OBO-Edit: Tips

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June 26th, 2007 - Dynamic Verification

The verification system now runs constantly as you edit a term. If there's a problem, the part of the text editor that contains the problem will be highlighted in red, and a special message will appear at the top of the text editor. Hover your mouse over the highlighted problem to see a tooltip with a list of the errors and warnings associated with that part of the editor.


June 26th, 2007 - Quick Fixes Are Everywhere!

Try right-clicking a highlighted error in the text editor. If there are quick-fixes available, a popup menu listing the available fixes will appear.


June 26th, 2007 - Undocking Windows

Use the tiny arrow icon in the title bar of any panel to "undock" the panel and let it float in its own window. To restore the panel to it docked location, click the "dock" arrow, or drag the panel's title bar into the window where you would like to dock the panel. Note that you use the panel's title bar to dock the panel, but you use the floating window's title bar to actually reposition the floating window on the screen.


June 26th, 2007 - Global Selection

Use the tiny globe icon in the title bar of the Graph Editor and the Ontology Editor Panel to switch between "global selection mode" (where new selections in that panel become the new global selection) and "local selection mode" (where new selections in that panel do not affect the global selection)


May 31st, 2007 - Rubber Band Selection in the Graph Editor

Middle-click and drag to create a selection "rubber-band". Any terms that are in the rubber-band box when you release the middle mouse button will be selected. If you hold down shift as you release the mouse button, all the terms in the box will invert their selection status, so selected terms will be unselected, and unselected terms will be selected.

April 29th, 2008 - Global Selection and the Graphviz Viewer

In OBO-Edit2 you can now use the global/ local controls on the Ontology Tree Editor (OTE) to control where a term shows if you double click the term in the GraphViz viewer. This means that if you see two unconnected terms in the GraphViz Viewer that ought to be connected then you easily connect then as follows:

  • With two OTE panels open, set no. 1 to global and no. 2 to local.
  • Double click one of the terms of interest in the GraphViz Viewer so that it shows up in OTE panel no. 1.
  • Change the OTE global/local setting so that they are reversed from before. No. 1 is now local and no. 2 is now global.
  • Double click the other term of interest in the GraphViz Viewer so that it shows up in OTE panel no. 2.
  • You now have the two terms conveniently shown in two different OTE panels and can drag one to the other to create the relationship.