Take several minutes and right click on the main display window and then click on each of the submenus: global projection, spatial scenario generation, site specific scenario generator, view pattern etc. Go through the entire list and see what is displayed. DO NOT continue beyond the first window displayed for each submenu. You can return to some of these submenus later and explore them further.

Note: Global is the default study area. You will need to click on the study area window and select a different study area if you wish.


There are a number of options for customising your version of SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop that can be accessed via the Tools drop down menu, under Options.

When you click on the Options item a number of tabs area presented for different aspects of the SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop system.

When you click on a new dialogue box will be displayed. Depending on your network you may require proxy information from your IT Support Centre to enter here so that you will be able to easily access updates for SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop via the internet and the automatic updating facility. I you face issues with firewalls there are other ways of updating your software. Contact info@climsystems.com for information.

File associations is an import option to consider by clicking on that option another dialogue box will open:

Select one or more or all and click on . Now you will be able to open the files directly from your file explorer when working with SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop.

Go through each tab and its features.

User interface: High quality is the default. If you wish to have quicker performance on more complex image builds then you can select Good Quality of High Performance for the fastest redraw.

You can also toggle for the option of hiding unused toolbars on the main SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop page. With this option toggled the toolbar for managing images will not be shown until an image is opened in the main screen.

Data: This interface allows you to direct SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop to a remote data directory (not the default). It is important that you keep the data in the correct data structure with a DATA directory named DATA (and all files within it being SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop compatible). If you do not follow this protocol SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop may not function properly.

You may use this function if you wish to store your SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop areas data on an external drive. This may be necessary if you have many areas and vector files that can take up considerable hard drive space.

It is recommended that you follow the instructions in this dialogue box if you wish to move your data directory from its default location to a new location.

Click on .

You must specify the new location. Select the data that you wish to move and what you would like to do with the data at the original location. If you click on Just copy files  . . . the options for deletion will no longer be available.

Images and sites: This tab provides options for the visual display of maps. You can choose to have Hillshade on or off. If you choose off you can always toggle when an image is open to apply Hillshade without returning to this option tab. Default is off.

The default mapping service is Google maps.

The default is to assume Ocean for DEMs with a missing flag value. A missing flag value sometimes occurs when patterns are developed. This option being toggled assists in avoiding display difficulties.

If a site being queried cannot be found in the Site data browser an alert box is displayed. This is the default setting.

You can set the image size window that will be displayed in SimCLIM 4.x for Desktop. 100% is the default. Slide the bar to customise and be sure to click on OK if changes have been made.

You can also alter the colour scheme for utility maps. These are the maps that are displayed in the site data browser and extreme event analysis tool. Click on the Background and Foreground boxes and choose your colour.

Graphing: More default selections can be customised such as the return periods for the results table in the extreme event tool. You can also have follow mouse on rather than off, which is the default setting. You can turn this feature on within the graph itself if you discover you need it (without having to return to this option tab).

The default for shape files is to only display results that are inside a shape file boundary.