The three main areas of the ThermoRead interface are the toolbar (in red), the side pane (in blue), and the main pane (in green).
The Main Pane
On the main pane, you can view either the chart (figure 2) or a table of the readings taken so far (figure 3). At the bottom of the Data tab, you can select whether data us saved as CSV or text files and where.
The toolbar (figure 4) provides you with most of the settings for the application. You can set the temperature unit (Centigrade or Fahrenheit), set the scale of the chart (minutes or hours), and set the temperature range on the chart or set it to automatically scale to fit the data. You can set the chart to automatically scroll to the latest results, show or hide the data points, display or hide and align a chart key, set or disable alerts, or get help.
The side pane contains a list of devices, a list of locations, a list of data sources, and the settings for taking readings.
ThermoRead automatically detects any compatible TEMPer devices you plug into your computer, determine its model, and add its sensors to the list of data sources (figure 1).
The name of the device is shown in the 'Source' column, and the type of sensor is shown in the 'Measurement' column. If the sensor is internal, it will be identified with the letter I (for inner), and if itís external, it will be identified with the letter O (for outer). For example, the TEMPerF1.4 (shown in figure 1) has an internal temperature sensor, which is listed as 'I Temperature'.
If you connect a compatible TEMPer device while ThermoRead is running, a window will pop up in the bottom-right of the screen telling you that the device has been connected (figure 2). Similarly, if you disconnect a device, a popup will alert you that the device has been disconnected.
- To add a new location, right-click a blank space in the Locations listbox (figure 1).
- Click 'Add new' on the context menu that pops up (figure 2).
- Type the location into the search box (figure 3), and click 'Find'.
- Select your location from the list.
- Click 'OK'.
- The location will now appear on the locations list, and the corresponding temperature and humidity entries will appear on the list of Data Sources (figure 1).
You can set alerts for when the temperature or humidity goes below and/or above certain levels, and choose whether you'd like to be alerted with a popup, a sound, or both.
- Click the alert icon on the toolbar (figure 1).
- Now you can select which sounds play when the temperature/humidity goes below or above certain temperatures, and whether or not a popup window appears (figure 2).
- Right-click the data source you want to set alerts for (figure 3).
- Click 'Set/unset alerts'.
- You can now set the temperature/humidity levels above and below which you will be alerted (figure 4).
- Tick set next to the alerts you want to set (figure 4).
- Click 'OK'.
You can do this for any data source for which you'd like receive alerts.