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Managing Problems

Data Entry

Reading the Matrix

Reading the Status Line

Making New Problems

Entering Marks

Managing Rows

Sizing The Matrix

Printing Problems




Show Impacted Rows

Show Notified Rows

Show Bands of Parallel Items

PSM Properties

Importing/Exporting PSM Data

Exporting to MS Project

Keyboard Shortcuts



Property Tabs and Configuration

Pressing F2 causes the properties dialog to appear. The dialog is divided into four (4) tabs. Program, Sets, Problem, and Display.


The program tab allows you to set the database information, and various settings.

Program Database Location and Location of the Database Lock File must point to the files either on the local machine or network file server. The [...] button can be used to browse to the locations of the files.

The box HTML Label Width is used to set the maximum label width A value of Zero does not effect the HTML print out.

Check Box Effect
Show Persistence Controls whether the program will display the rows persisted to the database (F11)
Clip Print Outs Effects if row titles are clipped on print outs
Color Diagonal Set the diagonal to selected color (see Tab 4)
Start Maximized Start PSM 32 Maximized
Show Tearing Advice After choosing a block and tearing (^T) show tearing advice
Show Numbers in Diagonal Number the diagonal
Show Size 1 Blocks After Partitioning After partitioning (^A) show small blocks
Autoshow properties boxes on add... After adding a row, show (F4) row properties box
Show only numbers in column headers Suppress all but the row numbers in the column headers
Make all marks visible after a partition Restore all hidden marks after partitioning 



This tab manages the various effects that can be applied to the marks in a problem.

Prop_2.gif (50966 bytes)

This tab allows users to choose, modify and create sets of color schemes for problems. The blue line at the top indicates the selected color scheme. The [F]oreground and [B]ackground buttons allow you to change the colors for a particular set. Associated with each level (0-9) you can also change the symbol or word you desire. PSM32 ships with three typical set schemes (as in the picture above.)



Prop_3.gif (38795 bytes)

This tab allows users to view and modify information about the current problem. The description and notes fields may be edited directly. The decay for tearing is stored with each problem (as different problems may need different decays, see discussion in the tutorial). 99.9% of the time a decay of 1.00 is optimal.



In addition to the colors/symbols that make up a set, other parts of the user interface are modifiable.

Prop_4.gif (52854 bytes)

Setting Effect
Color of the Diagonal No marks may be put on the diagonal. So making the diagonal color black on black will effectively hide stuff on the diagonal. If you want to see stuff on the diagonal (such as the column number, you should provide for a color combination that will render the font visible e.g. not black on black).
Selected Color
Resulting Color
Excluded Color
These categories are used to toggle the row title colors/states for use by the various functions in the compute menu. Selected and excluded and normal are toggled by pressing control and clicking on a row name (column 0).
Grid Font/Size Allows the user to choose an alternate font and size.
Size of parameter labels This parameter is also settable by holding down ALT and pressing the left and right arrows while on the main PSM grid.
Size of grid display as % of total This parameter is also settable by holding down ALT and pressing the up and down arrows while on the main PSM grid.
Adjust view by % Because different video card and monitor combinations can vary the screen geometry significantly, the various zoom functions use this parameter to adjust the display more accurately. Take a small problem (the brake problem of 28 rows is perfect for this). Make PSM32 full screen. Press Shift+F8. A well adjusted display will have no vertical scroll bar. If you can see a vertical scroll bar, adjust this parameter downward (80% is a good try), if there is too much space outside the grid, increase this parameter. Then repeat the experiment.