Creating a Community Template

What are templates?

Templates are saved workspaces that appear in the PhysLogger Desktop App and have been set up according to some application. For example, if you have made an experiment—complete with all connected hardware and a software workspace with all quantities and widgets configured—that will have to be repeated by multiple students (users), it will be a good idea to save the workspace in the App as a template.

Why use templates?

Templates bring ease to users by saving both time and efforts. You will not have to configure workspaces from scratch everytime. Templates also let you share your created systems and workspaces with the community while being able to see and learn from the work being done by other users in the PhysLogger community.

You can easily create and share templates both for your personal use and for the community at large.

Where to find templates?

  • To access existing templates in PhysLogger Desktop App, go to the Explore tab in the self-guided tour of the App.

How to create a template?

  1. Configure your workspace. Complete your set up with all hardware and instruments connections, and all required plots, widgets, and other settings in the application.

  2. Click Options > Files > Create a template for sharing > Continue. The options button can be found at the top right corner of every PhysLogger screen.

  1. At being prompted, define an appropriate title and a brief description of the experiment for which the template is created, and click Next. For the description of the template, either write it here or import any file (.jpg , .png, .txt, etc.) from your PC.
    Remember to specify all requirements and assumptions here. This can include the name of all digital PhysInstruments that need to be connected, the labels of channels to which the analog PhysInstruments are connected to, and so on.

  1. Templates can be used to resume your work later or share your workspace with the community. Select whether you want to save it for yourself (only on your local PC) or upload and share with the community.

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  1. On opting to share with the community, PhysLogger Desktop App asks you to provide a name and email id. Please make sure to share your active email address.

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  1. Whether you chose to make the template for yourself or for everyone, the templates will be immediately available as a local template in the Explore tab.

  • If made for the community, the template will need to be first approved by one of our moderators before it can appear in the PhysLogger Desktop App of other users.

Some Points to Remember

  • Once a community template has been approved, it will start appearing in the PhysLogger Desktop App of all users.

  • Locally saved templates (for your own use) can be deleted by navigating to the particular template in the Explores tab, hovering over the PC icon and then clicking on the delete icon.

  • Remember to specify and keep constant all setup requirements of your template. For example, if while making a template you had connected your PhysTherm (or any other analog extension) to a particular channel of PhysLogger, it is important that the next time you access this template, the sensor is connected to the exact same channel. Similarly, any required digital PhysInstrument will need to be connected too. (For example, our template for how do objects heat and cool will only appear if you have connected PhysWatt to PhysLogger). Remember to specify these in the description of your template.

  • An alternate to locally saving your templates is saving your workspace as .plf file in Options > Files > Save the workspace layout. These can be opened, resumed, edited anytime in the App by going to Options > Files > Open a workspace layout.

  • Difference between saved workspaces and local templates
    Locally saved templates are saved in and are accessible from within a user’s PhysLogger Desktop App. Saved workspaces, on the other hand, are saved in a directory of your PC in a .plf format and can be accessed even while you have not opened the App.