Preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries in electrical CAD
By Thor Vegge
Mouse clicks in the electrical CAD software PCSCHEMATIC Automation, can now be reduced drastically due to the unique Mouse Chasing System, which can also be applied by other programs in the future.
Letting the CAD chase the mouse most of all sounds like a bad joke. Nevertheless this is exactly what happens when one uses the newly developed Mouse Chasing System for the electrical CAD program PCSCHEMATIC Automation.
To prevent repetitive strain injuries - and at the same time save work hours - the program developers have created a special program that registers which functions and buttons the individual users click on the mouse in their daily work.
Starting with this information, one can then block for clicking on specified functions, and gradually learn the short-cut keys for the functions.
Controlling the mouse clicks
When the Mouse Chasing System program is started, one can continuously get a survey of how much one clicks on the various functions and buttons in PCSCHEMATIC. If for instance one have clicked on a specific function 50 times the same day, one can therefore block for activating the function by mouse clicking.
The Mouse Chasing System registers where you click the most, and teaches you the short-cut keys while you are working
When one click on any of these blocked functions, the program displays a dialog box specifying that the function can not be activated this way. The same dialog box also displays the short-cut key for the function, and disappears when the short-cut key is pressed.
If no short-cut key exists for a function, it is easy to create one oneself. It is worth noting, that short-cut keys in PCSCHEMATIC are predominantly single-key short-cuts - such as „s“ for „Symbols“.
Learning the short-cuts based on needs
Because the Mouse Chasing System - also called MCS - tells what one click on the most, one can concentrate on learning the short-cuts keys for these functions. If for instance one choose to block the three most used functions, one can learn these without mentionable efforts. And this takes place while working.
Having learned these three short-cut keys, one can choose to block the three functions now being used the most - until one have learnt the short-cut keys that one need to learn.
MCS can also be set to automatically block the functions, which for instance have been clicked on more than a hundred times. Because the system is meant as a help, one can re-activate the blocked functions for mouse clicks at any time. One has complete control of when, how, and how much the system is used.
An independent program
The newly created Mouse Chasing System can also register mouse clicks in other programs having an MCS interface. The system runs as an independent Windows program, and therefore hardly takes any resources from the program one is analysing the mouse clicks for.
Having started MCS it registers ones work habits, and sends this information to the surveyed program. How this information is handled is at the present state controlled by the surveyed program. It is therefore PCSCHEMATIC which enables the actual blocking of the clicks, and displays the short-cut keys for the functions.
Mousechasing on other programs
At the moment, MCS only runs with the PCSCHEMATIC program, but it is possible for other programs to create interfaces to the system. However, a later version is planned to run together with any other program - without an MCS interface.
A tool for good user contact
At PCSCHEMATIC, which develops MCS and the PCSCHEMATIC software, the aim is, furthermore, to use the MCS files as a part of the on-going optimizing of the PCSCHEMATIC program.
The company has a good continuous contact with all interested users, and these users can send their MCS files to the program developers. Information from these MCS files are then used to optimize the functions in the PCSCHEMATIC program.