2.4.1 Formats of Calculation Lines

It is an essential part of VCmaster to automatically format and align calculation lines. As in any other Windows WYSIWYG* program, this is done by using tabs. (* what you see is what you get). 

Structural analysis calculations contain a variety of calculation lines that need to be formatted completely differently. Formatting a long formula differs entirely from defining a variable or another calculation line.

For this reason VCmaster works with eight standard formats (see Chapter 2.9.3). These are used to control the placement of the formula as well as the result depending on the task. Standard formats can be set by the user.

MENU:

Calculate - Calculation line format settings

Results of lines are put in parentheses to enable VCmaster to interpret calculation lines. These brackets must not be deleted or edited, if so VCmaster may lose its ability to interpret the lines as calculation lines.
While copying, deleting and cutting, these brackets must be intact. 

Plausibility checks are performed by the program for this reason. Parenthesis can be shown: 


HOTKEY:

CTRL+TAB

MENÜ:

Extras-Display-Show control labels

Querying the Unit of Measurement and Line Format

If Calculate - Automatic for line format - Units and format query is checked, line format, unit of measurement and numerical value of decimal places are queried each time new input is entered.
For modifications use the right mouse key function, Modify units

Formatting calculation lines can be deactivated completely. If this option is active, calculation lines are presented left-aligned and will not be aligned automatically.

The list of units of measurement can be edited. For details, see Chapter 2.9.2 



HOTKEY:

CTRL+TAB

MENÜ:

Calculate-Automatic for line format

2.4.2 Automatic Alignment and Formatting

The user specifies the criteria according to which the calculation lines are to be formatted.

The following options can be set:
Align calculation line and/or block automatically: If this option is active, VCmaster aligns a new calculation line according to the preceding one. If that is not possible, the program asks whether the whole block should be aligned against each other. If a new calculation line is inserted in a block or in a summation, this is automatically formatted according to the preceding or subsequent line (activation is recommended).

The user can select three grades for automatic alignment and formatting: Three procedures are available for the automatic alignment and formatting: An entered formula can be automatically converted into a graphic formula.
When a formula is to be converted it can be specified via these options:
Various options are available for this (see also Chapter 2.2):

 

 

 

MENU:

Calculate - Calculation line format settings

2.4.3 Retrospective Formatting of Calculation Lines

Aligning:
VCmaster allows for the subsequent aligning of calculation lines against each other. We recommend using the context menu.
Procedure:
  1. Mark: Roughly mark the block from the first to the last calculation line and click with the right mouse key (see first figure).
  2. Select function: Either Align calculation line or Optimize calculation line. The latter minimizes the space requirement (recommended for long formulae).
  3. Exit: Confirm the function. If alignment is not possible, appropriate error messages appear. This can be the case, for example, if short formulae with long text are to be aligned with long formulae with short text. This constellation often results in a print width that exceeds the paper width minus margins. We recommend to only align lines that are similar in structure.




Reformatting
:
Please mark the lines as described above.
Then select the Format new calculation line function.
The following dialogue appears:


Alternatively, the toolbox is available:
Call: 
 
   

HOTKEY:

CTRL+F12

MENÜ:

Calculate-Automatic for line format