“Window View” for Exploratory Analysis

In the “old days”,  graphics processors were much slower and sometimes didn’t “play nice” with graphics software, especially when printer drivers were thrown into the mix. Thus, it was common for graphics programs to have alternate viewing modes — an approximate “draft” mode when drawing speed was an issue and a “WYSIWYG” mode when precise placement of objects on the page had to be known in preparation for print or graphic export.

Origin has long had four graph page viewing modes: Draft View, Print View (aka Print Preview), Page View and Window View . As hardware and software have improved, many Origin users of recent versions probably haven’t felt the need to change the page View Mode and many may not even know that such a thing exists. Origin’s default graph window View Mode is Page View, which offers a good compromise between speed and accuracy and meets most user’s needs.

Origin’s Window View — in which the graph page expands to fill the entire window as the window is stretched — has always been of limited use, mostly because it was not exportable and because it introduced distortion of text and drawing objects as the graph window was progressively stretched. Here’s how Window View behaved prior to Origin 2018b. Note the distortion of the axis titles as the page was stretched.  In earlier versions of the software, therefore, Window View was strictly for rough viewing the data plot.

Beginning with Origin 2018b, Window View offers a more polished view of the graph page. As before, you can drag the window out with your mouse to give you a better view of plot features — hidden peaks say, or a particularly noisy region of the graph where you are trying to see if some trend exists — but unlike previous versions, 2018b and later versions, offer a distortion-free view of the graph window. While still intended primarily as an exploration view of the data plot, the new Window View does allow for graphic export without distorting axis titles, text labels, etc.

Window View is incorporated into the Preview panel of many of Origin’s analysis tools, as shown in this image of the FFT Filters dialog box. The Preview panel can be resized dynamically, giving you a better view of the data that you are trying to analyze, without distorting text labels and other objects in the graph window.

To choose Window View for your graph window:

  1. Activate the graph window and choose Format: Page Properties or right-click in the gray area outside of the graph page (but inside the graph window) and choose Properties. In the Plot Details dialog box, click the Miscellaneous tab and set View Mode to Window View.

You can now drag with your mouse to stretch the graph. Note that this changes the size of the graph page (Dimensions group on the Print/Dimensions tab), while the graph margins are preserved.

 

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