Graphs explained

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Graphs explained

Postby gerhard » Mon May 04, 2009 4:28 pm

This section explains how you can use and what can be done with the graphs in SportTracks

Question:

How can I use / what can I do with the graphs in SportTracks?

Answer:

MLC= Mouse left click
DMLC= Double mouse left click
MRC= Mouse right click

1) Switch to the Daily Activity view.
2) Now select the activity, either with MLC on the activity row in the list or with MLC on the day in the calendar.
3) In the summary panel, select the chart/graph to be shown with MLC on the "arrow"-icon right in its header. The graph will appear.

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4) All chart panels consist of 3 parts: the main details on top, the zones list in the middle (split details in the splits panel), and the graph on bottom. You can set up your own zones sets for all graphs, see detailed description in the Zone Categories FAQ. The zones part will have a total line and a slider on the left in case it can't be displayed entirely, which you can move with MLC an hold; also the mouse wheel works here to scroll.
5) You can change the zone set. MRC somewhere in the zones, then select wished zones set with MLC on "Show Zones".
6) You can also select the values (=columns) to be displayed in the zones part. MRC somewhere in the zones, then select "List Settings..." with MLC. Procedure is explained in the Daily Activity FAQ point 46) to 49).
7) In the main part on top right you can switch between calculated and manual values. This switch is present in every chart panel, but is generic and valid for the hole activity. Read on in the "manual values" FAQ. Some panels have such editable fields (average/maximum value) in their main part.

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8 ) MLC a zone; the corresponding zone will be highlighted in the graph as well as in the route panel.

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9) Choose the type of graph to be shown (over distance, over time, etc.) with MLC on the "arrow"-icon in the graph header and then on the wished type.
10) You can expand the graph, MLC on the corresponding icon will cycle through different sizes.

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Moving, zooming etc. the graph

11) Move the mouse pointer within the graph. Now you can:
a) DMLC: will fit the graph to the window.
b) MLC AND hold: you can move/pan the graph ("drag and drop").
c) Mouse wheel: it will zoom the graph in and out. The zooming is relative to the position of the mouse pointer within the graph.
d) MRC: additional options.
12) "Fit to window" alternatively can be done with MLC on the corresponding icon in the tools bar. This is available also over the MRC menu.
13) To zoom , alternatively you can also use both "zoom"-icons (magnifying glasses with +/-) in the tools bar with MLC. Zooming will be relative to the center of the graph here, however.

14) & 15) Move the mouse pointer over the values of the vertical or horizontal axis. It will change into a double arrow. Now you can:
a) DMLC: will fit to window, only in direction of the chosen axis.
b) MLC AND hold: you can move/pan the graph ("drag and drop"), only in the direction of the chosen axis.
c) Mouse wheel: zoom the graph, only in the direction of the chosen axis. Also here zooming is relative to the position of the mouse pointer over the axis.

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Selection of a point or a section of the graph

16) MLC a point of the graph OR of the route. The values of it will be shown. In the route view, its values are shown according to your Settings in the Route panel FAQ point 6)
17) To select an entire part of the graph: Select a point of the graph as in 16), then move the mouse pointer over the vertical line below the selected point. It will change into a double arrow. Now MLC and hold, then drag it to the left/right and drop; the section will be selected.
Faster alternative: MLC a point of the graph, then hold and move to the left/right at once.
The boundary values will be shown. On the vertical axis, the AVERAGE of the selection will be shown (exception: in the elevation graph, the absolute altitude difference will be shown). In the route view, the selected section will be highlighted.

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Selection of a part of the graph can be done also in the route panel.
18 ) First MLC the "Select"-icon (blue square) on top left once. Then move into the route view, the pointer will change into a cross. Now MLC, hold, and drag a rectangle over the part you want to select. The selection, values etc. will be highlighted/shown also in the graph.

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Selection and handling of multiple graphs

19) To select multiple graphs, in the graph panel either MLC the "Select more charts"-icon in the tools bar or MRC somewhere in the graph, then choose the same entry with MLC. A window "Chart Details" will pop up.
20) Here select wished additional graphs in the left column with MLC. Use the "Add Chart"-icon with MLC to add it to the right column. Same on the right column. Select entry with MLC, then use the "Remove"-icon to remove it to the left column. Holding Shift or Ctrl key for multiple entry selection with MLC works here.
DMLC on an entry works in both columns, the entry will be moved to the opposite column.
You can add as many additional charts as you want. Note the 2 "arrow"-icons on bottom of the right column. With them, you can move up/down a selected entry in the left column. Graph axis will be displayed in the chosen order.
Confirm window with MLC on "OK".

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21) Your multiple graphs are displayed. Now, as explained in 11), 14), 15), also here you can zoom, move etc. the graphs. Very useful is, in this multiple graph view you can move and zoom EACH graph separately and independently from the other. Just move the mouse pointer over the values of the corresponding vertical axis and adjust them as you like to get a better "picture". On the horizontal axis, all graphs will be zoomed/moved together.

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22) In the multiple graph view you still can select a point or a part of the graph, which will again be highlighted in the route view. Click any point of any graph and proceed same as in 11), 14), 15). All boundary values will be shown, and over the different vertical axes you will have displayed the AVERAGES of your selection (absolute altitude difference in elevation graph). You still can select your section also in the route view as explained in 18 ).

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Additional options

23) Show/hide laps/splits markers with MLC on the corresponding icon. Markers will be displayed in the graph and also in the route panel. In the route panel, however, they can be hidden again over its analogous button. Lap/split buttons in the graph and route panel work independently of each other.
24) Show/hide zone boundaries of your selected zone set with MLC on the corresponding icon. Selection of the zones set is done in the zones list as explained in 5).
25) Save image of your graph as it is CURRENTLY displayed with MLC on the corresponding icon. This will launch a dialog. Here you can set/select in dropdown menues the save location, name, size (also custom size possible) and type (*.bmp, *.jpg, *.png, *.tif). Note that the saved size is indipendent from the displayed size. Command is also available over the MRC menu.
26) Copy image of your graph as it is CURRENTLY displayed. MRC somewhere in the graph, then select "Copy" with MLC. The image will be moved to the clipboard and can now be pasted into other applications such as Word etc.. Note that here the size will correspond to your actual displayed graph size.

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Additional remarks
  • Once you have chosen your (multiple) graph, you can change the activity, either by MLC of the activity/day in the list OR by MLC on a day in the calendar on top right. Its corresponding graph will be displayed immediately.
  • The explained handling of graphs works the same way in the Activity Report view (selection of the display options is slightly different there).
  • Most (but not all) of the graph possibilities are also available in graphs in plugins. Some functionality may not be implemented in all plugin graphs though.



Thanks to CHnuschti for contributing with this entry.
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