♦
Put a Y next to OPTION Borelog if you want Borehole logs.
Put a Y next to OPTION PDF, HotPlot and PlainText (dot6000) – you will almost certainly
want these features: If you are upgrading from an earlier version there is a charge for the
new dot6000 features. If you purchased dot6000, it forms part of the package.
Licence Drive
Think carefully about where you want to store the licence. It may be C: (your hard drive), a USB
flash drive, or a mapped drive on a server. A server may also have a flash disk mounted and
shared. The licence on C: lasts for the life of the drive and dies with it. A licence on a flash drive is
mobile and portable, but prone to loss and theft. A server licence lasts for the life of the server drive
and dies with it. In all cases you should insure your software, as loss of the licence means that you
will have to purchase an additional licence to replace it (this costs somewhat less than your first
copy of the program).
While the choice of drive is up to you, we recommend a USB flash drive because it is portable
and likely to outlive any hard drive. For security purposes it can be inserted in a Server USB port
and locked in the Server Room.
In all cases, specify a mapped drive letter only, not a path with subfolders! If necessary, map a new
drive letter to the folder you want to use. This drive letter must exist; otherwise when you Escape
from the form, you will get the message: "Not completed properly - Aborting!!"
Caution – Network Drives: You must have rights to create, modify and delete files and folders on
the mapped drive that you choose. The licensing program will try to create a folder named
DOTPLOT.USB on the mapped drive, and the licensing process will fail if it can not do so.
Alternatively, before completing the form above, you may manually create this folder on root folder
of the drive concerned.
Multiple Users: Number of Copies
A server licence (putting the licence file on a server drive) allows you to have more than one copy
(increase "number of copies"): The number of concurrent users is controlled. Any extra users who
try to run profiles at the same time will produce printouts marked "DEMO". The folder should be
mapped as the same drive letter for all PCs that will be using dotPLOT. See the section “Additional
Licences” below.
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Multiple Dongles: Tally in Family
An alternative to a server licence, as outlined above, is to have several interchangeable USB flash
drives ("dongles"). In this case you should leave "number of copies" at 1, and change "Tally in
Family" to the number of separate dongles you want. See the section “Additional Licences” below.
2.5.4
Apply for a Licence
Press Esc to get out of the Internet Licence Application Screen and Esc again to close dotPLOT.
Create an e-mail to [email protected] and attach the file C:\dot6000\MAILFORM.OUT to it.
Send.
2.5.5
Receive and Install Licence
Once you have paid, you should receive an e-mail with a licence file attached. The file will be
named PROPASS.KEY. Save the file to a folder named DOTPLOT.USB which should already exist
on the drive that you selected above for your licence. Thus the licence file will be
C:\DOTPLOT.USB\PROPASS.KEY
for
your
local
hard
drive,
or
it
might
be
E:\DOTPLOT.USB\PROPASS.KEY for a flash drive.
2.5.6
Check the Licence
If you chose a flash drive for your licence, make sure it is inserted into your PC. If you have a
server licence, make sure that you have mapped the relevant folder with the drive letter you
selected above.
Run dotPLOT for the Main Menu:
PROMENU UserNo = 1
d o t . P L O T
=================
Program to print and draft soil profiles
Version 6005
MAIN
MENU
DONGLE #50 Licence D071 Software Africa
PBpH6
Program Active
PROFILE VOCABULARY Filename = PROVOCAB.ENG
SETUP Filename = STANDARD.SET
F1
START
F2
ACTIVITY
PROFILES
F3
OUTPUT to
PRNTFILE.PDF
F4
ADDRESS
C:\DOTFILES
F5
ACCESS
JET-SETUP
You should now see your licence details in the middle of the screen and the message "Program
Active". When you run profiles from dotPLOT, the "DEMO" watermark should have disappeared.
Press Esc to exit from dotPLOT.
2.5.7
Additional Licences
For licences on the C: drive of other PCs, follow the procedure above with every other PC.
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For licences on other USB flash drives, use "Tally in Family" equal to the number of dongles you
want. Carry out the procedure above with all the USB flash drives. This is most conveniently done
from the same PC since you will not have to re-type the details. However, the file MAILFORM.OUT
will change for each flash drive, so make sure that you have gone out of the Licence Application
Screen and attached MAILFORM.OUT to your e-mail before you start on another flash drive.
Number the flash drives and number your e-mails so that you can put the correct PROPASS.KEY
on the correct drive: PROPASS.KEY will not work on the wrong flash drive!
On a server, you can increase the number of licences at any time by repeating the process above
and increasing the "number of copies" count. Make sure that you are still using the same server’s
hard drive and mapped letter. When the new PROPASS.KEY arrives it must replace the old one.
2.5.8
Changing your Company Name
When you e-mail your request for a Licence (as above), your Company (Branch) Name and e-mail
address are encoded into the licence. If your site name or e-mail address change, e-mail Software
Africa at [email protected] again with the old and changed details. If the company name
has changed, you must provide legal proof of the change in the form of your CIPRO registration.
There will be a small charge for this service.
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2.6
Obtaining a Password
Password licensing is an older method and applies only to the C: drive of a single PC. It has largely
been superseded by the <Alt+L> licensing method described above, but is still in use on some
older systems. Ignore this section if you used the licensing method above.
Run the program dot6000 and proceed again to the main menu:
d o t . P L O T
=================
Program to print and draft soil profiles
Version 6005
MAIN MENU
DONGLE # Licence D000
Company Name
Program Active
PBpH6
PROFILE VOCABULARY Filename = PROVOCAB.ENG
SETUP Filename = STANDARD.SET
F1
START
F2
ACTIVITY
PROFILES
F3
OUTPUT to
PRNTFILE.PDF
F4
ADDRESS
C:\DOTFILES
F5
ACCESS
JET-SETUP
To obtain a licence, run the program until the main menu appears. The status of the licence will be
displayed. Press <Alt+P> to access the password routines. Your “ACCESS CODE” will be
displayed in the first box. You must give this code to the licence supplier. They will require you to
submit your business details and order number, and will then give you a Licence Number and
Activation Code. These must be entered on the screen and after validation they will be stored
automatically on your hard drive.
Note that the “Activation Code” is not re-usable, i.e. it will be valid only on the one machine at the
time of issue.
If security is breached or if a task is commanded beyond the permission granted then the “DEMO”
banner will appear on the printout.
NOTE: the licence is valid for use on the C: drive of only one machine, except that a key disk will
enable a copy of the program on any other machine.
If a key disk is used, the disc is checked and a short status report is displayed on screen.
The program may be re-installed and fully updated and licences and permission may be revised at
any time.
HOST LICENCE OFFICE contact details:
Software Africa
126 Kelvin Drive, Morningside Manor
2191 South Africa
Tel
: 011 802-2685 / 082 389-3482
Fax
: 086-635-7902
e-mail : [email protected]
Web
: www.softwareafrica.co.za/dotplot.htm
Please Phone/Fax/Email
.
Your Access Code 43AB31
your Access Code to HOST
to obtain a Licence Code.
.
.
Your Serial No D01F
Enter Licence Code
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2.7
Selecting a Text File
Now you will do a test printout with one of the sample files supplied with the program. If you are
using HotPlot you can do this directly from the HotPlot screen, third line down. Otherwise, run
dotPLOT:
On the Main Menu in dotPLOT, press F2 until “ACTIVITY PROFILES” appears on the F2 display,
then press F1 “START”:
SELECT A TEXT FILE
SELECT [drive:\][path\]filename
C:\DOTFILES\CoreBAKK.txt
c:\dotfiles\CoreKUHN.txt
c:\dot6000\test3000.txt
c:\dot6000\chiptest.txt
c:\dot6000\*.txt
The path and filename string may be picked from the window and the search mask can be modified
or accepted after picking on the line below the window.
If a valid file is picked and accepted then the path and filename will be pushed onto the stack of the
most recent twenty choices.
If you press <ENTER> the program will continue and the default search string for finding the text
files will appear. Pick one of them – say EXAMPLES.TXT for conversion and printing.
The conversion program will process the text file, writing a temporary transfer file on the C:\dot6000
directory. First a quick test is performed on the structure of the text file and then as work proceeds
the various filenames will be shown on the screen, accompanied by a display of dots, one for each
line processed. An error message example should appear for the hole TH22 (ignore it).
CONVERTING TEXTFILE INTO TRANSFER FILES.
CONVERSION VOCABULARY Filename = CONVOCAB.ENG
…………………………………………./………………………………………….//………………………………………………………….//
1
…………………………………./………………………………………../……………………………………………….// 2
…………………../…………………………………………/…………………………….// 3
…………………………………………………../………………………………………………………………/………………………………………………………………………………………….
// 4
………………………………………………../…………………………………………../………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………….// 5
………………………………/………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………../………………………………………………….// 6
………………./…………………………………………………………………………./…………………….// 7
///
Block file structures ok.
DEM…………………………………………………………………..ESTDEM
TH 22……………………………………..Check sample notes! PLEH22
TH 23 ………………………………PLEH23
BH3LOG ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… PLELOG
BH 009………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
…………………………………..PLE009
TUT001…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………….TUT001
TUT002……………………………………………………………………………………………..TUT002
.
Press any key to continue.
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To continue, press any key.
The next screen carries a heading with the name of the text file (EXAMPLES.TXT) followed by a list
of the holes it contains.
List of Filenames contained in the TextFile “EXAMPLES.TXT”
===========================================================
ESTDEM
PLE009
PLEH22
PLEH23
PLELOG
TUT001
TUT002
> Enter Filename (skip to escape) (0 to flush)
You should enter:
DEM <ENTER>
This selects the file for printing. Press <ENTER> at each successive prompt to start the printing
process:
The profile page and the attributes page for the example TEST DEM should be printed, looking like
the example in the separate PDF file EXAMPLES.PDF and the main menu should reappear. Press
<Esc> to quit.
A block banner DEMO will be superimposed on the pages. This will remain while the Licence or
password is invalid and will darken with age.
2.8
Final Testing of dot6000
The conversion routine will be bypassed if the text file has not changed.
The list of all the transfer files generated by the text will be displayed. The names of the transfer
files are derived from the last three characters of the jobname and the last three characters of the
hole name, zero-filled if necessary. The purpose is purely to aid the user in picking the set to be
printed, since the transfer files are temporary. The screen will again display:
List of Filenames contained in the TextFile “EXAMPLES.TXT”
===========================================================
ESTDEM
PLE009
PLEH22
PLEH23
PLELOG
TUT001
TUT002
> Enter Filename (skip to escape) (0 to flush)
Type:
ALL
<ENTER>
This marks all files for printing in the order displayed.
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List of Filenames contained in the TextFile “EXAMPLES.TXT”
===========================================================
ESTDEM
<=1
PLE009
<=2
PLEH22
<=3
PLEH23
<=4
PLELOG
<=5
TUT001
<=6
TUT002
<=7
> Enter Filename (skip to escape) (0 to flush)
Once your selection has been marked on the screen all subsequent prompts can be answered
simply by pressing <ENTER>.
The profile should then be printed looking like the examples in Chapter 8 and without the banner
DEMO superimposed. If this test works satisfactorily, the system is ready for production. You may
customise the logos and languages beyond the defaults supplied as discussed in Chapter 5 below
starting on page 46 – Customising dot6000.
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3.
JET SETUP
JET SETUP is a routine which enables the user to change any item in the setup file and store the
new set of values either in a new file with a new name or back in the same file. Because a setup
can then easily be recalled by name consider replacing “it means that” with a comma it means that
a single work station can quickly access many different combinations of the numerous variables
concerned.
From Version 2.0.0 of February 2010, HotPlot lets you edit SET files, reducing or eliminating the
need for JET SETUP. Click the Edit button next to the SET file name.
3.1
Accessing JET SETUP
JET SETUP is accessed from the main menu of dot6000.
d o t . P L O T
=================
Program to print and draft soil profiles
Version 6005
MAIN MENU
DONGLE # Licence D000
Company Name
Program Active
PBpH6
PROFILE VOCABULARY Filename = PROVOCAB.ENG
SETUP Filename = STANDARD.SET
F1
START
F2
ACTIVITY
PROFILES
F3
OUTPUT to
PRNTFILE.PDF
F4
ADDRESS
C:\DOTFILES
F5
ACCESS
JET-SETUP
Choose JET SETUP by pressing the <F5> key.
3.2
Using JET SETUP
This is the JET SETUP menu with the name of the current setup file displayed at top right.
JET-SETUP
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
PATHS
LAYOUT
COLOURS
SAVE SETUP
SWITCH SETUP
Esc=EXIT
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The arrow keys (up and down) are used to point to an item. The mouse may also be used.
A brief help note alongside the highlighted item describes the consequence of a selection.
The <ENTER> key is used to select the highlighted item and the <Esc> key will back out.
When deeper into this menu, the current setting of a value is usually displayed, and when possible,
new entries are checked against an allowable range, before acceptance.
A new setup will become active only on return to the main Menu and only if it has been saved. If
not saved, the new combination is discarded.
3.3
Changing Path to Printer Port
JET-SETUP
STANDARD.SET
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
PATHS
< To change paths to files and printer port
LAYO
COLO C:\DOTFILES
SAVE C:\DOTFILES
SWIT C:\DOT6000\LJ4
LPT1
< path to PRINTER or PORT
The printer port depends upon how your workstation hardware has been configured. The program
can output to both serial and parallel ports. USB can only be accessed via the PDF option.
To change the printer port address, at the JET SETUP menu select PATHS and then select path to
printer PORT.
You can now specify the new printer port. ( A blank entry will back out.) Network paths for example
\\server\HP1200\ and \\198.162.1.77 are supported.
You can also change the printer port temporarily, for the duration of a run, from the keyboard at the
Main Menu.
Please note: The entry is not checked! If invalid, it may cause the computer to wait for a
timeout.
3.4
Changing Path to Font Files (PCL)
When comparing printed output in various formats the differences generally are caused by font
substitution. dot6000 in PCL mode builds the PCL output file using any available PCL fonts
directly. This works well when the output is going to an HP-PCL printer. However, when building a
PDF output file, the PCL fonts must be replaced by the fonts available to Adobe Acrobat, which are
then directed to the screen or to any installed printer device through the driver.
For PDF fonts refer to Section 3.10 below (Note on PDF Fonts).
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JET-SETUP
STANDARD.SET
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
PATHS
< To change paths to files and printer port
LAYO
COLO C:\DOTFILES
SAVE C:\DOTFILES
SWIT C:\DOT6000\LJ4 < path to FONT files
LPT1
If the workstation has access to soft fonts then these can be made available to dot6000 merely by
specifying the directory in which the soft font files are stored. Because the program must examine
every file in the specified directory to check if it is a font file it is advisable to keep the required soft
font files (or copies of them) in a compact dedicated directory, without the presence of other files to
clutter up and slow down the search. If the number of files in the specified directory exceeds 80 it is
possible that some font files will be missed confusing– another good reason for grouping the
required fonts together in one small directory named C:\dot6000\FONTS ready for this purpose.
To change the path to font files select PATHS in the JET SETUP menu and then select the current
path to FONT files.
You may now enter the new path to font files. A blank entry will back out. The entry is not checked
but if it is invalid a message will be issued when the program attempts to access the font files. If a
font is not available at the printer when needed, the ends of lines may fall short or wrap and the
result is unpredictable.
3.5
Changing Path to Text Files
JET-SETUP
STANDARD.SET
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
PATHS
< To change paths to files and printer port
LAYO
COLO C:\DOTFILES
SAVE C:\DOTFILES
< path from source TEXT files
SWIT C:\DOT6000\LJ4
LPT1
The path from the source text files is usually set as the path to/from the word-processor document
directory: this depends on how the user chooses to organise the hard disc or network directories
for the word-processor programs where the text files are prepared.
To change the current setting first select PATHS at the JET SETUP menu, then select the line
specifying the paths from source text files.
The new path can now be entered. A blank entry will back out. This entry is not checked.
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It is really just an aid for specifying the source text filename fully and for obtaining selective directory
listings prior to the conversion process. If it is invalid and the full path to the text file is not specified
in the filename, it will cause a message such as “file can not be found” to be issued, such as “file
cannot be found”.
In dot6000, the pick window and acceptance line have caused the path to text files to become
disused.
3.6
Changing Path to Printer Files
JET-SETUP
STANDARD.SET
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
PATHS
< To change paths to files and printer port
LAYO
COLO C:\DOTFILES
< path to PRINTER files
SAVE C:\DOTFILES
SWIT C:\DOT6000\LJ4
LPT1
Printer files are printouts sent to a disk file rather than direct to the printer: This is usually used for
PDF output or in cases where a suitable printer is not connected to the workstation and the output
must be ported to some other computer which has a LaserJet. PDF output files are stored on this
path.
To change the path go to JET SETUP menu, highlight PATHS and press <ENTER>. Then, while
pointing to the path to PRINTER files, press <ENTER> again.
You may now enter the PATH to any disc drive and directory, for example C:\DOTFILES. If you
enter a blank the routine backs out.
Note that the path to printer files may also be altered temporarily, for the duration of a run, from the
keyboard at the main menu.
The entry is not checked and if it is invalid a print to file will not be successful. DOS may attempt
to give a message which will appear as a row of dots on the graphics screen.
