Preferences

The preferences frame can be opened from the menu Options / Preferences of the main interface.

Directories

Different directories must be specified:

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An additional directory can be specified to save optional intermediate files, for example, between levels of analogy.

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Log options

Log preferences control the display of the log window and the level (importance) of reported messages:

  1. Errors only - recommended as long as everything goes as planned.
  2. Errors and warnings - some warnings help to be vigilant in case of problems. However, there might be warnings even during regular operation.
  3. Verbose - all operations are reported, which is an unnecessary amount of information during regular operation. As a result, important messages might be hidden in a large number of messages. This option is only useful to identify where AtmoSwing is failing.
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Graphical User Interface (GUI) options

Options to control the behavior of the interface and its means of communication with the user. Saves calculation time by disabling dialog boxes. The choices are:

  • Silent - no dialog box is displayed. The user must, therefore, keep an eye on the log window to detect any error. This option is only useful for very intensive calculations.
  • Standard - recommended for regular use.
  • Verbose - a bit more verbose than the Standard option.
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Multithreading

Options for using multiple threads:

  • Allow multithreading - allows a gain in performance for the calculations (recommended).
  • Maximum number of threads - to be chosen according to the computer’s CPU. The software automatically proposes the optimal number of threads for the computer in use.
  • Threads priority - allows defining the priority of the threads in competition with other ongoing processes.
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Processing options

These options influence how the search for analogs is performed, which has no impact on the results, only on the calculation time. The choices are as follows:

  • Multithreaded - as long as the computer has at least two processors. It is the fastest version.
  • Standard - this option is slower than the previous one as it uses a single thread.
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User-specific paths

Some paths automatically defined according to the OS: working directory, log file, and preferences file.

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