The Gel Chooser

This is the right display on the startup screen. It lists all gels in the selected project that are in the INCOMING part of the processing pipeline.

The text-box at the top of the list is not sensitive to input. It will simply show the complete pathname of the selected gel. This pathname is also copied to the Clipboard-buffer when a gel is selected. It may be useful to paste this pathname into a terminal window to list the contents of the directory etc..

Below that text-box and above the list you find the button [default parameters for new gels]. This will bring up the project defaults dialog, which allows you to set some default parameters, which are applied to each new gel arriving in this directory.

The list of gels is like a file chooser. Each gel is listed by its name and some information about how much of the analysis is completed.

These are the columns at the right hand side of the gels list :

  1. p - parameters; if ticked, the gel parameters have been entered.
  2. i - image conversion; if ticked the raw image has been converted for display and analysis.
  3. l - lane tracking; if ticked, the lanes have been calculated.
  4. b - band calling; if ticked, band data is available.
  5. s - standard matching; if ticked, the marker bands have been matched to the standard lane and normalization factors have been calculated.

Note: that a ticked column only means that the data is available, but not necessarily correct. The ticks are also determined purely based on the existence of the file. A file may be empty due to network or disk errors, or it may be out-of-date.

Double click on a gel name and the parameters are shown in the gel parameter dialog, which will start the gel processing.

Locked gels

A gel might be listed in grey, instead of black writing. This means that the gel is locked. A gel is locked when somebody else is editing it at this time.

However: a gel might have been left locked by mistake when the program died by other means than a controlled "Quit", such as a server shutdown, a program crash or other nasty crash situations.

If you double click on gel which is locked, a dialog box will pop up and tell you who on which machine (in the format username@host-name) locked the gel at what date and time. If you're very sure that this gel was left locked by mistake, click on [Yes] and proceed editing, otherwise click [No] and choose another gel instead.

Last modified : November 1999 Image 3.10

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