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E-TRAC Settings and Patterns 2.0

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Program spreadsheets and the ability to work with patterns outside of the E-TRAC can be great learning tools and, of course, can be handy when making tactical decisions concerning your detector settings.


MINELAB E-TRAC Settings and Patterns
Originally, this file started as an experiment in recreating an E-TRAC pattern in an Excel spreadsheet. It grew from there into what could be an active and long-term repository for all the settings, pattern and site information you may encounter and wish to document.

The motivation came from a wish for the capability to work with settings and patterns within a standard computer framework.

Due to security reasons, Minelab protects their files. This means that the only files that can be imported to an E-TRAC are files created on an E-TRAC (
read more). With this file, all Xchange files (.ptrn, .mode, .glb) can be imported in any combination and Emulator pattern files may be exported. Native files (.xml), which include all the info in a pattern/documentation panel can be imported/exported and easily shared.

There are multiple purposes which this utility can address...
  • A starting point for setting up your E-TRAC
  • A repository for your settings and patterns which can easily be added to as you acquire new information
  • For someone who records target information, this file provides a natural, free-form type of documentation
  • Bench testers can benefit by recording their results as patterns (primitives)
  • Promotes the sharing of data among the E-TRAC community
  • Native files allow the sharing of site and soil specific data so you know whether the overall program fits your locale
  • Depending on your acquired data, new insights may be deduced using the Pattern Mixer
  • By tracking your settings and patterns one can find which works best at different locations and keep improving them over time
I had some fun and learned some things creating this file, but my hope is that it aids, informs or entertains you in some form or fashion.

Regards,
TBGO
4/8/2010



Download Version 2.0 of the E-TRAC Settings and Patterns Workbook

At this time, only the full-featured .xlsm version is avalable:
  • Excel 2007+ Macro-Enabled .xlsm file - will have to enable macros. If you always make sure that you get any of my macro-enabled files from this site, you do not have to worry about anything malicious.
Click the file - Open to view, Save to download the file...

E-TRAC_Settings_v_2_0.xlsm (4/9/2010 - 9:33PM, 1.90MB)


NOTE: The worksheets are not protected so you have free reign over cell contents and format. Please be aware that certain cell contents, positions and even colors are critical to proper operation. A protected version may be in the future, but, in the meantime, if your copy's formatting inadvertently becomes corrupted, please download a new copy or fix the file with Excel's native functions (Undo comes to mind ;-). Backup and Restore your data by using the Export Native and Import Native functions and by saving the entire file somewhere else every once in a while. The reason the worksheets were left unprotected is that it is sometimes easier to make quick edits to a pattern using Excel's color tools instead of having to run it through the Pattern Mixer. Also, the Accept/Reject labels used on the documentation panels are meant to be changed per the desired target types and locales.
NOTE: If you experience a compiler error => There are two additional references besides the regular four that are required to run this file: Microsoft Forms 2.0 Object Library and Microsoft XML, v3.0 (or greater). Your system should have these files since you have Excel, but it is possible that it does not. Try visiting the Microsoft site and doing a Microsoft and/or Office Update or use the links to the references to download and install them manually.


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Welcome screen
  Welcome screen
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Top of Settings worksheet
  Top of Settings worksheet
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An example of a pattern on one of the pattern worksheets
  An example of a pattern on one of the pattern worksheets
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Documentation panel next to each pattern
  Documentation panel next to each pattern
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The Pattern Mixer
  The Pattern Mixer
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Full Import - Limited Export - Native File Capability
  Full Import - Limited Export - Native File Capability



Download Version 1.0 of the E-TRAC Settings spreadsheet

Three version of the file are available:
  • Excel 2007+ Macro-Enabled .xlsm file -> most functionality - includes Pattern Mixer - will have to enable macros. If you always make sure that you get any of my macro-enabled files from this site, you do not have to worry about anything malicious.
  • Excel 2007+ .xlsx file -> standard Excel 2007 Workbook file - no pattern mixer and patterns are edited using Excel's background color tool
  • Pre-Excel 2007 .xls file -> standard Pre-Excel 2007 Workbook file - no pattern mixer and patterns are edited using Excel's background color tool
Click a file - Open to view, Save to download the file...

E-TRAC_Settings_v_1_0.xlsm
E-TRAC_Settings_v_1_0.xlsx
E-TRAC_Settings_v_1_0.xls

Alternative formats
E-TRAC_Settings.pdf
E-TRAC_Settings_v_1_0.ods (OpenDocument Spreadsheet)



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