The Ribbon bar is the main control panel for the VBOX Test Suite software. From here it is possible to access all functions of the software and open ‘Tests’. Each area of the software is grouped into ‘tabs’ which automatically appear when the user has clicked the relevant area of the software. These tabs include:-
Each of these tabs and the function of the buttons they contain, are described on the linked articles.
Note: Ribbon bar icons may move/ resize dependent on the Software window size.
The File Menu contains options relating to the handling of files, such as Load, Save and Recent Files.
Load Data (F3/Ctrl+O)
When in offline mode, it is possible to load in VBOX data files (.vbo, .dbn and .asc files) for the post processing of results. Selecting the 'Load' button or by using the keyboard shortcuts F3 or Ctrl+O, will open a file browser window which can be used to navigate to where the .vbo file is located. By selecting ‘Open’, the file will be automatically loaded into the software and the results area for any open tests will automatically be populated. Selecting 'Cancel' during the loading process will stop the file from loading in to the software.
Selecting this option displays a list of recent .vbo VBOX files which have been loaded in to the software, allowing you to quickly choose a file.
Selecting this option displays a list of recent configuration files (.vbts) which have been loaded in to the software, allowing you to quickly choose a file.
Selecting 'Video Sync' will open up a popup window which allows you load in and synchronise the video from Video VBOX file(s) to the normal .vbo file(s).
Selecting 'Save As' will Save the Loaded VBOX data or live VBOX data (if in 'Online' mode) as a .vbo or .csv file.
A pop up will then appear enabling you to choose VBOX Test Suite calculated channels, configured maths channels and test plugin specific channels to be included within the file. If there are multiple sessions, you can choose which one to save by using the drop down within the 'Session to save' option.
Pressing 'OK' will then let you name and save the file locally on the PC, enabling you to load this file in to VBOX Test Suite or a spreadsheet program for analysis at a later date.
Note: The saved .vbo will mirror the test data stored on the CF (compact flash) card inserted into the VBOX 3i unit.
Selecting 'Close File' or 'Close Session' will close the currently selected loaded file or open session (if in 'Online' mode) within the Software.
Close All Files/All Sessions
Selecting 'Close All Files' or 'Close All Sessions' will close all currently loaded files or open sessions (if in 'Online' mode) within the Software.
Note: Not available for selection if only 1 file is loaded.
Selecting one of these options will either copy the view currently seen within the software window as an image to the computer clipboard, or save locally as a .png, .bmp, .gif, .jpg or .tif file.
Selecting this option displays the current Software version number and link to release notes, along with individual test plugin version numbers.
Selecting this option displays the release notes in relation to the current Software version, detailing information such as new plugins, new features and bug fixes.
Selecting the 'Help' button will automatically open an internet browsing window and load the 'Home' section of the VBOX Test Suite User Manual with the Racelogic Support Centre. This page will only be displayed if there is a valid internet connection. If there is no valid internet connection, a cached version of the section (from the last software update) will be presented in PDF form. This can also be accessed by using the keyboard shortcut F1.
Check For Updates
Selecting this option will manually search for any available updates.
Note: If 'Automatically check for updates' is ticked within the 'Options' menu, it is not neccessary to manually search for updates as the software will automatically check to see if a newer version is available when a valid internet link is detected.
Selecting 'Close' will shut down the software. A prompt will pop up asking you if you are sure you want to exit.
Hiding the Ribbon bar
To maximise space when using a Tablet, the ribbon can be hidden by pressing the 'Hide ribbon' button in the top right hand corner of the ribbon bar or by double clicking on any free area at the top of the ribbon bar.
When hidden, the whole ribbon will collapse and can be shown again by pressing the same button or double clicking again.
With the ribbon bar collapsed, it is still possible to briefly display the various tabs by selecting them. Once clicked, the tab will display until the user clicks away from that tab.