Making Strip Plots

There are a couple of ways in which you can make strip plots fairly quickly. One option is to generate your strips using the Resonances pop-up. First of all, filter the table for the resonances of interest by clicking on the ? in the Assign Name column header. In the filtering pop-up select Regular Expression and enter N|Ca or N|C$ if you want to generate NCa or NCO strips, respectively, and then click Filter Include. (Or change the filtering expression for other types of strip – note that | signifies and, $ signifies end of text.) Now select the pairs of resonances from the residues you would like to generate strips for (use the Ctrl key to select several non-consecutive rows in the table; it will also help to sort the table by Residue or Spin System #). Finally select which window you want the strips to appear in using the drop-down menu above the table and then click Strip Selected to generate the strips. Your strips will now be created in the chosen window. Obviously you have to make sure that the isotopes match the isotope axes in your chosen window.
An alternative is to generate your strips using the Peak Table of the spectrum of interest (via the Peak / Peak Lists menu). You can now select one peak from each strip that you want to have created (use the Ctrl key to select several non-consecutive rows in the table), choose the window in which you want the strips to be displayed using the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner and then click Strip Selected. A series of strips (one for each peak selected) will now be created in that window.

You can print your strips using the Window / Print Window pop-up. Set your Options as desired and ensure the correct window, spectra and peak lists are selected. In the Region tab you can either set your regions by Min/Max (useful for setting the x dimension of horizontal strips, for example) or by Centre/Width. The Centre/Width option will allow you to set the strip width to be whatever you would like, regardless of the width currently shown in the window.


Manipulating strips in graphics software packages

If you generate a series of NCa and NCO strips you can interleave them quite quickly in a program such as Inkscape (free from, Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. Simply start by ungrouping everything until you can see that the strips have been separated from one another. Then select the area of one strip at a time and group that selection again. Now you can move the strips around and easily reorganise them or interleave strips from different spectra.
The only thing you have to watch out for is that each strip is surrounded by four lines to create the box around it. If you select the top strip when everything is ungrouped you will also have selected the top line of the second strip. Therefore, after selecting the area of the top strip, click once on the bottom line while holding down the Shift key (to remove one line from the selection) before you group your selection again. If you now move the top strip, you should see that the second strip still has a box surrounding it. This may sound a bit strange, but should become fairly obvious when you try it out.