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BaseOps User's Guide, Chapter 3: A Brief Tour of BaseOps

The following screen capture shows BaseOps' main window. The most important components are labeled.

Application Title Bar

BaseOps's application title bar displays the program icon, the program name and version, and buttons to minimize, maximize, and close the application.

Clicking on the program icon displays the Control menu, which contains commands for positioning, resizing, minimizing, maximizing, and closing BaseOps. Double-clicking on the program icon closes BaseOps. Double-clicking on the title bar toggles the window between its maximized and normal sizes.

Menu Bar

The menu bar displays the headings for each of BaseOps's menus.

To display a menu, either click on its heading with the mouse, or press the Alt key plus the underlined letter in the heading of the menu. For example, to display the Help menu, press Alt + H. Note that on some versions of Microsoft Windows, the underline segments will be hidden until you press the Alt key.

To choose an item on a menu, either: click on the item; press the key corresponding to an underlined letter in the item's text; or select the item using the up and down arrow keys, and then press the Enter key.

The result of choosing a menu item depends on the item's type.

Menu items that do not currently apply will appear in gray.


The toolbar displays buttons that provide quick access to frequently used commands in BaseOps. To activate a command, press its toolbar button. If a command is unavailable, its toolbar button will be gray.

The toolbar contains the following buttons:

Button Description
  Print map or report
  Print preview map or report
  Edit case options
  Edit selected object's options
  Go back
  Go forward
  Go to map home view
  Set the home view of the selected object's map to the area currently displayed on the screen
  Automatically calculate the home view of the selected object's map
  Activate the select and edit mouse tool
  Activate the add mouse tool
  Activate the map panning tool
  Activate the map zooming tool
  Activate the map measurement tool
  Show or hide the list pane
  Show or hide the map pane
  Show or hide the text pane

If you forget the purpose of a toolbar button, briefly hold the mouse cursor over it. A tooltip window will appear, displaying a short description of the button.

Status Bar

The status bar, located below the toolbar, displays information that varies, depending on the action you are currently performing.

North Arrow

The north arrow shows the direction of north on a map. True north and magnetic north are indicated by double- and single-prong arrows, respectively.

When BaseOps is busy performing a lengthy operation, the north arrow is replaced with an animated image of a stopwatch.

List Pane

The list pane displays all of the objects (runways, flight tracks, flight profiles, etc.) that comprise a BaseOps case. From the list pane, you can add, duplicate, and delete objects, set the sorting order in which objects are displayed, and select the object to display in the text and map panes. See Working with the List Pane for more information.

Text Pane

The text pane displays a text-based form that lets you edit the properties of the object currently selected in the list pane. For example, if a flight profile is currently selected, the text pane will contain a form that lets you set the profile's name, flight track, aircraft, etc.

Map Pane

The map pane displays a graphical representation of the object currently selected in the list pane. For example, if a flight track is currently selected, the text pane displays a map showing the straight and curved segments that make up the track. See Working with the Map Pane for more information.

Working with Panes

The relative sizes of the list, text, and map panes can be changed. Using the mouse, grab and drag the separators between the panes.

You can temporarily hide any combination of the three panes. This increases the size of the other panes, giving you more room to work.

To hide or unhide the list pane, you can:

To hide or unhide the text pane, you can:

To hide or unhide the map pane, you can:

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