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Graphical User Interface

The TASverter graphical user interface is started by running the TASverterGUI command. The TASverterGUI main window should then appear:

TASverter GUI screenshot

Figure 2: TASverterGUI Main Window

The TASverterGUI is a simple graphical user interface layer that calls the main TASverter tool. The GUI provides access to the full capabilities of TASverter in an intuitive way so that the user can easily experiment and learn about TASverter and its options. The information that the user enters in the TASverterGUI input fields is converted into an appropriate TASverter command line that is then run using the appropriate underlying operating system. The output generated by TASverter is captured and displayed in the text area of the TASverterGUI.

By default, the TASverterGUI expects to find TASverter located in the same directory or folder as itself. If this is not the case, the user must specify the correct location of TASverter using the Preferences dialog otherwise the execution of TASverter will fail.

The TASverterGUI consists of one main window containing all the menus, edit boxes, buttons, etc. needed to specify the parameters and options to be passed to TASverter. These controls are grouped in the following way:

The Menu Bar

There are only two menus in the TASverterGUI menu bar:

The File menu has three options:

The Help menu contains the following options:

The Files input area

These controls allow the user to choose the source and destination file names and types for the conversion to be performed by TASverter.

The Settings input area

These controls allow the user to specify particular options to be passed TASverter.

The Action Buttons

The following actions buttons are available:

The Message Area

The Message Area displays all of the text output generated while running TASverter from the GUI. The TASverterGUI does not perform any further analysis of the output, so the user must check the contents of the Message Area to determine whether the TASverter conversion was successful.

Note that the information printed in the Message Area can also be found in the log files generated by TASverter.

The Dialogs

The TASverterGUI uses very few dialogs and most of them only present information to the user rather then requiring input from the user. The current version of the TASverterGUI only contains one dialog of this type: the Preferences Dialog.

The Preferences dialog shown below pops up when the user selects the Preferences option from the File menu.

Settings Dialog

Figure 3: The Preferences Dialog

This dialog allows the user to specify where TASverter executable or script is located. The user must explicitly set this to the location of the TASverter executable.

The Location entry field must contain the directory and file name of TASverter. The directory may be an absolute path from the top of the file system or it may be relative to the location of the TASverterGUI.

The Browse button allows the user to navigate the file system and select the TASverter executable file or script.

The Type buttons allow the user to choose between:

Note: These options must be set correctly for TASverter to run properly because they affect how the TASverterGUI generates the TASverter command line and how it is executed by the underlying operating system.

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