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How to Duplicate, Export and Import Sequences in BiteFX

Posted by Stuart Harman on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 17:08 PM

From the desk of Stu Harman, our support and coaching expert. In this article Stu explains how to use the duplicate, export and import sequence handling functions in BiteFX to expedite creation of new sequences and facilitate sequence sharing between BiteFX computers, as well as with dental professional colleagues.

A very important and powerful feature of BiteFX is the ability to create user-defined sequences, also referred to as custom sequences, which are sets of animations and/or photographic images that produce a more organized and streamlined BiteFX presentation process.  The advantage of using custom sequences for consultations is that it enables you to predetermine the content of your presentation, and seamlessly transition from one animation or photo in your sequence to the next using the Next in sequence button. With custom sequences, you don’t have to open the Animation or Picture panel to individually select the next item to present to the patient.  This saves time and enhances the consultation process greatly. 

Here's what I'll cover in this topic (with links if you want to go directly to that section):

Overview
New Sequence Controls Description
Duplicating a Sequence
Exporting a Sequence
   Exporting All Sequences as One File
   Exporting Individual Sequences
Importing Sequences
   Importing an All Sequences File
   Importing Individual Sequences Using the Menu
   Importing Individual Sequences in the Animation/Picture Panel Window
   Importing Individual Sequences into the Same Sequence Row

 

Overview

Hopefully, you are keeping your BiteFX software updated routinely to take advantage of new animations and features that are added from time to time. Update 12 introduced some exciting new sequence functions that let you:

  • Use a sequence created for one patient to quickly tailor it for another.
  • Create presentation building blocks dealing with different concepts and create presentations for your patients by combining or modifying the building blocks
  • Share your presentation sequences with other dentists - useful if you are teaching or mentoring other dentists and want to share with them how you explain occlusion to your patients
  • Download presentation sequences that we'll be publishing that might give you ideas how to enhance your own presentations
  • Create an auto-play sequence you can display in your waiting area (note: will be reviewing the new AUTO PLAY feature in a future blog)

New Sequence Controls Description

The new sequence controls are on the bar above the sequence name:

 New Custom Sequence Buttons

Duplicating a Sequence

Once a sequence has been created, you can create copies of that sequence and modify them to quickly produce new sequences for other patients with similar occlusal issues. The following image is of a sequence named “Wilson, M” that I will use to demonstrate the duplication process.

Wilson Sequence Row 

  1. To create a copy of that sequence, click on the Duplicate sequence button.

 Click on Duplicate Seq Button

 

  1. The duplicated sequence appears immediately below the sequence from which I created it, and includes the same name with brackets surrounding a number indicating which copy it represents (you can create multiple copies of the same sequence). Here you can see the original sequence, “Wilson, M” and the new duplicate that has been created from it, “Wilson, M (1)

 Duplicate Seq Appears Below

 

  1. To rename it, double-click on the text “Wilson, M (1)” and type in the new name.  In the example below, the name has been changed to “Adams, P”.

 Name Changed

 

  1. The newly created sequence can now be modified as needed by dragging animations and images into and out of the sequence row to create your new presentation.

 

Exporting a Sequence

Sequences can be exported to: the computer’s hard drive (e.g. Local Disk (C:)), your server, or any other data storage media (e.g. USB flash drive, CD-ROM, etc.) so it can be imported into another BiteFX computer in your office, or shared with other BiteFX dentists.

For example, if you belong to a study club or teach other dentists, you can share how you communicate a particular treatment plan to your patients and provide your sequence to them so they can review what you showed them. To do this, you simply attach your sequence file to an email to your colleague.

Sequences can be exported from the Menu, or from the Animation panel or Picture panel windows:

  • You can export all of your sequences as a single file using the Export Sequences command from the Menu so all of the sequences in that file can be imported into another computer at one time.
  • You can export individual sequences using the Export sequence button in the Custom Sequence rows.

We recommend you save your sequences in a folder located on your server so that all BiteFX computers can access it to import and export sequences.

Exporting All Sequences As One File

The Export sequences command using the Menu function should be used when you want to export all of your sequences as a single file (Note: in this mode you cannot export individual sequences). The default file name is All sequences, but the name can be changed if you wish.

