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Quick overview of the Fusion Control Centre MDX Configurator
 

When you first open the Fusion Control Centre MDX Configurator, it is a blank slate. There are various sections to each configuration file and the program integrates them into an easy to use graphical interface. This tutorial will help explain the main components of the Configurator and how to navigate the main screen hopefully making the program more familiar in a basic way.

As with all Fusion Control Centre tutorials, click the images on the right to bring them up to a larger size.

 
  When you first open the Configurator, you will see something like the image on the right. The toolbar on top, then the left top pane is the icon list manager, bottom-left is the textual readout, and the right hand pane is where the logic and the graphical areas are.    
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  These are the file option icons. From left to right: new configuration file, save current configuration file, open existing configuration file. When you start the Configurator, it automatically creates a new base by clearing everything. If you want to return to this empty configuration file click the "new configuration file" icon. To save the current configuration to the harddrive, click the "save current configuration file" icon. This will save all images, fonts and functions referenced in the current configuration to the save location as well creating a fully standalone configuration. To open a configuration from the harddrive, click the "open existing configuration file" icon. Loading of a new file takes longer the more complex it is. The more images contained in the file the longer it will take to load. While the configuration file is loading, do not click around. There will be some windows that pop up. Depending on your system they may say "Not Responding" but they are working underneath. If you click the underlying forms you will probably freeze the application.    
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  This is the delete icon. It is used to delete individual instances from the icon list manager. Click and drag an item in the icon list manager releasing it over the delete icon. A confirmation dialogue will appear and if you select "yes", the item will be permanently deleted. There is no undo function.    
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  These are the global properties icons. The left icon is the general properties. This is where you set the authour name and minimum version needed to run the specified skin file. The right icon is the graphics properties. This is where the display properties are set including the size the configuration file is designed for, the size you want to display the configuration file at, the type of border around the application, and the minimization properties of the program.    
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  These two icons toggle the right pane between graphics and logic mode. The left most icon switches the pane to graphics mode where you can add, edit, and delete graphic pages. The righter icon switches the pane to logic mode where you can add, edit, and delete logical "if/then" statements.    
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  This is the icon that allows you to add new Fusion Brain isntances to the current configuration file. To edit or delete existing Fusion Brain instances, use the icon list manager.    
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  This is the icon that allows you to add new I/O isntances to the current configuration file. To edit or delete existing I/O instances, use the icon list manager. The icon on the left is for adding Digital Outputs while the icon on the right is used to add new Analogue Inputs.    
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  This icon brings up an area to edit the programs 4 main timers. Fusion Control Centre Uber MDX Edition uses a Logic timer, GUI timer, Input timer, and Output timer. Each can be set independantly. The value you enter is in milliseconds and represents the time between firing the events. So a value of 1000 means 1000 milliseconds between firing or 1 second.    
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  This brings up the Fusion Font creator and editor. This creates an XML file from an image of characters that can be used by Fusion Control Centre Uber MDX to show text. The main program cannot display TTF's like Arial or Times New Roman or things like that. You must convert them to an image, and parse them with the utility found by clicking this button.    
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  This is the logging icon. Use this to add a new logging instance to the current configuration file. To edit or delete existing logging instances, use the icon list manager.    
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  This is the function icon. Use this icon to add or edit functions. A function is an external XML file that is read into the main program on load. It can be referenced many times and is easy to share without sharing the whole configuration file. For instance all of the Fusion Control Centre sensors have functions that can be referenced easily in logic if/then nodes.    
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  This is the variable icon. Use this to add a new variable instance to the current configuration file. To edit or delete existing variable instances, use the icon list manager. Variables are used for many things including advanced output states, animations, storing evaluated functions (making the voltage into temperature to use in a text label for instance), and many other reasons. A variable can be a number like 1, 2, 3, 0.12345 and so on, or a boolean meaning true or false.    
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  This is the help button. It will bring up available help. The help database is constantly building and is updated through the MDX Updater program that all MDX software receives its updates through.    
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  This is the icon list manager. This is where you can edit or delete instances of objects you have already created. By double clicking any of the items you navigate to its property. If it is a root node, as all in the image on the right are, then it will display all the objects of that type in that window. To delete an object drag it to the delete icon above and release. A confirmation dialogue box will appear to confirm you want to delete the object. There is no undo.    
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This is the read-only text readout of the current configuration file. This is an exact copy of the contents created in the save-to file, and what is read in by the main program.

It is read-only so you cannot make changes to the text and have them effect the current configuration file. However it is useful if you want just a snippet of code for some reason and dont have the full configuration file to load into the Configurator.

   
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  This is the right pane which can be switched between the graphics mode and logic mode. Graphics mode is where you create, edit, or delete graphical pages and logic mode is where you create, edit, or delete logical if/then nodes.    
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