In dot6000 the path to printer files has been set up as C:\DOTFILES. The output file will then be
parked in a directory C:\DOTFILES\Jobname and will be given the name
C:\DOTFILES\Jobname\holenumber
The jobname / hole number will have all blanks removed and will then be squashed to a string not
more than 8 characters long. Please beware of the DOS requirements concerning special
characters in filenames.
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3.7
Changing Screen Colours
JET-SETUP
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
PATHS
LAYOUT
COLOURS
SAVE SETUP
SWITCH SETUP
Esc=EXIT
STANDARD.SET
< To change screen colour settings
Arrow keys to point
Enter=SELECT
First time round and at any time later some items may need to be adjusted to make the program
easier to use:
COLOURS will probably be the first item requiring attention.
Use the arrow keys to highlight COLOURS and then press <ENTER>. A colour chart will be
displayed and the cursor may be moved around using the arrow keys to point to a class of screen
text and then to select a suitable colour combination. The new selection may only become
apparent after a return to the main menu – because the JET SETUP menu is saved as a block and
restored before the new colours become active.
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3.8
Changing the Layout
FONT
PROM
PROV
CONV
PATH
LAYO
COLO
SAVE
SWIT
1
A4
0
0
0
0
300
300
110
575
0
790
4
LOGCG
0
0
0
6
JET-SETUP
SCALE OPTION
< 1=METRIC 2=IMPERIAL
PAGE SIZE
APAGE LH MARGIN
APAGE RH MARGIN
PPAGE LH MARGIN
PPAGE RH MARGIN
HEADER BLOCK
FOOTER BLOCK
BORELOG OPTIONS
JOBTITLE OFFSET
FOOTER MARGIN-1
FOOTER MARGIN-2
INDENT MODULE
LOGO ID OR FILE
LOGO-X
LOGO-Y
COMPRESS OPTION
LINES PER INCH
Esc=EXIT
STANDARD.SET
scale option (no)
Arrow keys to point
Enter=SELECT
The page layout is controlled by the values of the items in the list. All items marked below with
can also be changed in the header for the job or the header for a hole.
To change the layout, select LAYOUT at the JET SETUP menu and then select the item required.
You can then enter the new value. The entry prompt will carry a reminder of the current valid limits:
note that the value of some of the items affects the valid range of others.
Most items are checked but it may still be possible to concoct a combination that gives a distorted
layout.
A blank entry leaves the current setting undisturbed.
The various items that affect the layout are as follows:
♦
Scale Option
1 denotes metric; 2 denotes imperial scale required.
♦
Page Size
This is the metric size of the page: A3 or A4.
♦
Apage LH Margin (Borehole logs only)
This is the Attribute Page Left Hand Margin OFFSET from the default position which is
250 dots in from the left edge of the page. A positive value shifts it inwards – a
negative value shifts it outwards.
♦
Apage RH Margin (Borehole logs only)
This is the Attribute Page Right Hand Margin OFFSET from the default position of
2250 dots from the left edge of the page. A positive value shifts it inwards – a negative
value shifts it outwards.
♦
Ppage LH Margin
This is the Profile Page Left Hand Margin OFFSET from the default position which is
450 dots in from the left edge of the page. A positive value shifts it inwards – a
negative value shifts it outwards.
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♦
Ppage RH Margin
This is the Profile Page Right Hand Margin OFFSET from the default position of 2250
dots from the left edge of the page. A positive value shifts it inwards – a negative
value shifts it outwards.
♦
Header Block
This is the vertical dimension of the header block for each page measured in dots at
300 dots per inch. If a borehole log is printed, the dimension of the Header Block will
be automatically increased if necessary to accommodate the table of abbreviations. In
cases where a title contains more than the usual number of lines you can increase this
dimension to suit the space needed.
♦
Footer Block
This is the vertical dimension in dots of the footer block for the last page of the profile.
This space will be divided equally by the number of lines in the footer (6) with a gap of
an extra 20 dots between the upper set of four and the lower two lines. In those cases
where a large font is required, you will find it is useful to have control over the size of
this block.
♦
Borelog Options
The Borelog Option code can be explained as follows:
100
means “suppress the Reduced Level Column”
010
means “suppress the Attribute Shooter Lines”
001
means “suppress the Soils Layer Shooter Lines”
002
means “print Layer Level on both sides of soil stave”
Total the codes you want: Thus a code of 101 would cause the reduced levels to be
suppressed, the attribute shooter lines would print and the soil layer shooter lines
would not appear.
♦
Job Title Offset
This is the horizontal offset of the job title relative to the default Profile Page Left
Margin.
♦
Footer Margin – 1
This is the horizontal offset of the colon separator in the first part of the footer block,
measured in dots from the default Profile Page Left Margin.
♦
Footer Margin – 2
This is the horizontal offset of the colon separator in the second part of the footer block
measured in dots from the default Profile Page Left Margin.
The third part of the footer follows the Profile Page Right Margin and is not adjustable.
♦
Indent Module
This is the module used for indentation, measured in this version of the program as
number of CHARACTERS.
♦
Logo ID
If a workstation must print various logos for different organisations, then this item will
help to link the particular logos to the individual setups.
♦
1.
Using macros: A number written here that matches the unique ID of a macro
resident in the printer will cause the macro to be executed. Note that the macro
called by this ID number must have already been downloaded to the printer and
must have been made permanent; else no logo will appear.
2.
Using PCL or PDF logo files: The contents of a logo file can be inserted in the
print file for each page by writing the name of the file instead of an ID number.
The filename must begin with a letter and be less than 6 characters long.
Appropriately prepared files with the filename and extension PCL (for PCL
output) and PDF (for PDF output) must be available on the directory C:\dot6000.
Logo–X
This denotes the horizontal starting co-ordinate of the logo raster measured in dots
from left towards the right.
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♦
Logo–Y
This denotes the vertical starting co-ordinate of the logo measured downwards in dots
from the top.
♦
Compress Option (Borehole logs only)
A non-zero value will cause the attribute columns to print onto the same page as the
profile and descriptions. The Profile Page Left margin will be adjusted using this value
at 300 dots per inch: the program will check and apply a default minimum of 150 dots.
If the last character of the compress option has a value other than zero, e.g. 603 then
the rightmost 3 attribute columns will be pushed into the profile page into a space of
600 dots, the remainder will print on the attributes page.
♦
3.9
Lines per inch
In cases where a very large (or very small) font is chosen the line spacing default of 6
per inch may be unsuitable. This item may be adjusted to suit the circumstances.
Typically, masters for overhead projectors and very compact reports may make use of
this capability.
Changing Fonts
JET-SETUP
STANDARD.SET
FONTS
< To change fonts and download fonts to printer
PROM
PROV FONT-1
< FIRST font (UNIVERS MD 10U Mediu upri 10.5pt)
CONV FONT
PATH FONT UNIVERS
< CURRENT TYPEFACE
LAYO DOWN ALBE
COLO
ANTI 10U
< CURRENT SYMBOLSET
SAVE
CG T 11U
SWITCH SE CORO 12U MEDIU UPRI
< CURRENT STYLE
COUR 17U BOLD
LETT
MEDI 10.5
< CURRENT POINTSIZE
BOLD #
Esc=EXIT
Arrow keys to point
Enter=SELECT
Possibly the most frequent item to be altered will be the choice of fonts and therefore FONTS has
been put as the first item on the JET SETUP menu. The program will print in two primary fonts
(FONT 1 and FONT 2) and will allow you to toggle back and forth between them simply by placing a
dollar character in the text at the spot where the switch is to occur: if a soil type is affected then the
dollar sign should be placed ahead of the tilde or underline character, else the soil type will not be
recognised. FONT 3 is used for the titles in the header and footer blocks.
The screen shown above displays a typical font selection being made. If the <Esc> key is pressed
before the final selection of point size, the program will back out.
♦
To change the fonts which are to be used, select FONTS at the JET SETUP menu. You will
then be able to select FONT 1, FONT 2, FONT 3 or DOWNLOAD.
♦
The DOWNLOAD option will copy soft font files (only those that are required and only if they
can be found on the specified path) to the printer: cartridge and internal printer fonts do not
need to be copied. The download routine marks its soft fonts as “permanent”, i.e. they will
not disappear if the printer RESET button is pressed.
♦
SOFT FONTS: By now you must have defined the path to the directory containing the soft
font files (refer to section 3.4 above). All of the files in that directory are examined in turn: for
those that prove to contain soft fonts the program extracts the pertinent data Font name,
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Typeface, Symbol set, Style and Point size. The data is then sorted and displayed as
needed. By this means the program offers, for soft fonts, a choice comprising all those
fonts it can see. Having correctly defined the path to the soft font directory, you need only to
step through the menus, making your choice as you go along, and the program will manage
everything else.
♦
CARTRIDGE AND INTERNAL FONTS: These are a little more difficult to manage because
dot6000 does not to read the printer: the traffic is “one-way”. Therefore you have got to
define these details for your machine by yourself.
As a first step take a look at the C:\DOT6000\FONTLIB.CUS file supplied with the program;
FONTLIB . CUS
LIBRARY OF BUILT-IN AND CARTRIDGE FONTS
----------------------------------------------------------------For a full discussion on printer control codes and font management the HEWLETT
PACKARD manual and reference for the LASERJET is recommended.
The table below
contains the data for some of the common built-in fonts supplied with LaserJet
printers and some common cartridge fonts.
SOFT FONTS are managed entirely by dot.PLOT; using Jet-Setup the user must merely
specify the path to the directory where the font files are stored.
If a font
called by dot.PLOT is unavailable, the printer will make a best choice but the
result is unpredictable.
Only portrait fonts are supported by dot.PLOT.
To ENABLE a built-in or cartridge font to appear in the JET-SETUP fonts menu
simply change “*027” into “/027” in the table below. The user may also add lines
for any codes that relate to his particular printer and cartridges. In this table
the data fields as supplied must not be changed.
Proportional cartridge and
internal fonts are not supported.
----------------------------------------------------------------FONT
DESCRIPTION
SIZE
PITCH
PRINTER CONTROL CODES
Name
Style
point
chrs/
for Primary font
inch
Built-in fonts supplied with LaserJet series II printers:COURIER
upright
12
pt 10
/027(0U/027(s0p10h12v0s0b3T
COURIER
Bold upright
12
pt 10
/027(0U/027(s0p10h12v0s3b3T
COURIER
upright
12
pt 10
/027(8U/027(s0p10h12v0s0b3T
COURIER
Bold upright
12
pt 10
/027(8U/027(s0p10h12v0s3b3T
COURIER
upright
12
pt 10
/027(10U/027(s0p10h12v0s0b3T
COURIER
Bold upright
12
pt 10
/027(10U/027(s0p10h12v0s3b3T
COURIER
upright
12
pt 10
/027(11U/027(s0p10h12v0s0b3T
COURIER
Bold upright
12
pt 10
/027(11U/027(s0p10h12v0s3b3T
LINEPRN
LINEPRN
LINEPRN
LINEPRN
upright
upright
upright
upright
8.5
8.5
8.5
8.5
pt
pt
pt
pt
16.66
16.66
16.66
16.66
/027(0U/027(s0p16.66h18v0s0b0T
/027(8U/027(s0p16.66h18v0s0b0T
/027(10U/027(s0p16.66h18v0s0b0T
/027(11U/027(s0p16.66h18v0s0b0T
Some built-in fonts supplied with LaserJet IIP printers:COURIER
upright
10
pt 12
*027(8U/027(s0p12h10v0s0b3T
COURIER
italics
10
pt 12
*027(8U/027(s0p12h10v1s0b3T
COURIER
bold upright
10
pt 12
*027(8U/027(s0p12h10v0s3b3T
COURIER
upright
10
pt 12
*027(10U/027(s0p12h10v0s0b3T
COURIER
italics
10
pt 12
*027(10U/027(s0p12h10v1s0b3T
COURIER
bold upright
10
pt 12
*027(10U/027(s0p12h10v0s3b3T
Cartridge
GOTHIC
GOTHIC
GOTHIC
GOTHIC
fonts sometimes
upright
italics
bold upright
bold italics
available
12
pt
12
pt
12
pt
12
pt
12
12
12
12
*027(8U/027(s0p12h12v0s0b6T
*027(8U/027(s0p12h12v1s0b6T
*027(8U/027(s0p12h12v0s3b6T
*027(8U/027(s0p12h12v1s3b6T
GOTHIC
GOTHIC
GOTHIC
GOTHIC
upright
italics
bold upright
bold italics
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
*027(6U/027(s0p12h12v0s0b6T
*027(6U/027(s0p12h12v1s0b6T
*027(6U/027(s0p12h12v0s3b6T
*027(6U/027(s0p12h12v1s3b6T
pt
pt
pt
pt
END FONTLIB.CUS
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You must now find out what internal fonts are available on your printer. To get a printout of this
information activate the PRINT FONTS option from your printer control panel. The printout will
most likely contain everything you need except for the CONTROL CODES: you will probably be able
to figure out the codes needed from an examination of the examples given above – if not then refer
to your printer manual or get help.
Finally you must either modify a few lines in the FONTLIB.CUS file as above or else create new
lines which match the font you want to use. If you keep to the tabulation pattern of the fields as
supplied, the font menu will display your font ready for selection.
Note that only Portrait Bitmapped and Scalable soft fonts are supported and that Internal or
Cartridge fonts are not fully supported unless they are fixed pitch.
• Internal and properly installed cartridge fonts will always be available at the printer. Soft Fonts, on
the other hand, must be downloaded to the printer. If a soft font of the setup has not been
downloaded or if the font has been removed from the printer memory, then it will not be available
when needed. The printer will then try its best and choose the closest available font: the printed
lines may then fall short or wrap and the net result is unpredictable. The download to a printer
needs to be done at least once after switching it on, perhaps conveniently from an AUTOEXEC
batch file; it does not have to be done from within dot6000.
3.10
Note on PDF Fonts
Adobe Acrobat Reader guarantees the presence of only twelve standard fonts, namely three
typefaces (Courier, Helvetica and Times) each with Upright, Oblique (or Italic), Bold and BoldOblique. If other typefaces are required in a PDF document, it is necessary to embed the font
program in the PDF file, with a corresponding increase in size, and this generates complexity in the
picking of another suite of typefaces, symbol sets, sizes, strokes and postures. To keep things
simple it becomes necessary to substitute the PCL fonts with one of the twelve PDF standard fonts,
and it is done according to the following table:
PCL
PDF SUBSTITUTE
Courier
Courier
Letter Gothic
Courier
Univers
Helvetica
Swiss
Helvetica
CG Times
Times
Other
Helvetica
At this stage the above substitution arrangement seems adequate but if there is sufficient demand
for more typefaces it will be investigated further.
The outcome is that the document printed through Acrobat Reader will have minor differences
compared to the same document going direct from dot6000 to the LaserJet.
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3.11
Switching Languages
JET-SETUP
STANDARD.SET
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
< To change vocabulary for converting text files
PATH
LAYO CONVOCAB.AFR
COLO CONVOCAB.DEU
SAVE CONVOCAB.ENG < CURRENT
SWIT CONVOCAB.FRA
CONVOCAB.ITA
CONVOCAB.POR
CONVOCAB.SLO
CONVOCAB.SPA
Esc=EXIT
Arrow keys to point
Enter=SELECT
It is possible to switch between available language files affecting three aspects of the program:
♦
PROMPTS
This vocabulary file contains the prompts which are used to communicate with the
workstation operator through the monitor screen.
♦
PROVOCAB
This vocabulary file defines the wording of the titles to be found in the header and
footers of the output page and the table of abbreviations used on the attribute page. It
also defines a dictionary of rock / sample / soil names and links them to symbol
graphics library.
♦
CONVOCAB
This vocabulary file contains the dictionary of words that will be recognised in the
header and notes blocks of the text file and links the incoming header data to specific
fields in the output page. The list of keywords it contains also enables the conversion
routine to recognise any specific changes to the layout or setup which are then passed
on to the print routines.
So one might ask, why not combine the CONVOCAB and the PROVOCAB files? The reason is
that the CONVOCAB dictionary must be already loaded into memory before the CONversion of a
text file can begin and the text file may re-define both the PROVOCAB dictionary and the symbol
library which is to be used for the soil PROfile descriptions which are to follow.
To switch to another vocabulary file, select either PROMPTS, PROVOCAB or CONVOCAB from
the JET SETUP menu. The program searches for all files of the same generic name and the
current file is displayed. You may then switch to any other available file. The new setting will
become active only on return to the main menu provided the new combination is saved, and will
then remain active until the next switch.
Note that the vocabulary PROVOCAB.* may also be switched in the header for a hole by using the
keyword VOCAB : PROVOCAB.XXX. Thus one text file can handle different libraries and
vocabularies and also switch these from hole to hole.
You may edit any of the language files and create your own to suit your preferences. All of them
are straightforward alpha-numeric ASCII files.
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3.12
Switching Setup
JET-SETUP
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
PATHS
LAYOUT
COLOURS
SAVE SETUP
SWITCH SETUP
STANDARD.SET
< To switch to another setup file
A3
.SET
AFRIKANS.SET
CHIPLOG .SET
SOFTAFRI.SET
STANDARD.SET
< CURRENT
Esc=EXIT
Arrow keys to point
Enter=SELECT
A setup file stores a specific combination of the setup variables under a name given by the user at
the time of saving it to disc. So a workstation will develop a family of setup files which suit the
geologists who use it. The files will all have the generic name *.SET where the extension is
automatically appended by the program; so when you want to switch setup the program simply
seeks out those files which have .SET extension and presents a menu from which a selection can
be made. The new setup becomes active on return to the main menu.
