General Notes Section
Applicability: Cranium, Synapse

The General Notes section is part of almost every chapter found in MKS documents. You can enter any text within the section's field. Typically these notes describe details about the current entity that are not captured in the chapter's property fields.

Editing a Datum Value

Clicking the left mouse button on the section's edit control activates the Notes Edit dialog enabling you to enter a value.

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Notes Control: enter general information about the current entity. For some entities, e.g., chemicals and techniques, these notes are accessible during selection and other processing. See below for an example.
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Date, Phrase, and Set Phrase Buttons: the Date button inserts the current date and time into the Comments Control. The Phrase button inserts the current user's 'Personal Phrase' into the Comments Control. The Set Button activates the Set Phrase Dialog which enables you to change your personal phrase.
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Save Button: stores the entered notes into the current document.
Datum Commands Menu

Clicking the right mouse button within a field's datum control activates the field's datum commands menu.

Documentation on each of the menu commands can be found here.

Example: Edit the general notes of an estimation technique entity
  1. Open a knowledge base document. (Open a "working" document or create a copy of a document (see here) if you are just experimenting with this functionality.)
  2. Change to the Techniques chapter. Scroll to the General Notes Section (typically located near the bottom of the chapter's data pane).
  3. Click the left mouse button on the section's edit field.
  4. The General Notes edit dialog is activated.
  5. Enter any text value. Clicking the right mouse button on the dialog's edit control displays the commands menu enabling you to copy text, paste text and insert symbols. (See documentation on the Symbol Dialog for more details.)
  6. Pressing the Date button will enter the current date and time into the edit control. Pressing the Phrase button will enter the currently stored phrase into the edit control. Pressing the Set button enables you to change this stored phrase. (See the Phrase Dialog documentation for more details.)
  7. Finally press the Save button to store the entered value into the current document.
Tip: Entity notes are accessible

Notes entered into the General Notes field are available at various locations throughout Cranium and Synapse.

Example: Display the general notes associated with an estimation technique
  1. Open a knowledge base document. (Any knowledge base will do.)
  2. Change to the Techniques chapter.
  3. Activate the Go To Dialog by selecting the Go To command from the Navigation menu or by pressing cntrl-g.
  4. The Go To Technique dialog is activated.
  5. Select an estimation technique from the entities list. Press the Notes button. The Entity Notes dialog is activated.
Related Documentation
Topic Description
Getting Started using Synapse provides a quick tour of Synapse's capabilities including a examples of chemical product design.
Getting Started using Cranium provides a quick tour of Cranium's capabilities including a discussion of structure editing.