Aspect Browser: Aspect Emacs and Nebulous
Nebulous Command Summary
- Menu Bar and Menu Commands
- Quick Start -
A quick and easy way to add files to your session.
- Add and Remove
Files - A more comprehensive way to add files to your
- Reload Changed Files - Updates the file contents in
Nebulous. This is especially useful after modifying some files.
- Save Session - Saves the aspect patterns and file
views to a file.
- Load Session - Loads the aspect patterns and file
views from a file.
- Quit - Quits
- Atlas Buttons
Fold Atlas Buttons - Folds the atlas tabs that are
empty of files.
- File Panels
- Show all panels - Shows all the file panels
- Fold the panels without aspects - Squishes the files
without any shown matches into a thin strip.
- Hide File panels without aspects - Hides the panels
without any aspects.
- Show immediate files only - All files within the present
directory (or container) is shown.
- Expand immediate subdirectories - All files
within the present directory (or container) and any files within
the immediate sub-directory (or sub-container) is shown.
- Recursively expand all subdirectories - Expands all
- Set File Panel Width Preferences - A dialog box
appears that allows the user to set the minimum size of the
windows and the incremental size of each step when the widths
- File Panel Sort Options - The order of the file
panels can be set here in respect to alphabetical order and
- Change Threshold of Hidden Aspect Folder - The
number of hidden aspect patterns before a hidden aspect folder
is created can be changed with this dialog box.
- Change Cache Size - A dialog box appears with the
option of changing the size of the cache. If the directory
panels are large or taking up too much memory, reducing the
size of the cache may reduce memory and performance problems.
- Change Background Color - Changes the background
- Traversal Action Options - After reaching the last
match with the traversal feature, a dialog box usually appears
asking the user to search in the next directory panel/Atlas
Tab or wrap the search around in the same directory. The
default action can be set here if the dialog box becomes an
- Display Text - Toggle switch for "text
- Get Redundant Lines - A dialog box appears and
Nebulus scans the entire project for copied-and-pasted code.
A list of them is then displayed on the dialog box and each
entry can be chosen to be added to the Aspect Index.
- GUI Interfaces
- Add/Delete Aspect Pattern Buttons - Adds or Deletes
- Add/Delete Aspect Pattern Folder Buttons - Adds or
Deletes aspect pattern folders.
- Aspect Patterns - Regular expressions associated with a
color. They are shown in the hierarchical aspect pattern
tree. Annotations or comments can be added to each aspect pattern
by right clicking on the pattern itself.
- Aspect Pattern Tree - A tree that contains a collection
of aspect patterns. The hierarchical structure allows the aspect
patterns to be organized inside of folders.
- Atlas Tabs - Row of buttons that selects a module or
- Cursor - Red cursor indicates where is the last
position you have clicked on or traversed to. Progressively fading
cursors indicate the last 5 positions where you have been.
- Directory Panel - A large bin or container that
encapsulates and contains the file panels. The directory panel is
a defineable unit used by AB to separate files by modules or by
- Display Scale - Shows ratio of the number of pixels per
line scale, where P = pixels and L = lines.
- File Panels - Vertical thin windows that represent a
file in the project. Aspect patterns are highlighted inside of
these windows. Double-clicking on one of these windows will reveal
the code at that point.
- Folded Nodes - When many aspect patterns in a row are
hidden, they are squeezed into a single node to reduce clutter in
the aspect pattern tree.
- Folders - Aspect patterns are stored inside of folders
inside the aspect pattern tree for organizational purposes.
- Magnify/Minify Buttons - Enlarges or shrinks the scale
of the file panels in respect to the number of pixels per line of
- Pattern Text Field - Enter new aspect patterns or
folder names here.
- Traversal Mode - A pull down list menu that displays
various options of traversing aspect patterns through the
files. Use the arrow buttons next to it to traverse forwards and
backwards. The red dot button sends you to the present position of
the red cursor.
- All Aspects - Go from one aspect to another.
- Selected Pattern - Go from one specific match to another.
- Aspect Collisions - Go from one collision to the next
- Cursor History - Traverse through the history of where the
red cursor has been.
- Wider/Thinner Buttons - Widens or narrows the file panels.
Nebulous uses a regular expression package from:
Last modified: October 2, 2001