To create customized layouts for blocks you can create a new one at step 2, configure selected blocks of the experiment creation process. Below is a screenshot.
To start creating a new block layout, click on the drop-down menu with the name of the layout, and remove the selected layout with backspace. Now you can start typing a new name and the unit settings for the block on the right hand side become available for editing.
Now you can edit the following:
- Number of unit rows and columns
- Unit width and length
- Width offset & length offset
- Maximum block length and width
There is a graphic of how the current settings would translate to the real block on the platform. It is updated constantly as you make changes. On the left side of the graphic, at the block width (vertical) position 0 and block length (horizontal) position 0 is the barcode on the platform. The scanner moves when compared to the graphic from the left to the right, ove the middle of the block. If your setup does not use barcodes, the block length 0 position is generally the starting point of the scanner, and the block width position 0 is directly beneath the scanner in it's middle point of the laser slit.
Number of unit rows and colums
The numder of rows configures how many units there are in the block width direction, thus in how many individual rows the area must be divided for calculating parameters. The number of columns is how many units there are along the block width direction. In the above graphic we see that there are 2 rows and 4 columns. Changing it to 1 row and 2 columns will give us the following result:
Generally you want to create as many individual units as there are plants assigned to the barcode.
Unit width and length
The unit width and length define the size of a unit. In the above picture, they were set to 325 and 400. If we change these to 650 and 1000 we get the following result:
One unit now has a width of 650, using up all the block width. The length is 700, and since there are two columns in the block length direction, the total length is 1400. Another example shows the layout with amount of rows at 4, the columns at 8 and width dimension of a unit at 100 and the length at 200
Width offset & length offset
As can be seen from the images above, the starting or origin point of the units is in the to left corner of the graphic, or when standing at block position 0 and length position 0 to the left side of the block. The starting point in width for the unit layout generally has position -325. You can shift the whole layout down by changing the width offset. Above the offset was set to 0, so the default starting point is -325.
Entering 200 for the width offset will yield the following layout:
Similarly, the starting point in the block length direction can be changed. Entering 100 for the length offset gives the following layout:
Maximum block length and width
To change the dimensions of a block you can adjust the length of the block and width. In the below graphic they are set to a length of 2000 and a width of 1000.
However, you generally should not change these since the blocks on the platform have a fixed dimension. The scanner also can not scan more then the maximum width set as default in your setup, or scan further.