Stamp Plot Software

Before going too much further it would be best to concentrate on the StampPlot Pro graphical plotting software that will add a tremendous visual aid to the experiments. We will be using the StampPlot Pro version with the Free Home/Educational Standard License.

Figure 1-1

StampPlot Pro Example Graph

Figure 1-1

StampPlot Pro Example Graph

Developed by two professors, Martin Hebel and Will Devenport at Southern Illinois University, the StampPlot graphic plotting software brings the voltages produced in the experiments alive! Figure 1-1 shows just one example of a single channel voltage plot. StampPlot is also fully programmable using the macros that we have provided for you.

Stamp Plot Software

Figure 1-2 show just one of the major features of the StampPlot graphing software that we will use in our upcoming experiments. With StampPlot Pro you can:

Figure 1-2

StampPlot Features

Besides the standard graphic plots of up to ten analog channels of data, you can also program virtual gauges that react to voltage readings just like actual meters.

Figure 1-2 show just one of the major features of the StampPlot graphing software that we will use in our upcoming experiments. With StampPlot Pro you can:

Run the provided macros that control the look and feel of your plots Send commands via the BASIC Stamp module to control plotting Draw gauges and meters on your plots

Sound alarms when voltage readings fall or rise above preset limits Play WAV files at preset voltage limits

The Free Home/Educational Standard License version of the StampPlot Pro software and the macros needed for this text are available on the Parallax CD that comes with the Experiments with Renewable Energy kit. WinZip is also included on the Parallax CD. (If you are in a classroom environment, check to see if you already have StampPlot Pro installed on your computer; follow the directions of your instructor.)

V Load the Parallax CD

V From the Welcome menu, choose Software.

V Click the plus sign next to BASIC Stamp.

V Click on StampPlot Pro.

V Click on Install, and follow the directions.

V Repeat the procedure to install the StampPlot Pro Energy Manual Macros

You may also download the StampPlot Pro software and the macros for these experiments free from the Parallax website. If you need WinZip to open these files; a free demo version can be obtained from www.winzip.com.

V Go to www.parallax.com.

V From the Education menu, choose Stamps in Class Tutorials.

V Click on Experiments with Renewable Energy.

V Scroll to the bottom of the page.

V Click on the link to install StampPlot Pro, and follow the installation instructions.

V Repeat the procedure to download the StampPlot Pro Energy Manual Macros. Once your software is installed, you will need to register it.

V Open StampPlot

V Select Register from the menu bar

V Select Free Home/Educ Standard License

V A box will appear informing you that this is authorized ONLY for home and educational use. Click Yes.

V Another box will appear thanking you for registering. Click OK.

The Home and Educational version of StampPlot Pro is free. Its main limitation is that it does not allow you to create custom macros (macros are like mini programs). You can still run macros with this version, and all of the macros needed to complete the experiments have been included on the Parallax CD and website.

After you have successfully installed the StampPlot software and the Experiments with Renewable Energy macros, it's time to utilize the first macro. The macros customize the graphics in the plotting area to best display the results of each upcoming experiment. There are two different ways to access these macros. One way is to open up StampPlot with a specific macro through the Start menu.

V From your computer's Desktop, click the Start button

V Choose Programs.

V Choose Parallax Inc.

V Choose StampPlot.

V Choose Experiments with Renewable Energy.

V Click on sic_ewre_basic.spm.

The StampPlot program should open automatically and switch to the screen shown in Figure 1-4. If instead you get an error message asking which program to use to open the macro, try this:

V Cancel out of the error message window.

V Open StampPlot from the desktop icon, or by clicking on Start ^ Programs ^ StampPlot.

V From the toolbar, choose File.

V Choose Update Associations for .spm, .plt.

V Close StampPlot, and try reopening from the Start button through the macros again.

Or, if you StampPlot is already open and you want to change from one macro to another:

V On the top menu bar of the StampPlot program, click on Macros.

V From the drop-down menu, click on Select Start-Up macro.

V In the Open window, double-click the folder named SIC-Energy.

V Click on the file sic_ewre_basic.spm, then click on the Open button.

V Click the Yes button when asked "Start a new plot using this macro?"

Either way you chose, your screen should resemble the one shown below in Figure 1-4.

Figure 1-4

The StampPlot Pro Start-Up Screen for the Experiments with Renewable Energy Text.

Figure 1-4

The StampPlot Pro Start-Up Screen for the Experiments with Renewable Energy Text.

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  • pansy
    How to graph a home using basic stamp?
    6 years ago
  • Innocenzo
    When would you use stamplot?
    1 year ago

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