To plot a satellite swath file, select File with the left mouse button in the control area. A small window will appear with its upper left corner at the cursor (see Fig. 2). This new window (Data File Name) will permit you to specify the name of the file you wish to plot. It also allows you to browse through your directories until you find the file that you want.
At the top are three buttons labelled OK, Cancel, and Rescan. When you click the OK button, SatView will plot (or perform the appropriate action on) the file whose name is in the file text field. If you change your mind about loading a file, click Cancel, and the operation will be aborted. Click Rescan to update the list in case files have been added to or deleted from the current directory.
Below the buttons, there is the text field labeled File. It is waiting for you to type in a filename, a directory name, or a pattern. To activate, hit return.
Below the File text field is a scrolling list. The label
immediately above the scrolling list displays the current directory
and the current pattern. The scrolling list itself contains all files
in the current directory that match the pattern. For instance, if the
/u/users/jones/*.c, the scrolling list contains
all files in directory
/u/users/jones that have a
.c' extension. Clicking the left mouse button on any
filename in the list will display that filename in the File: text field
at the top of the window. To scroll the list, move the scrollbar
slider up or down with the mouse.
A shorthand way to select and load a file in the list is to double-click on the file name. Double clicking on a directory name moves to that directory. The item at the bottom of the window labeled Include All Directories provides the option of including all subdirectories of the current directory in the list, regardless of whether they match a pattern.
If the file you want to plot is in the current directory:
If you want to browse a different directory for the file:
Here are some things you'll want to try:
Large satellite files can take a long time to draw, especially at full resolution. Sometimes, a user may decide he doesn't want to wait for the drawing to finish. To interrupt plotting of a file, choose Stop Plotting from the File menu. This form of interruption is only possible if the Time Slicing option (found in the Properties window) is enabled.