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The link to this section is located on the Settings Menu in the Data Cantre


You should rarely need to visit this page once things are up and running but obviously every program has settings and QVS Data is no exception in that respect. In fact it has many settings but you could sail through years of using the program without changing one single one from the default.

Note that whilst the Standard and Pro versions have some settings that are different, the method of setting is the same in both cases. You may find some differences between these lists and what you see on screen. As new features are updated parameters get added but they all fall into the same basic groups.

The Main Screen on opening (Pro version)

ProgramSettings02(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

The Standard version is identical except for the Import Tweaks item and a few sub items.


The full list of settings for Standard (Left hand side) and Pro (Right Hand Side) are shown above. There are not many differences.

There are only a few different types of setting so rather than describe what each setting does as there is a mini-help text for each one, I shall demonstrate the types of setting.

Numeric settings – Type 01 (or 11)

These are user numeric settings but this could be a little confusing as they are only integer numbers. Decimal numbers are the next type.


Most of the area of the form is for information only and cannot be edited (areas highlighted in green below). Only the parameter value can be changed.


Note that in this example the check box ‘Uses limits’ is checked and above that are two boxes describing the minimum and maximum values permitted, in this case a number between 1 and 3 inclusive.

If you enter a value outside the range nothing will happen until you click on ‘Save Change’ You will then see the message:


An entry is also made to the log files.

Some numeric settings may be set using a drop down list. This is because the numeric value stored does not have much meaning in human terms.


In this case the text relates to the style of location text but the sequence of numeric values is not consecutive and it would be difficult to remember which one to use if you were only presented with a number.


Another variation on this is where the slider is used, for example amplitude settings or Google Earth heights. Often this is where there is a large range of possible numbers.


In this instance the allowed range is between 1 and 3,000. The slider makes it easier to set but you can still set the value by typing in the number.

Decimal settings – Type 02


As with numeric settings these can be limited in value. For the value shown, the default lower limit of magnitude displayed, there are various factors that affect the result. First most decimal settings are limited to 5 or 4 decimal places inside the database. 5 for latitudes and longitudes and 4 for other decimal values. The user display value for magnitude decimal places will also affect what you see so if you were to enter 3.796 you would see Mag 3.80 upwards as the display is set to 2 decimal places and only very occasionally will you get a GeoNet mag 3.79. (Note the number of decimal places is set in the USER settings and the default magnitude places we looked at above is the number of decimal places for the magnitude limits boxes – that can be confusing.)

Boolean settings (Yes/No) – Type 03

These are all settings that have a True or False, Yes or No, value or in the database a 1 or 0.


There are only two possible selections.

String settings – Type 05 (or 15)


These are simply text value typed in. This one is for the seismo tab lists of favourites. With all of these settings if you don’t click on ‘Save Change’ nothing will be saved and if you move off a parameter to another the changes are lost.

There is a set of ‘string’ values that is handled differently. This is the values for the magnitude backgrounds and when they have been implemented the new ID backgrounds that help you find providers easily in the lists. Because the numbers are based on the RGB values (which you need not worry about) the area of the form bottom left of the parameter input is active.


Please note that the displayed colours are there to remind you of the colours already selected. Only the colour selected on the left hand side with be changed. Currently you can only change the back colour so do not select colours that will not show the black text.

Clicking on Get Colour display a standard Windows colour picker dialog box.

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