Overlay Trace


DTOverlay An Overlay-Trace is a 'display-only' graph that shows together with the active motion. You cannot edit it.

In the image, the Overlay-Trace is 'orange' .

To show an Overlay-Trace

1.Make sure there is data in the Data Transfer Table [see below for Data Format, below]
2.Click the Overlay-Trace icon

The icon should now be in its active state.

When you click the graph, the active-motion and the Overlay-Trace rescale..

To hide an Overlay-Trace:

1.Click the Overlay-Trace icon again

The icon should now be in its normal state.

Data Format for Overlay Trace

Position data is in 'Column 2'.
First number in 'Row 1'
Velocity, Acceleration, and Jerk data in Columns 3, 4 and 5, respectively.
Data is not needed in Columns 3, 4, and 5
Maximum = 10,000 Points

Plot of the Overlay-Trace

Edit its colour in the Active Motion Settings dialog

Simple example:

To use data in 'Motion A' as the Overlay Trace in 'Motion B'.

1.Two motions: 'Motion A' and Motion 'B'. If necessary, use File: Add Motion to add a new motion name-tab.
2.Open the Data-Transfer dialog-box. See Tools: Data-Transfer
3.Make 'Motion A' active (click the 'Motion A' tab).
4.Edit 'Motion A' so that it is different to 'Motion B'.
5.In the Data-Transfer dialog, use Get Motion Data to fill the Data Transfer Table with the motion-values of the active motion.
6.Make 'Motion B' active (click the 'Motion B' tab).
7.Click the Overlay Trace icon
8.You will see the Overlay Trace of 'Motion A' in 'Motion B'.

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