# General Information

The PhotosynQ Desktop Application allows you to build and test measurement Protocols and Macros, contribute to Projects and save small scale experiments to the Notebook. It requires a PhotosynQ account and an internet connection when signing in and synchronizing content with the PhotosynQ cloud.

# Internet connection

An internet connection is required when starting the app and to sign in and synchronize Projects, Protocols, Macros and Instrument information. Saving Protocols, Macros and measurements requires an internet connection as well. Measurements taken for a Project can be cached and uploaded later, so they can be collected in areas without an internet connection.

# Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows / Linux Mac Description
Ctrl+1 ⌘1 Show Project List
Ctrl+2 ⌘2 Show Notebook
Ctrl+3 ⌘3 Show Protocol List
Ctrl+4 ⌘4 Show Protocol Editor
Ctrl+5 ⌘5 Open Instrument Console
Ctrl+Shift+L ⌘⇧L Open Preferences - Measurement History
Ctrl+F ⌘F Search
Ctrl+S ⌘S Save - Protocol / Macro / Measurement
Ctrl+Shift+S ⌘⇧S Save As - Protocol / Macro / Measurement
Ctrl+Alt+S ⌃⌘S Synchronize Application with PhotosynQ
Ctrl+Comma ⌘, Open Preferences

# Protocol & Macro Editor

Windows / Linux Mac Description
Ctrl+F ⌘F Search
Ctrl+H ⌘⌥F Replace
Ctrl+Space ^Space Show available Commands and Functions
Ctrl+Shift+R ⌥⇧R Manually run a Macro calculation
Ctrl++ ⌘+ Increase Font Size
Ctrl+- ⌘- Decrease Font Size
Ctrl+0 ⌘0 Reset Font Size


More shortcuts for the Editors here (opens new window)

# Energy Saving

When your Computer goes to sleep after a certain time of inactivity to save energy, the app will try to prevent it during a measurement to save the data. This might happen during extremely long measuring Protocols. Should the computer go to sleep during a measurement, please go to your OS settings and deactivate the sleep setting or increase the time after the computer goes to sleep.

# Serial Connection

The Application uses serial communication to send and receive data from Instruments like the MultispeQ.

When using a micro-USB cable, make sure that the cable allows data transfer. Sometimes cables are only for charging devices. MacOS comes already with the required drives installed, so you can use the Instrument right away. If you are using Windows other than Windows 10 you have to install a serial driver, before you can use the Instrument.

When using Bluetooth make sure to pair the Instrument using the operating system's Bluetooth preferences. The code used for pairing the Instrument is 1234. After pairing, you will find the Instrument in the list of available Connections. Since the Bluetooth connection is a little bit slower than the cable connection, it might take a second or two longer to establish a connection. Using Bluetooth, you don't have to use the serial driver.

Windows Serial Installer: Download (opens new window)