To switch setup, select SWITCH SETUP from the bottom of the JET SETUP menu. The program
will display the available files from which you may make a selection. To back out press the <Esc>
key.
You may also call for a particular setup by naming it in the run string of the shortcut or from the
DOS prompt. For example, the command
PROFILE CHIPLOG
will cause dotPLOT to start up with CHIPLOG.SET as the setup file.
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3.13
Saving the Setup
JET-SETUP
FONTS
PROMPTS
PROVOCAB
CONVOCAB
PATHS
LAYOUT
COLOURS
SAVE SETUP
SWITCH SETUP
Esc=EXIT
STANDARD.SET
< To save the new setup file
Arrow keys to point
Enter=SELECT
You may choose to save a new setup: if, however, you try to <Esc> before saving, having modified
a setup, the program will prompt you and invite you to save the new combination.
Esc=EXIT
Arrow keys to point
Save this setup (Y=Yes) ?<
Enter=SELECT
The name must be entered if it is a new one – to save under the same name a skip <Enter> will
suffice. By pressing <Esc> you can abort the save.
Esc=EXIT
Arrow keys to point
Enter new name for setup file (skip =STANDARD.SET)
Enter=SELECT
If a file of the same name already exists, a warning is given and you must choose either to overwrite
the old file, or else abort the save:
SETUP Filename = STANDARD.SET
Replace existing file (Y=Yes) ?<
If you do not reply “Y” the save will again request the file name (previous question).
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4.
Getting Productive
Summary: dot6000 reads the text describing a series of soil profiles prepared on a text or word
processor and re-formats it into special transfer files which are then sent through the formatting
and graphics routines to final printing. Text is readily stored and edited on a word processing
system and all drafting effort is avoided.
4.1
Creating an Input File
The Input file must be written as a text file or a Microsoft Word .doc file.
A text file can be created directly with any text editor. The text file may be saved in any directory
(folder); but it is most conveniently written to the word processor processed document directory.
The files are best saved with an extension of .TXT.
4.1.1
Text File Editors: E.com, Edit, Notepad, and the HotPlot Text Editor:
These programs automatically store their files as text files.
Most other word-processing programs have the ability to save a text file, usually with a Save As or
Export feature.
4.1.2
Microsoft-Word
Microsoft Word .doc files (but not .docx files) are recognised by dot6000 and the intermediate step
of making a text file can be omitted.
Note that in MSWord the option Format\Bullets & Numbering should be OFF, and the fast save
option must be OFF.
4.1.3
WordPad
WordPad has certain idiosyncrasies and is best avoided. For a full discussion see the text file
C:\dot6000\WORDPAD.DOC.
If you must use WordPad then place the keyword WORDPAD (case insensitive) in the header of
the dotPLOT text file and Save As Text. This will allow access to a limited set of eight special
characters and will cope with both the Normal and the WordPad end-of-line condition. If you
require access to the extended set of forty eight chars characters?, then change the keyword to
WORDPADX. In this case file conversion will be slower.
You will need the binary file WORDPAD.DAT in the C:\DOT6000 directory.
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4.2
Writing the Text File
4.2.1
File Structure
A file must be written in blocks. The block structure of the text file is very simple:
/
/
//
…
///
HEADERS
a single slash for end of header-block
LAYER DESCRIPTIONS
a single slash for end of layers-block
NOTES
a double slash denotes end of notes-block and end of hole
Repeat from header until all holes are written.
triple slash denotes end of job
Further text is ignored. It is good practice to add the name of the file after the triple slash so that a
printout can later be identified.
An example of a typical word-processor text file can be found in C:\DOT6000\EXAMPLES.TXT. A
listing of the first portion of this file is included in Section 8.2 below.
Note: Profiles appear in the output in order by the numeric part of the hole number, not necessarily
the order listed in the text file. It is a good idea to always list holes in the text file in order.
4.2.2
Lines and Line Length
A character in column 1 indicates that the line is the start of a new note or description. A line
starting at column 4 or further indented is read as a continuation of the previous note or description.
When writing in MS Word, do not use the <ENTER>key until you reach the end of the description.
4.2.3
Headers
Headers are written one per line preceded by a keyword and a colon,
E.g. JOB NAME : Title of the project ( or JOBNAME: – spaces are ignored).
The default keywords, with synonyms in the same bullet point, are:
CLIENT: TITLE1:
JOB NAME: JOBTITLE: TITLE2:
SCALE:
CONTRACTOR:
RIG: DRILLING RIG: MACHINE: DRILL: DRILLING MACHINE: MACHINE TYPE:
DRILLER: DRILLED BY:
PROFILED BY: LOGGED BY:
TYPED BY: TYPESET BY:
ORIENTATION: INCLINATION:
DIA: DIAM: DIAMETER: HOLE SIZE:
DATE DRILLED:
DATE: DATE PROFILED:
GROUND LEVEL: COLLAR LEVEL: ELEVATION:
X-COORD: X COORDINATE: X COORD:
Y-COORD: Y COORDINATE: Y COORD:
HOLE: HOLE NO: HOLE NUMBER: TRIAL HOLE: BOREHOLE NO: BOREHOLE NUMBER: PIT: TRENCH:
BACKACTOR PIT: REFERENCE NO: REFERENCE NUMBER: REF NO:
LOCATION:
JOB NO: JOB NUMBER:
The job title and client name may occupy more than one line in the output. To force the new line
use a backslash (\) at the breakpoint. The line length should be kept under 2,5 inches (i.e. 25
characters at 10 cpi, or 30 characters at 12 cpi).
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Although some users may prefer to set up a template, sequence is unimportant to the program.
The recognised keywords are defined in the file C:\DOT6000\CONVOCAB.ENG.. To change the
default keywords, see Section 5.5 below on page 49 – Changing Keywords in the Header Block
(CONVOCAB.ENG)
In the header for a hole, only CHANGED DATA (such as the machine used, date etc.) needs to be
specified. Data once specified remains in force until overwritten by a subsequent entry except for
Ground Level, XY-Co-ordinates, Orientation and Location, which are cleared (the specific items
to be cleared are customisable).
/ a slash terminates the Header-block
4.2.4
Layer Descriptions
♦
In each layer description the last numerical value to occur within the first four words will be
used as the depth to underside of the layer. If no depth can be found an error message will
be displayed.
♦
A description may be continued on subsequent lines by indenting at least four characters.
Refer to Section 6.1 below on page 56 and subsequent pages for format control details.
♦
Numerical values may be written using either the comma or the period as the decimal point.
The program copes with both.
♦
Each layer description must end with a full stop. Soil symbols may not appear for sentences
not ending with a full stop.
♦
A line break can be forced by placing a backslash (\) at the breakpoint.
♦
A page break can be forced by placing a double backlash (\\) on a line by itself after a
description. The next description will then be bumped down to the following page and the
corresponding soil stave will be shifted up or down to coincide with the top of the new page.
♦
The starting depth of the profile will be assumed to be zero unless the header for a hole
carries the keyword and a value:
STARTING DEPTH : value
♦
An underscore ( _ ) placed before a word will cause it to be underlined.
♦
Text inside square brackets is not printed.
♦
From dot6000 the program automatically detects soil symbols and uses them in the graphic.
To ignore a soil name, precede it by a vertical bar ( | ). If you do not have the dot6000
features licensed and use this feature, the program will switch to DEMO mode.,
♦
Before dot6000, you had to mark the soil symbols using the normal soil name preceded by a
tilde ( ~ ), or a backward apostrophe ( ` ) which underlined it as well. dot6000 respects this: If
one of these characters is found in a description, it will override automatic detection. You
must then mark all the symbols you want in that layer.
Refer to Section 6.2 below for more details on how the program detects key words for soil symbols.
4.2.5
The Notes (Including Samples)
♦
The header NOTES: will be inserted by the program if the user does not include it.
Numbering of notes is not necessary, since the program will renumber them in order.
♦
Any note may be continued on subsequent lines by indenting at least four characters.
♦
If a note contains the word SAMPLE then the note is scanned for sample names and levels.
Sample names must begin with a letter and contain no spaces or lowercase letters.
Samples are assumed to be disturbed unless the words CHEMICAL or UNDISTURBED are
found in the note. More than one sample is allowed per note, but only one class. Sample
names are paired with levels; a shortfall of either names or levels will give rise to a warning
message. To draw a bracket over a range of depths place a double minus between the two
levels.
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4.2.6
♦
If a note contains the words WATER TABLE and a numerical value is present then a water
table symbol is selected. The symbol for a permanent water table will be used unless the
word PERCHED is found. Water tables may have “names” and levels in the same way as
samples thus enabling dates to be written at observed depths. Special words such as
WATER STRIKE and WATER SEEPAGE can also be recognised if they are defined in the
vocabularies CONVOCAB.ENG and PROVOCAB.ENG.
♦
A further option for dealing with the description of samples is the word SAMPLES: on a line
by itself. This will cause all following notes to be treated as though each contained the word
SAMPLE; but the text will not be printed on the output page.
Attributes for Borehole Logs
♦
The attributes are written as a continuation of the notes and form part of the notes-block.
Two styles of input can be used, namely columnar and tabular, and they can be intermixed.
The advantage of the tabular style is that it is compact, easier to read, and the series of depth
values need not be repeated for each attribute. Notes, Samples and Attributes may be
written in any order and may be intermixed.
♦
USING COLUMNAR INPUT the word ATTRIBUTE: (or synonym) followed by one colon and
some text starts a new attribute. The text following the colon is the name of the attribute
which will be stacked in the footer of the column.
ATTRIBUTE:
attribute name (options)
Each following line must be written in the form:
DEPTH text
:
DESCRIPTION text
If the @ sign is present in the depth-word then the depth is treated as at a point rather than
the end of a range.
The words of the description will be stacked at a position midway between top and underside
of the layer, or in the case of an @ depth, inside a box near the depth concerned.
♦
TO USE TABULAR INPUT the keyword ATTRIBUTE:: is followed by two colons with no
spaces between them. This indicates that a table follows. for The attribute names are then
written one per line in the form:
TAG:
attribute name (options)
The table is then written using the same TAG: as a column heading with a vertical bar to start
and end each row and between columns. Depths to underside of layer must be placed in the
first data column. The fields are read as starting under the first char of the tag and ending
one before the vertical bar. See example following:
EXAMPLE/BH009 from file
C:\DOT6000\EXAMPLES.TXT, Hole number: BH 009:
..
ATTRIBUTE::
FAB: ROCK FABRIC AND GRAIN
SET: JOINT NOˆOF SETS
INC: JOINT INCLIN (deg)
SPA: JOINT SPACING
ROU: JOINT ROUGH-NESS
FIL: JOINT FILLING
FRA: JOINT FRAC. FREQ.
HAR: ROCK HARD-NESS
WEA: WEATH-ERING
[COL WIDTH 1.4]
[WIDTH ,8]
[GRAPH = 100]
[WIDTH 0.8] [INVERSE]
DEPTH
FAB:
SET:
INC:
SPA:
ROU:
FIL:
FRA:
HAR:
WEA:
0.4
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
[H]
3.4
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
100
6.0
MF
MG
2
20-30
70-90
CJ
-
RJ
RJ
Stained
Stained
10
SR
100
9.55
MF
MG
3
20-30
40-60
70-90
MJ
MJ
-
RJ
RJ
RJ
Stained
Stained
Stained
6
MSR
40
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N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
19.76
MF
MG
2
20-30
40-60
MJ
WJ
RJ
RJ
Stained
3
HR
20
The order in which attribute names are written determines the sequence of the columns on
the output page.
The optional word (GRAPH) (or synonym) in the attribute name will cause the values to be
plotted as a bar graph. If the word (NUMBERS) is also present then the numbers / words will
be superimposed. If a value follows the word (GRAPH) then that value is used as the
denominator in constructing the bar-graph, else the default is 100. The word (INVERSE) will
cause inverse bar graph shading. The letter (H) in square brackets will switch the shading to
hatching. [h] will cause a line to be drawn rather than hatching or shading. Refer to the text
file HATCH.TXT for an example.
A bar-graph column may be subdivided with vertical lines and the subdivision lines may be
labelled in various ways. Assuming subdivision lines are wanted at 5, 12 and 30 units of the
column denominator, any of the following wordings could be used:
[S=DENSE 5 MEDIUM 12 LOOSE 30]
[S=DENSE 5 MEDIUM 12 LOOSE 30]
[S=5 12 30]
=
[S= 5 12 30]
=
[S= 5 12 30]
=
=
lines + labels + figures
=
lines + labels (no figures)
lines + figures (no labels)
lines only
lines + LAST figure only
The letter [S = in square brackets signals that a subdivision is required. Note that if more
than one space precedes a figure then the printing of the figure is suppressed.
The letter [s=] will cause subdivision lines to appear dotted.
♦
If the optional word [WIDTH] (or synonym) appears in the attribute name then the width of the
column will be weighted by the value that follows. For example the words [WIDTH 2] will
make a double-width column and [WIDTH 0,6] will result in a width that is 60 percent of a
standard column. If no width is specified it is assumed to be one unit.
♦
Fixed Width Attribute Columns: The attribute header must have the command [WIDTH
### FIXED]. The number is used as the width of the column in dots. If the word FIXED is
omitted the value is used as the weight to be given to the column when sharing the available
space, the default being unity. The space available is first allotted to the FIXED columns and
the remainder is shared. If all columns are fixed, no sharing is performed and there may then
be a shortfall or overflow at the right edge. If the amount to be shared is negative, the result
is unpredictable.
♦
Underlines, @depths, hard-spaces and square brackets (refer to 6.1.2 The Format Control
Characters in Section 6.1 below) may be used in both columnar and tabular input. Columnar
and tabular input may be mixed.
♦
Reduced levels will be printed if the collar or ground level of the hole has a non-zero value.
It can be suppressed with BORELOG OPTIONS : 100 either in the header or in the setup.
If the inclination of the hole has been given a value, a correction for slope is applied. The
zenith angle or hade, in degrees is used so that zero = vertical. To allow back compatibility
the program treats 90 degrees as zero! And the vocabulary allows the inappropriate word
Orientation to be used!
♦
The table of abbreviations which appears at the top of the attribute page is defined in the
file C:\DOT6000\PROVOCAB.ENG and can be changed by the user to suit local
requirements. If the table is blank then nothing is printed. If the table becomes extended
downwards (up to 14 lines are allowed) then the top margins of all the printed pages will be
bumped down to suit.
To support the use of a proportional font for the table the program scans the first line and
chooses tab positions to suit. The following lines are tabbed to match so the user must take
care to ensure that the arrangement does not lead to overlapped wording by spacing out the
first line suitably and balancing the others.
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♦
If the keyword ABBREVIATIONS : (with one colon) appears in the notes-block of the text file
then the lines which follow will supersede the current default table of abbreviations for all
subsequent printing until the next vocabulary switch. Refer to Section 6.1 below on page
56 for the methods of formatting a table. The new lines may be blank, in which case the
table is entirely suppressed. When the next new job is selected the default abbreviations are
re-called to memory, together with the default vocabulary file.
♦
If dot6000 has been purchased for PROFILES only, or if no attributes are detected, the
attribute page will be omitted and the profile page will be printed with a closed left-hand
border.
For more details of options, and extra keywords, see Chapter 6 below starting on page 56 (Special
Features) and especially Section 0 below from page 61 (The series of standard scales are carried
in data files external to the program, SCALES.IMP for imperial and SCALES.MET for the metric
series. These files are editable and users may alter them to suit.
Sundry Layout Features).
// double slash terminates the Notes-block.
This pattern is repeated for each hole starting with Header-block, until the end of the last hole, then:
/// triple slash ends the job.
Further text is ignored.
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4.3
The Conversion of the Text File to a Transfer File
Start dot6000 and run the main menu.
This is the MAIN MENU:
d o t . P L O T
=================
Program to print and draft soil profiles
Version 6005
MAIN MENU
DONGLE # Licence D000
Company Name
Program Active
PBpH6
PROFILE VOCABULARY Filename = PROVOCAB.ENG
SETUP Filename = STANDARD.SET
F1
START
F2
ACTIVITY
PROFILES
F3
OUTPUT to
PRNTFILE.PDF
F4
ADDRESS
C:\DOTFILES
F5
ACCESS
JET-SETUP
<F1>
Starts the process
<F2>
Toggles the process between PROFILES / TEST SYMBOLS / FENCE / STRATA
<F3>
Toggles the output device and format required between ADOBE PDF PRINTFILE /
PRINTER / PCL PRINTFILE / HPGL PLOTTER FILE / SWIFTVIEW SCREEN FILE / DXF
DRAWING FILE.
<F4>
Changes the address of the output device temporarily to one different from the setup file.
On return to this menu, the setup file default will be restored.
<F5>
Accesses the JET SETUP routines (refer to Chapter 3 above starting on page 19)
Three further capabilities are:
<ALT> <D>
To access a DOS Shell
<ALT> <L>
To access the Licence routine.
<ALT> <P>
To access the Password routine.
From the main menu select <F1>. The screen will display a search string to be used by the
program to find the text files. The search path is the text file PATH as defined in your current setup
file. You can modify the search string as you wish.
