If you’ve ever used Simcenter Testlab (previously known as LMS Test.Lab) to acquire or post-process data, you have used the workflow along the bottom of the screen. The workflow enables the user to move between the various steps of making a measurement or performing an analysis (Figure 1).
Notice that the various steps of the workflow are shaped like arrows. This is used to indicate the “flow” of the process you are performing in Testlab, from left to right. This workflow grows each time a new Testlab Add-In is loaded via the menu found at Tools > Add-ins (with a few exceptions). Figure 2 shows an extended workflow after adding-in several processing options.
Depending on which Testlab products you are using, and what Add-Ins are loaded, this workflow can get quite long. In fact, it may even be long enough to extend beyond what can fit on one page of your computer monitor (Figure 3). When this happens, double blue chevrons appear on either end of the workflow to indicate the workflow has been truncated, and more is available just off-screen (red circle).
Clicking on the double chevrons at either end will scroll the workflow one step in that direction, showing the next section in the workflow. You can also use the controls at the far left of the screen (green circle) to move in either direction, either one step at a time (using the interior arrows), or jumping to the beginning or end (using the outside icons). When you have reached either the first or the last step of the workflow, the step will have a square cap as shown in Figure 4.
The Testlab workflow is fully customizable by the user, not only in terms of which steps of the process are shown, but also the order in which the steps appear. There are several reasons why customizing the workflow may be helpful:
Reordering of Steps:
How to customize the workflow
The workflow in Testlab is controlled by the Workbook Configuration setting. Begin by clicking on Tools in the menu bar, and selecting “Workbook Configuration…” as shown in Figure 5.
The following dialogue window will pop-up (Figure 6). The list on the left are all of the possible sheets based on the Testlab product you are running, plus the applicable Add-ins that are loaded. On the right is the list of sheets that are visible in the workflow, as well as the order in which they will appear.
In order to remove sheets from the workflow, simply select them in the list on the right. Multi-select is possible by holding down [Ctrl] while clicking. Then click the left-facing arrow in the center of the window to remove the selected sheets (Figure 7).
Now the workflow in Testlab is much shorter and only consists of the steps we would like to use (Figure 8).
Changing the order of the steps in the workflow is just as simple. Suppose I would like to move the Geometry sheet up in the workflow order, from last in the flow, to just before Channel Setup. I bring up the dialogue box again (Tools > Workbook Configuration…) and select Geometry in the list on the right (Figure 9).
To move it up in the list I can use the arrow icons on the right of the dialogue box (Figure 10). The single arrows in the middle move the selection up/down one spot. The double arrow icons at the top and bottom move the selection all the way to the beginning or end of the list, respectively.
When I have Geometry where I’d like it in the list, click OK. Now Geometry is between Navigator and Channel Setup in my workflow.
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