Frequently Asked Questions about SSS Modules
Why doesn't the program notice when I type in a new number into
the entry box (or type my name into the name field, ...)
The program doesn't want to hear about partial numbers. (If you
start typing .3, the ``.'' isn't a number.) It listens only after
you type Enter. If the number is red, it hasn't been entered to the
Why does it say ``Error reading [link.html]'' when I click on a link in the
documentation in the program?
The documentation is both enclosed with the programs and is available
on the Web. A few of the links are to Web pages in the world at large,
which the hypertext help doesn't know how to access. You can fire up
your favorite browser and look at [link.html] directly, of course.
How can I get a printed output of my graph?
The program only knows how to write a PostScript file: you can also capture
the screen as an image.
- To generate PostScript, use Copy Graph. You may want to
combine several plots using steal data. Use
save postscript... to produce a PostScript file on your
- If you have a PostScript printer, you're mostly done. You can also
download GhostView for your machine: we're told that you need to open
GhostView and print without viewing the file first.
- On Macs, you hold down Shift and apple
while pressing the number 3: this should produce a file
``picture N'' in the main hard-drive folder, with a screen shot.
- On PC's, you select the window you want shot (by clicking in it), and
then hold down Alt while hitting Print
Screen. This loads the plot into the clipboard: paste into Microsoft
Word or other application.
How do I zoom? I don't have a right button!
The graphs allow zooming either with the right button, or with
the left (or only) button together with holding down the Control
- Hold down the Control key.
- Push the mouse button down at one corner of the region you wish to see.
(Just push and release to return to the whole plot.)
- Drag the mouse to the other corner of the region you want to zoom into.
- Release the mouse button.
- Release the Control key.
Why does the machine sometimes not respond when I hit a button or open a
On Macs, when changing windows the first click is used up in changing
the focus: try clicking again on the button.
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