From the desk of Stu Harman, our support and coaching expert. In this article Stu explains how to navigate through and use the Options submenu that was revised and released with BiteFX V2.4.
One of the really nice changes to the BiteFX software with the V2.4 release was the revamped Options menu that makes navigating through the various Option categories easier than before, and has organized the optional functions in a more simplified and intuitive manner. The Options menu allows you to modify a variety of BiteFX software functions, appearances and behaviors to suit your particular needs and preferences.
To help you become a master using the Options menu, here's a detailed tutorial that explains how to use each element of the menu. Another resource that can help you learn how to use the Options menu is the User Guide, which can be displayed by starting your BiteFX software and selecting Menu>User Guide.
Opening the Options Menu
To access the Options menu, start your BiteFX software and select Menu>Options. A screen will appear displaying the eight (8) Option submenu categories. To open any category, just click on the category name.
Options Menu Categories
The Options menu consists of the following categories (click on each of the Option category names to go directly to that section of the tutorial):
- Function Behaviors
- Session Reports
- Date/Time Format
- Information Sharing
- Usage Tracking
The View submenu allows you to place the position of the Information and Help panes to the left, right, top or bottom of your BiteFX main screen. To change the position, simply click inside the circle to the left of the location where you wish the pane to appear.
The default setting is for the Information and Help panes to appear on the left side.
This submenu allows you to modify the behavior of the software with respect to:
- Previous/Next in Sequence Buttons
- Movie Speed
- Circular Animation Controller
- Transition to Pictures
- Dragging Objects
Previous/Next in Sequence
If using a user-defined sequence to present to the patient, it may be desirable to select a picture or animation that was not included in the sequence, and then return back to where you left off. When this option is checked, after selecting an animation or picture outside your sequence, clicking on the Next or Previous in sequence buttons will select the next animation or picture in your sequence where you left off. This feature is useful because you don't have to remember where you left off in your sequence, and you don't have to open the Animation or Picture panel to select the animation or picture to resume where you left off.
The default setting is for the Previous/Next in sequence buttons to work for both BiteFX animation or picture groups and user-defined sequences.
BiteFX includes a Control Play Speed slider to set how fast or slow the software plays an animation. If you don't want the software to remember where you last set the play speed for an animation, uncheck the box and each to time you re-select an animation, the play speed will revert to the play speed that was set for the last animation played.
The default is for the software to remember the play speed that you set for each individual animation.
Circular Animation Controller
In case you weren't aware, the BiteFX animations consist of a series of discrete frames that, when played progressively, give the appearance of a continuous movie. The circular slider lets you play any part of the animation frame-by-frame, and at any speed you like using a clockwise-counterclockwise movement of the mouse. Each 360 degree rotation of the circular slider movies the animation a specific number of frames. To change the value, click on the up or down arrow.
The default is for each full rotation of the circular slider to play the animation 20 frames.
Transition to Pictures
To enhance the aesthetic appearance when a picture is selected, the software has a fade-in delay effect that can be set between 0-50 tenths of a second, which produces from 0-5 seconds of fade-in time.
The default is for a picture to take 1 second to fade-in fully.
Because some mouse pointing devices are more sensitive than others, it is possible that when attempting to select an animation or picture by clicking in its thumbnail, the action causes the object to be dragged instead of selected. To compensate for this, you can change the setting so that you must hold down the mouse button for a longer length of time (up to 1 second) before the software will enable dragging.
The default setting is to wait 10 milliseconds before the software decides you are intending to drag the object.
The Updates submenu lets you determine how you want updates to be detected, how they are downloaded and when updates are installed.
Check for updates
Once BiteFX is started, it must connect to the BiteFX server to check for available updates. If this option is unchecked, you must click on Menu>Updates to open the BiteFX Updates dialog box and click on the Check for updates box to initiate the process manually.
The default is for the software to automatically check for updates as soon as it is started.