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SELECT A TEXT FILE
SELECT [drive:\][path\]filename
C:\DOTFILES\CoreBAKK.txt
c:\dotfiles\CoreKUHN.txt
c:\dot6000\test3000.txt
c:\dot6000\chiptest.txt
c:\DOTPLOT\SUPPORT\awrcon\DOTFIL~1.DOC
c:\dot6000\*.txt
FileMask = c:\dot6000\*.txt
Enter
The screen display has a large window showing items which may be picked with a mouse or by
using the arrow up and down keys followed by ↵ Enter.
After picking the selection is transferred down to the lower line where the “file mask” is displayed
– this can be edited to suit from the keyboard and if it represents a path (i.e. not a complete target
path and filename), the window changes to display the new selection from which one item may be
picked.
1 file(s) copied
SELECT A TEXT FILE
SELECT [drive:\][path\]filename
DOT5003.TXT
EXAMPLES.TXT
GEOSURVY.TXT
GRIDTEST.TXT
HATCH.TXT
PLOTTEST.TXT
TEST3000.TXT
WELLTEST.TXT
2156
21683
5981
2888
2740
2325
12326
2152
04-10-06
07-11-03
08-05-03
03-09-99
23-09-95
15-09-09
15-09-09
22-09-05
08:31
10:35
12:44
10:35
12:22
19:50
19:53
15:22
DOT5003.TXT
EXAMPLES.TXT
GEOSURVY.TXT
GRIDTEST.TXT
HATCH.TXT
PLOTTEST.TXT
TEST3000.TXT
WELLTEST.TXT
FileMask = c:\dot6000\*.txt
Once the file mask exactly represents a valid path and filename, pressing the ↵ ENTER key will
accept that entry and proceed to use it.
The accepted item is pushed onto a stack (LIFO) of the previous twenty, ready for the next session.
If by mistake you pick a file that is not a dot6000 text file a message will be issued. Escape key
<Esc> will back out.
If the conversion has already been done and the text file has not changed at all, and all transfer files
are still present, the following conversion process will be bypassed to save time.
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The conversion routine will process the text file writing to a temporary transfer file on the
C:\dot6000 directory. Before doing the conversion the program checks the whole file for the
following rhythm in the block slash patterns:
/
/
//
/
/
//
///
end of header-block
end of layers-block
end of notes-block and hole
end of header-block
end of layers-block
end of notes-block and hole
end of job.
A screen will typically appear as follows:
CONVERTING TEXTFILE INTO TRANSFER FILES.
CONVERSION VOCABULARY Filename = CONVOCAB.ENG
…………………………………………./………………………………………….//………………………………………………………….//
1
…………………………………./………………………………………../……………………………………………….// 2
…………………../…………………………………………/…………………………….// 3
…………………………………………………../………………………………………………………………/………………………………………………………………………………………….
// 4
………………………………………………../…………………………………………../………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………….// 5
………………………………/………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………../………………………………………………….// 6
………………./…………………………………………………………………………./…………………….// 7
///
Block file structures ok.
If the required block slash pattern is not found then the following message is displayed:
BLOCK FILE STRUCTURES NOT MATCHED (FILENUMBER)
…and the conversion program aborts. The block pattern for successive holes is shown on screen
so that errors can be located. Correct the text file to reflect the proper pattern (if you started with a
word processor file, correct it and re-write the text file). If all is correct the program proceeds with
the processing of each hole in turn:
Block file structure ok.
DEM…………………………………………………………………..ESTDEM
TH 22……………………………………..Check sample notes! PLEH22
TH 23 ………………………………PLEH23
BH3LOG …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… PLELOG
BH 009………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
…………………………………..PLE009
TUT001…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………….TUT001
TUT002……………………………………………………………………………………………..TUT002
.
Press any key to continue.
The screen prints roughly one dot for each line processed. Some common errors in text files are
trapped and warnings are given as follows. The hole name and filename are displayed for each
hole as it is stored so that errors can be linked to a position in the text file.
For a list of error messages see Section 4.5 below (Error Messages).
The program pauses to let you read and digest the error report on the screen. To continue, press
any key.
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4.4
The Printing of the Profile
The next screen carries a heading with the name of the text file followed by a sorted list of all the
holes it contains.
List of Filenames contained in the TextFile “EXAMPLES.TXT”
===========================================================
ESTDEM
PLE009
PLEH22
PLEH23
PLELOG
TUT001
TUT002
> Enter Filename (skip to escape) (0 to flush)
The filenames in the list are made up from the last three alphanumeric characters of the job number
together with the last three alphanumeric characters of the hole number to ensure unique names for
the transfer files. These serve as an aid in picking the set to be printed.
A skip (Enter), with no group selected, will return the program to the main menu. The selection can
be made by a number of methods:
hhh
aaa,zzz
ALL
0
<ENTER>
<ENTER>
<ENTER>
<ENTER>
:
:
:
:
Characters of a filename.
Start and end names of a set.
This selects all files.
A zero unselects all files.
Use characters just sufficient to identify the file you want: It is not mandatory to enter the full
filename. As a file is selected it is given a pointer and a number on the screen. Once selected,
second entry of a filename will toggle it off. Holes will print in the order selected.
List of Filenames contained in the TextFile “EXAMPLES.TXT”
===========================================================
ESTDEM
<=1
PLE009
PLEH22
<=2
PLEH23
<=3
PLELOG
<=4
TUT001
TUT002
<=5
> Enter PREFERRED SCALE (1:???)
When selection is complete, skip to exit. You may now specify a preferred scale to take
precedence over any value which may have been called in the header-block of the text file:
nnn
<ENTER>
Skip to let the program choose a scale for each profile (i.e. the largest sensible scale which will
allow the profile to fit with the formatted text -–lower limit is 1:10 or 1:8) or else enter a value to plot
all selected profiles to a preferred scale. For example an entry of 25 will cause all files to plot at a
scale of 1:25. The scales built into the program are:
METRIC
10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 250, 500, 750, 1000, 6000 and 10000
IMPERIAL
8, 12, 16, 24, 32,48, 64, 96, 128, 192, 250, 500, 750, 1000, 6000 and 10000
A choice of scale out of range will be ignored with a warning. The array of scales is stored in the
text files SCALES.MET and SCALES.IMP and may be edited.
> Job SYMBOL REQUIRED (Y=YES)
Finally you have an option to obtain a job symbol summary:
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<ENTER>
n
Skip for no summary. Enter Y for a summary of the symbols printed in this run. Only the final
printing usually requires a summary, since early drafts are often altered. As the files are printed the
program filters out and stores the symbols used, and a summary is then available to be printed last
in the queue.
When printing is complete, the program will return to the main menu, from which further selections
may be made, or <Esc> to exit.
Multiple copies can be printed by setting the options on the printer control panel.
4.5
Error Messages
Some common errors are trapped during formatting, and messages are displayed as follows:
Layer depth error
No layers detected
More than 36 samples
Check sample notes
Layer depths appear to backtrack.
Layer data omitted or slash misplaced.
Too many samples were found.
Sample names could not be paired with depths or
perhaps no valid sample names were found, or a
stray word is written in uppercase.
Profile-page left margin invalid
Profile-page right margin invalid
Attribute-page left margin invalid
Attribute-page right margin invalid
Attribute colon missing
Check Attribute depths
>15 Attribute Columns
>500 Attributes
>36 Samples
>36 Notes
>36 Layers
-390 < dots < 1200
0 < dots < 1200
-200 < dots < 1500
-100 < dots < 1500
The colon separator is mandatory.
As for layer depths
Limit is 15
Limit is 500
More than 36 samples.
More than 36 notes.
More than 36 layers.
Vocab-file (name) cannot be found
:
defaulting
The text file has called for a vocabulary file which is not found on the working
directory.
Logo-file (name) cannot be found
:
defaulting
The text file has called for a logo file which is not found on the working directory.
Too many soil types in layer
: (number)
More than 12 soil symbol elements appear in one layer. Note that white space in
symbols such as gravel or boulders must be counted as an extra element.
12 pages exceeded or faulty attribute keyword
:
Press any key to continue
The total text length may be too long or the keyword for ATTRIBUTE may be faulty or
missing from the vocabulary, causing an attribute to be treated as a note containing
umpteen lines.
Text too long
:
curtailed !
Either a layer or a notes text exceeds one page in length. The number of the
offending paragraph is included in the warning. A message will be printed on the
output page.
Duplicated hole number detected: Each hole number must be unique
N) –attribute overflow. Choose larger scale! Press any key to cont
The Nth attribute word stack is so large that a larger scale must be specified to
accommodate the wording of that attribute.
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No Further Licences Available!
No more Licences are available now. Either:
♦ you are using a network licence (on a server) and other users got in before you,
taking all the licences (wait until one of them has stopped using dotPLOT, or ask
one to exit), or
♦ you have another copy of dotPLOT running (close it), or
♦ dotPLOT crashed without returning its licence to the pool (wait for half an hour
and the licence will automatically expire and return to the pool).
See the following section for Troubleshooting specific problems.
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4.6
Troubleshooting
4.6.1
Common Problems and Remedies
The following table shows some of the more common problems and suggests a few remedies.
SYMPTOMS
POSSIBLE REMEDY
Rows of dots appear on the screen while
printing.
Printer is not receiving data. Check printer
paper, switches and cables. Press A to Abort
or R to Retry.
Rubbish appears on the printer
Is your printer a Hewlett Packard LaserJet or
exact equivalent? If not, print via PDF file
instead. Note: Printers other than HP printers
may be set up to emulate various types of
printers: Yours must be set to HP-PCL.
Nothing appears on the printer; instead a
Windows window appears headed “Print to
File”, with the prompt “Output File Name”.
Check that the <F4> ADDRESS for the printer
port (typically LPT1 or COM1) has a Hewlett
Packard LaserJet or equivalent printer
connected to it. Network printers are not
supported: Print via PDF file instead.
Conversion routine aborts possibly with Error 63
or Error 64
The filename given exists but is not that of a
TEXT file: make sure you have not given the
name of a word-processor file by mistake.
Possibly the triple slash is lost. If you are using
WordPerfect make sure you have a triple slash
for end of job followed by at least one more line
of text, say FileName.
Printer lines fall short of right hand margin or
wrap to next line. Extra page is printed with
main borders and footer only.
The specified font is not available at the printer
or has been removed. If a soft font is called,
make sure it is DOWNLOADED. Make sure
that internal and cartridge fonts have right
printer control codes in the file FONTLIB.CUS.
The Logo does not appear as it usually does.
The logo macro has not been downloaded, has
been removed or has a number/name different
to the setup file. File not available.
Printing routine Decodes the text file, Formats
but does not Print.
Possibly caused by incorrect PCL printer control
codes.
Check the relevant codes in
FONTLIB.CUS and the setup file.
Conversion routine can’t find the text file.
Check the name of the text file directory, shown
at top of screen.
~As ~above does not produce the previous soil
symbol.
Two tildes are required for the keyword ~As
~above to work. The spelling must be the same
as in the first line of the vocabulary in
PROVOCAB.ENG
Error 7
Out of memory. Possibly too many DOS shells
stacked onto dot6000.
Error 14 during conversion, String memory
overflow
Text file is too long. Break into smaller subprofiles; make use of non-zero starting depth /
page breaks.
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4.6.2
Locating the Causes of Errors
When more than one profile appears in a text file and you select ALL, holes in the combined PDF
file appear in the order of the numeric parts of the hole numbers, not the order in which they
appeared in the text. Debugging will be easier if the holes in the text file are in numeric order!
Two holes with the same numeric part are rejected by dotPLOT as duplicate hole numbers (e.g.
TUT 001 and BH001, but not BH01 as the number of numeric digits is different).
More troubleshooting tips:
♦
♦
♦
Copy the offending hole’s data into a file of its own (remember to end with // and ///). Does
the error still occur? If so, you have identified the problematic hole. Otherwise try the hole
before or after.
In which block (title, descriptions, or notes) does the error occur? Remove items from that
block until the error no longer occurs: You have now isolated the problematic paragraph.
How does this paragraph compare with other paragraphs in this file and in sample files?
Other interesting features:
♦
♦
~as ~above requires the tildes ("as above" without tildes is ignored) and tildes turn off
dot6000 features, so automatic recognition of soil symbols does not work with "~as ~above".
Underscore for underlining does not mix with ` (apostrophe), which overrules it. See layer
11-12 m in HOLE No: TUT001 in TUTORIAL.TXT which prints as: "_USER'S_OWN:
although an apostrophe might even underline DENSE FERRICRETE"
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4.6.3
If the Program Crashes
If the program crashes, it should leave a note on the screen giving three values:Error Number…..Error Line…..Programme Module
In addition it should display a brief message explaining the cause of the error.
You can usually find the source of the error by reducing the content of your profile as suggested in
the section directly above.
If you fail, send this information to Software Africa
([email protected]) for support.
To copy text from a DOS Window, click the Window Icon (symbol at top left corner of window).
From the drop-down menu, select Edit > Mark (left-hand picture below). Drag with the mouse over
the text you want to select (right-hand picture below) or use the arrow keys to move to the start
point, and then Shift+arrows to move to the end point. Press Enter, and the selected text will be
copied to the clipboard, whence it can be pasted into an e-mail.
To get out of the program when it is stopped at an error, press Escape. If pressing this repeatedly
does not work on your system, press Ctrl+Break, followed by Escape. This will crash the program
and your licence will become unavailable for half an hour.
You may also investigate further from a DOS shell by executing the command from the C:\dot6000
folder:
TBE.BAT [error number]
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5.
5.1
Customising dot6000
Backup Before Customising
All customisable dotPLOT files are on the C:\DOT6000 folder. Before making any changes, copy
the C:\DOT6000 directory to a backup system (network folder, flash drive, or CD-ROM). In the
event of a mishap the damaged files can be restored from your backup.
If you failed to heed this and the program now will not work, rename the C:\DOT6000 folder.
Reinstall dotPLOT and backup the new C:\DOT6000 folder. Then copy only trustworthy customised
files from your renamed folder.
5.2
The Customisable Files
The general scheme in dot6000 revolves around three classes of Language files and one class of
Setup file.
The three Language files are:
PROMPTS.*
These determine the words which appear on the screen and communicate
with the operator.
CONVOCAB.*
These contain the dictionaries of the words which are recognised in the
header and notes of the text and link the incoming header data to specific
fields on the output page.
PROVOCAB.*
These files define the wording of the titles on the output page and the table
of abbreviations used on the attribute page. They also contain the
dictionaries of soil and rock names and link them to a soil symbol library.
The Setup files are the group *.SET.
These define the names of the language files to be used during a run and
also store numerous other parameters needed to control the page layout.
The user can customise the whole of the contents of these files and may also make additional
modified copies of any of them. The Setup file itself can easily be modified and switched for
another using JET SETUP from the main menu (or using the HotPlot Setup editor), but the
language files must be edited manually using a basic text editor.
The following table shows the list of customisable items and the various files which must be edited
when making a change:
FILES TO BE EDITED
To customise screen prompts
PROMPTS
CONVOCAB
PROVOCAB
X
-
-
To change keywords in the notes
-
X
-
To change keywords in the header
-
X
-
Title block wording and placement
-
X
X
To select another symbol library
-
-
X
Soil and rock name vocabulary
-
-
X
Table of abbreviations (attributes)
-
-
X
It will be useful to have a printout of these three files close at hand while reading this chapter. To
get a printout you might execute the DOS command:
FOR %F IN (PROMPTS CONVOCAB PROVOCAB) DO PRINT C:\dot6000\%F.ENG.
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5.3
Changing the Prompts (PROMPTS.ENG)
The wording of the prompts used by dotPLOT can be customised by editing the file
PROMPTS.ENG for English, PROMPTS.AFR for Afrikaans, etc.
If you want the program to communicate with you in a different language, rather choose a different
PROMPTS file (see Section 3.11 above on Switching Languages).
5.4
Changing Keywords in the Notes Block (CONVOCAB.ENG)
Certain keywords in the notes must be recognised by the program. For example it needs to know
the magic word which signals that the description of a rock attribute is about to start, and also it
needs to know the words which distinguish the different classes of samples, and so on. These
words are listed in the file CONVOCAB.* in a special sequence which may not be altered:
FILE CONVOCAB.ENG
..
NOTES-BLOCK KEYWORDS
---------------------These lines are required for parsing of the water table, attributes and samples in
the NOTES BLOCK. The number of lines, the context and the sequence of each may not
be altered, but the number of equivalents present and the spelling of the
equivalents may be edited.
Observe the placing of the slashes at the start, end
and between words. Case is insensitive.
BEGIN
/NOTE/NOTA/ANMERKUNGEN
/SAMPLES:/MONSTERS:/
/Water Table/Grondwatervlak/Watervlak/
/perched/verhewe/
/sample/monster/
/undisturbed/onversteurd/onversteurde/
/chemical/chemies/chemiese
/ATTRIBUTE/ATTRIBUUT/
/GRAPH/GRAFIEK/PLOT/
/INVERSE/INVERT/
/NUMBERS/FIGURES/NOMMERS/SYFERS/
/WIDTH/COLUMN WIDTH/WYDTE/KOLOM WYDTE/
/ABBREVIATIONS/VERKORTINGS/
/ROCKHEAD/ROTSHOOF/FELSOBERGRENZE/
/WEATHERING HORIZON/VERWEERINGSHORISON/VERWITTERUNGS HORIZONT/
/WATER SEEPAGE/WATER STRIKE/WATERSYPELING/
END
You may add synonyms or revise the wording. In this example the synonym EIENSKAP has been
added for ATTRIBUTE and in a note describing the water table the words REST LEVEL will cause
the hollow arrow symbol to be printed rather than the solid one:
FILE CONVOCAB.ENG
..
