5.2. Configuring your account

5.2.1. Contact information
5.2.2. Other information
5.2.3. Changing password
5.2.4. Preferences
The Appearance tab
The Plugins tab
The Recent items tab
The Inactive roles tab

5.2.1. Contact information

Use the BASEContact information menu to bring up the user information dialog.

Figure 5.2. Contact information

Contact information

This dialog has three tabs, Contact information (selected), Password and Other information. The logged in user can update the following contact information details.

[Note] Multi-user accounts

If you are using a multi-user account, for example a demo-account, you do not have permission to change the contact information.

Full name

Your full name. You are not allowed to change this. If it is not correct, contact an administrator to do it for you.

Email

Your email address (optional). If an email has been specified and if the server administrator has enabled email notifications, you also have the option to select if messages should be sent as emails. This can be useful to keep track of jobs that take a long time to complete.

Organisation

The name of the organisation you work for or represent (optional).

Address

Your postal address as it should be printed on letters to you (optional).

Phone

Your phone number (optional). You may enter multiple phone numbers, for example your work phone number and a mobile number.

Fax

Your fax number (optional).

Url

An URL to your home page or your organisation's home page (optional).

Press Save to save the changes or Cancel to abort.

5.2.2. Other information

Use the BASEOther information… menu to bring up the other information dialog.

Figure 5.3. Other information

Other information

This dialog has three tabs, Contact information, Password and Other information (selected).

The look of the Other information tab can differ a bit between different servers, depending on what settings the server is installed with. There are three inputs in a fresh BASE installation but it is only the Description text area that is static, the others can be removed or more fields can be added (managed by the server administrator). The three fields, included in a the BASE installation, are

Mobile

Your mobile number(Optional).

Skype

Your Skype contact information(Optional).

Description

Text area where you can put useful information that couldn't be stored anywhere else(Optional).

Press Save to save the changes or Cancel to abort.

5.2.3. Changing password

Use the BASEChange password menu to bring up the change password dialog.

Figure 5.4. Change password

Change password

This dialog has three tabs, Contact information, Password (selected) and Other information.

New password

Enter the new password.

Retype password

Retype the same password. You must do this to avoid spelling mistakes.

[Note] Multi-user accounts

If you are using a multi-user account, for example a demo-account, you do not have permission to change the password.

[Note] Empty passwords

If you leave both fields empty the password will not be changed. It is not possible to have an empty password.

5.2.4. Preferences

Use the BASEPreferences menu to bring up the preferences dialog. This dialog has three tabs, Appearance, Plugins and Recent items.

The Appearance tab

Figure 5.5. The Appearance tab

The Appearance tab

This tab contains settings that affect the appearance of the web client.

Font size

Select a basic font size. You can choose between five sizes: extra small (XS), small (S), medium (M), large (L) and extra large (XL). The default font size is medium.

Scale factor

The scale factor affects the size of pop-up windows. This setting exists because different browsers render pages differently. If you often find that pop-up windows are too small you can change this setting to make them bigger.

[Note] Note

The scale factor is automatically changed if the font size is changed.

Display long texts

This setting is used to control how long description texts are displayed in tables and other places with limited space. There are three settings:

  • Always: The full text is always displayed. This may cause tables, etc. to become hard to read since cells will automatically grow to be able to display the full text.
  • On hover: A short version of the text is displayed and the full text is automatically displayed when the mouse is moved over the text. Texts that are not fully visible are indicated with a dotted line to the right.
  • On click: A short version of the text is displayed and the full text is displayed when the mouse is clicked somewhere on the short text. Texts that are not fully visible are indicated with a grey line to the right.
[Warning] Warning
The 'On click' mode may not perform so well if lots of items are displayed in a single list. This is particularly so with Internet Explorer (version 7) which is 5-10 times slower than Firefox to render the page. If you experience problems with this mode you should either use a different mode or display less items on a single page.
Toolbar

You may choose if the toolbar buttons should have only images, only text or both images and text. The default is that they have both images and text.

Ratio color range

Select three colors to use when displaying data that is suitable for color coding, for example the intensity ratio in two-color experiments. The default setting is blue-white-yellow. The list of presets contains other useful color combinations (for example, the BASE version 1 red-yellow-green) and the most recently used color combinations.

