The "Desktop" window contains the top level menus for WebWinds. "File" allows the selection, creation and modification of data. It also contains the path for exiting WebWinds. "Tools" provides a number of applications that can be used to display and manipulate data. "Utilities" currently offers the selection of an Internet address for remote sessions , as well as options for creating and running macros and re-running past WebWinds sessions. It also allows the user to add a Pause to the recorded session. "Help" brings up a browser-based master help list.

File Button

The choices available under "File" are "New Source", "Open", "Edit" and "Exit". "New Source" brings up a File Finder which, when a file is selected, changes into a Data Source Wizard. "Open" provides a list of Data Directories and Data Source Descriptions, from which a Data Object can be made. "Edit"  produces a listing of the same Data Directories and Data Source Descriptions, which may be edited. "Exit" brings up either 2 or 3 choices: "Exit" or terminate the session without saving changes, "Save" changes (only if changes have been made), and "Continue" without doing either. The "Save" choice allows another choice to be made sequentially. Killing the Desktop window instead of exiting is not recommended.

Tools Button

The current suite of tools includes controls, raster displays, textual displays and manipulation tools and data object manipulation tools. The arrangement of menu items under "Tools" is specified in the file toolmanager.txt.

WebWinds Ring Icon

The rotating icon acts as a 'load meter': rapid spinning corresponds to low loading, slow or erratic spinning corresponds to high or intermittent loading. Thus, if you are waiting for WebWinds to do something and the icon is rotating rapidly and steadily, it believes it is waiting for you to do something and it is usually right. To disable this feature, click on the center of the logo.

WebWinds Home / Oct 5, 2001