/Water Table/GrondWatervlak/Watervlak/
/perched/verhewe/REST LEVEL/
/sample/monster/
/undisturbed/onversteurd/onversteurde/
/chemical/chemies/chemiese/
/ATTRIBUTE ATTRIBUUT/EIENSKAP/
/GRAPH/GRAFIEK/PLOT/
..
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5.5
Changing Keywords in the Header Block (CONVOCAB.ENG)
The program has been designed to accept input from a file written directly from the geologist’s field
notes. This allows full freedom of expression to the person in the field. To allow freedom in the
input sequence of header data the program needs to know a set of keywords that will enable it to
link data with context. This is done by means of the header block keywords:
FILE CONVOCAB.ENG
==================
This file carries the words and phrases required by the conversion program
(PROCONV.TBC) which converts the wordprocessor text file into a transfer file (a
structured data file) ready for input to the printing routine. The vocabulary used
here must be already defined in memory before the conversion of the text file can
begin and therefore the text file itself is not able to specify the language to be
used.
This vocabulary must cope with all the different main profile vocabularies
(all PROVOCAB.* files) which the installation may be called upon to decode.
For
example, an office that might deal in three languages would require three synonyms
for each of the items below, all customisable.
------------------------------------------------------------------------HEADER BLOCK KEYWORDS
--------------------This is the set of keywords that will be recognised in the text file to denote
various items. Note that item codes in darts less than <29> refer to data fields
on the output page. The item codes must be enclosed in darts and be two characters
long. The user can place double closing darts to cause the data item to be cleared
between holes.
The phrases to be recognised must be preceded and followed by a
slash and contain no spaces. This file can be edited to suit the user’s preference
in language, dialect and vernacular.
There is no limit to the number of lines
used. Case is insensitive.
BEGIN
/client/klient/kliënt/title1/< 1>
/jobname/jobtitle/title2/< 2>
/projeknaam/taaknaam/< 2>
/scale/skaal/< 3>
/contractor/< 5>
/rig/drillingrig/machine/drill/drillingmachine/machinetype/< 6>
/boor/masjien/boormasjien/masjientipe/< 6>
/driller/drilledby/< 7>
/profiledby/loggedby/beskryfdeur/profieldeur/< 8>
/typedby/typesetby/< 9>
/tikster/getikdeur/< 9>
/orientation/orientasie/inclination/<11>>
/diam/diameter/holesize/<12>
/deursnit/grootte/dia/<12>
/datedrilled/datumgeboor/geboor/<13>
/date/dateprofiled/profieldatum/<14>
/groundlevel/collarlevel/elevation/<17>>
/grondhoogte/hoogte/<17>>
/x-coord/x-coordinate/xcoord/<18>>
/y-coord/y-coordinate/ycoord/<19>>
/hole/holeno/holenumber/trialhole/boreholeno/boreholenumber/
/pit/trench/backactorpit/referenceno/referencenumber/refno/<20>
/gat/gatnr/gatnommer/boorgat/boorgatnr/toestgat/toestgatnr/<20>
/location/ligging/<21>>
/jobno/jobnumber/<22>
/projeknr/projeknommer/taak/taakNr/<22>
..
The numbers in darts determine where on the page the data will be written, as defined in
PROVOCAB (see next section, 5.6 below – Changing the Title Block (PROVOCAB.ENG)). In the
following example the fields for COLLAR LEVEL and Y-CO-ORDINATE have been swapped and
the word BOREHOLE has been added as a synonym for HOLE NUMBER.
..
/date/dateprofiled/profieldatum/<14>
/groundlevel/collarlevel/elevation/<19>>
/grondhoogte/hoogte/<19>>
/x-coord/x-coordinate/xcoord/<18>>
/y-coord/y-coordinate/ycoord/<17>>
/hole/holeno/holenumber/trialhole/boreholeno/boreholenumber/borehole/
/pit/trench/backactorpit/referenceno/referencenumber/refno/<20>
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Be especially careful when moving the positions of data fields; please refer to the example and
discussion in paragraph 5.6 below.
In addition to the keywords for the header and footer fields the program will recognise a few
keywords relating to the layout of the page. This allows different holes falling within one text file to
be formatted differently to the current setup file and to one another:
..
/selectlanguage/language/vocab/taal/<38>
/AttributePageLHM/apagelhm/aplhm/<43>
/AttributePageRHM/apagerhm/aprhm/<44>
/ProfilePageLHM/ppagelhm/pplhm/<45>
/ProfilePageRHM/ppagerhm/pprhm/<46>
/AttribuutBladsyLinkerKantlyn/ablslkl/<43>
/AttribuutBladsyRegterKantlyn/ablsrkl/<44>
/ProfielBladsyLinkerKantlyn/pblslkl/<45>
/ProfielBladsyRegterKantlyn/pbsrkl/<46>
/borelogoption/borelogoptions/<49>
/indent/inset/<53>
/logo/logoid/<54>
/logoX/<55>
/logoY/<56>
/kompress/compress/<57>
END
The capability of specifying the layout data in the header has been inherited from earlier versions of
the program, in which it was the best way to change the layout without upsetting the standard
default. It is now much simpler to control layout through JET SETUP and a named setup file; so no
example is given, but you can still edit the keywords and add synonyms if you need to.
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5.6
Changing the Title Block (PROVOCAB.ENG)
Both the titles and context of the page headers and footers may be modified to a limited extent.
The following listing is of the file PROVOCAB.ENG and shows a schematic diagram of the page
layout. Note that the numbers in darts (less than 29) are associated with specific positions on the
printed page: They determine the location of the TITLE on the page (the text preceding the darted
number). The TITLE and the relevant DATA (found next to the recognised keyword in the header
bloc of the text file) will be printed.
FILE : PROVOCAB.ENG
(English Vocabulary)
===================
This file is named in setup file as the default vocabulary. The user may
call for any other vocabulary file in his text file header. If the language
called for is not current in memory it will be loaded if it can be found. It
is thus possible to switch languages in mid-jobstream. The program does not
limit the number of different language files.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------TITLE BLOCK WORDING
------------------The layout below is a schematic representation of an output page, showing the
default title block phrases that appear in various positions on the page. The
words used in this layout may be edited by the user to suit his preferences.
The words followed by numbers in <darts> form the TITLES of the fields. The
DATA to be written into the fields is detected by the program using the set of
keywords defined in CONVOCAB.
The four special POINTERS are needed by the program so that it knows where to
read or write data that is PROCESSED by the routines (other than typesetting);
all other fields are not processed. If the titles are moved around when
customising, take care to ensure that these four pointers, the keywords for
data (in CONVOCAB) and the titles in the new positions are all consistent.
begin
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sheet
<26>
of
<25>
reserved (title) < 1>
LEGEND
<24>
reserved (title) < 2>
SUMMARY OF SYMBOLS <23>
JOB NUMBER:
<22>
+------------------------------------------------------+
Scale
< 3>
| reserved (descriptions)
|
|
|
| NOTES < 4>
|
|
|
| reserved (notes and samples)
|
+------------------------------------------------------+
CONTRACTOR : < 5>
INCLINATION : <11>
ELEVATION : <17>
MACHINE : < 6>
DIAM : <12>
X-COORD : <18>
DRILLED BY : < 7>
DATE : <13>
Y-COORD : <19>
PROFILED BY : < 8>
DATE : <14>
TYPE SET BY : < 9>
DATE : <15>
HOLE No: <20>
SETUP FILE : <10>
TEXT : <16>
reserved (location) <21>
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------REDUCED LEVEL <27>
DEPTH
<28>
10
<29>
pointer to data field of Setup file
15
<30>
pointer to data field of Date + time of Printing
16
<31>
pointer to data field of Text file
17
<32>
pointer to data field of Datum for Reduced Levels
11
<33>
pointer to data field of Orientation angle
end
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------TABLE OF ABBREVIATIONS (FOR BOREHOLE LOGS)
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♦
To change the Wording of a title, the file PROVOCAB.ENG may simply be edited at the
relative spot. (See example below).
♦
To change the Context of a title, the corresponding Keywords in the header block must
also be revised in CONVOCAB.ENG (See example in Section 5.4 above on page 48
(Changing Keywords in the Notes Block (CONVOCAB.ENG)).
♦
To change the Position, the relevant pointers must be checked and revised if need be.
(See example below).
In the following illustrated example the wordings of the titles in the fields for COLLAR LEVEL and
Y-CO-ORDINATE have been swapped and the title BOREHOLE replaces HOLE NO.
FILE PROVOCAB.ENG
CONTRACTOR : < 5>
INCLINATION : <11>
Y-COORD.: <17>
MACHINE : < 6>
DIAM : <12>
X-COORD : <18>
DRILLED BY : < 7>
DATE : <13>
COLLAR LEVEL : <19>
PROFILED BY : < 8>
DATE : <14>
TYPE SET BY : < 9>
DATE : <15>
BOREHOLE : <20>
SETUP FILE : <10>
TEXT : <16>
reserved (location) <21>
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------REDUCED LEVEL <27>
DEPTH
<28>
10
<29>
pointer to data field of Setup file
16
<31>
pointer to data field of Text file
19
<32>
pointer to data field of Datum for Reduced Levels
11
<33>
pointer to data field of Orientation angle
END
-----------------------------------------------------------
The necessary changes to the context keywords in the file CONVOCAB.ENG are illustrated in
paragraph 5.5 above.
Please note the change to the field position pointer number <32> where the value 17 has been
revised to 19.
5.7
Changing to Another Symbol Library (PROLIB.DAT)
The graphic patterns of the symbols are not accessible to the user, but different libraries can be
called (if available). The vocabulary file PROVOCAB.* defines the name of the symbol library to
which the code numbers of the soil and rock names refer. It is written as the first line after the end
following the soil and rock names. In the illustration below the library name is PROLIB.DAT. Any
other available library name may be specified.
FILE PROVOCAB.ENG
..
/ROCKHEAD/SYMB6/[CH48]
/WEATHERING HORIZON/SYMB7/[CH49]
WATER SEEPAGE/WATER STRIKE/SYMB8[CH50]
END
PROLIB.DAT
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5.8
Changing the Soil and Rock Name Vocabulary (PROVOCAB)
The file PROVOCAB.* carries the dictionary of soil and rock names and links them through code
numbers to the graphics library arrays. Here is a condensed listing of part of the file:
FILE PROVOCAB.ENG
VOCABULARY
---------This is a list of keywords/phrases and codenumbers of corresponding soil symbols.
This file may be edited/altered to suit the users preferences. A phrase to be
recognised must be preceded and followed by a slash. The first phrase to occur
before a given codenumber will be the default soil descriptor which will be used
in summary listings. Codenumbers must be enclosed in square brackets, with the
last of a set followed by a period. The number of phrases associated with a
single symbol code is not limited so synonyms formed by a number of single symbol
codes are allowed and may be assigned any name. In the case of a short phrase
also forming part of a longer one, then to ensure proper recognition the shorter
phrase must be arranged to follow after the longer in the list below. This list
is also the collating sequence for symbol summaries.
BEGIN
AS ABOVE
.
/BOULDERS/[SA01].
/SCATTERED BOULDERS
/OCCASIONAL BOULDERS/[SA48].
/GRAVELS
/GRAVEL/[SA02].
/GRAVELLY/[SA03].
/SAND/[SA04].
/SANDY/[SA05].
..
Here is an example of how a user can change this file.
♦
Suppose he wants a new rock type called coal which is to have the same symbol as WAD,
which he no longer needs.
♦
He wants LATERITE and OUKLIP as synonyms for DENSE FERRICRETE.
♦
He wants the option of using the phrase SCATTERED LUMPS OF LATERITE in his profiles
and selects the same symbol as NODULAR FERRICRETE.
He might revise the file as follows:
FILE PROVOCAB.ENG
- before
..
/BRECCIATED/[SA46].
/CHERT/[SA21].
/WAD/[SA22].
/DENSE FERRICRETE
/HARDPAN FERRICRETE
/DENSE MANGANOCRETE
/HARDPAN MANGANOCRETE/[SA23][SA29].
/NODULAR FERRICRETE
..
FILE PROVOCAB.ENG
- after
..
/BRECCIATED/[SA46].
/CHERT/[SA21].
/COAL/[SA22].
/DENSE FERRICRETE/LATERITE/OUKLIP
/HARDPAN FERRICRETE
/DENSE MANGANOCRETE
/HARDPAN MANGANOCRETE/[SA23][SA29].
/NODULAR FERRICRETE/SCATTERED LUMPS OF LATERITE/
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5.9
Changing Table of Abbreviations for Attributes in Borehole Logs
(PROVOCAB)
The file PROVOCAB.* defines the table of abbreviations which is printed at the top of the Attribute
Page (for Borehole logs only)s.
FILE PROVOCAB.ENG
..
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------TABLE OF ABBREVIATIONS (FOR BOREHOLE LOGS)
-----------------------------------------This is the list of abbreviations which appears on the attribute page header.
Note that WEATHERING is omitted in view of the easy to use bargraph option. The
wording may be edited but beware of exceeding 14 lines or 80 characters.
Anything not wanted can be removed or replaced. This table will move with the
left margin of the attribute page.
Begin
ROCK FABRIC
GRAIN SIZE
JOINT ROUGHNESS
ROCK HARDNESS
MF-massive
FG-fine grained
SLJ-slickensided
EHR-extremely hard roc
BF-bedded
MG-medium grain
SJ-smooth
VHR-very hard rock
FF-foliated
CG-coarse grain
RJ-rough
HR-hard rock
CF-cleaved
MHR-medium hard rock
SF-schistose
JOINT SPACING
JOINT SHAPE
SR-soft rock
GF-gneissose
VCJ-very close spacg
CUR-curvilinear
VSR-very soft rock
LF-laminated
CJ-close spacing
PLA-planar
MJ-medium spacing
UND-undulating
WJ-wide spacing
STE-stepped
VWJ-very wide spacng
IRR-irregular
End
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
The user can customise the whole of this table. It can also be changed for a particular job or hole in
the notes block of the text, by using the keyword ABBREVIATIONS: followed by the new script: If
the new script is blank then, of course, nothing is printed. The number of lines used should not
exceed 14. Since the starting margin of the table will follow the left margin of the attribute page, the
maximum line width is not fixed: If it does not fit on the page the tail end will be lost.
When using a proportional font one cannot entirely rely on spaces between words to give a neat
arrangement. So to allow proportional fonts to be used the program scans the first line for doublespaces, and tab positions are chosen. Subsequent lines are similarly scanned and the word groups
are tabbed to dot positions defined by the first line. Thus when re-defining this table, care must be
taken to space out the first line to give suitable column positions without overlap.
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5.10
Logos
Apart from the obvious use of a pre-printed sheet, there are three methods available to print a Logo
on the profile page.
♦
Using a Printer Macro: Printers which are fully HP-compatible will support macros. The
logo macro can then be downloaded to the printer once after switching on. This considerably
reduces the printer file size with a corresponding reduction in the volume of data to be
transmitted and the time taken to print.
To use a printer-resident macro the setup file should be edited to reflect the macro ID
Number.
♦
Using an embedded raster graphic file: The raster graphic codes can be sent to the
printer embedded as part of the output file for each profile page.
To do this, edit the LOGOID –in JET SETUP Layout– to be the name of the raster graphic file
instead of a macro ID number e.g. LogoJ. Note that the filename must begin with a letter,
and be less than 6 characters long. For PCL and printer output the filename must have the
extension PCL e.g. LOGOJ.PCL and be available on the dot6000 directory.
♦
Using a PDF logo: A logo file prepared with Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer (or any other PDF
writer, e.g. CutePDF) can be printed by dot6000 to a PDF output file by naming the Logo ID
as above, e.g. LOGOC. The filename must have the extension PDF e.g. LOGOC.PDF and
be on the dot6000 directory. The PDF option supports full colour logos.
In the above methods, the LogoID can also be called in the text file by using the keyword LOGO: in
the header, but do not add the extension. It is thus possible to switch logos even between holes in
a job. Note too that it is possible to control the position of the logo (if the code has been so written)
from the setup file and also from the text-file headers by specifying the LOGOX: and LOGOY:
parameters.
Your supplier will be able to quote a price for creating a LaserJet macro, raster graphic file, or PDF
containing your company logo.
5.10.1
Example: Creating a Logo PDF File
In essence, all you have to do is to write your logo to a PDF file named with no more than five
characters in the file name, using any PDF file writer. The CutePDF Writer (Freeware) is one such
program, obtainable free of charge from http://www.cutepdf.com. Once you have a PDF writer
installed, open your existing logo in any program, for example Windows Paint (Start > Programs >
Accessories > Paint). In File > Page Setup, remove centering, set the left margin to 15 mm and
the top margin to 17 mm. With File > Print…, print to CutePDF. It will ask for a file name: For
example, use C:\dot6000\LOGO1.PDF. Use Jet Setup or HotPlot to alter the SET file to use PDF
name, in this case LOGO1. Print a test file from dotPLOT. If the logo is in the wrong place, you
have a choice of reprinting your logo to PDF with different margins, or alternatively adjusting the
Logo position using Jet Setup or HotPlot to change the SET file. Repeat until the logo is correctly
positioned.
