NTMC configuration files and databases can be viewed by using MCED. The
latter is fully integrated into NTMC components and can be started from there
as described in those manuals. In those cases the relevant file gets loaded
automatically and is ready for viewing and / or editing. MCED can also be started off-line, in which case the program asks for the file to be loaded.
Once the file is loaded it can be viewed, edited and printed.
NTMC configuration files and databases can be edited by using MCED. The
latter was designed to present a common, unified interface for all editing
needs. Sections below describe the available editing methods.
Each database entry display consists of one line, with the line Item
descriptor on the left side, and the item Value on the right side. The
basic editing steps are as follows:
- Select a line to be edited.
- Perform data entry.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all lines to be edited.
- Save the changes.
Select a line to be edited
This can be done in one of two ways:
- Double-click on the line of interest, or
- Single-click on the line of interest, then press the Edit button.
Perform Data Entry
To do data entry one first modifies the item value, then presses the
keyboard enter key. The first step can be one of several kinds:
- Simple numerical entry - the new value is entered using the keyboard. If
the entered value is out of range MCED rejects the value, displaying the
- Selection from a list - MCED presents a pull down list. An item is
selected from that list by using the mouse. The pull down lists can be
static (such as Enable / Disable), or dynamically built (such as the list
of available remote units).
- Structured data entry - when a more complex data item is required, MCED
displays a dialog box. The relevant fields are filled in the dialog box.
Example: date and time entry - one must fill in the day, month, year, etc.
All modified lines are colored in a different color to let the user know
which lines have been changed. The new values do not take effect until the
changes are saved as described below.
Save the Changes
To save the changes, press the Save + Exit button.