Inspector Field Details
The Inspector window display depends on the object type and it allows you to modify the corresponding properties of that object.
The Inspector Screen for the iPhone is a single display which contains all the Inspector functions. Scroll up or down by swiping the screen.
Double tap an object on the form and the Inspector screen for that object type will open.
For the iPad, the edge of the Inspector screen will contain an arrowhead pointer which will indicate the object that the screen relates to.
For the iPad, the Inspector screen will “auto-hide” when you tap any blank area on the form.
To Save & Close the Inspector, tap the “Done” button in the top left of the Inspector or tap the Object.
The Object Name bar contains a text field to name the object. The text in this bar is written into the timeline during a coding session. This bar is displayed for Events, Tags and Popup tags.
The Caption bar allows you to manipulate the visible representation of the object’s code name on the screen. You can switch it on/off and shift it horizontally and/or vertically from the object’s center.
Even if the caption’s visibility is switched off, it will not affect the coding process, coding objects will mark coded instances with their Code Name.
This bar is displayed for Events, Tags and Popup tags.
The Text & Attributes bar allows you to modify text attributes of the selected object, such as color and alignment.
The Shape bar allows you to specify the shape of the object. It can be a rectangle, a rounded rectangle, an oval shape or turned into a more sophisticated shape of the image, assigned in the Fill function in the Inspector bar. This bar is displayed for Events, Tags, Popup tags and Dummies.
Notes can be added to buttons. These notes can be added on activation of the button or on deactivation of the button. The toggle button will change the timing of the note insertion. No notes can be added to tags or pop up tags.
Event Time Tweaks
Code button lead time and lag time can be set. Lead time can be set by just entering that time in the field available. Lag time has to be toggled on then the lag time can be added to the field available.
The Re-activate Lag Time button is toggled on, the lag time of the button will be re-activated to extend the length of the instance if the button is pressed again before the lag time has expired. This is to make provision for more accurate statistical counting of instances when ticked instances are extended, so 2 events of the same type will merge into one event. If this is not ticked, an activated Event Button which is counting down lag time when tapped on again will stop coding the current instance . You will be required to tap the button again and create a new instance with the new lag time count down intitiated.
Exclusive Link Cluster
This is a function exclusive to Event Buttons. The purpose of the “Exclusive Link Cluster” window within the “INSPECTOR” function is to group Event buttons in the CODA Form which will be mutually exclusive in their activation.
This will simplify the CODA Form by relieving you of having a large number of link lines cluttering the CODA Form. It will also simplify the coding workload by deactivating any active button in the cluster when another button in the cluster is activated.
The Fill bar manages the internal style of the appearance of an object.
- None – the object will have no fill.
- Color – select any color to fill the object’s shape.
- Image – fill the object’s shape with an image.
- Gradient – fill the objects shape with a vertical or horizontal color gradient
Alternatively the image’s shape (different shapes made by using transparent zones in the image) can become the shape of the object. See Shape’s bar description. This bar is displayed for Events, Tags, Popup tags and Shapes.
This is an ON / OFF slider to give the object a 3-dimensional effect.
The Stroke bar manages visibility, color and thickness of the object’s outline.
This bar is displayed for Events, Tags, Popup tags and Shapes.
This function is limited to an Event button. When a Popup Tag button is created, a Popup Tag Mat will be drawn which surrounds the Event button and the Popup Tag button associated with it. Any subsequent Popup Tag buttons which are created and associated with the Event button will also be included in that same Tag Mat. The Popup Tag Mat has a very important function when you are coding.
If your cursor goes off the Popup Tag Mat when you are coding the whole Popup Tag selection will be deactivated and you must return your cursor to the Event button without tapping on the button to reactivate it to continue entering Popup Tag information.
You can choose to vary the size of the border of a Popup Tag Mat by highlighting the Event button and from the Inspector window selecting the size in the numbering box in the “Popup Label Mat” panel. The higher the number, the larger the border will become.
The Geometry bar manages the coordinates and the size of the object’s frame. It also allows you to lock the frame, preventing it from further changes. This tab is displayed for Events, Tags, Popup tags, Shapes and Text boxes.
Tap the text box to open the Actions display. This window will display all the actions (including Outbound Links) that will occur on the activation and deactivation of this button.
The tag group property sets the parent group for the tag. A tag button can only belong to one group, but a group can contain as many tags as required. Using tag groups is recommended as it helps organize and sort tags when using the Matrix, Sorter and Find windows in SportsCode. When using the tag groups, try to avoid using tags that belong to the same group when coding a single event. This can create sorting problems in the Sorter window of SportsCode.
A tag button, when activated, will insert into all active event buttons except when the tag has an “On-activation” link. In this case, the tag will be passed down the link, making it possible to exclusively insert the tag into only one linked event.
The Inspector Form Properties manages the properties of the Primary Form and also that of any Containers. The window opens when the empty space on the Form or Container has been double tapped.
At the bottom of each inspector panel the delete button is available. This delete function will delete the button the current open inspector is linked to.
The form inspector can be accesses by double tapping somewhere on the form but not on any item.
The fill of the background can change based on choices made in the tabs.
- None is the default position.
- Color gives you color palettes to choose your preferred option
- Gradient gives a transition effect between 2 colors
The grid showing on the background is the default. To turn the grid off move the slider to the off position. No grid will show on the background.
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