5.10.2
Technical Note: Editing .SET Files Directly for Logos
In the setup file there are two columns of logo data, the first is for the PCL logo and the second for
PDF. If you are using PCL output, then the data is read from and written to the first column, if PDF
then the second. dotPLOT knows which mode you are in when making changes. The special logo
file Logo0.PDF is specified as LOGO0 in the setup file (you never add the extension when talking
through Jet Setup). PDF will crash if the filename is blank, and the PDF logo routines in dotPLOT
require something to chew on, so LOGO0.PDF was built in as a place holder until the customer
gets his own logo on the road.
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6.
Special Features
6.1
Format Control
6.1.1
Default Format of the Profile Page
It is an objective of the formatting algorithm to ensure that the description of a layer must fall on
one page and not cross a page boundary. This restriction applies also to the notes, i.e. the
formatted notes block must fit onto one page. A check is made in the formatting program to ensure
that this requirement is met. If it is exceeded the text is curtailed, a message is displayed and a
warning appears on the printed page.
Working within the current margins and indentations, all lines in a paragraph are automatically
word-wrapped and even-justified except for the last. Empty lines in the text file are ignored. This
scheme can be modified and disabled as follows:
6.1.2
The Format Control Characters
These characters can be customised –except where indicated– by editing the relevant .SET file (at
your own risk!) or more safely using HotPlot’s Edit button next to the Setup File choice.
The following are the default settings:
|
_
~
`
\
^
{
}
$
#
/
//
///
= character (bar) to omit symbol of next soil word when searching for all keywords in
layer (new feature in dot6000).
= character (underscore) to underline next word (new feature in dot6000).
= character (tilde) for forcing a soil symbol. If you use this or the acute accent then all
desired soil symbols in the layer must be so marked.
= character (acute accent / backward apostrophe) for forcing and underlining a soil
symbol. If you use this or the tilde then all desired soil symbols in the layer must be so
marked.
= character to cause a line-break (backslash)
= character to represent a hard space (caret / circumflex)
= character to start indent (opening brace / curly bracket)
= character to end indent (closing brace)
= character to switch primary fonts (dollar)
= character to cause two columns on the profile page (hash)
= character (slash) for end of block, i.e. Header, Descriptions, or Notes/Attributes (can
not be customised).
= characters (two slashes) for end of hole (can not be customised).
= characters (three slashes) for end of file (can not be customised).
To use any of these format control characters in text with the format function defeated, they should
be preceded by the escape character (the double-quote “).
The customisable control characters may be customised by editing the group of set up files *.SET,
or using the HotPlot SET File Editor (last Tab).
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6.1.3
Modifying the Normal Format
The characters mentioned below assume that you are using the default control characters as listed
directly above, not any customised character.
♦
UNDERLINING is obtained by placing an underline ( _ ) before the word concerned. A
backward apostrophe (`) can be used instead to both underline and force the following word
to be recognised as a soil symbol. It is toggled off by a space or punctuation mark.
♦
A LINE BREAK can be forced at any point using a single backslash character (\ or
customised character).
♦
BLANK LINES can be created in a layer description using line breaks.
♦
A double backslash (\\) on a line by itself will produce a hard page break.
♦
THE HARD-SPACE (^ or customised character) can be used between pairs of words so that
the words stick together.
♦
INDENTION (indentation) is easily achieved
{
by using pairs of braces to indent to any level permitted by the available
line length, which is dependent on the current margins and indent module.
{
The indent module default is 4 chars but this value can be changed in
the setup or in the text file using the keyword INDENT : dd in the
header for the job.
}
}
A line containing only a brace is not printed.
6.1.4
♦
SWITCH PRIMARY FONTS can be done by placing a dollar sign at the spot where the
switch is to occur. The font then toggles between FONT 1 and FONT 2. If a soil type is
affected then the dollar-sign should be placed ahead of the underline or tilde.
♦
TWO-COLUMNS ON THE PROFILE PAGE are obtained by placing the # symbol at the spot
where the text is to jump into the second column. If a double symbol ## is used at least once
then every description and the notes-block will be split into two columns and a vertical
dividing line will be drawn between them.
Format Disable
It is sometimes useful to disable word-wrap-and-justify. This can be done using a single hardspace character ^ on a line by itself.
^
To
indicate
that
the
Block
of
text
which
Follows
is
to
be used
Verbatim, exactly as it appears on screen
^
The next hard-space on a line by itself will enable the normal wrap-and-justify default. The line(s)
containing only a toggle character will not be printed.
This device allows simple tables of data to be easily constructed. Note that the position of the
caret in relation to the block is significant as it determines the position on the page. The block is
placed with the caret on the left text margin.
^
date
time
read
write
1.2
5.6
1.2
2.3
10.1
2.3
3.4
14.2
3.4
4.5
15.6
4.5
^
In this example the block would be indented 2 characters.
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Within a block the indent and line-break characters are disabled. The formatting rules will work in
the notes as well as in the main body of the description.
Note on underline: With format disabled, all spaces inside a block automatically become hardspaces. Therefore underlining will run to end-of-line or the next punctuation mark.
6.1.5
Non-Printing Text
All text placed inside brackets [square brackets] will be removed before printing.
In the Header block, any lines which do not contain a keyword and colon will not be printed. This
allows comments to be made ahead of each profile. The presence of a colon without a keyword will
cause an error message to be displayed during conversion.
6.1.6
Margins on the Profile Page
The left and right margins may be controlled by the setup file and also by using the keywords
PPLHM and PPRHM followed by a value in the job header. The COMPRESS parameter will
behave the same way. A positive value moves the margin towards the centre and a negative
value moves it away. The limiting values are:
6.1.7
PPLHM
:
-390 to 1200 measured as dots at 300 dip
PPRHM
:
0 to 1200
Margins on Attribute Page (Borehole Logs Only)
The attribute page margins are controlled in the same way as the profile page margins, but using
instead the keywords APLHM: and APRHM. The limits here are:
APLHM
:
-200 to 1500 measured as dots at 300 dpi
APRHM
:
-100 to 1500
The text file TUTORIAL.TXT contains this discussion and will demonstrate the effect of the format
control characters on the printed page. To obtain a printout run the program selecting the hole
number TUT001.
6.1.8
Page Length, Top and Bottom Margins
The length of the field used for printing on a page is set at 3200 dots (10.677 inches, 271 mm) as
supplied. This value may be customised and the bottom of the page will move accordingly. The top
header block as supplied is 300 dots below the top edge and will bump down to suit the table of
abbreviations for the attribute page if it exceeds 7 lines. The bottom footer block as supplied is 300
dots above the bottom edge of the field. The perimeter border is set at 34 dots away from the
edges of the field. The page length, the header and the footer block sizes may be modified in any
of the setup files using JET-SETUP.
There are 300 dots to one inch, or approximately 12 dots to 1 mm; the abbreviation dpi stands for
dots per inch.
6.1.9
Positions of Job Titles and Footer Titles
The horizontal positions of the job title and footer titles can be moved using the parameters
specified in the setup file. Please refer to the discussion on JET-SETUP in chapter 3.
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6.2
Soil Symbol Selection
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the program is to intelligently interpret the stream of words in the
text file as though they were typed directly from field notes or from a tape recording, to select
correct symbols for the soil and rock types and to do this with the minimum of editing and
manipulation by the user. To achieve this a number of methods have evolved by which the soil
symbols can be called up or be detected by the program:
♦
DOING NOTHING: From dot6000, the program automatically recognises all soil symbols and
uses them in the profile. You do not need to mark key words anymore.
♦
OMITTING KEYWORDS: You can override dot6000’s automatic recognition of a word by
placing a vertical bar (|) before the word.
Example: Clay, residual |Ferricrete. (Clay symbol will be used, Ferricrete will be ignored)
♦
UNDERLINING ANY WORDS: You can underline any word by placing an underscore (_)
before the word. (New from dot6000 onwards)
♦
USING UNDERLINED KEYWORDS:
A word preceded by the acute accent / backward apostrophe ( ` –top left on keyboard) will
appear underlined. If the word is a recognised soil type, then its symbol will be plotted in the
corresponding layer. Using this symbol turns off automatic recognition of keywords for that
layer. You must then manually mark all keywords for that layer using acute accent or tilde.
Example: `silty / clayey `SAND. (Case insensitive)
♦
USING NON-UNDERLINED KEYWORDS:
If a word preceded by a tilde ( ~ ) is a recognised type then its symbol will be plotted, but the
word will not be underlined. Using this symbol turns off automatic recognition of keywords
for that layer. You must then manually mark all keywords for that layer using acute accent or
tilde.
Example: ~sandy ~SILT
♦
USING THE KEYWORD IN SQUARE BRACKETS
Any words in square brackets are checked against the vocabulary and will give a symbol to
match. All words inside square brackets are removed from the text before printing.
Example: [SANDY] [Silty] [clay]
♦
USING THE CODE NUMBERS IN BRACKETS::
This is the same as they keyword in square brackets, just harder work.
♦
USING THE PREVIOUS DESCRIPTION:
Used with the tildes ~As ~above ….will repeat the previous symbol.
♦
PREVIOUS MODIFIED:
~As ~above will repeat the previous symbol and further symbols may be added to the mix:
Example: ~As ~above but with ~SCATTERED BOULDERS added.
♦
MODIFIED FURTHER:
The previous compound symbol can be further modified:
Example: ~As ~above, in a ~DENSE FERRICRETE matrix.
♦
EMBELLISHED KEYWORDS:
The standard symbol can be embellished by adding others.
Example: A layer of `BOULDERS.
[GRAVELS] [SAND] [WELL CEMENTED]
♦
USERS OWN:
Although a description might even underline a keyword, any symbol can be forced and the
interpreter can be disabled by placing an asterisk [*] in square brackets. In this example the
dense ferricrete will not be detected and another compound symbol will appear instead:
Example: `DENSE FERRICRETE [CLAY] [SA27] [SAND] [ * ]
♦
THE BOTTOM OF HOLE SYMBOL:
This is invoked by placing a plus sign in the last layer depth word.
Example: The very last layer description might read:
10.1+ Hole stopped on ~dolerite with ~QUARTZ VEINS.
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All the special characters used above can be customised to use other characters, by editing the
SET file or using the HotPlot Settings File Editor. The characters referred to above are the defaults.
The sample file TUTORIAL.TXT supplied with the program contains the text of this discussion and
will print a profile demonstrating all of the techniques. Run the program and select hole number
TUT002. Read the discussion on SYMBOLS FOR IGNEOUS ROCKS directly below for further
information on the use of compound symbols.
6.3
The Symbols for the Igneous Rocks
The table shows the classification of Igneous Rocks and the relationship to the symbols in the
dot6000 graphics library.
< Leucocratic....Melanocratic...Hypermelanic >
< Light Coloured
grading to
Very Dark >
44
FREE
QUARTZ
+
x
V
+
(empty
)
x
(symbol)
V
+
45 OLIVINE
OR
FELS- x
PATHOID
V
SYENITE
FAMILY
44
17
44
18
44
19
17
18
19
45
17
45
18
DIORITE
FAMILY
44 41 17
44 41 18
44 41 19
41 17
41 18
41 19
45 41 17
45 41 18
GABBRO
FAMILY
44 42 17
44 42 18
44 42 19
42 17
42 18
42 19
45 42 17
45 42 18
PYROXENITE
FAMILY
44 43 17
44 43 18
44 43 19
43 17
43 18
43 19
45 43 17
45 43 18
45
45 41 19
45 42 19
45 43 19
DIORITE
FAMILY
GABBRO
FAMILY
PYROXENITE
FAMILY
41
42
43
19
SYENITE
FAMILY
(empty
symbol)
PLUTONIC
HYPABYSS
VOLCANIC
PLUTONIC
HYPABYSS
VOLCANIC
PLUTONIC
HYPABYSS
17
18
19
17
18
19
17
18
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
VOLCANIC 19 +
The numbers in the table are the [SA CODE NUMBERS] of the symbols. The table shows how the
three symbols for depth of formation (+) (x) (v) are combined with the three symbols for the
families (conveying colour), and the symbol for free quartz (alternatively olivine or felspathoids)
to give unique compound symbols. A compound symbol can thus be viewed and construed in the
same sequence and with the same criteria as the rock specimen itself.
The vocabulary supplied has been constructed using most of the common names and their
corresponding compound symbols; however the user may customise it to incorporate any other
names or phrases that he wishes the program to recognise. The program will also function if the
text file specifies the constituent symbols of a rock type, although it must surely be harder work.
The following three descriptions are equivalent and will produce the same compound symbol:
:A ~quartz dolerite.
:A ~hypabyssal rock, ~gabbro family with ~free quartz visible.
:[SA18] [SA42] [SA44].
Furthermore the symbol for BRECCIA [SA46] can be superimposed on any other symbol or
compound. It is also possible to superimpose SCHIST [SA47] or METAMORPHIC [SA16].
6.4
Header Keywords
The keywords in the header of the text file are used by the program to detect the data for the
header of the job. They are defined in the file CONVOCAB.ENG. (See the part listing in Section
5.5 above on page 49).
Many of the values carried by the setup file can be modified by specifying them in the header for the
job or hole, and these will then override the settings of the setup file for all holes that follow.
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The scale to be used for a job can also be specified by writing the keywords SCALE: and a value in
the header. This will define the smallest number of pages to be used for the plot and the same
scale will be used for all the holes that follow.
The series of standard scales are carried in data files external to the program, SCALES.IMP for
imperial and SCALES.MET for the metric series. These files are editable and users may alter them
to suit.
6.5
Sundry Layout Features
6.5.1
Include Files
The command [INCLUDE FILE] can be added to the header of an attribute; the first zone to follow is
then taken as the name of a file containing data in columnar format, i.e. DEPTH : ATTRIBUTE
VALUE OR DESCRIPTION.
This means that a large amount of data can be easily plotted and any limits relating to the length of
the text file and number of attributes can be bypassed. This will be especially useful in cases of
wishing to plot data logged automatically into a disc file such as by a data logger, resulting in data at
very close intervals. Synonyms for the command INCLUDE FILE can be added to CONVOCAB.*
The sample file C:\dot6000\PLOTTEST.TXT has an example using the [INCLUDE FILE]
C:\dot6000\PLOTTEST.DAT.
6.5.2
Logarithmic Bar Graphs
The attribute header must have the command [GRAPH ###] present. The optional number is used
as the base width of the bar graph. The keyword [LOG] will cause the graph and any subdivision
lines to be drawn to a log scale, the left of the column being zero = LOG(1).
6.5.3
Line Graphs
One can plot a vector line graph if the printer supports HPGL. To do so the keyword [HPGLrwtm] is
added to the attribute header of the graph, in addition to the keywords [GRAPH] and [INCLUDE
FILE]. The optional codes rwtm control as follows:- r = radius of dot to be placed at the sample
points - dot units w = width of line - dot units t = line type (as per HP GL/2 line types) m = pattern
pitch (per HP GL/2) NOTE that this option will only work with an INCLUDE FILE on an HPGL printer
such as HP IIIP or LJ4 and upwards.
6.5.4
Line Drawings, Shading and Hatching
Simple drawings using HPPCL shading and hatching can be assembled using the following
scheme:
[D x]
[D x y]
[D x y z]
[D x y z Aw]
[D x y Aw]
[D filename]
[R] [L]
draws two lines x-dots apart, 1 dot thickness, centred.
draws two lines x-dots apart, y-dots overall, centred.
draws two lines as above, offset z from middle of column
draws two areas as above, shaded or cross hatched,
where Sw will shade the areas, Xw will cross hatch, using HP standard
pattern w. These may be superimposed.
appends code contained in named file.
codes to justify text Right/Left, default centre
This enables simple drawings such as "Well Construction" to be printed. Refer to the text file
WELLTEST.TXT for an example.
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6.5.5
Raster Lines and Bands
Raster lines may be drawn in a graphed attribute column. This is done by adding the command
[Ryyy] to the header of the graph attribute. For example [R5] will produce a solid raster line at 5 unit
depth intervals down the column and [r2.5] will add dotted raster lines at 2.5 unit intervals. These
may be superimposed. An example of the two latest commands is available in PLOTTEST.*
Single bands may now be called from the NOTES block to be placed at any level on the soil stave.
Refer examples HATCH.TXT and PLOTTEST.TXT
6.5.6
Imported Raster Graphic Drawings (PCL only)
The file GRIDTEST.TXT demonstrates the importation of a raster graphic file, BOREHOLE.LST.
This works for PCL output only and is ignored in PDF and other output. It requires the borelog
module.
Example:
ATTRIBUTE : Borehole Construction [DRAW] [WIDTH=350 FIXED]
5 :
BOREHOLE.LST 28 .5
The attribute keyword [DRAW] will cause a PCL raster graphic file to be imported into each layer
zone that follows. The layer zone description scripts (following line(s)) are then interpreted as:Depth : DrivePathFileName Xoffset Yoffset
In this case the offsets are 28 dots and .5 m, and only one depth is defined.
6.5.7
Footer on Every Page
An option exists whereby the footer can be printed on EVERY page instead of only on the LAST
page. This is done by making the dots-per-footer parameter in the layout, into an ODD number.
For example, change 300 dots-per-footer to 301.
