News and information about the Patchworks™ system

These articles provide tips on how to use Patchworks as well as highlights of new features and changes to the Patchworks modeling software. In addition to these articles the continuously updated Release Notes provide a chronological record of software updates.

Tip

Importing yield data from external models

Growth and yield data are a essential input to Patchworks: without these data wood supply analysis simply could not be done. Yield curves often come from complex external models (FVS, MIST, VDYP or GYPSY for example) and differing output formats raise compatibility issues. This note describes an easy and flexible way to import a variety of yield curve data formats in to the Patchworks model.
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by Tom Moore , July 27, 2020

Feature

Treatment packages

Treatment 'packages' are a capability to implement a combination of treatments as a single scheduling action. This type of scheduling is appropriate when a known sequence of actions follow from an initial action, such as with the stages of shelterwood silviculture progressing after the first action has been initiated.
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by Tom Moore , May 4, 2020

Tip

Cell formatting

Patchworks makes a best effort to effectively format the data values that are shown in reports. The basic method is to provide a level of precision appropriate for the magnitude of the numbers involved. But in some cases a different format can make a better data representation, and this is where custom formats come in handy.
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by Tom Moore , March 19, 2020

Feature

ReportWriter progress alert

When you click on a report title the Patchworks model starts up a background thread to generate the results. If time consuming calculations are required then the report wont show up right away, and nothing would seem to happen. This new feature presents an on-screen alert indicating that the reportwriter is busy working.
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by Tom Moore , March 3, 2020

Feature

Pivot table data exploration tool

Most people are familiar with pivot tables as a quick, intuitive and flexible way to summarize and subdivide data. This easy yet powerful capability is available in Patchworks for summarizing data tables and producing reports.
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by Tom Moore , February 25, 2020

Tip

Color ramps

Color is an extremely important component of the visual presentation of map data: the choice of colors will affect viewers perception and comprehension of the message. Patchworks provides a very easy to use mechanism to review and apply a range of attractive color sets.
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by Tom Moore , October 15, 2019

Feature

Export to CBM-CFS3

CBM-CFS3 is carbon budget model that is being used more often by Patchworks clients. Patchworks outputs contain all of the information that is required by CBM-CFS3, but in the past it has taken a bit of manipulation to get these data in to the correct format. The addition of a CBM-CFS3 export wizard makes this process a lot easier.
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by Tom Moore , September 23, 2019

Feature

Raster data display

Raster technology provides a simple and powerful way to model spatial relationships across and between surfaces. Some operations that are slow and problematic with vector methods run efficiently in raster mode, and raster modeling is often the method of choice for habitat modelers. Patchworks has a capability to work with raster data sets and provides some great tools for viewing, printing and summarizing raster data sets.
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by Tom Moore , September 19, 2019

Installation

A note to Patchworks customers regarding Java

Patchworks is a Java application, and you must install a java runtime. In 2019 Oracle changed the licensing conditions for Java. This note describes what these changes mean and explains your options for installing Java.
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by Tom Moore , January 25, 2019