The Abstracts window shows the contents of an abstracts file, one abstract at a
time. Two different kinds of abstract files can be read: plaintext and embedded
markup. See the file formats page for
details about these files. The Abstracts window contains two text display
fields, arranged as a split view. The border between the two fields can be
raised or lowered by dragging the mouse, in order to resize the fields. The
second text display field displays the PL, PN, and PF fields of the abstract,
which indicate the protein and gene symbols and names which might be related to
the abstract. The first text display field shows all other fields in the
abstract. If a PGML (Protein/Gene Markup Language) embedded markup file has been
read, all marked strings in the abstract are displayed in color, with red, blue,
and green text alternating for each separate category in the markup.
Reading abstracts files
To read an abstracts file, click the 'Read Abstracts...' button. Navigate
through the Mac file system using the Open dialog, and choose a file to read.
The file will be read and parsed, and all abstracts stored in memory.
WARNING: Each time you read an abstracts file, the current set of notes
displayed in the Notes window are erased.
Navigating through abstracts
Click the 'Prev Abstract' or 'Next Abstract' buttons to move through all the
abstracts in the file, one at a time. Enter a number into the lower right text
field of the window and click 'Go To #:' to go directly to a specific abstract
in the file.
Searching for PMIDs
Enter a PMID number of an abstract into the second from the top text field of the
window, and click 'Find PMID:' to search for an abstract with that PMID number. If
an abstract mathing the PMID is found in the file, it will be displayed.
Finding selected proteins
You can automatically search the proteins database (see the Proteins window page for details) for a string
contained in the PL, PN, or PF fields of an abstract. Select one or more
characters of a line in the second text display field of the split view and
click 'Find Selected Protein'. The entire line of text will then be selected
and copied into the 'Search For:' field of the Proteins window, and a search for
that string will be performed on the currently loaded proteins database, if
Selecting the font
Both of the text display fields of the split view are editable so that you can
change their fonts. Changes to either of these fields are not written to the
abstracts file. To change the font of a display field, click the mouse in the
field and choose 'Select All' from the Edit menu. You can then access the Font
menu and change the font with 'Show Fonts' or any of the other menu items. Only
if you selected the entire display field will changes to the font persist to
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