6.5.8
COMPRESS: keyword
Up to nine of the attributes may be placed on the Right Hand Page while the remainder will be
placed on the Left. This is done by specifying (for example) COMPRESS:403 which will allocate
403 dots on the Right Hand Page for the last THREE attributes on the log. The last digit in the
compress code signifies the number required, but a zero will mean ALL. This will override the
Compress Borelog option in the active SET file.
6.5.9
RESOLUTION: keyword
Raster resolution can be changed from 150 default to 300 by using the keyword RESOLUTION:300
in the text file.
6.5.10
SUB-LAYERS / SUB-STRATA feature
The line drawn across the page between layers can now be selectively suppressed. This gives the
illusion of sub-layers within a description, and allows one to switch soil symbols within a layer. This
feature is controlled by the word [SUB] or [SUBn] in the description text, where n is an integer in the
range 0 to 7, operating as follows: nul = 0 = 1 = suppress the right hand portion of the line, 2 =
suppress the depth value, 4 = suppress the zig-zag portion of the line.
6.5.11
A3 Paper
Paper size may be A3 or A4, thus output for a borehole log can be printed on one A3 page –
provided your printer has that capability. Jet Setup or HotPlot’s SET File Editor can be used to set
the paper size, but it is essential to edit any OLD setup files (e.g. STANDARD.SET) and remove the
page size code (/027&l26A) or printer reset code (/027E) at line 39. If this is not done, these codes
could take priority and annul the A3 instructions.
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6.6
Colour in PDF Output
This Section was first issued as PAINTLIB.DOC = Colour Support for dot4001, dated 24-11-2003.
Some of the features mentioned here are demonstrated in the Sample file CHIPTEST.TXT.
Colour for soil symbols and attributes is supported from dotPLOT 4001 PDF. It is controlled by the
input text file. Here are some examples:
"[paint red ]" - the symbol will be stroked black on a Red background.
"[Paint red ]" - the symbol will be stroked Red on a white background.
"[PAINT red ]" - the whole symbol will be coloured Red.
The spelling of the operator "paint" is defined at the end of CONVOCAB.ENG The word can be
changed to suit the local dialect of the user, but, whatever the spelling, there are three ways to
capitalise the operator, each having a different outcome:The operator as LOWERCASE will cause black strokes on a Colour background.
The operator as MIXEDCASE will cause Colour strokes on a white background.
The operator as UPPERCASE will cause Colour to overpaint the whole field.
Immediately following the operator, the Colour is specified as an operand which can be called in
four different ways:-
6.6.1
1.
The Colour operand can be any of the colour names in the library file
C:\dot6000\PAINTLIB.ENG. These colours have been defined in terms of either the standard
ACI index codes (AutoCAD Colour Index) or the RGB ColorSpace. The list can be changed
by the user. Spaces in the common names have no effect and the spelling is not casesensitive. The user may add colours and re-define them.
2.
If the Colour operand is a single integer, it is interpreted as meaning one of the standard ACI
codes.
3.
If the Colour operand has three or more values, then the last three are interpreted as
denoting the Red, Green and Blue components in the RGB ColorSpace, e.g. "[paint red
green blue]". In this case "red green blue" must be three integers in the range 0 - 255.
4.
An alternative wording "[RGB red green blue]" can be used. In this case "red green blue"
must be three real numbers in the range 0.000 - 1.000.
Library of Common Colours
In the library PAINTLIB.ENG some common colours have been defined in terms of either RGB
coordinates or one of the standard ACI codes. The file C:\dot6000\PAINTLIB.PDF displays these
colours. The ACI indexes may be changed if required and colours may be completely re-defined
using one's own combination of RGB values. By way of example, the outcome from the standard
ACI colour "light yellow = 51" is not nearly as convincing as the explicit alternative "light yellow = 255
255 160". Note that in PAINTLIB.ENG integers are used for RGB components in the range 0 to
255.
If the library of colours is altered, one can use the program C:\dot6000\PAINTLIB.EXE to read it and
build a new viewable PDF page to demonstrate the effects.
If a Layer Description carries a colour phrase, then the soil symbol for that layer will be modified
accordingly. A colour phrase in the header of an Attribute will become the default colour for that
column. A colour called for a particular attribute Zone will over-ride, but the default will be restored
for subsequent zones. Only one colour phrase (the last) will be recognised in a Layer Description or
an Attribute header, or an attribute Zone.
Whether the keyword "[paint" or "[RGB" is used in the text file, the same rules will apply to the
capitalisation of the operator.
If the Header carries a colour phrase, then this will become the HIGHLIGHT colour for the text. A
double asterisk (**) in the text will toggle the colour between black and highlight. The text will then
be stroked in the current colour on a white background.
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6.6.2
Using the RGB Colours
The file C:\dot6000\RGBCUBE.PDF displays a standard RGB colour space as a 3-D cube with axes
Red, Green, Blue. Each axis is one unit long; coordinates are specified as real numbers in the
range 0.000 to 1.000. In this space it will be seen that the three primary corners are Red, Green
and Blue so that:1 0 0 is fully saturated Red
0 1 0 is fully saturated Green
0 0 1 is fully saturated Blue
Between the three primary corners are the complementary corners, also known as the CMY colour
space (or CMY Cube):1 1 0 is fully saturated Yellow
0 1 1 is fully saturated Cyan
1 0 1 is fully saturated Magenta
The furthest corner 0 0 0 is black, the nearest 1 1 1 is white.
If a colour is modified by diminishing the coordinates towards 0 0 0 the result will be a colour of
similar hue but tending to black, that is, the Illumination is reduced. For example 0.5 0 0 is a dark
browny red.
If the colour is modified by moving the current coordinates towards 1 1 1 then the new colour will be
of similar hue but tending towards white, that is the Saturation is reduced. For example 1 0.8 0.8 is
a very light red.
Consider the case that you wish to specify a "light orange". You know that "1 0 0" is Red, "1 1 0" is
Yellow. It is reasonable that orange would lie midway and "1 0.5 0" is the obvious choice. To make
it lighter, you would move the point from that position in the RGB cube towards 1 1 1 and the result
could be "1 0.75 0.5". To make it darker you could use values "0.5 0.25 0".
To express this in other words, the position of the point inside the RGB-cube determines the Colour.
All points lying on the vector from the black corner have equal hue, those closer to 0 0 0 are darker
- i.e. have less Illumination. All points lying on the vector from the white corner have equal hue, but
those closer to 1 1 1 are whiter - i.e. are less Saturated.
6.6.3
Using the ACI Colours
The file C:\dot6000\ACIPALET.PDF displays an approximate array of the standard ACI (AutoCAD
Color Index) colours and codes. The general scheme for the codes is as follows:Codes 1 - 9
Codes 10 - 249
Codes 250-255
6.7
= The eight corners and centre of the RGB cube.
= If evenly divisible by 10, the hues are fully saturated, lying
in the range RGB 1 0 0 thru 0 1 0 thru 0 0 1 to 1 0 0.
If odd, then they have reduced saturation and are lighter.
If even, then they have reduced illumination and are darker.
= Shades of grey, graded from dark to light.
Fence Diagrams
A separate module for Fence diagrams exists, but is not much used. See separate text manual for
this module. PDF output is not supported for the Fence module.
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7.
7.1
Disks, Storage and Limits
File System
The normal word-processor files will go onto the user’s standard document directory system.
The text files could be treated as temporary, if a word-processor source remains, since editing
should in such cases be done on the word-processor file, not the text file.
The temporary transfer files are required only as input for the printing module and are automatically
deleted immediately prior to conversion of the next new text file.
7.2
Program Limitations
The program has a long and successful history, but bugs occasionally emerge.
Users who strike problems are asked to please contact the authors and supply the relevant details.
7.3
Working Data Limits
The current limits are as follows:
7.4
Number of layers per hole
66 (no layer to exceed one page)
Number of Notes
36 (all must fit on one page)
Number of samples per hole
36
Number of pages per hole
12 (after format)
Number of Symbols in Summary
36
Number of elements in symbol
12 (white space counts too)
Number of Attribute Columns
25
Number of Attribute lines
500 (including names)
Number of holes per job number
120 (capacity of screen display)
Number of lines in Attribute name
7
Transfer Filenames
The filename for a transfer file is made up of the last three alphanumeric characters of the job
number plus the last three alphanumeric characters of the hole number, zero filled to avoid blanks
(hated by DOS)>
The transfer file has the extension .TRX; Filenames are case-insensitive and will all be up-cased.
Note that a blank job-number or hole-number will result in 000 being substituted and excessive
carelessness could lead to a file named 000000 which by the rules of DOS would contain only the
last of that set.
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7.5
Printing to a Disk File
Profiles can be printed to various disk file types from the dotPLOT main menu as follows:
♦
♦
♦
♦
Press <F3> as many times as required to select either OUTPUT to PRNTFILE.PDF or
another format (see below), as required.
Note on the <F4> key representation on screen what address is set for output files, e.g.
ADDRESS C:\DOTFILES. If this is not acceptable, press F4 and type a new address.
Press <F2> as many times as required to select ACTIVITY PROFILES, then
Press <F1> START.
If the output is to a print file then it is given an appropriate extension.
♦
♦
♦
♦
♦
.PDF for Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files.
.PCL for PCL print files
.PGL for HPGL print files
.DXF for DXF (AutoCAD Document Exchange Format) files
.PRO for Swift View
In addition a directory is created for the job and print files are copied to this job directory. At the
same time they are renamed with the full borehole name plus extension.
The files can later be printed on any suitable machine with the DOS binary file copy command:
(or
or
COPY
COPY
A:*.PRO /B
/B A:*.PRO
COPY
A:JJJ*.PRO
LPT1
LPT1
/B
<Enter> for all files on A: disk,
<Enter> for some versions of DOS)
LPT1 <Enter> for a particular group JJJ.
Since the symbol summary for a job has no hole-number as such, the printer file for the summary
will have a name of the form JJJ000.PDF. A test symbol printout has no job-number and no holenumber and so the filename will be 000000.PDF.
First make sure that any soft fonts required in the setup have already been downloaded and are
available at the printer.
For PDF output, Windows Explorer can be used to open the file with Adobe Acrobat Reader and
hard copy can be obtained from suitable installed printers. HotPlot can be set to automatically open
PDF files after a dotPLOT run.
7.6
File Management
All setup files and language files are straightforward text files using the alpha-numeric ASCII
characters 032 through 127 and may be readily edited. The temporary transfer files have the
extension. TRX and are different; they tend to have very long lines, which a simple editor will not
manage and they employ some special characters in the range (128) to (255) for the format control
codes; it is therefore not advisable to edit the transfer files.
All files can be deleted, copied etc. with ordinary DOS and Windows commands or utilities. There
are no hidden files.
7.7
Long Job and Hole Numbers
With dot6001 of 17 March 2010, we have changed printouts so that the job number box will expand
as necessary to fit the title plus job number. This allows longer job numbers (over 8 characters).
The new job box is backwards compatible.
Hole numbers should preferably not exceed 8 characters – they may exceed 8, but only the
rightmost 8 will be used for the output filename. The Hole number box does not expand as the job
number box now does, so a practical limit (using 10 pt Arial) is 10 characters with the standard
“HOLE No:” label, or 12 if the label is customised to “HOLE:”.
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8.
8.1
Sample Output
Soil and Rock Symbol Library
A printout of the soil and rock symbols can be printed to PDF file or a HP LaserJet printer from the
dotPLOT main menu as follows:
♦
♦
♦
♦
Press <F3> as many times as required to select either OUTPUT to PRNTFILE.PDF or
OUTPUT to PRINTER, as required.
If you are printing to file, note on the <F4> key representation on screen what address is set
for output files, e.g. ADDRESS C:\DOTFILES. If this is not acceptable, press F4 and type a
new address.
Press <F2> as many times as required to select ACTIVITY TEST-SYMBOLS, then
Press <F1> START.
The screen displays the names of the 83 symbols available, reproduced here:
T E S T
R O U T I N E
=======================
ROUTINE TO PRINT THE SYMBOL LIBRARY SUMMARY SHEETS.
THIS TEST ROUTINE DOES NOT REQUIRE A VALID PASSWORD.
YOU MAY NOT CHOOSE MORE THAN 36 SYMBOLS AT A TIME.
(You must spell the symbol names exactly as below)
BOULDERS
SCATTERED BO GRAVELS
GRAVELLY
SILT
SILTY
CLAY
CLAYEY
MUDROCK
COAL
DOLOMITE
LIMESTONE
PLUTONIC
HYPABYSSAL
VOLCANIC
DIORITE FAMI
FREE QUARTZ GRANITE
QUARTZ DIORI QUARTZ GABBR
QUARTZ DIABA QUARTZ DOLER RHYOLITE POR QUARTZ ANDES
GABBRO
PYROXENITE
DIABASE
DOLERITE
NEPHELINE SY OLIVINE DIOR OLIVINE GABB PERIDOTITE
OLIVINE DOLE KIMBERLITE
PHONOLITE
OLIVINE ANDE
QUARTZ VEINS METAMORPHIC SCHIST
BRECCIA
DENSE FERRIC NODULAR FERR SPARSE FERRI DENSE CALCRE
CALCRETE
WELL CEMENTE PARTIALLY CE RUBBLE
CONCRETE
PERMANENT WA PERCHED WATE UNDISTURBED
ROOTS
ROCKHEAD
WEATHERING H WATER SEEPAG
> Enter START SYMBOL, END SYMBOL
SAND
CONGLOMERATE
QUARTZITE
GABBRO FAMIL
QUARTZ PYROX
QUARTZ BASAL
ANDESITE
TINGUAITE
OLIVINE BASA
CHERT
NODULAR CALC
FILL
DISTURBED SA
BAND
SANDY
SANDSTONE
BANDS
PYROXENITE F
GRANITE PORP
DIORITE
BASALT
OLIVINE DIAB
OLIVINE
WAD
SPARSE CALCR
CRUSHED ROCK
CHEMICAL SAM
(skip to abort)
The symbols printed in the sample file C:\dot6000\Manual\SYMBOLSA.PDF were obtained in four
separate runs, using start and end names as follows:
BOULDERS, VOLCANIC
DIORITE FAMI, BASALT
NEPHELINE SY, SPARSE FERRI
DENSE CALCRE, BAND
<ENTER>
<ENTER>
<ENTER>
<ENTER>
For you this sequence will produce four separate pages (or PDF files).
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8.2
Sample Text Files
8.2.1
EXAMPLES.TXT
The file EXAMPLES.TXT is used for general testing of the program. It is included in the installation
and loaded onto folder C:\dot6000. It contains 3 sample holes:
Job No.
MANUAL
Hole No.
DEM001
Description
MANUAL
DEMO 2
An example of a simple typical profile using underlining of the soil
name to call the symbol.
MANUAL
DEM03
A simple profile showing how soil symbols are called using the tilde
and uppercase soil name with underlined soil consistency.
Used for testing purposes.
The examples can be run from dot6000 by calling the text file C:\dot6000\EXAMPLES.TXT. The
expected output can be found in the file C:\dot6000\Manual\EXAMPLES.PDF. Note that due to the
inconsistent hole numbering, hole DEM03 appears second in the file, and DEMO 2 last.
8.2.2
TUTORIAL.TXT
The file TUTORIAL.TXT contains demonstrations of various techniques.
installation and loaded onto folder C:\dot6000. It contains 2 sample holes:
It is included in the
Job No.
MANUAL
Hole No.
TUT001
Description
MANUAL
TUT002
A tutorial text file showing all the different ways by which soil
symbols are called up and detected by the program.
A tutorial text file demonstrating format and format control.
Run dot6000 using the text file C:\dot6000\TUTORIAL.TXT. The expected output can be found in
the file C:\dot6000\Manual\TUTORIAL.PDF.
8.2.3
BORELOG.TXT
Unless you have a licence for borehole logs, this Borehole Log example will run as a DEMO. The
file BORELOG.TXT included in the installation and loaded onto folder C:\dot6000 contains 2 sample
borelogs:
Job No.
MANUAL
Hole No.
BH03
MANUAL
BH09
Description
An example of a simple borehole log using the attributes page (4
pages)
A more detailed borehole log example using two columns in the
profile, tabulated attribute data input, and the SAMPLES: option (2
pages).
Run dot6000 and call the text file C:\dot6000\BORELOG.TXT. The expected output can be found
in the file C:\dot6000\Manual\BORELOG.PDF.
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8.2.4
Other Sample Text Files
Other sample files included with the program and loaded onto folder C:\dot6000 are:
File Name
Description
CHIPTEST.TXT
To demonstrate use of PDF plus colour [** toggles colour on/off]. One hole,
no: 23 on job no: 1306011. The printing of this profile requires the 'borehole'
version of dotPLOT.
Detailed use of the borehole log attribute page including use of tabular format
for the joint descriptions, APLHM to move A-page left hand margin, APRHM
for A-page right hand margin and PPLHM to move the P-page left hand
margin. One hole, number: BH 009. Requires borelog module.
GEOSURVY.TXT
GRIDTEST.TXT
HATCH.TXT
PLOTTEST.TXT
TEST3000.TXT
WELLTEST.TXT
8.2.5
Demonstrates dotPLOT with vertical grid lines drawn on a bar-graph, log
scales for the bar-graph, and the importation of raster graphic files
(BOREHOLE.LST, for PCL output only, ignored in PDF and other output). Job
no 30611, Hole no 231. Requires borelog module.
