[Kst] Proposal - Quick plotting of ASCII files

Ben Lewis egretengineering at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 13:30:51 UTC 2013

Hi Syam,

I'm not a developer, but for what it's worth here is an idea for discussion:

If Kst is changed so that it can read the "sample rate" and "start date/time" from the header info 
in the data file then the ASCII configuration dialogue box could be skipped altogether (once 
defaults have been set up). Kst currently does this with "field names" and "field units" so I'm 
guessing this would not be a big ask.

On the next page of the Data Wizard I regularly select all vectors except the INDEX. This seems like 
a pretty common use case so this could be the default configuration for this page.

For the remaining two screens I regularly just go next > next > and sort out all the layout stuff later.

An additional button could be added to each page of the Data Wizard labelled something like "Finish 
with Defaults".

With these changes it would be possible to complete the Data Wizard with one click - "Finish with 
Defaults". But the user still has the ability to dig deeper into the setting if required.

As for "Plot all curves vs 1" and  "Plot all curves vs INDEX" Kst remembers this setting between 
sessions so you only have to go through all the steps once to set it up how you need it.

What do you think?

Regards, Ben

On 10/12/2013 2:26 AM, Syam Krishnan wrote:
> I would like to propose supporting a use-case of quick plotting of simple multi-column ASCII files 
> without requiring too many mouse clicks.
> When an ASCII file is opened by Kst (either as command-line argument or from GUI), can we provide 
> a way of quick plotting with minimal mouse clicks?
> How about a setting "Plot all curves vs 1" and  "Plot all curves vs INDEX"?
> All curves can end up in the same plot window or perhaps we can add one more option button for that.
> With this, we can open simple multi-column ASCII files with 1 or 2 mouse clicks.
> Any supporters for this?
> Or is this already possible via commandline arguments?
> PS: My use-case is that "I wish to be able to double-click a multi-column text file and have Kst 
> associated with it to immediately open it with plots of all vectors vs 1".
> regards,
> Syam
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