[Kst] Feature Requests

Ben Lewis benlewis003 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 11:13:18 UTC 2014


Here are some features I would love to see in Kst...
Scroll Bar *- It would be great to have a scroll bar at the bottom of each plot. This will give the 
user a perspective on where they are when zoomed into a small window of a large data set. 
SensorCloud uses this functionality, if you haven't seen it (it's very impressive) you can view it 
in action here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6tko2wOJc4.

*Digital Display* - Sometimes it is handy to have the current value of a channel shown as a digital 
number. It is much quicker and more accurate to read a number off a digital display rather than 
interpolate the value off a plot. HBM's Catman software has this feature and a really nice touch is 
that you can configure the display to show one of the channels statistical values when live data is 
stopped. So when live data is streaming it will show the current value but when live data stops it 
will display the channels min, max, average or other such value. This is a really handy feature and 
can save a lot of time. You can see this feature in action here 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q66D-yc5KnE (3:00 - 3:37)

*Set Default Update Type* - On the first screen of the data wizard the user can choose the desired 
update type - time interval, change detection or no update. The default is change detection. Once an 
update type has been selected for a particular file, Kst will remember this, which is great. But for 
a new file the user is forced to change this setting every time, if they wish to use a setting other 
than change detection. It would be great if the default setting could be changed somewhere.

*Time Offset from ASCII File* - In the "Configure ASCII File" dialogue box there are a number of 
options for the time offset source. It would be great to add "Read offset from line:" as another 
source (just as is currently done with field names and units).

If any of these ideas are doable and other people also like them, I will submit a formal feature 

Regards, Ben
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