2017-02-16: Version 11. What is new? An overview.
You will notice many new enhancements and a redesigned user interface of V11. When you first start the Q-DAS programs in V11 with the new Launcher, you may be surprised by what you see. The menus and toolbars have been replaced with the Ribbon, which is part of the new Q-DAS user interface.
The new user interface leads users quickly to the desired function. The screen is less cluttered with icons and menus and has a more transparent design. The layout is similar to MS Office products in the way it categorizes different application areas. We wanted new customers to be able to handle the software quickly and we focused on software that can be operated intuitively. For existing users, we have preserved previous terms and concepts, integrating an intelligent search function into the applications.
Getting Started with V11 Ribbons
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New Graphical User Interface
Being able to use many functions and being flexible to adapt the program are advantages of the Q-DAS software. However, too many settings and options lead quickly to a confusing graphical user. In order to avoid this problem, we changed the layout of the software completely.
For a better illustration of the differences, this article is divided into two columns. We only use a few examples to show the differences. The left-hand column shows the current version 10 and the right-hand column displays the differences of version 11.
Start of Program
After starting the program, the program surface opens by default. You choose the “File” menu in order to select whether you want to open files or data from the database.
Start screen version 10
Start of Program
After starting the program, the sub-menus “Open” and “Read from database” are displayed immediately. In addition, the program shows a list of the last opened data sets.
Start screen version 11
Big icons indicate further basic functions or functional groups, such as “Database…“.
Open Data Set
Default graphics open, value chart by default.
Loaded data version 10
Open Data Set
The new structured and well-arranged workspace opens.
Loaded data version 11
There are various changes compared to version 10 so that we first describe some of them in detail.
In the header of the software you switch the application area. There are different menus available, such as “File“, “Start“, “Graphics“ etc. Depending on the menu you selected, the program displays the corresponding functions in the form of buttons or icons. We selected the “Graphics” menu in the following example.
Ribbon version 11
The Ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. Commands are organized in logical groups, which are collected together under tabs. Each tab relates to a type of activity, such as all graphic settings. To reduce clutter, some tabs are shown only when needed.
Since the functionalities are categorized, users find and open them quickly. The example below shows the histogram of averages.
Graphic selection version 11
All the graphics are categorized, i.e. there are different graphics available under “Graphics“ and “Results“ but each graphic has an own button including all its related options.
New graphics such as the pie chart provide a new kind of display. The following example shows the respective percentages of characteristics referring to the four defined classes of capability indices.
Pie chart – classified capability indices
You may include buttons in any graphic dialog box. These buttons help you to open further graphics easily. The example below shows the summary of C-values. Users click the buttons in order to open the value chart, QCC or histogram without selecting the respective menu item. Any number of buttons and any graphic can be included and users may adjust the buttons for each single graphic dialog box individually. This option helps users to open related graphics quickly and directly.
Buttons opening other related graphics
You edit graphics by selecting “Graphical settings“ from the context menu. There are different options available including several subitems. Changes take effect only after closing the dialog box.
Graphical settings version 10
You may change graphical settings directly by using the icons available under “Graphical settings”. Changes take effect immediately. All options available for the respective graphic are displayed automatically.
Graphical settings version 11
As the examples show, the entire layout of Version 11 has been structured for improved ease of use. In addition, the program provides the “search for function” feature which displays the position of the needed feature live within the program.
64bit systems are gaining ground and will be established as the standard in the long run. In version 11, you may choose whether you want to install the 32bit or the 64bit version of the Q-DAS software.
Since the software has always been provided with an MS Access database, it is important to differentiate both versions. There are not any technical changes for the 32bit version, however the 64bit version installs and applies a MS SQL Express database instead of a MS Access database. When starting the Q-DAS setup, the software installs this database automatically when you select the 64bit version.
The database connection to Oracle or MS SQL databases is still available as an option for each version, of course.