Surfer User Interface

Surfer contains three document window types: the plot document, worksheet document, and grid editor. Maps are created and displayed in the plot document. The worksheet document displays, edits, transforms, and saves data in a tabular format. The grid editor displays and edits Z values for the grid with various editing tools.

 

 

This is the Surfer plot window with the Contents and Properties windows on the left and the worksheet and grid editor tabs on the top of the horizontal ruler.

 

Surfer Layout

The following table summarizes the function of each component of the Surfer layout.

 

Component Name

Component Function

Title Bar

The title bar lists the program name plus the saved Surfer .SRF file name (if any). An asterisk after the file name indicates the file has been modified.

Quick Access Toolbar

All window types in Surfer include the quick access toolbar to the left of the title bar. The quick access toolbar contains buttons for many common commands. The quick access toolbar can be customized to add or remove buttons with the Customize command.

Ribbon

The ribbon includes all of the commands in Surfer. Commands are grouped under the File menu and various tabs. Some commands and tabs are only available in specific views. For example, the Features | Insert | Polyline command is only available in the plot window. The ribbon commands can be modified and rearranged with the Customize Ribbon command.

Tabbed Documents

The plot, worksheet, and grid editor windows are displayed as tabbed documents. The tabs may be reordered by clicking and dragging . When more than one window is open, tabs appear at the top of the document, allowing you to click on a tab to switch to a different window. When a document contains unsaved changes, an asterisk (*) appears next to its tabbed name.

Contents

The Contents window contains a hierarchical list of all the objects in a Surfer plot document displayed in a tree view. The objects can be selected, added, arranged, and edited. Changes made in the Contents window are reflected in the plot document, and vice versa.

The Contents window is initially docked at the left side of the window, giving the window a split appearance; however, it can be dragged and placed anywhere on the screen. The Contents window can also be hidden as a tab or displayed as a floating dialog.

Properties

The Properties window contains all of the properties for the selected object or objects. Changes made in the Properties window are reflected in the plot document. The properties in the Properties window are grouped by page.

The Properties window is initially docked below the Contents window. The Properties window can also be hidden as a tab or displayed as a floating dialog.

Status Bar

The status bar displays information about the current command or activity in Surfer. The status bar is divided into five sections. The sections display basic plot commands and descriptions, the name of the selected object, the pointer map coordinates and units, the pointer page coordinates, and the dimensions of the selected object.

The status bar also indicates the progress of a procedure, such as gridding. The percent of completion and time remaining will be displayed

 

Opening Windows

Selecting the File | Open command opens any of the three window types, depending on the type of file selected. The File | New | Plot command creates a new plot window. The File | New | Worksheet command creates a new worksheet window.

 

 

See Also

Plot Document

Worksheet Document

Grid Editor

Changing the Layout