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Introduction
Enhanced Functionality

T hank you for selecting the GPSA Engineering Data


Book Eleventh Edition (Electronic). We trust that it
will become a standby in your collection of
engineering reference materials. This electronic
version is enhanced with the search and hyperlink
features of Adobe® Acrobat®. If you are a novice or a
casual Acrobat user, please take a few brief minutes
to review this help file. It provides a description of
how the Electronic Data Book is organized, as well as
invaluable inside tips on navigating through the great
volume of data presented.
First Time Users
First time Electronic Data Book users and Acrobat
novices will benefit from a perusal of the Glossary. The
Data Book Description provides an overview of the
Electronic Data Book, while the basics of getting
around are covered in Layout & Navigation. Lastly,
there’s a summary of the Data Book’s capabilities that
Note allows you to search in various ways: from a Data
Book menu bar; search all Sections; and find within a
Bright blue
Bright blue text
Section. Re-linking indexes is also covered.
always denotes a
hyperlink that will
jump to that This help file assumes that you have a working
information when knowledge of the Windows® operating system’s
you click on it. graphical user interface.

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Glossary

article — An Acrobat feature that relevance ranking —A circle that


allows the user to follow a chain of indicates how likely it is that the
text columns within a Section or Section contains the phrase you
multi-page figures. How To searched for. The more filled it is,
bookmark —A link to an Acrobat the greater the likelihood that you
view in a hierarchical list that allows will find what you’re looking for in
the user to quickly move from one that Section.
part of a document to another, as Search —An Acrobat command
well as between documents. How To that allows the user to locate all
collection — A group of Adobe PDF the Sections in the collection that
files (also called documents). contain a particular word or
display mode — Acrobat has phrase. A list of the Sections is
three: Page Only, Page w/ presented with a relevance
Bookmarks and Page w/ ranking. How To

Thumbnails. The Data Book Section — A topical division of the


defaults to Page w/ Bookmarks. GPSA Electronic Data Book (i.e.,
Find — An Acrobat command that Section 3 — Measurements). Each
allows the user to locate a phrase Section is a separate Acrobat
in the current Section only. How To document file (*.pdf)
Link — A predefined area on a view —In Acrobat, a term for the
page that will, when clicked on, display of document (PDF file) that
execute any of a number of actions includes the file, page, area on a
(Go To View, Execute Menu Item, page (or all of it), and magnification
etc.). The Go To View will jump to setting. Acrobat allows you to
another location in one of the navigate between the ten most
documents in the collection. recent views. How To

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Description of the Electronic Data Book


Organization

T he Electronic Data Book is composed of three main


groups of files: the installation files, Adobe Acrobat
Reader with Search 3.01, and the collection. The
Anatomy of the installation routine will guide you through the setup
GPSA Electronic process; Acrobat Reader is the engine that powers the
Data Book
Electronic Data Book; and the collection is the content
Installation files of the printed Data Book along with ancillary Acrobat
document files that provide added functionality and
Acrobat Reader assistance to the Electronic Data Book user.
The collection
The Collection
The collection contains a separate Acrobat document
Main screen
for each of the 26 Sections in the Data Book, another
for the main screen that you see when you opened the
Table of Electronic Data Book; a Table of Contents that gives you
Contents access to the Sections and introductory material; and a
fourth, Data Book Help, that you are now reading.
Data Book
Accessing Documents
Help You may access any of the documents in the collection
at any time during a session. Continue on to the next
Docs
page for some tips that will quickly help you get the
most out of your Electronic Data Book.
Section 1

Section 26

Index Files

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Layout & Navigation


The Screen Layout
In All Its Glory

T he Electronic Data Book screen may not be a pretty


picture, but then it’s designed for functionality.
Previous Acrobat users will immediately recognize it,
since the Electronic Data Book uses the Acrobat
toolbar and menu system for its power and flexibility.
Inside Scoop
However, whether you are an Acrobat newbie or an
old pro, a few minutes spent reviewing the next
B
several pages will give you the inside scoop you need
D to efficiently find your way around the Electronic
C E
E Data Book.
User Tips
Click on any letter for
important information on
the Electronic Data Book’s
layout and navigational
features. Also, see the
notes on monitor settings.

A F
F

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Monitor Settings
Ideal Screen Settings

T he page views in Electronic Data Book are optimized


for a screen that has an 1152 pixel x 864 pixel
desktop area (set in the Display window of your Windows
Control Panel). This resolution was selected because:

• It is commonly available on today’s monitors.