Date format

A format string describing how dates should be displayed. We support all formatting options supported by the Java language. For more information see: SimpleDateFormat documentation The most useful format patterns are:

  • yy: two-digit year
  • yyyy: four-digit year
  • MM: two-digit month
  • MMM: month name (short)
  • MMMM: month name (full)
  • dd: two-digit day in month

The list of presets contains the most commonly/recently used date formats.

Date-time format

A format string describing how dates with times should be displayed. We support all formatting options supported by the Java language. For more information see: SimpleDateFormat documentations The most useful time-format patterns are:

  • HH: two-digit hour (0-23)
  • hh: two-digit hour (1-12)
  • a: AM/PM marker
  • mm: two-digit minute
  • ss: two-digit second
Decimals

The base number of decimals to display for numerical floating point values. The default is 2. This setting is used for values between 1 and 10. For higher or lower values, the number of decimals is adapted in order to not loose information (eg. 0.0059 instead of 0.01) or give the impression of very high precision (eg. 135000 instead of 135000.00).

Dialogs

Check the Remember positions option to let BASE remember the position and size of dialogs so that they always open in the same place as the last time. The positions are remembered during the current session only and are forgotten if the browser is closed.

Start page

Select the start page that should be displayed after logging in to BASE. The default and only built-in start page is the BASEHome. Other start pages may be enabled by extensions.

[Note] Problems with the start page

If there are problems with the selected start page it may prevent the user from accessing BASE. In the worst scenario all that is displayed is a cryptic error message. In this case, it is good to know that holding down either one of the ALT or CTRL or SHIFT keys while clicking the Login button will force BASE to use the regular start page.

The Plugins tab

Figure 5.6. The Plugins tab

The Plugins tab

This tab contains settings that affect plug-in execution.

Messages

Mark the checkbox if you want to have a message sent to you when a plug-in completes execution. This setting can be overridden each time you start a plug-in. You'll receive the message as a notification in BASE, but it may also be possible to get the message as an email.

Remove jobs

This checkbox should be marked if you want the jobs, done by import or export plug-ins, to be marked as removed if they finished successfully. This setting can be overridden each time you start a plug-in.

Show warnings

This checkbox should be marked if you want to show warning messages from plug-ins in the Select plug-in dialog. Warning-level messages usually originates from plug-ins that are unrelated to the current task and are only of interest to plug-in developers. Error messages that are related to the current task are always shown.

The Recent items tab

Figure 5.7. The Recent items tab

The Recent items tab

This tab contains settings that affect the Recent items menu and selection lists in many edit dialogs.

Recently viewed items

The number of recently viewed items to remember. The default is to remember 6 items. The remembered items will be displayed in the Recent items menu in the menu bar.

Recently used items

The number of recently used items to remember. The default is to remember 4 items. The remembered items will be displayed in edit dialogs where they have been used before. Each type of edit operation has it's own list of remembered items. For example, there is one list that remembers the most recently used protocols when creating a sample, and there is another list that remembers the most recently used scanners when creating a scan.

Load the names of all items

If checked, the names of the items will be loaded and displayed in the menu, otherwise only the ID and type of item is displayed.

Sticky items

Always remember the last viewed item of the selected types. For example, if you have selected Experiment as a sticky item, the last viewed experiment will be remembered even if you view hundreds of other items. Use the arrow buttons to move item types between the lists and sort the sticky items list. Sticky items will be displayed in the Recent items menu in the menu bar.

The Inactive roles tab

Figure 5.8. The Inactive roles tab

The Inactive roles tab

With this tab you can control which roles that are active or inactive after logging in. This is, for example, useful if you have a power user role that is rarely needed. Setting that role as Inactive at login prevents you from accidentally do things by mistake. When you need the full power user role, it can easily be activated from the popupmenu you get when clicking on your own name in the upper right corner.

Default roles - Inactive at login

All roles that you have been assigned are listed here. Put a checkbox before those roles that should not be active after logging in. Note that the settings only apply when using the web client. Logging in via other means (for example the FTP server) always enables all assigned roles.