  1. Click on the Menu button, and then select Export sequences.

 Select Export sequences

 

  1. A Save sequences window appears to allow you to save the file to the destination folder of your choice. In the example below, the file, All Sequences will be saved in a folder named My BiteFX Sequences (which I created on my desktop for demonstration purposes).

 Saving file in My BiteFX Sequences

Exporting Individual Sequences

When exporting sequences from the sequence row (with the Animation or Picture Panel open), you can only export sequences individually.

  1. Click on the Export sequence button in the sequence row you wish to export. In the example below, the sequence “Adams, P” will be exported.

 

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  1. The Save sequences window opens so you can select the destination folder.  Click on Save to export the sequence file.

 Click on Save

 

  1. As you can see in the following image, the sequence file “Adams, P” has been saved to the My BiteFX Sequences folder.

Adams sequence saved 

 

Importing Sequences

Once a sequence file has been created and exported or is otherwise available as a saved .mvx file (.mvx is the type, or extension, of the file), that sequence can be imported into any computer with BiteFX installed, and will automatically be appended as an added sequence. This avoids the need to recreate your favorite sequences manually on each BiteFX computer. Another useful application is to create a series of "mini-sequences" that focus on particular occlusal concepts (e.g., Opening & Closing of Jaw, Guidance, Destructive Wear, Splint Therapy) that can then be imported and used as building blocks in a single blank sequence row to accumulatively create a new full sequence quickly.

As with the export function, sequences can be imported from the Menu, or from the Animation panel or Picture panel window.

Importing an All Sequences File

  1. Click on Menu, and then select Import Sequences.

Select Import Sequences From Menu
 

  1. Select All Sequences.mvx and then click on Open.

 Select All Sequences then Open

  1. All of the individual sequences that were exported as an All Sequences file are added to the BiteFX application as individual sequences.

 All Sequences Appended

 

Importing Individual Sequences Using the Menu

  1. Click on Menu, and then select Import Sequences.

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  1. Select the .mvx sequence file you want to import, and then click on Open. Here I've selected the sequence "Canine Guidance".

 Select Desired Sequence Then Open

  1. The Canine Guidance sequence has been added to the BiteFX application as a new individual sequence.

Individual Sequence Appended

 

Importing Individual Sequences in the Animation/Picture Panel Window

Although the menu/import sequences command allows you to import both All Sequences and individual sequence files, only individual sequence files can be imported using the "Import sequence" button when in the Animation or Picture Panel window.

Note: If there is an "All Sequences.mvx file in the Import sequences window, if you try to select and import that file, nothing will happen.

Importing an Individual Sequence into a New Sequence Row

  1. With the Animation or Picture Panel open, click on the Import sequence button the blank sequence row.

 Click on Import sequence Button

  1. Select the sequence file you would like imported into that row, and then click on OK. Here, I selected "Splint Therapy".

 Splint Therapy Selected

  1. As you can see from the image below, the selected sequence "Splint Therapy" has been added to my new sequence row.

 Splint Therapy Appended

 

Importing Individual Sequences into the Same Sequence Row

As described previously, BiteFX allows you to combine sequences together in the same row to create a full presentation. Here’s how you do it.

  1. In the row that you wish to begin combining sequences (can be an exisiting sequence or a blank row), click on the Import and append sequence button.
 Click on Import sequence Button
  1. Select the first sequence you wish to append, and then click on OK.

 Select First Seq

  1. If you have added the sequence to an existing sequence row, the previous name of the sequence will remain unchanged. If you are creating a new sequence, when the first file is imported, the sequence name will be the same as the first imported sequence file. In this case, double-click on the sequence name and rename it as needed.

 After First Seq Added   Rename

  1. In the same sequence row, click on the Import and append sequence button again and select the next sequence you would like to add to that same row.

Thompson Click on Import Again 

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  1. As you can see from the image below, the animations and pictures in the sequence I selected to import, "Splint Therapy" have been added cumulatively to the Thompson sequence row.

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  1. Continue adding sequences to create your full presentation. As with any custom sequence, the animations and pictures can be reorganized or removed from the custom sequence, and additional animations and pictures can be added as needed.

 

If you need further assistance learning how to use the Sequence Duplicate, Export and Import features, please contact us by email at your convenience, or by telephone Mon-Fri  8am–5pm Pacific Time:

support@bitefx.com

1-877-2BiteFX (1-877-224-8339)
International (+1) 530-582-1189

 

 

 

 

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