What is the purpose of the Project Manager?
In ASDIP software all project information, including calculations, settings, preferences, etc, is stored in a single project file. Basic file operations, such as Start a new project, Open an existing project, and Save a project, are only possible in the Project Manager.
The Project Manager is the central piece of ASDIP software. It is in charge of organizing all the calculations in a project, and keeping the common information updated and active. In the Project Manager you may Create, Copy, Delete, Rename, or Open a calculation, set the Units system, enter the information and preferences, authenticate your license, and keep track of your work. It can be visualized as the control panel of the ASDIP software, where all the activities may be controlled from.
How do you create a calculation?
To create a calculation click on any of the calculation buttons at the left pane of the Project Manager. The dialog box shown below will show up. Enter the calculation name or a short, meaningful description of the calculation. Click on the Add button and the calculation tree at the right pane of the Project Manager will reflect the change by adding a new node under the corresponding calculation branch. You may continue adding calculations to the tree, or you may open the calculation just created. To open any calculation double click on the corresponding node in the tree.
Each calculation is completely independent to the rest, except that they share the same settings specified in the Project Manager, such as the project and user information, and the preferences. In a typical calculation window you can edit dimensions, loads, materials, etc, as required to optimize the design. At the end, when you close the calculation window the Project Manager will show up again, and all the changes will be automatically recorded in memory, ready to be saved in the project file.