The SnapPlus menu bar is located in the top left of the screen.
•Open SnapPlus farm: Opens a dialog box (the default location is saved in your settings when you last opened or created a farm) where you can select a farm to open. If the farm has recently been copied or is from a hard drive on a network, a warning message may appear about concurrent usage.
•Recent: Displays the most recent databases with the most recent on top. To open one, just click on it.
•New SnapPlus farm: Opens a dialog box where you select a folder and enter a new name for a farm, usually the farm's name, and then click on the Save button.
•Save Snapshot: Allows you to save the database at a specific point in time which gives you the option to revert the file back to that point during a session if needed. By default, Save Snapshot saves a zipped database, with a timestamp appended to the name in the Backups folder in the same location as the farm database.
•Revert to Last Snapshot: Allows you to go back to the latest saved snapshot (located in the Backups folder, in the same location as the farm database).
•Get Previous Snapshot: Displays a list of previous snapshot date/times; select one to revert to it. These files are located in the Backups folder, in the same location as the farm database.
•Archive: Meant for saving a farm database for historical/reporting purposes rather than just a backup. Archive saves a zipped database, with a timestamp appended to the name, in C:\SnapPlus2\MySnapPlusData\Archive. The Archive option gives you a secure means to save your end of year farm data. You may also save the file as a .snapDB file by setting the Save as type to "Farm Database (*.snapDb)". See How to Archive Completed Plans for Future Reference for more information.
•Convert SnapPlus farms V1 to V2: Opens a dialog box that prompts you to select the source folder for the Version 1 database and destination folder for Version 2 --the default location of MySnapPlusData is already entered, but you can browse to a different location. Then click Convert to finish the process. The original Version 1 database will not altered or deleted.
•SnapMaps | Clear My Web Data: Deletes all the data on the remote servers for SnapMaps. This means that if you click this without downloading your data under the SnapMaps tab, you will lose data. Only click this if you have downloaded all your data. Use at your own risk.
•SnapMaps | Reset SnapMaps FarmID : Should only be used for reviewing. Allows reviewers to open and change plans without directly changing the original owners SnapMaps data. If you are going to make changes to a plan and then are going to return it to the original owner, this should NOT be used.
•Save Farm: Saves all of your changes to you farm file and leaves the farm open.
•Close Farm: Saves all of your changes and closes the farm but leaves SnapPlus open.
•Exit: Closes the program.
Please see Import/Export Menu for more information on this topic.
•Rotation Wizard: Adds/Edits cropping, application, rotational settings, MRTN data to multiple fields and years. For more information, please refer to the Rotation Wizard.
•Rotation Editor: Brings up the Rotation Editor dialog box which allows you to add or edit the rotations used in the SnapPlus Rotation Wizard. You can use the Share function to save rotations that can be imported to any farm on your PC using Import/Export menu. Refer to the Rotation Editor Wizard for more information.
•Nutrient System Editor: The Nutrient System Editor allows users to create a system or combination of nutrient sources that are used on a yearly basis for a crop. Once you create a system, you can add it to any cropping year and field throughout the database. For more information please refer to Nutrient System Editor.
•Manure Allocator: Allocates manure application to a group of fields you select with similar N, P2O5, and K2O needs. The average N, P2O5, and K2O needs for the fields are calculated using the Adjusted UW Recommendations (shown on the Cropping screen) for the fields in the year selected. See The Manure Allocator for more information.
•Fertilizer Allocator: Brings up the Dry Fertilizer Blend Calculator, to determine a fertilizer blend that may be used on a group of fields with similar N, P2O5, and K2O needs. Fertilizer blends for the fields are calculated using the Adjusted UW Recommendations (shown on the Cropping screen) for the fields in the year selected. See Fertilizer Blend Calculator for more information.
•Fertilizer Blend Calculator: Brings up the Quick Fertilizer Blend Calculator, which determines a fertilizer blend given the fertilizer sources, formulations and the pounds needed. Up to three sources may be entered to calculate a blend. See Quick Fertilizer Blend Calculator for more information.
•Easy Group Builder: Brings up the Easy Group Builder which allows you to create new groups based on the criteria of your choosing. You can also generate Excel spreadsheets with selected field data from this tool. See Using the Easy Group Builder for more information.
•Update all fields: Forces a recalculation of nutrient recommendation for all fields and seasons and of rotation soil loss and P Index on all fields. You can abort a long model run by hitting the Escape key. If a Group or Sub-Farm is selected, you may choose to only update those fields or all of the fields in the farm.
•P Index Chart: The P Index chart displays the rotational average P Index for a field in a stacked column chart. The stacked chart graphically displays the split up values of Eroded Soil P, Dissolved P from Soil and Dissolved P from nutrients that make up the total P Index value. The graph uses the data from the Rotational average P Index (Cropping Tab summary section) and is a graphical representation of that data. The graph is currently designed to view one field at a time, and there's an option to generate a PDF copy of the chart displayed. Click on the Refresh button to populate the updated P index results. The current graph scale is 0-10 and for P Index values greater than 10, the value is displayed in the chart.
