How to Create a Vector Chart
Let's start by running a simulation which collects vector data (i.e. value-timestamp pairs) - (in this howto, we will run a closed queueing simulation where 5 queues are connected in a ring)
Once the simulation has finished we will find a .vec file in the results directory. Open it from the context menu or by double clicking on it.
Clicking on a vector file first time the ide creates an .anf file which is used to store information about how to create a chart (including, data selection, preprocessing and chart properties)
Next step is to click on the 'Browse Data' tab and use the filter fields or manual selection to choose what data should be displayed on the chart. Let's display the length of all 5 queues.
Queue lengths iare displayed with different colors and markers. Scroll the chart by dragging it along or use the zoom tools to change the zooming factor.
Next we want to add some simple processing to the vectors before drawing them. Select the Apply/Sliding Window Average from the context menu.
The new chart is now much smoother because of the applied filter.
If we want to store this chart for later reuse, just select the 'Convert to Dataset' context menu item. After naming the dataset, you will receive a tree structure completely describing the chart(s) you have created. You may modify the structure using drag and drop operations and the palette items at the right side of the window.
NOTE: This file is basically a receipe which can be 'executed' whenever the underlying data changes. This means that once you re run your simulation you just have to open the anf file again and you will get an updated diagram.