Demonstrates use of dotPLOT with percussion drilled borehole. The printing
of this profile requires the 'borehole' version of dotPLOT
Simpler version of chiptest.txt demonstrating use of [HPGL6132] to cause an
HPGL printer to plot a vector line graph. Job no: 1306011, Hole no: 23.
Example using [INCLUDE FILE] C:\dot6000\PLOTTEST.DAT, emulating a
data logger. Requires borelog module.
Demonstration of various aspects of soil profiles. Job no: 5447, four holes,
nos D 33 To D 36.
Demonstrates dotPLOT drawings using well construction example. Job no:
30611, hole no: 231. Requires borelog module.
Miscellaneous Files
The following supporting files should not be removed:
File Name
GREP.COM
Comments
Useful for finding text within files, for debugging.
BOREHOLE.LST A PCL raster graphics file imported in the example GRIDTEST.TXT (for PCL
output only, ignored in PDF and other output)
KEYFILE1.DAT
Required in hotspots, used for the menu blocks in promenu.
PLOTTEST.DAT
Example of an include file for dotPLOT, emulating a data logger.
WORDPAD.SIG
Needed in proconv.bas, as it contains the header signature of files written in
Wordpad, and controls the switch to deal with input from MSWord doc or
Wordpad files. Do not delete it.
CASED
Needed for typical borehole construction "drawing".
COLLAR
Needed for typical borehole construction "drawing".
ENDHOLE
Needed for typical borehole construction "drawing".
PACKED
Needed for typical borehole construction "drawing".
SLOTTED
Needed for typical borehole construction "drawing".
UNCASED
Needed for typical borehole construction "drawing".
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9.
Revision List and Updates On-Line
From time to time HotPlot and dotPLOT are revised to add enhancements and fix bugs.
To avoid us having to revise this manual for every program change, the list of recent revisions is
now updated on-line at http://www.softwareafrica.co.za/dotplot-whats-new.htm.
To download the latest update to the programs, go to the dotPLOT Setup web page:
http://www.softwareafrica.co.za/dotplot-setup.htm
Please also consult HotPlot’s HTML Help. This file installs with HotPlot and runs directly from it but
can also be downloaded separately from the link above. HotPlot Help is kept up to date with each
new revision, whereas this manual is updated only when necessary.
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10.
" Escape Character for literals
56
# hash for two columns
56, 57
$ to Switch Fonts
56, 57
. Full Stop to end layer description
34
.DOC files
32
.DOCX files
32
.DXF Files
66
.PCL print files
66
.PDF Files
66
.PGL print files
66
.SET, setup file extension
30
.TRX files
66
.TXT files
32, 68, 69
/ single slash
33, 34, 56
// double slash
33, 37, 56
/// triple slash
33, 37, 56
@Depth, attribute
35, 36
[] for Non-Printing Text
58
\ Line break
34, 57
\\ Page break
34, 57
^ for Hard Space
56, 57
_ Underscore to underline words
34, 56, 57, 59
` apostrophe to Underline soil symbols 34, 56, 59
{} for Indention
56, 57
| bar to Ignore Soil Name
56, 59
~ tilde to Mark soil symbols
34, 56, 59
~As ~above
44, 45, 59
+ for Bottom of hole
59
>> Double darts clear headers
49
>15 Attribute Columns
42
>36 Layers
42
>36 Notes
42
>36 Samples
42
>500 Attributes
42, 65
000000 File Name
65
12 pages exceeded
42
A3 Paper
62
Abbreviations for Attributes
54
Abbreviations, customising
54
Abbreviations, Table of
29, 37, 47, 48
ABBREVIATIONS: (colon) keyword
37, 48
Access code
15
ACI Colours
64
Acrobat PDF Writer
55
Acrobat Reader
9, 28, 66
Activation code
15
Additional Licences
13
Address of printer
9
Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer
55
Adobe standard fonts
28
ALL keyword selects all files
41
APLHM
24, 58
APRHM
24, 58
As above
59
AS ABOVE not working
44
dot6000 User Manual
Index
ATTRIBUTE : single colon for Name
35
Attribute @ at a point
35
Attribute colon missing
42
Attribute input, columnar or tabular
35
Attribute overflow
42
Attribute page missing
37
ATTRIBUTE:: double colon for Table
35
Attribute-page left margin invalid
42
Attributes
54
AutoCAD Colours
64
AutoCAD Exchange Format files
66
Automatic soil symbol detection, turning off
59
Automatically detect soil symbols
34, 59
Backslash, \ for line break
34
Backslash, \\ for page break
34
Bands
62
Bar graph
36
Bar Graphs, Logarithmic
61
Blank job-number or hole-number
65
Blank lines (\)
57
Block file structures not matched
40
Block structure of text file
33
Borehole log, attributes
35
Borehole logs
24
Borehole logs, Customising abbreviations
54
Borelog Options code
25
BORELOG.TXT
68
Bottom margin
58
Bottom of hole (+)
59
Can’t find Text file
44
Cartridge fonts
27, 28
Change company name in Licence
14
Change Printer Port
20
Changing abbreviation table
36
Changing fonts
26
Changing keywords in header
49
Changing keywords in notes
48
Changing Logos
55
Changing Page layout
24
Changing prompts
48
Changing Soil and Rock Names
53
Changing Symbol Library
52
Changing Table of Abbreviations
54
Changing title block
51
Character \ for line-break
57
Character # for two-columns
57
Character $ for switch font
57
Character ^ for hard space
57
Characters _ ` for underlining
57
Characters {} for indention
57
Characters ~ ` to force soil symbol
57
Characters for Format Control
56
Check Attribute depths
42
Check sample notes
42
Chemical Samples
34
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CHIPTEST.TXT
63, 69
CIPRO registration
14
Classification of igneous rocks
60
Code numbers in square brackets
59
Collar level
36, 49
Colour logos
55
Colour of igneous rocks
60
Colour Output
63, 69
Colours on screen
23
Column width
36
Comma as decimal point
34
Comments in header block
58
Common errors
42
Compound symbols
60
Compress Borelog Option
26
COMPRESS keyword
62
Continuation of line
33
Control Characters
56, 59
Conversion of text file
16
Conversion to transfer file
16, 38
CONVOCAB
29, 48, 49, 52
CONVOCAB file, purpose
47
Copy text from DOS Window
46
Correction for slope (inclination)
36
Creating a Logo PDF File
55
Customisable Files
47
Customising abbreviation table
37, 54
Customising control characters
56
Customising keywords in header
49
Customising keywords in notes
48
Customising Logos
55
Customising Page layout
24
Customising prompts
48
Customising Soil and Rock Names
53
Customising title block
51
CutePDF Writer
55
Data limits
65
Data Logger files
61, 69
Decimal point / comma
34
Default Page format
56
Default scales
41
DEMO banner
7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18
DEMO mode, using dot6000 features
34
Depth of formation, igneous rocks
60
Depth of layer
34
Descriptions continued
34
Desktop shortcut
8
Detection of soil symbols
59
Dictionary
29
Directory for files
65
Directory for font files
20
Directory for output
22
Directory for text files
21
Disable format
57
Disable justification
57
Disable line wrap
57
Disk storage and limits
65
Disturbed Samples
34
DOS binary file print
66
DOS Shell
38
DOS Window, Copy text
46
dot6000 features, Licensing
11
dot6000 User Manual
DOTFILES Path to output files
22
dotPLOT, Installing
7, 8
dotPLOT, Running
9
DOTPLOT.USB folder
13
Dots on Screen
44
Double darts >> clear headers
49
Double minus -- range bracket
34
Downloading Soft Fonts
26, 28
Drive for Licence
12
Duplicated hole number detected
42
Edit Setup File in HotPlot
56
End of File (///)
33, 37, 56
End of header-block /
33, 56
End of Hole (//)
33, 37, 56
End of hole (+)
59
End of layers-block /
33, 56
Error 14
44
Error 63
44
Error 64
44
Error 7
44
Error Messages
42
Error: Block file structures not matched
40
Error-Reporting
46
Escape Character (")
56
Example
16
EXAMPLES.TXT
16, 33, 68
Extra Licences
13
Extra page is printed
44
Faulty attribute keyword
42
Fence Diagrams
64
Field notes
4
File extensions
66
File history stack
39
File management
66
File picking window
16, 39
File search mask
16, 39
File system
65
File, Input text
32
Filenames, picking ALL
17, 41
Filenames, selection
41
Final testing
17
Folder for files
65
Folder for font files
20
Folder for output
22
Folder for text files
21
Font switch
56, 57
Fonts, changing
26
Fonts, PDF
28
Fonts, selection
26
Fonts, soft
26, 28
Fonts, substitute
28
Footer Block size
25
Footer Margin
25
Footer on Every Page
62
Format control
56, 59
Format Control characters
56
Format disable
57
Formatting Errors
42
Full Stop (.) to end layer description
34
GEOSURVY.TXT
69
Graph shading/hatching
36
Graphics, importing
62, 69
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Graphs, Line
61
Graphs, Logarithmic
61
GRIDTEST.TXT
62, 69
Ground level
34, 36, 49
Ground Level cleared
34
Hade (inclination)
36
Hard Space (^)
56, 57
HATCH.TXT
36, 62, 69
Hatching
61
Hatching Graph
36
Header block comments
58
Header Block size
25
Header block termination /
33
Header Block, Customising keywords
49
Header Block, Customising layout
51
Header keywords
34, 60
Heading, Notes
34
Height of header and footer blocks
25
Help on Errors
46
History stack
16
Hole names, selection of
41
Hole Numbers, Length
66
HotPlot Edit Setup File
56
HotPlot licence
11
HotPlot, Installing
7
HotPlot, Running
8, 9
HotPlot, Windows interface
5
HPGL print files
66
Igneous Rocks
60
Ignore Soil Name (|)
56, 59
Imperial scales
41
Inclination of hole
36
INCLUDE FILE keyword
61, 69
Indent {, Outdent }
56
Indent Module
25
Indentation {}
57
Indention {
57
Input Files
32
Install on C: drive only
7
Installing Combined Package
7
Installing dotPLOT-only Package
8
Inverse bar graph
36
Invisible text in Square brackets []
59
Jet Setup
19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, 31
Job Numbers, Long
66
Job Title Offset
25
Job title, position
25
Justification
56
Justification, disable
57
Key words in square brackets
59
Keyword COMPRESS
62
Keyword INCLUDE FILE
61, 69
Keyword LOG
61
Keyword LOGO
55
Keyword RESOLUTION
62
Keyword SUB
62
Keywords for Soils and Rocks
53
Keywords in Header
60
Language files
47
Layer depth error
42
Layer descriptions
34
Left margin
24, 58
dot6000 User Manual
Library of symbols
67
Licence location
12
Licence, new company
14
Licences, Additional
13
Licensing
5, 11, 38
Line break (\)
34, 56, 57
Line Continuation
33
Line Drawing
61
Line Graphs
61
Line spacing
26
Lines per inch
26
Lines, Raster
62
Locating Errors
45
Location of text files
21
Logarithmic Bar Graphs
61
Logo coordinates
25, 55
Logo does not appear
44
Logo files
25
Logo ID
25
Logo macros
25, 55
Logo number
25
Logo-file (name) cannot be found
42
Logos
55
Logo-X/Y position
25, 55
Long Job and Hole Numbers
66
Macros for logos
25
MAILFORM.OUT licence application
13, 14
Managing Soft Fonts
26, 28
Margins
58
Margins on Attribute Page
58
Margins on Profile Page
58
Mark soil symbols ~ `
34
Mark soil symbols with ~ tilde
56
Maximum number of layers, notes, etc.
65
Metric scales
41
Microsoft Word .doc files
32
Missing Attribute page
37
More than 36 layers
42
More than 36 notes
42
More than 36 samples
42
Move Titles
58
Multiple Users
12, 14
Names of special characters
6
Network paths
20
Network Printers
9
New Line (\)
56
Newspaper columns
57
No Further Licences Available
43
No layers detected
42
Non-Printing Text in []
58
Not completed properly - Aborting
12
Notes
34, 35
Notes Block, Customising keywords
48
Number of holes per job number
65
Number of layers per hole
65
Number of lines in Attribute name
65
Number of Notes
65
Number of pages
65
Number of samples
65
Number of Symbols in Summary
65
Numbering of notes
34
Orientation
36, 51
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Outdention }
57
Output Files Formats
66
Output files, path to
22
Output to DXF, HPGL, PCL, PDF, Printer,
Swiftview
38
Page break
34
Page break (\\)
57
Page formatting
56
Page layout
24
Page length
58
Page margins
24
Page Size
24
Paint colours
63
PAINTLIB files
63
Paper Size A3
62
Password licensing
15
Password routine
38
Path to font files
20
Path to output files
22
Path to text files
21
PCL fonts
20, 28
PDF Files
66
PDF Fonts
20, 28
PDF Logo
25, 55
PDF output files, path
22
PDF Writer
55
PDF, differences cf. LaserJet
28
Picking ALL filenames
17
PLOTTEST.DAT
61, 69
PLOTTEST.TXT
61, 62, 69
Position of job title
25
PPLHM
24, 58
PPRHM
25, 58
Preferred scales
41
Print to File, Error
44
Printer lines fall short
44
Printer port
9
Printer port, path to
20
Printers, USB
20
Printfile extensions
66
Printing to disk file
66
Profile.exe
8
Profile-page margin invalid
42
Program crashes
46
Program Updates
70
PROLIB.DAT
52
PROMPTS
29
PROMPTS file, Changing
48
PROMPTS file, purpose
47
PROPASS.KEY licence file
13, 14
PROVOCAB
19, 29, 36, 51, 52
PROVOCAB file, Customising abbreviation
54
PROVOCAB file, Customising Vocabulary
53
PROVOCAB file, purpose
47
Punctuation marks and symbols
6
Raster graphics, importing
62, 69
Raster Lines
62
Reduced levels
36
Reporting Errors
46
Reposition Titles
58
Requesting a Licence
11
RESOLUTION keyword
62
dot6000 User Manual
Revision List on-Line
70
RGB red green blue
63, 64
Right margin
24, 58
Rock name dictionary
47, 53
Rock Symbol List
53
Rock symbols
67
Rubbish on Printout
44
Run a Test File
16
Run String
30
Running dotPLOT
9
Running HotPlot
8, 9
Sample names
34
Sample output
67
Sample Start -- End with double minus
34
Sample text file
68, 69
Samples
34
Saving the setup
31
Scale Files
37, 61
Scale Option
24
Scales, in header
61
Scales, users choice
41
Screen Colours
23
Seepage
35
Selecting a text file
16
Selection of files to print
41
Server licence
5, 12
Set Printer Port
20
Setup file
51
Setup file names
19
Setup file over-ridden
61
Setup file, purpose
19, 47
Setup, from command line
30
Setup, in runstring
30
Setup, save as
31
Setup, switching
30
Shading
61
Shortcut from desktop
8
Simple Tables
57
Slash single /, double //, treble ///
33
Soft Fonts
26, 28
Soil name dictionary
47, 53
Soil Symbol List
53
Soil Symbol Marking
56, 59
Soil symbols
67
Soil symbols, Automatically detect
34
Soil Symbols, printing list
10
Special Characters
6, 33, 56, 59
Square brackets []
59
Square brackets, text inside
34
Standard symbols, printing
10, 67
Start -- End Sample with double minus
34
Starting depth
34
Stiffy drives
5
Structure of text file
33
SUB keyword
62
SUB-LAYERS / SUB-STRATA feature
62
Substitute fonts
28
Summary of soil symbols in job
41
Support on Errors
46
Swift View files
66
Switch Fonts ($)
56, 57
Switching languages
29
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Switching setup
30
Symbol library
52, 67
Symbol summary for job
41
Symbols and punctuation marks
6
Symbols for Igneous Rocks
60
Symbols for water table
35
SYMBOLSA.PDF
67
Synonyms
48
Systematic Troubleshooting
45
Table of Abbreviations
37, 47, 48, 54
Tables of data
57
TAG: attribute name
35
Tally in Family
13, 14
Tape recording
4, 59
Test File
16
Test routine
67, 68
Test symbol PDF file name
66
Test, example
16
TEST3000.TXT
69
Testing standard symbols
10, 67
Text file conversion
16
Text file, Input
32
Text file, Structure
33
Text files
65
Text files, path to
21
Text too long
42
Title block position pointers
52
Title block wording
47
Title block, changing
51
Titles, Moving
58
Too many soil types in layer
42
Top -- Bottom Sample with double minus
34
Top margin
58
dot6000 User Manual
Transfer files
16, 32, 65
Troubleshooting
44, 45
TUTORIAL.TXT
58, 60, 68
Two Columns on Profile Page (#)
56, 57
Underline in tables
58
Underline soil symbols with ` apostrophe
56
Underline Word (_)
56, 59
Underlining words
34, 57
Underscore _
34
Undisturbed Samples
34
Unselect All Files.
41
Updates On-Line
70
USB Printers
9
Using another Symbol Library
52
Vocab-file (name) cannot be found
42
Vocabulary files
29, 47
Vocabulary, Soil and Rock Names
53
Water table
35
Web Site Address
7, 8, 70
Well Construction example
61
WELLTEST.TXT
61, 69
Width of column
36
Wiggle (tilde ~)
34, 59
Windows Explorer
66
Windows interface, HotPlot
5
Windows Paint
55
Word .doc files
32
Word wrap
56
WordPad
32
Word-processor files
65
Words that stick together
57
Zenith angle
36
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