General Overview of PIT
Before opening PIT, you will probably need to change your screen display to
at least 1024 x 768 pixels (PIT was designed for a minimum of this size and
anything smaller will cause imagery and bottom menus to be "chopped off"). A
screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 is the best choice and should be used if possible.
To make this modification in PC Windows, go to "My Computer", select "Control
Panel", then click on "Display", and choose "MGA Settings". There are two movable
buttons (left-right) marked "Display" and "Desktop". If need be, drag each button
until the 1024 x 768 (or 1280 x 1024) option is shown. You will be instructed
now to "reboot" (start again) the computer, using the indicated button. Your
new screen setting will result (all initial icons will appear smaller). Again,
you have a choice of switching back and forth between these instructions in
the Tutorial and PIT once loaded, using the minimal button [ - ], or, if you prefer,
you can work from a print-out version of the remainder of this Appendix (pp. 8-14) to read the
- As always, you start by loading the program, using either the icon or "pit.bat".
- On the right of your screen, a small black rectangular window will appear and partially
superimposed on it will be a large black window. The small window underneath, labelled
"dirlist", is normally not used in your PIT session and should be removed from the active desktop by minimalizing it (-). But,
first, drag it by its top title bar further right and look at its buttons,
only several of which are activated. As you proceed through different PIT operations, the label "dirlist" may change to another "identifier". When you want to close out PIT (and especially if you want to shut down the computer), remember to remove "dirlist" or its equivalent by clicking on its X button.
- The bigger window, with "No Image" in its center, and labelled Pit on its
title (top) bar, also contains the main menus accessed through 6 buttons on
the left and a Help button on the right.
- First, click on "Help" and then on "Display Help" in its window. There should be a
large quantity of information that is often helpful when a particular function
or command needs further explanation. But in the version you have, nothing happens when this is accessed. Clicking on "About Help" produces a dropdown window that may be useful to some but is generally best to ignore. If possible this failure will be corrected later (but remember, currently there is no funding to modify PIT and correct errors and omissions).
- Next, simply click on each of the left six buttons to familiarize yourself
with the various command options. Some are in black, and ready to use, others
in gray will only be later activated (into black) when a particular program
or stage in processing is running. Be advised that clicking on the rightmost button "Windows" presents an error message - ignore this and click out. But this button starts to work as soon as you have loaded an image into the large window.
- The large "no image" black window is called the "Thumbnail" window (a throwback
term to earlier versions of PIT in which it, and several others, were notably
smaller). You will use this window to display individual gray scale images
or color composites.
Nicholas M. Short, Sr.
Jeff Love, PIT Developer (email@example.com