OpenLogPlot Getting Started

Download LibreOffice or Apache Openoffice

Use the links on the Open Office page to download either OpenOffice or LibreOffice from their respective sites. If you already have either of these installed they should work fine with OpenLogPlot. We have used LibreOffice v4.0 under Linux and Windows for testing.

Download OpenLogPlot

Use the links on the Download page to download the latest version of OpenLogPlot. You will download a file called "OLP.zip".

Installation and Requirements

You will need to have Java running on your computer in order to run OLP.jar.
Unzip the OLP.zip archive to create a folder called OpenLogPlot which contains a directory called "lib" and the Java archive called OLP.jar. When you run OpenLogplot you will find two additional files are created in this folder: openlogplot.log which holds runtime logging information that may be useful if you encounter problems; and com.exprobiz.olp.recent.db which is the local database holding your list of recently loaded files.

Running OpenLogPlot

You run OpenLogplot on Linux platform by cd'ing to the OpenLogPlot folder and entering "java -jar OLP.jar". It would probably be useful to create a short shell script (called simply "OLP") which invokes the above command when run. Alternatively, right-clicking on the jar icon in your File Manager should bring up an option to "Open with OpenJDK Jave 7 Runtime" (Java runtime name may vary according to your installation).
On Windows platforms, Java is usually associated with jar files and so (double-)clicking on the OLP.jar file should launch OpenLogPlot directly.

Download Test Files and Generate Test Plots

Use the links on the Download page to download the archive "TEST_SUITE". This is a zip file containing the spreadsheet file "TEST_SUITE_OLP.ods", a pdf file "TEST_SUITE.pdf" which shows you what the expected output from OpenLogPlot, and "TEST_SUITE_EXPLANATION" which explains how each track's display is determined. Unzip TEST_SUITE.zip to your home directory (or a directory of your choice).
Run OpenLogPlot as indicated above. From the File menu choose "Open OLP..." and from the file select dialog choose "TEST_SUITE_OLP.ods". After a short delay, the "Generate Plot" button will be enabled. At this stage, you can explore the Template, View and Data hierarchy by clicking on "Plot" at the left of the OpenLogPlot window. Go ahead and click "Generate Plot" and an OpenOffice/LibreOffice Draw window should open showing the TEST SUITE PLOT.
Use the links on the Download page to download the archive "K06-01". This is a zip file containing the spreadsheet file "OLP_K06-01_TEMPLATE_VIEW.ods", the spreadsheet file "OLP_K06-01_DATA.ods",a pdf file "OLP_K06-01_LOWER-DETAIL.pdf" which shows you what the expected output from OpenLogPlot by selecting the "LOWER DETAIL" view, and "OLP_K06-01.las" which is a LAS file suitable for loading. Unzip K06-01.zip to your home directory (or a directory of your choice). Start OpenLogPlot and first load Template from "OLP_K06-01_TEMPLATE_VIEW.ods". Then load View from the same file. Finally, either load the LAS file "OLP_K06-01.las" or the Data file "OLP_K06-01_DATA.ods". The "Generate Plot" button should become enabled. Choose the "LOWER DETAIL" view and generate the plot. It should look like the pdf included in the archive. Read the Template, View and Data documents to understand how the plot was constructed - especially the tops and zones included in the plot.

Feedback

Users' feedback is very welcome. There are various options for enhancing OpenLogPlot but we really want to hear what users consider to be the most important. Please send your comments (praise or criticism) using the feedback page.

Known Issues

  • Encountered problems running under Win XP. Fails to generate plot. Java reports file IO error. Investigating.
  • Sometimes the file select dialog opens but shows no files. Close and try again. Uncertain origin.

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