• The font sizes of the printed publication, from
which this product was adapted, are relatively
small and require at least this size to display well.
• To display as much of each page as possible, so
that the user does not become “lost” without any
margin references.
Just Gettin By
A monitor resolution as low as 800 x 600 will provide
somewhat viewable results. Any Windows-compatible
color monitor capable of displaying these resolutions
is sufficient.

If your monitor is not capable of the optimal setting


above, you may have to vary from the instructions in
this help file to attain viewable results. A feature of the
Data Book that users with lower resolution monitors
may appreciate is the Acrobat article mode. If you have
the Hand Tool selected and there’s a down-arrow in
the center of the mouse pointer, you can click to zoom
in on a single column of text. The Reader Online Guide
has information on navigating with articles.

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Viewing Recommendations A

I Can See Clearly

S etting your windows to an optimal configuration


will greatly enhance the ease with which you move
around the Electronic Data Book. Use the illustration
below as a guide for positioning the Sliding Bar with
your mouse. Of course, your monitor settings and
personal preference will influence the best position for
your situation.

Each page and figure in the Electronic Data Book is


programmed to fill the available width of the
Document Window. Moving the Sliding Bar to the left
will make the type larger.
Moving it to the right will
reveal more of the words
Sliding Bar

in the longer bookmarks.



Bookmark Document Window Windows with a


Window View. Adjust the
Sliding Bar so you
can read enough of
every bookmark
while maximizing
the width of the
Document Window.

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Bookmarks B

Use Those Bookmarks!

E ach section has a hierarchical list of topics and


figures in a separate window on the left side of the
screen. Click on the icon or text to jump to that topic.
The Bookmark Window This is the key to quickly finding what you want in
the Electronic Data Book. Note that the bookmarks for
the figures follow the topical list for each Section, 1 .
3 5
2
Jumping to Other Documents
4 In addition, there are extra bookmarks at the top of
the list to help you navigate outside of the current
document to other sections (e.g., Table of Contents
bookmark, 2 ) and to help you get your screen set up
to the recommended configuration (the Viewing
Recommendations, 3 ). To view hidden bookmarks,
use the horizontal or vertical sliders, 4 , or the arrow
buttons, 5 .
Getting Rid of Unwanted Clutter
You can also hide lower level bookmarks so that only
a higher level topic list is completely visible. Your
Electronic Data Book comes with all the levels
6 expanded (except in Section 26 with the Classified
Listing of GPSA members). Any bookmark with
subordinates expanded will have a button, 6 , to the
7
left of it (and the subordinates will be indented below).
1 Those with collapsed subordinates look like 7 .

5 4 5
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Moving Around

Within the Current View C Between Sections


To navigate to another section, you
Slides the current Click and then drag
will generally have to go via the
view within its rectangle to zoom in
window on an area Table of Contents page (see
Jumping to Other Documents,
above). One exception is when you
encounter a reference to a figure in
another section. See To a
Referenced Figure, below.

Between Views (no matter E


which Section/Document)
Within the Current Section D Return to Go to the
(Document)
Previous View Next View

To go to First Page
To go to Previous Page
To go to Next Page
To go to Last Page
To a Referenced Figure F
Click on the bright blue text
(e.g., Fig
Fig.21-3)
21-3 and the Electronic
Data Book will serve up the desired
illustration or table. You can
change the view according to your
needs (see “C”, above), but

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Moving Around

remember you can only hit the Previous Page button to take you
Previous View button (see “E”, above) backwards until you find the one
nine times to return to where you you’re looking for. To return to
were reading. If you’ll be spending where you were reading, click
some time browsing around the either the Previous View button ,
figure, note the topical bookmark (up to nine times) or the topical
you’re reading in, so you’re always bookmark where you were reading.
just one click away from where you
were. To View the Bibliography
Bibliographical entries, when used,
To Return to the Table of Contents are located with the references at
All documents have a “Table of the end of the section. You can
Contents” bookmark in the navigate to them using the
Bookmarks window on the left of BIBLIOGRAPHY bookmark or in the
the screen. A single click of the same manner as described above in
mouse will take you there. To View A Reference.

