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04/01/2017 13:23:37

Flood Modeller Pro’s user interface consists of a number of separate panels, or windows, each displaying information about your current project or detailing tools and features to facilitate the building, running and analysis of your models. The interface provides a default display mode, but it is also designed to be flexible, enabling you to customise the layout of the various components.

When you first open Flood Modeller Pro you are presented with an interface that consists of a number of distinct panels. Each of these panels can be modified to the user's preferred layout.

Interface

The following sections detail how each custom action is implemented within the software:

  • Resize panels (so others become hidden behind) – the vertical edges dividing the map and adjacent panels can be moved left or right to change the widths of these panels. Click and hold the left mouse button on an edge of the map panel. You can then drag the edge left or right. You can continue to drag until the edge of the interface is reached, e.g. expand to completely obscure the map.
  • Drag panels to different zones within the interface – if you click on the header of a panel and hold down the mouse button you can drag the panel to a new location. As you move it within the confines of the Flood Modeller Pro interface, possible predefined locations are displayed, e.g. centre, right panel, left panel, below map, etc. If you move the mouse over one the predefined location indicators and release the mouse button the panel will be docked to this location. If you release the mouse button anywhere else on the interface then the panel will be located there as an undocked window (i.e. same size as when it was been moved).

  • Utilise multiple screens - if you click on the header of a panel and hold down the mouse button you can drag the panel off the Flood Modeller Pro interface. It then becomes a standalone window that can be placed on a second screen. After releasing the mouse button you can click on the window header to maximise it on the screen it has been moved to. This is particularly useful for maximising the map view.
  • Pin / unpin panels – some panels have a pin icon on their header. When the pin points downwards the panel is docked and visible (the default setting). Clicking on the pin will change the pin icon to be horizontal. In this mode the panel is not permanently docked. When the cursor moves off the panel, the panel will move off the Flood Modeller Pro interface leaving just a tab at the edge of the interface, as shown below. Holding the mouse over a tab will move the panel back into view allowing you to work on it.
  • Close panels – Panel headers include an “X” icon which will remove the panel from the interface when clicked. This can be useful to maximise the space available for the map view or to simplify the interface (by removing panels that are not required, e.g. 1D network table is not needed when building a 2D only model). Panels can be restored by accessing the Layout menu on the Home tab of the main toolbar. Click on a panel in the menu to restore it (active panels will have a tick next to them).
  • Maximise panels – Some panels have a maximise icon on the header. Clicking this when the panel is docked will maximise it to fill the docking zone it is in, e.g. left side of map. However, if you undock the window by dragging it across the interface and then click to maximise the panel will expand to fill the screen. Clicking the icon a second time will revert the panel to its previous size.

  • Add key functions to Quick Access Toolbar – Right-clicking on any button on the main toolbar will display a menu. This includes an option to Add to Quick Access Bar. Selecting this will create a small copy of the button in the quick access toolbar at the top of the interface.

  • Customise ribbon of main toolbar - Right-clicking on any button on the main toolbar will display a menu. Select the Customise the Ribbon option and a new window is displayed. This window allows you to change the button content of each tab of the main toolbar, turn on/off tabs and change the tab order.

All of the above changes are not saved as part of the project and are instead stored as settings associated to you as the user. Therefore, when you next open Flood Modeller Pro, the software will start with your last used setup.

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