Graphical User Interface

The graphical user interface (GUI) can improve user productivity. It provides an easy way to control Trelis without learning command syntax. Many geometry commands are faster and easier with the GUI. The underlying GUI components are constructed using a cross-platform development environment. As such, the GUI will behave similarly across all platforms supported by Trelis, yet each GUI will make use of platform specific widgets.

The GUI is built on top of the Trelis command line. This means that GUI actions are translated to a Trelis command-line string and journaled. Users familiar with command-line syntax can enter the same text in the GUI command-line window. Journal files can be created and played back in both environments with the same results. Although many things are faster and easier in the GUI, experienced users often use a combination of command line text and GUI button operations.

The discussion of the Graphical User Interface and its features is based on the basic windows contained within the Trelis GUI Application Window. These are outlined in the subtopics listed above.