This section describes some of the important milestones in the
the NOAA Fisheries Toolbox.
in the NOAA Fisheries Toolbox are continuously being updated. Be sure
to check the Toolbox home page
regularly to get information on the latest versions. For individual
model histories, please see the page describing the model you are
interested in, or contact User
(NFT Version 3.1)
The last nine months have seen significant growth and
improvements in the Toolbox.
Behind the scenes the Toolbox team has moved to the
Microsoft .Net framework and programming tools for the the
graphical interface for new models and significant
updates to existing models. Advantages seen in models using
the new platform include:
Toolbox windows are no longer fixed at 800x600
allowing support for larger and multiple monitors. Key
such as data grids, plots and graphs will automatically resize with the
Further improvements to the grid entry tool, which
is now based on the Microsoft Data Grid View.
Improved security and installation reliability
through the .NET framework
A new version of the plotting package has also been
included in new/significantly updated models.
(NFT Version 3.0)
April 2008 marks the re-launch of the the NOAA
a completely public suite of fishery stock assessment software. In
preparation for this, the Toolbox web site underwent a significant
In April/May 2007 the NOAA Fisheries Toolbox underwent a
The following enhancements and new features were added
new grid editing tool. The new tool streamlines data entry when typing
from the keyboard and when pasting data from the Windows clipboard.
Shortcut key combinations (e.g. CTRL-C
for Copy, CTRL-V for Paste,
etc.) are available for common grid editing functions. A menu
of common grid editing functions is accessible by right-clicking
anywhere on the grid.
to save files with spaces in the file name, and use spaces in folder
All of the new models
and many of the previous
models were re-styled to a multi-document interface with
separate forms for input and output. This allows the user to
find the needed item with fewer tabs to sort through.
Options were added to allow plots
to use default light
& dark background color schemes as well as user customized
A plot collection feature was added to applications
with many plots such as ASAP or VPA. The plot collection feature allows
users to easily assemble groups of plots into a single
document for ease of use in meetings.
An option was added so that users can view text
reports with the
text editing software package of their choice or continue to use the
viewer that comes with the Toolbox.