Using Active Objects Inspector

Step 1: Introduction

This tutorial describes the abilities of Active Objects Inspector and demostrates several typical scenarios of it's usage.

It is recommended that you complete Basic Operation tutorial first.

Step 2: Getting Started

Open Genome Workbench, open the Active Object Inspector (View=>Active Objects Inspector), and land it in the right lower corner.

Open Active Objects Inspector

Step 3: Load a molecule

Click Open command from the File drop-down menu (File=>Open) and select Data from GenBank in the dialog. Type in the "NC_000001" accession.

Load a molecule

Click Next and Finish in the next screens. The molecule will be shown in the Workspace tree.

Molecule shown

Step 3: Open the molecule in Graphical Sequence Viewer

Right-click the molecule and select Open New View in the pop-up menu. Select the Graphical Sequence View command in the next screen. The sytem will open the molecule in Graphical Sequence View.

Molecule in Graphical Sequence View

Step 4: Zoom in to any area

Right-click in a desired area and select the Zoom in command in the pop-up menu. Zoom to a desired level where you can clearly see objects of different types.

Zoom in

Step 5: Select various features

Select various features (genes, tiling path components) by using control + click.

Select various features

Step 6: Select a range

Use mouse (ruler area) to select a range.

Select a range

Step 7: Selections shown

Selections are now shown in the Active Objects Inspector

Selections shown

Step 8: Explore different modes

Notice that the Active Objects Inspector has different modes. Currently your selections are shown in the Table mode. Select the Brief mode.

Brief mode

Select the Full mode.

Full mode

Step 9: Use context menu

Right-click in the Graphical Sequence View to display context menu.

Use context menu

Step 10: Open View dialog

Select the Open New View command to open the Open View dialog.

Open View dialog

Step 11: Open View - Graphical Sequence View

Select the Graphical Sequence View comand and click the Next button. The Open View - Graphical Sequence View dialog will reflect all available selections.

Available selections

Step 12: Select an area in the new view

Pick an object and click the Finish button. Select an area in the new view.

New view area

Step 13: Switch to All Views mode

Use the Views drop-down list to select the All Views mode (if you are not already in it).

Select all views mode

Step 14: All objects shown

Select the Table mode (if you are not already in it). Notice that all the selected objects in all views are shown in the Active Objects Manager.

All objects shown

Step 15: Pick any two objects

Use control + click to pick any two objects.

Pick any two objects

Step 16: Use context menu to run tool

Right-click in any of the selections to display context menu.

Context menu

Select the Run Tool command. The Run Tool menu will open.

Run Tool menu

Select the BLAST Sequences command and click the Next button.

Step 17: Selected objects available

Observe that the selected objects became available in the Run Tool Dialog.

Selected objects available

Step 18: Conclusion

Active Objects Inspector is a powerful mechanism to quickly make sets of objects and locations and run operations on it like open other views, run tools, export to files.

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Last updated: 2017-11-04T00:41:41Z