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The Tools / General Preferences option is used to establish some general operational
settings for the RockWorks program. This option is available from both the RockWare
Utilities and Borehole Manager, via the Tools menu.

Skip Introductory Screen: Insert a check in this box if you want to hide the introductory
"welcome" screen that's displayed when you start up RockWorks. This box should be un-
checked if the splash screen is to be displayed. Changes will not take effect until the next
time you start the program. This setting can also be adjusted on the startup screen itself.

Prompt for Project Folder: Insert a check in this box to be prompted, each time the
program is launched, for the name of the folder in which you wish to work. The prompt
will default to the last folder in which you were working or, if you're new to the program,
the tutorial samples folder. If you prefer not to see this prompt when you start up the
program, remove the check from this box. Note that you can change the current Project
Folder at any time while you are working with the program simply by clicking in the
Project Folder prompt below the main menu items.

Reminders: Insert a check-mark for the program to display a "Do-you-want-to-save?"
reminder when you close a RockPlot2D graphics window and the image has not been
saved. We recommend that you leave this setting on.

Check for Newer Version On Startup: Insert a check here to have RockWorks check
whether there's a new version on the RockWare web site and display an alert if there is. If
desired, you can be directed to RockWare's download site where you can save the latest
installation program to your local computer. You can then run the installation program to
re-install RockWorks. This process will restore all of the menu settings back to factory
defaults; use the Tools / Export Menu Settings option before re-installation to save your
own menu settings to a text file which can then be re-imported after the update (Tools /
Import Menu Settings).
Show Help Messages on Startup Check this box to display the RockWorks Help window
automatically each time the program is launched. Should you disable this and then wish
to access the Help system, simply select the Help / Contents option, the Help / Tutorial
option, or the Help button in most options windows.

Main Menu Options:

Display Icons within Tabs: Check this box if you want the tabs along the left side of
the program window to include icons.

Display Icons within Top Menu: Check this box if you want the menu items at the
top of the screen to include icons.

Display Toolbar: Check this box if you want toolbar buttons displayed along the top
edge or left edge of the screen, and expand this heading to select their location.

Create Menu Summaries: Insert a check here to force the program to create a text listing
of each menu item, when you click OK at the bottom of a program window.




• This would typically be used in the following situations:
Technical Support: When providing technical support, RockWare employees will
frequently ask the end-user a litany of questions about their menu settings. This
can become quite exasperating for both parties given that some menus may
contain up to 600 settings. This new capability can be used to short-circuit this
process by allowing a user to e-mail the menu summary to the RockWare
technical support staff.

Audit Trail: When performing analyses, creating models, or generating diagrams
it is often useful to record the menu settings. In the past, this was accomplished
by writing down the salient settings on paper. This new feature can be used to
quickly record everything and to save the file with a suitable name. For example,
if you are creating a stratigraphic fence diagram, you might want to save the
menu settings as "Stratigraphic Fence Diagram Menu Settings.txt".

RCL Developers: The "Show-Variable Names" sub-item will list the variable
names adjacent to each menu item. This provides RCL (RockWorks Command
Language) developers with a list of variables that they may wish to adjust within
their script files.
• Standard Format: Choose this option to see the menu summaries in standard
format, with prompts shown as they look in the windows. The "Show-Variable
Names" sub-item will list the variable names adjacent to each menu item.

Skip Introductory Screen ... False (GENERAL,SKIP_INTRO)

Prompt For Project Folder .. True (GENERAL,PROJECT_PROMPT)

Reminders .................. True (GENERAL,REMINDERS)

Create Menu Summaries ...... True (GENERAL,MENU_SUMMARY)

Standard Format ........... True (GENERAL,MENU_SUMMARY_RCL_FORMAT)

Show Variable Names ...... True (GENERAL,MENU_SUMMARY_VARIABLES)

RCL Format ................ False (GENERAL,MENU_SUMMARY_RCL_FORMAT)

• RCL Format: Choose this option if you want to see the RCL script versions of the
program settings. These can be pasted directly into RCL scripts.







Menu Dimensions: Expand this heading to set the dimensions for the main program menu
and for the program option windows. Though you can resize either when they're
displayed on the screen, using either the Windows resizing buttons or dragging window




edges with your mouse, when they're re-displayed later they'll default to the sizes defined

Main Menus: Full Screen: The main RockWorks program window will start up in
maximized mode, filling the screen. User Defined. The main program window will
start up at whatever size it was last run in.

Sub-Menus: Many RockWorks tools display an options window prior to processing
data or generating graphics. Here you can set the size for these option windows:
Large, which will be slightly smaller than the main menu window) or Small, 640 x
480 pixels).

Data-Sheets: Expand this heading to adjust the font used in the RockWare Utilities
datasheet. You can also adjust the background color.

Diagram Scaling: Use this option to define how the program will scale the items within
graphic diagrams.

Based on XYZ Coordinates: This is the default setting. This tells the program to
dimension diagram items (such as log widths, text sizes, etc.) as a percent of the XYZ
range of the project. You can see the XYZ extents for the project in the Project
Dimensions / Advanced Options / Stats window, in the Diagonal Distance entry.
Example: Let's say your project's XYZ extents are 1000 feet. If your log stratigraphy
columns are set to a size of "2" (representing percent), then they'll be displayed at an
actual diagram width of 20 feet. When displayed in RockPlot2D you could use the
Measure / Distance tool to actually measure the item's actual diagram width.

Based on XY Coordinates: This option sets the the diagram items to a percent of the
XY range of the project. This can be helpful if your project is really deep and your
diagram items are being displayed too large.

User Defined: Choose this item if you want to manually establish a reference size,
and expand this heading to enter the size. For example, if you set the size to "500",
and your log stratigraphy columns were set to a size of "2", then they'll be displayed
at an actual diagram width of 10 feet.

Tables: RockWorks tables are no longer listed in this menu. Instead, click on the large
Tables button along the left edge of the main program window to access the table listing.

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