The MVSim Graphing Tool


Main Graph Section

This top section is the Main Graph that you are building. It allows you to visualize historical data from the MVSIM in relative scales. It consists of layers that you construct in the section below.

Your first task is to create a layer or layers and "push" them to this graph so that you can see them. One of these layers will always be "Primary" which means that it will be easier to see than the other layers and its scale will be visible on the Y-axis. You can switch Primary layers by hovering your mouse over a variable's plot or by clicking on a variable in the "Variables in this Graph" box. Please see [insert hyperlink here] for a more detailed tutorial of how to use this tool.

Layer Section

This is the Graph Layer section. It is your workspace for building layers that can be displayed in the Main Graph above. You can construct layers with any available variable, but it makes sense to use variables whose scales are similar so that variations in the variable value are easier to see.

Step by Step Instructions

Build a Layer

  1. In the Layer Section, click on the "Variables" tab to the left and then DOUBLE-CLICK on a variable from the list to display it in the current layer
  2. Click on the Layer Name just below the "Create a new Layer" link and change the name of the layer to something more appropriate
  3. Click the "Push" button below.
  4. You will now see the Layer in the Main Graph Section above.
  5. Add an additional variable by DOUBLE-CLICKing on it in the same way. It will not be shown in the main graph, however, until you again click the "Push" button.
  6. Delete a variable from a layer by DOUBLE-CLICKing on it in the "Variables in this Graph" area below the Layer Name. Again, this change will not be displayed in the main graph until you click the "Push" button.

Create a New Layer

  1. Click on the Create a new Layer link and, as before, click on the Layer name and rename it
  2. DOUBLE-CLICK on an available variable from the "Variables" tab list.
  3. Click the "Push" button.
  4. You will now see both Layers overlaid in the Main Graph Section above.

Changing "Primary" Layer

In the Main Graph Section you will notice that one layer's variables are more clearly visible (darker) than the others. The others are, in fact, faded out. This is called the Primary Layer. The Primary Layer will persist when you save a graph for printing. The title of the Primary Layer will become the title of the saved graph.

There are 2 ways to set/change the Primary Layer:
  1. Click on any variable in the Legend ("Variables in this Graph). This will make the layer of which that variable is a part into the Primary Layer.
  2. Click on the desired layer in the "Layers" tab of the main graph section. Note that clicking on the checkbox will remove the Layer from view. To make sure this works correctly, makes sure you click on the Layer name.

Show/Hide Layers in the Main Graph Section

All of the layers that have been pushed to the Main Graph are shown under the Layers Tab. Click the checkbox next to a layer name to show it or hide it in the main graph.

Delete a Layer

  1. Using the Layer Section, click on the Layers Tab (as opposed to the Variables tab) to view a list of created layers.
  2. Click on the layer you want to remove.
  3. If you've done this correctly, you will see the layer in question in the Layer Section display.
  4. Once you have the correct layer selected, click the Delete button.
  5. This will remove the layer from the graph and from the Layer Tab list. Any variables that were in the deleted layer will go back into the pool of available variables.

"Saving" Your Work/Graph View

When you navigate away from your graph, your work WILL NOT BE SAVED!

In order to be able to come back to a graph you've been working on:
  1. Click on the "Link" button in the top right corner of the Main Graph Section.
  2. Copy the link from the dropdown and save it somewhere! You can paste it into Word, Notepad, TextEdit, etc., or another browser window.
  3. When you want to see the graph again, paste the saved link into a browser window (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc.).
  4. All of the work that you've done should be reproduced in the new window.

Saving a Graph Image for Printing/Embedding in a Document

  1. Click on the "Save" button.
  2. This will convert your current graph (Main Graph Section) into an image.
  3. A dialog box will pop up with two options on it: "View" and "Download"
  4. Choose "View" to open another browser window with the graph image in it. You can then right click on the graph image to do other things with it (e.g. print, download, link to, etc.).
  5. Choose "Download" to open up a "Save As" dialog box and save the image to your hard drive.

REMEMBER: the graph image you create will bear the name of the Primary Layer. All of the visible variables will form the Graph's Legend.