April 2012 | Q & A

Managing the SOCET GXP Workspace file

Chris Mazur

Chris Mazur

I saved my workspace. However, I’m having trouble loading it. How do I recover my working environment and associated files?

The most common reason users experience difficulty loading a workspace is because the saved ‘Workspace’ file has been corrupted. This could happen for a number of reasons, e.g., saving over an original workspace with a new workspace of a different configuration, a system crash occurred, or the paths are no longer valid for the data. However, what’s most important is recovering the associated data.

The workspace file (*.wksp) is fundamentally a pointer file. When a workspace is saved, all information is retained to recreate the current state of the workspace, including all relationships such as histogram-image, snail trails, loaded point or path objects (e.g., working directory location), processing chains, overview/subordinate, and link relationships.

The following workspace characteristics are saved:

  • Working directory location
  • Spatial reference information
  • All data loaded in the Workspace Manager (data tree)
  • All open Multiports and panels (including overviews)

Properties of those Multiports and panels:

  • Data files (images, terrain, and graphics) displayed in each panel
  • The pan, zoom, and rotate condition of each panel
  • The processing chains for each image in the panels
  • Roam history (snail trail) in each panel

Open tool windows:

  • Panel Data Manager
  • Mensuration Log
  • Registration window
  • Location and size of all open windows, including the Workspace Manager
  • License collections
  • Note – other support windows are not saved

The simple fix to this issue is to open the original data files (imagery, terrain, vectors). Navigate to the saved workspace directory and manually open the graphics and processing chain files. Recreate the workspace environment, and save it again. No data should be lost, just the relationship to where the data is stored on the disk, and how your workspace looks (e.g., zoom levels, template used, and the size and shape of the Multiports).

How to Resolve

Whenever the saved SOCET GXP workspace fails to load, follow the steps below to retrieve your work. This prevents starting from scratch to redo the work.

  1. Access the folder where the workspace is saved.
    1. Go to the Default Save Folder. If you are not sure, look in Configure Preferences > Preference Directories.
    2. Go to the folder with the workspace name.
  2. You will find files containing copies of your work. For example, annotations are saved in graphics files (*.grfx), templates in template files (*.tmpl), and enhancement files in processing chain files (*.prcn).
  3. Manually load these files into the current workspace.
  4. Manually load the pertinent images and display in the Multiport as required. Reapply the *.grfx, *.tmpl, *.prcn to the Multiport as needed. You should see the work you saved in the workspace.

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