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Randi

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Tool Development and Discussion
« on: February 19, 2017, 09:20:45 pm »
If you have created a tool that helps you with the transcription process, tell us about it here.

If you have an idea for a tool that would help you with the transcription process, ask us about it here.

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Re: Tool Development and Discussion
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2017, 12:47:16 am »
If you have created a tool that helps you with the transcription process, tell us about it here.

If you have an idea for a tool that would help you with the transcription process, ask us about it here.

I developed a tool using the Autohotkeys and WGET which downloads a group of pages and stores them in the directory which you use for local images. It is quicker than bringing down the images one at a time, because while you are working on the first image, the others in your batch of ten or whatever are being downloaded.

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Re: Tool Development and Discussion
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2017, 01:43:18 am »

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Re: Tool Development and Discussion
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2017, 05:33:51 pm »
On the Spreadsheet, for boxes such as "Loc Tag", it may be useful to use LibreOffice's ability to allow only certain values - this also allows LibreOffice to list the available options as a dropdown.

To set OBS/DR/PORT/PLACE as the only valid inputs on the Bear 1914 spreadsheet:
Select N42
Open Data > Validity, Criteria tab
And then set the options like so: http://i.imgur.com/U9DNH72.png

This then gives me a nice drop down box to select from!

There might be other places where this is useful, and it's also possible to enforce certain columns containing only values, but I'm sure we're all well aware that logkeepers can't be trusted to write only numbers in the temperature column...

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Re: Tool Development and Discussion
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2017, 05:47:41 pm »
On the Spreadsheet, for boxes such as "Loc Tag", it may be useful to use LibreOffice's ability to allow only certain values - this also allows LibreOffice to list the available options as a dropdown.

To set OBS/DR/PORT/PLACE as the only valid inputs on the Bear 1914 spreadsheet:
Select N42
Open Data > Validity, Criteria tab
And then set the options like so: http://i.imgur.com/U9DNH72.png

This then gives me a nice drop down box to select from!

There might be other places where this is useful, and it's also possible to enforce certain columns containing only values, but I'm sure we're all well aware that logkeepers can't be trusted to write only numbers in the temperature column...

Very good idea! I've seen that (as drop downs for sorting) with column headers in Excel, but hadn't thought about it for cell values.
« Last Edit: February 24, 2017, 05:50:13 pm by Bob »

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Re: Tool Development and Discussion
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2017, 06:00:35 pm »
To get the macros to show up in the right click menu, it seems you need to be on a very recent version of LibreOffice. I was on 5.0.3 (late 2015), and the EventWizard macro simply wasn't visible (but did exist if I poked around in the list of macros) - updating to the latest version fixed that.

Edit: Looks like the feature was added in 5.2: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.2#Configuration

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Re: Tool Development and Discussion
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2017, 07:54:24 pm »
Thanks! Good to know that.

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Re: Tool Development and Discussion
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2017, 01:46:51 pm »
I developed a tool using the Autohotkeys and WGET which downloads a group of pages and stores them in the directory which you use for local images. It is quicker than bringing down the images one at a time, because while you are working on the first image, the others in your batch of ten or whatever are being downloaded.

Similarly, I'd thrown one together in Python for the NHN log editing - a slightly spruced up version for the 1914 Bear logs: http://www.astro.keele.ac.uk/~devans/download_Bear1914.py

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Re: Tool Development and Discussion
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 08:42:55 am »
OW Tools is a set of miscellaneous geographical tools by propriome and mapurves:

http://owtools.scienceontheweb.net/owtools/

The actual set of tools includes:
  • Anchorage Bearings - Given an approximative location it will draw coloured lines for the provided bearings. Location can then be moved around. Matching one or more bearing with a known placemark allows to find unknown ones.
  • Bearing - Given a location, bearing and distance, it will draw two locations. The first one (previous) represent looking towards the given location with the given distance and bearing. The other (next) represent looking from the given location with the given distance and bearing.
  • Bearings - Given two locations and their bearings, tries to calculate ship position.
  • Bearings3 - Given three locations and their bearings, tries to calculate ship position, using a mean measure of three distinct Bearings calculations.
  • Voyage - The more complex tool. It tries to plot the ship journey using a start and ending point, and any number of intermediate points. For each point a latitude/longitude, course, patent log and speed can be entered. The voyage can be saved/loaded on local hard drive.
  • Find Places - This tool allows to query our placenames database. Searches can be made around a certain location, by portion of name, by country, and by general area.
  • Print Bearings - The tool prints the various true bearings, given the ship course and an optional number of points. It's quite useful, knowing the ship course, to determine the direction of something generically "abeam" (i.e. Broad on stbd beam / Broad on port beam).
  • Print Distance - Given two locations and two optional times, this tool calculates the distance, course and (if times are given) speed.

Additional tools:
  • Find Maps - Given an approximative location, it will show links to historical maps covering that location. This tool relies on our maps database, which actually covers mainly the Pacific Ocean.
  • OW Coupler - Allow to adjoin two journal pages so that central entries can be read, it shows only the central portion of the two pages.
  • OW Coupler Full - Allow to adjoin two journal pages so that central entries can be read, the two pages are fully shown.

Don't hesitate to report us bugs, glitches, or ask for more thorough usage instructions.
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