Download updates automatically
Once updates have been detected, the next step is to download those updates. If this option is unchecked, you must click on Menu>Updates to open the BiteFX Updates dialog box and click on the Download updates box to initiate the process manually.
The default is for the software to automatically begin downloading all available updates as a background process soon after BiteFX has been started.
Install updates when:
Regardless of which option is selected for this function, the process of installing updates must be initiated by you. If the option, "I ask you to" is checked, you will need to open the BiteFX Updates dialog box and click on Install updates. If the option "I close BiteFX" is checked, a message will appear asking you if you would like to install the update(s). Clicking on "Yes" will complete the process.
The default is for the option "I close BiteFX" to be checked.
The Session Reports submenu allows you to determine how certain function related to the creation of session reports behave and appear.
This category includes three sub-options:
Record unplayed animations
If you plan on bringing a patient back at a later date for their consultation, and wish to produce a report for that session, you can pre-record the consultation by starting the recording and selecting each animation and picture you intend to show the patient during the live consultation. This gives you the advantage of having a finished report available to give to the patient to walk out the door with in their hands. If this option is checked, you merely have to select an animation while the record function is active and it will be captured as a recorded event. If unchecked, you need to advance the animation at least one frame for it to appear in the recording.
The default setting is to require the animation to be advanced at least one frame to be captured in the recording.
Keep session events for "X" days
The Session event log is a chronological list of every animation and picture that has been selected over a period of time. The log's principle function is to allow you to create a recording after the fact in case you forget to start to record a live session (See What to Do When You Forget to Record a BiteFX Session). Any event in the log that is older than the number of days selected will be automatically dropped from the log. The number of days can be set between 0-30 days.
The default setting is eight (8) days.
Clear event log now...
If you would like to remove all of the events in the session log at once, click on this button and then on "Yes" to confirm you want clear the log.
This category has two sub-options:
Generate the session name automatically
If this option is checked, a session recording name will be automatically generated by the software and include the following:
- The text "Session started" followed by,
- The date
- The time
The default is for you to input the session name as you prefer.
Clicking on the button will display a dialog box where you can modify the appearance of the published PDF report including logo selection, whether to include the date and/or time on the report, and headers text and background color.
You can modify how the date and time is formatted and will appear in BiteFX and in the session report. Dates can be displayed numerically, or alphanumerically with abbreviated or full month and day names. Times can be set to a 12 or 24 hour format, and whether leading zeros are included in the date or not.
Each copy of BiteFX is a separate and distinct software installation, and in most respects they operate independently from one another. However, with information sharing enabled, some key functions of BiteFX can be shared between computers.
When this option is checked, you can select which attributes from the local computer can be shared with other BiteFX computers. The first step is to create a BiteFX Shared Information folder on a network shared drive that is mapped to each of your BiteFX computers. After enabling "Use information sharing" by checking the box, the next step is to Browse and select the folder you've created. The final step is to select which information categories you want to share with other BiteFX computers.
- User-defined Sequences
- Session Report Configuration
- Animation Notes & Play Speed; Picture Notes
As translations become available, this sub-menu will allow you to select which language you want text to appear in the software and in session reports.
When enabled, BiteFX is sent tracking information to help us prioritize future developments and focus on which elements of the software are used most. The information is kept strictly confidential and is never shared with outside parties. When BiteFX is first installed, you will be asked if you agree to share your usage data with BiteFX.
The default is for the data not to be shared with BiteFX.
This sub-menu is primarily intended for use by BiteFX technical support representatives when assisting you with performance issues. Unless directed to do so, we recommend you not make any changes to the default settings. Categories include:
- Load images in background
- Edit session notes modeless
- Refresh image thumbnails
- Reset all options to their default values
If you need further assistance learning how to use the Options menu in BiteFX for Windows, please refer to the Options section of the BiteFX User Guide for a more comprehensive description (start BiteFX, select Menu>User Guide), or if you need additional assistance you can contact us by email at your convenience, or by telephone Mon-Fri 8am–5pm Pacific Time:
International (+1) 530-582-1189