rPlot Instructions

rPlot Instructions

PSP plotting interface, or rPlot, will load the default plots at the start, however users can customize the plots in several ways. The top time tool bar:

Time and Customization tool bar

allows the users to select the length of the time interval for which plots are sought. By using the Previous or Next buttons, the intreval can be change by the time indicated in the Plot Length/Time Step select list. Once the inerval length is selected, the user MUST click on the update button for the new plots to be generated. Notice that plots are generated on-the-fly, hence it might take sometime for them to be created.

   The Customize button allows user to change their plots by

  1. adding plot from a different instrument
  2. editing existing plots
  3. hiding plots
  4. deleting plots

Customization popup window


Starting from the top left, the Move Up and Move Down buttons allow to change the order of the plots as well as the time stamps.

The Edit button can be used to customize a selected plot. A plot must be selected prior of clicking this button. Once clicked, the popup dialog that is displayed depends on the type of plot. For Line plot, the dialog is illustrated below

Line plot customization dialog

Notice that this dialog allows:

  • change the Min/Max of the Y-axis
  • use Linear or Log plot
  • select the size of the line, or the symbol (for scatter plots)
  • change the size of the plot
  • change scatter or line plot


On the other hand, for spectrograms, the popup dialog is

Spectrogram customization dialog

This dialog allows to

  • change the variable(s) that are plotted
  • change the color table for the color bar
  • change the Min/Max for the color bar
  • change the Min/Max for the Y-axis
  • change linear vs log plot
  • change the size of the plot

The Rename button (in the customization dialog) can be used to change the name of a given plot from a default to anything the user seem fit, while the Delete button can be used to delete (remove) a previously selected plot. Finally, the Add button must be used when a new plot is to be added to the list. Clicking this button makes the dialog to pop-up


Add plots Add plots


In this case, the user can select either level 2 (L2) or level 3 (L3) types of data, and from there, the instrument, and finally the data type


Notice that the Hide buttons (on the left of each plot) in the customization dialog can be used to hide a previusly selected plot.

Customization popup window

Futhermore, the radio buttons at the botton of the above illustrated dialog can be used to change the background color of the plots from white to black, and viceversa. Finally, the Data Slider check button can be used to enable(default)/disable the data slider (see below)



The Get PDF and Get PNG buttons in the main tool bar below, allow the user to obtain either a PDF or a PNG version of the plots that have been created.

Time and Customization tool bar

Finally, the Get URL/QR button can be used to obtain a link for the customized plot that can be used to reload the plots as they have been customized. By clicking this botton, the dialog below is created

QR dialog


Data Slider

The plotting interface allows users to obtains a "vertical" slice of the data at a given time stamp. This is the data slider. To access this capability a user can simply click on any plots. In the case of spectrograms, the dialog below is generated

Spectrograms data slider

user can customize the plot from Lines, to Log2Linear, to Log2Log. The Range can be used to plot the average of the data points found at t - Δt ≤ t ≤ t + Δt where Δt is the Range and t is the UTC value.

By clicking on the Show Data buttin, all data plotted by the Data Slider can be visualized as illustrated below

Data Slider visualization

Finally, the Data Slider pop-up dialog for line plot is illustrated below

Line Plot Data Slider pup-up dialog