•Split a Field: Creates a copy of a field in the database. After splitting a field, go to the Fields page to edit the Field Name, Size, Soil Map Symbol and any other field data that is not correct for the original or copied field. All soil tests and samples will be copied to the new field. Edit the sample lists on the Soil Test page so that soil samples are correctly assigned to each of the split fields. Split Field should be done on the desktop before you split the field in SnapMaps. See Splitting and Merging Fields.
•Merge Fields: Creates a new field combining the information from the fields you select. Ensure the new field and field restriction data are correct. The fields you selected to merge will be set to Inactive. Before doing the merge, we suggest that you export the soil tests and the daily logs for the fields being merged and save a snapshot of your database. See Merging Fields.
•Utilities | Manage Snapshots: Has two choices for managing snapshots either by the number or by date: Snapshot purge limit of purge 30 and Select dates/times to delete. Change purge limit will let you set how many snapshots to keep. Select date will let you purge all the Snapshots that you select here.
•Utilities | Pack Database: Performs a database "vacuum" which releases unused memory. This could make your database file smaller if you have been deleting a lot of fields, applications, or crop years.
•Utilities | Clear Database Users: Purges the access data for the open farm keeping one month of records. This is not recommended unless you are really having trouble with database size. It is unlikely to make a huge difference, and the programmers use this data a lot when helping users with troubleshooting issues.
•Farm settings | Acknowledge use of proper techniques for W soil manure applications: WPDES-permitted farms only - Acknowledge using proper techniques on W soils for all of the fields on the farm. If a Group is selected, it will make the acknowledgment only for the fields in the Group. Proper techniques means verifying that the water table is below 24 inches from the soil surface at the time of application. Selecting Yes will turn off compliance messages and flags
•Cropping Grid Edit: Switches the Cropping screen between a one-field, all-years view and an all-fields, one-year view.
•Nutrient applications by season: Displays the total amounts planned or actual nutrient applications for each source by season. See Nutrient applications by season.
•Preparer Info: Adds or edits information about plan preparers,contacts, and consultants.
•Settings | Automatically open your last farm: When checked, this function opens the last farm that you worked on.
•Settings | Auto purge: When checked, SnapPlus will automatically purge your backup files (snapshots). This means that no more than the last 30 file will be saved.
•Settings | Confirm deletes & completion: When checked, you get a confirmation box whenever you click on a delete option on a SnapPlus screen. When making multiple deletes, you will still be prompted to confirm the delete.
•Settings | Check for version update: When checked, notifies you if a newer version is available. When you change from unchecked to checked, it will let you know if a newer version is available.
•Settings | Field Grid Display: Speeds up refreshing the grid for large farms.
•Settings | Populate Preparer on New Farms: When checked, contacts marked as Preparers will be automatically added to new farms. Contacts can be added and marked as preparers by going to View | Preparer Info.
•Settings | Show What's New: When checked, displays the section of the help file that shows new features.
•Settings | Reset ALL default sizes: Resets the screen Size to 1024 x 731 and resets all of the grid columns to their default widths.
•Settings | Reset Farm Slopes and Lengths: Is used only if you need to reset ALL field slopes and lengths to the default settings in for the designated dominant critical soil map unit.
•Settings | Reset grid columns to default widths: Resets all of the grid columns to their default widths.
•Settings | Show duplicate farms: Lists the location of all farm databases with the same farm name. You may also be prompted to Find all SnapPlus files on your computer - this can take as much as four minutes or more depending on your hard disk size.
•Preferences: Lets you view where files and folders are located. Also sets the debug level for messages to be saved in the Syslog. See SnapPlus Preferences for more information.
•Help Contents: Brings up the installed SnapPlus help.
•snapplus.wisc.edu: Goes to the SnapPlus website.
•Reference Docs: Provides a means of viewing files in the SnapPlus/docs directory. The files available are listed when you make this menu choice. Reference documents include the current version of the 590, The 590 Nutrient Management Standard Technical Note, SnapPlus version history, and the Emergency Response Form.
The references have been split into two groups :
•Reference Docs (590, A to M)
•Reference Docs (N to Z). Additional Import templates have been added here so they are easier to find.
•Websites: Provides direct internet links to websites with important information for use with SnapPlus. The links are activated by moving your cursor over them and clicking.
•View SysLog: Records how the program is running. This provides information about Information, Errors and Warnings that may occur in the program. If you come across a technical issue in the software, send this with a description of your problem and the farm database through email to technical support. The SysLog will help the programers identify the issue so they can proceed with helping solve the problem.
•Update SnapPlus V2: Checks if an update to your installed version of SnapPlus is available. If available, you can start the update right away if you wish, though you will need to close SnapPlus before the installation can proceed.
•Directories: Opens a SnapPlus message window with a list of the SnapPlus installation directory structure. It will also list your default farm data, Import and Export directories if different from the defaults.
•Custom Excel Templates: Creates excel templates for manure spreading for 590 (Records) and CAFO (Daily Log) plans. These templates include dropdown boxes that have field names and sources filled in from the farm you are using. For the fields, to creates your selections based on what subfarm or group you may have selected on the Fields tab. For sources, it looks at the cropping tab to see what year is selected.
•Support/Contact: Opens the Contact Information section of the help to provide contact info for any user problems or technical support issues user is facing.
•About SnapPlus V2: Provides version and other information about SnapPlus.