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VPL Menus

File

New – Allows you to create a new project.

Open – Opens a pre-existing project file.

Save – Saves the current project.

Save As – Saves the project under a specified name.

Print – Prints a copy of the currently displayed diagram.

Add Diagram – Allows you to add another diagram to the existing project.

Recent Projects – Displays and opens recent project files.

Exit – Quits VPL. If you have changed the diagram and not saved it, you will be asked if you want to save before exiting.

Edit

Undo – Reverses the last edit action.

Redo – Restores the last undone action.

Cut – Removes the selected object and stores on the Clipboard. You can select multiple blocks, including their connections.

Copy – Copies the selected object and stores on the Clipboard.

Paste – Inserts the last cut or copied selection.

Del – Removes the selected object(s).

Insert – Allows you to insert a new activity.

Actions and Notifications – Displays a dialog box that enables you to add or edit user activity actions, results, and notifications.

Variables – Displays a dialog box that enables you to define variables and their data type.

Connections – Displays a dialog box to edit the connections between two activities.

Data Connections – Displays a dialog box to edit the data connections for a connection.

Set Configuration – Displays the configuration pane that enables you to define service configuration and partner settings.

View

Toolboxes – Displays or hides the Basic Activities, Services, Project, and Properties windows.

Diagrams – Allows you to select which diagram to display (if there is more than one in the project).

Reload Services – Refreshes the list in the Services toolbox.

Grid – Displays or hides a visual grid for the diagram.

Toolbar – Displays or hides the VPL toolbar.

Align – When you select two or more activities, this option allows you to align them in the diagram to make it appear neater.

Bring to Front – Allows you to pop the selected activity to the front of the diagram if it is obscured by other activities.

Send to Back – Allows you to push the selected activity to the back of the diagram, possibly behind other activities that it is obscuring.

Build

Compile as a Service – Compiles the current project's diagrams and user activities as a set of services. If the project specifies one or more nodes, DSS manifest and DSS deploy packages for each node will be created.

Run

Start – Start running the current project.

Debug Start – Starts running the current project, but pauses on the first activity, and displays a Debug view (which the programmer can step through).

Run Compiled Services – This option re-runs previously compiled services. You must do a Compile as a Service again if the diagram has changed.

Run on distributed nodes – If the project specifies one or more nodes, the DSS deploy packages for each node will be deployed on the target machine and started. The project must have been compiled as a service (see the Build menu) before running on distributed nodes.

Port Settings – Displays a Dialog box that enables the programmer to set the ports which the project uses when it is run.

Help

Contents – Displays the VPL Help file.

About – Displays copyright and version information for VPL.

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