To View a Reference To See Additional Pages


Superscripted numbers are of a Multi-Page Figure
reference citations. References are If the data you’re looking for is not
listed at the end of each section. on the page that a figure link took
Take note of the number and use you to, there’s a good chance that
the REFERENCES bookmark or the the figure is continued. This will be
Last Page button (on the Toolbar) indicated by a down-arrow in the
to jump to the list. If the number center of the hand pointer (when
you’re looking for is not within the Hand Tool is selected). Click
view, scroll the page or use the on the figure to display it as an

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Moving Around

Acrobat article. Repeated clicks For a full column of text, click


(about three, depending upon your about three times and,
viewing conditions) will step you depending on your viewing
down the entire length of a page. conditions, you’ll be back at
the bottom.
To Follow a Column of Text
The printed Data Book was Click one more time and you’re
published in a two-column format. at the top of the next column.
This Electronic Data Book remains
faithful to that, so from time to If it’s more convenient, you can
time you will find yourself at the remain in this mode for as long as
end of the left-hand column and you are reading the same article.
want to continue reading at the top
of the right-hand one. For More Information
Check out the Adobe Acrobat
You can do this by displaying the Reader Online Guide for more
text as an article: detailed information. You can get
there by clicking on the title, above
With the Hand Tool selected, (in blue), from an Electronic Data
position the mouse pointer over Book menu bar, or at any time via
the column of text you’re the Acrobat Reader menu:
reading and click on it. This will
change the display to the article Help> Reader Online Guide
mode and place you at the top
of the current column of text
you are reading.

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Search
Needle in a haystack? No problem.

T rying to find a particular word or phrase? The


Electronic Data Book (via Acrobat) gives you two
ways to do it. The first, and most limited, is the
Acrobat “Find” command. It allows you to locate any
combination of characters in the current Section (or
document) only. See the heading, To Search the
Current Section Only.

When you’re not sure what Section will contain the


data you need, or you want cross-disciplinary
information, then the Acrobat Search facility is what
you’re looking for. This powerful search engine will
perform a full text search of the entire Electronic Data
Book in seconds and return a list of the Sections and
ancillary files in which your search string appears.
See To Search All Sections.

Additionally, you can launch an Acrobat search from


the menu bars that appear at the bottom of the Main
screen and the Table of Contents screen.

Note
Although Acrobat will perform full
text searches, many of the figures are
bitmapped images and the text they
contain will not be located during any
type of search.

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Search

From a Data Book Menu Bar To Search All Sections


You can immediately launch a On the Acrobat Reader menu,
search when you start the GPSA select Tools> Search> Query. The
Electronic Data Book from either the Search dialog will pop up.
Main screen or the Table of
Contents screen. Place your mouse pointer over
the Find Results Containing Text
Click on the [Search] button at window and click once to get a
the bottom of the screen. The blinking cursor in the window.
Search dialog will open. Type a search string, select the
desired options and click on the
Type a search string, select the [Search] button.
desired options and click on the
[Search] button. Acrobat will Press [Ctrl]+U to go to the next
jump to the first occurrence, if occurrence of a search string.
it is found.

Press [Ctrl]+U to go to the next To Search the Current


occurrence. Section Only
On the Acrobat Reader menu,
select Tools> Find.

Trouble Type a search string in the box,


If the [Search] button is grayed out select the desired options and
when the dialog box opens, the click on the [Find] button.
probable cause is that the links to the
index files are broken. To restore them, Press [Ctrl]+G to go to the next
see Re-linking Indexes, below. occurrence of a “Find” phrase.

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Search

Re-linking Indexes Browse to the Data Book\Docs


If you have attempted to search the folder on the CD. Two PDX files
Data Book and found that you are listed, choose the one you
didn’t have any indexes to search, want and click [Open]. Repeat
don’t panic. The index files (*.pdx) these last two steps if you want
are most likely still in the DataBook\ both indexes open.
Docs folder. A broken link is the
most likely cause. To reestablish Congratulations, your indexes are
the link(s): now linked! Note that in the Adobe
Acrobat Search dialog, the [Search]
If the Adobe Acrobat Search button is no longer grayed out. You
dialog is still open, go to the may now search all the files in the
next step. If not, select Tools> Data Book collection for any phrase
Search> Query from the Acrobat that will point to information you’re
Reader menu. looking for. See To Search All
Sections for tips on using the
Click on [Indexes]. The Index Search function.
Selection dialog will open.
For More Information
Note the Available Indexes The Adobe Acrobat Search Online
window. There should be two Guide provides more detail. You can
indexes listed, the Data Book and get there by clicking on the title (in
Acrobat Help Files and the GPSA blue, above), from an Electronic Data
Electronic Data Book. If the one(s) Book menu bar, or at any time via
you want to use are not shown, the Acrobat Reader menu:
click on the [Add] button.
Help> Plug-In Help> Using Acrobat Search

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