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SimDesigner now available as public beta

Last post 05-10-2013, 8:13 PM by csharak. 11 replies.
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  •  07-04-2012, 8:27 AM 4485

    SimDesigner now available as public beta

    Laerdal has now made publicly available SimDesigner, a new tool for creating scenarios.
    SimDesigner is a free tool designed to work with SimPad and will also be the tool for creating scenarios for the coming unified control software for our PC-based simulators.

    Please have a look at it. You can find it here:
    http://www.laerdal.com/us/SimPad#/dl

    Tor Arne Klakegg
    Laerdal Medical AS
  •  07-31-2012, 1:06 PM 4549 in reply to 4485

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    Interesting program, only with a few bugs which make it really hard to handle. For one thing, it's a little bothersome that the "multilingual" version doesn't have German in it. Would be nice to have, but that isn't the biggest fault.

    What really bothers me is the fact that the events that come with the software can't be modified. Furthermore, events that the user adds apparently should be able to be edited (there is a button...), but apart from the name of the event, nothing can be changed. Also, I haven't figured out how to add drug events to the library.

    Maybe someone in here has some advice on these things.

     

    Best whiches from Germany,

     

    Moritz 

  •  07-31-2012, 2:28 PM 4550 in reply to 4549

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    Hi, thanks for the feedback. 

    The SimDesigner program itself does not have translations. The language setting is to indicate which language was used when composing the scenario. This setting will be displayed when browsing the scenario on SimStore and can also be useful when we add capability to create translations of scenarios later.

    The standard events that comes with SimDesigner can be configured to a certain extent in the phase editor by clicking on the pencil button next to the event name. Which configurations are available depends on the event type. Please refer to "Edit event appearance" in the help file.

    You can't really change the name of a standard event, but you can give it an alias. If you change the name of the event (by clicking on the event name in phase editor) you effectively create a new custom event instead of using the standard event.

    Note that event alias support is not yet implemented on the SimPad.


    Tor Arne Klakegg
    Laerdal Medical AS
  •  08-06-2012, 1:37 PM 4569 in reply to 4550

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    Okay, guess I can work my way around that. 

    The most bothersome thing, really, is that the program keeps crashing when editing events of course loosing all the changes in the scenario since the last time the thing has been saved. This most often happens when trying to edit an event (by hitting the pencil-button....) for reasons that I cannot understand. 

    Have you encountered that problem as well and maybe have a solution? A few times, a window opened telling me that silverlight out-of-browswer editing didn't work.

     

     

  •  08-07-2012, 5:13 PM 4578 in reply to 4569

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    Aaaaaaaah, what have you done??? I just got todays update for the SimDesigner, and there's no way of changing the events within a phase any more - the "OK"-button is gone, so the only way to close the window is by hitting the X in the upper left corner, losing all changes. Not good, not good at all. 

     

  •  08-08-2012, 10:15 PM 4588 in reply to 4578

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    I looked at it briefly.  However- since I'm the control freak who programs 3G in Classic mode so the I have control over the Events, the way they display and the way they are organized- I will not be using it.  This may be good for your new customers, but I personally wish you would just use the SimMan Classic/SimJunior/SimBaby/SimNewB version of Scenario Editor.  Sorry if I'm being too blunt- just giving my honest opinion.  I'm a very satisfied customer who recommends Laerdal wholeheartedly.  I just don't want my scenario programming messed with. Smile 
    Barbara K. Ratliff RN, BSN, MBA, CHSE
    Baptist Health Montgomery, AL
    Institute for Patient Safety
    and Medical Simulation
    Simulation Specialist
  •  08-09-2012, 12:24 PM 4589 in reply to 4578

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    The SimDesigner update from August 7. introduced this bug, see description below. We're sorry about that. We fixed it in an automatic update that we published on August 8.

    The updated version will soon also be available here for manual download:

    http://www.laerdal.com/us/SimPad#/dl

    This is the bug-description:

    If the SimDesigner application's vertical size is low (e.g. if running with 1360x768 resolution) and the phase contains many events, the OK, Cancel etc. buttons on the bottom of phase editor will be hidden.


    Tor Arne Klakegg
    Laerdal Medical AS
  •  08-09-2012, 2:38 PM 4590 in reply to 4588

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    Hi,

    I'm sorry you feel this way about SimDesigner. It is actually being designed to give much more control over events. Both how they are organized and how they are displayed. SimDesigner offers both standard events (which we recommend using) and custom events. Events can also be of different types, and may have defined values attached to them.

    SimDesigner also offers new features such as custom variables and timers that can be manipulated and tested on throughout the scenario to give more control of the scenario flow and log generation. The value of a variable/timer can be written to the log. You can also make more advanced conditions using logical AND/OR operations. SimDesigner also let you create instructor messages that pop up during simulation to guide the instructor.

    SimDesigner will be the tool for creating scenarios both for SimPad and the upcoming unified PC-based software for our simulators. The new software will not support running scenarios created in Scenario Editor, but the scenarios can be converted to the new format in SimDesigner.

    Please refer to SimDesigner help for more information. Note also that Laerdal will offer SimDesigner 1-day courses beginning in October this year.

    Regards,


    Tor Arne Klakegg
    Laerdal Medical AS
  •  08-10-2012, 4:54 PM 4591 in reply to 4590

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    Perhaps I was too hasty- I will look at it again when it is ready for the pc based simulators. Hopefully all the work I have done in those will convert. 

    One thing I did notice is that the connectivity between Editors is missing. If I am recreating my Adenosine Handler, I can find your Adenosine Event well enough (though I would add specific dosages), but then when I Click to add a response, I can't create a new trend from there. I have to save and exit, go to new trend, create it, save it, go back to the handler and add it and save again. It would be nice if you could create the new trend even from with in the handlers. Or create a new handler from where you add handlers. I also didn't see the ability to add Comments- I use that function quite a bit as well.

    It might be a good idea to publish a manual or DFU when you publish new software, perhaps that would help as we try to figure out how to navigate it.

     

     


    Barbara K. Ratliff RN, BSN, MBA, CHSE
    Baptist Health Montgomery, AL
    Institute for Patient Safety
    and Medical Simulation
    Simulation Specialist
  •  08-23-2012, 10:14 AM 4607 in reply to 4591

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    I agree, we should publish a good manual for this. Actually we have, we just kept really quiet about it. What we did is wrote the help file as an intro course/DFU, so it actually works really well as a manual by reading it from a-z.

     So everybody: please open the Help file and have a look at it! It's actually really good!

     best regards, Kjetil


    Kjetil Nilsen
    Sr. Interatcion Designer
    Laerdal Medical AS
  •  09-28-2012, 5:16 PM 4651 in reply to 4591

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    I agree with Barbara. For those of us used to programming SimMan, SimBaby, etc. the new Beta version is not very user friendly.  I have read the entire DFU and still struggle with the changes. Many times the program crashes and all is lost or...when connecting it to the simulator it does not react as you think it should.  I also think that releasing a beta version was not a well thought out process.  Many institutions will not let employees download beta software on their computers. The inability to program these SimPads  or transfer existing files is frustrating. I have worked around this issue but think they could have delayed the SimPad introduction until the SimDeveloper software was ready to go.
  •  05-10-2013, 8:13 PM 4907 in reply to 4589

    Re: SimDesigner now available as public beta

    I am having a Silverlight crash issue that someone else had mentioned. In SimDesigner when I try to delete events in a phase Silverlight is apparently crashing, consistently, causing me to lose changes. Is this known and are there any fixes for this?
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