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A particular feature of LOG is its ‘Tree Structure Directory’. Excluding the LOG Introduction Screen, the Tree Directory is available any screen in LOG and allows users to navigate easily through various sections of the program. Simply click on any title in the Tree Directory and LOG will immediately open and display the corresponding section of the program. It might be noticed that the user now has the option to choose Residual Constraints from the Tree Directory. Replanting has also been split into Replanting Simple and Replanting Advanced. Part of the Tree Directory of LOG 2.0 is shown to the right, this particular problem also has summary reports available.
Moving Around Individual Screens
Individual screens in LOG are able to navigated using both the mouse and the keyboard. Clicking any field with the arrow will move the cursor to that field. Alternatively, using the [TAB] key will move the cursor to the right or hold down [SHIFT] and press [TAB] to shift the cursor to the left.
The figure below is an example of a typical Drop Box commonly found throughout various sections of LOG. Clicking the down arrow on the right hand side of the box will cause a list of available items to drop down which can be selected using the mouse. Alternatively, when the cursor is placed within a Drop Box the up and down arrow keys can be used to scroll between the available options. Notice that the new version of LOG has the ability to select 'All' as an option. When this is selected, it automatically selects all croptypes in the list box, this does not include 'Bareland'.
The List Boxes appear as boxes with a list of entries, multiple entries in a list box can be selected by either holding down [Ctrl] to select specific entries or [Shift] to select all entries between an entry. With LOG 1.01, if an item other that 'Croptype' was selected then the list box would show a list of the appropriate options. If the user left the current screen and then re-entered it then the list box would switch back to showing the information in terms of croptypes. This problem has been rectified with LOG 2.0.
The following screen shot is a screen from FOLPI. This is the main screen in FOLPI. Just by looking this it can be seen that LOG has a log of the same options. The only difference is that LOG looks nicier.
‘New’, ‘Open’ and ‘Save’ are kept in the file menu in LOG. ‘Define Products’, ‘Define Croptypes ‘ are found in the tree directory of LOG. The ‘Define Periods’ information is kept in the ‘Objective and Constraint’ screen and ‘Change Data Files’ is simply called ‘Data Files’ in LOG. ‘CF Ages’ is called ‘Clearfell Ages’, ‘Replanting’ and ‘Transfers’ are found under the same names in the tree directory of LOG.
Both ‘Objective’ and ‘Constraints’ are found on the ‘Objective and Constraints’ screen and the individual constraints that are found under the ‘Constraints’ menu in FOLPI are found in the tree directory underneath ‘Objective and Constraints’.
‘Allocation’ is still not included in LOG 1.02, but is probably going to be an option is the next version of LOG.