International Pacific Halibut Commission IPHC Widgets Installation

International Pacific Halibut Commission
IPHC Widgets
Widgets are a type of graphical user interface (GUI) that can be used to display information
changeable by the user, such as a window or a text box. One of the advantages of a widget is to
provide a single interactive tool to manipulate data, specify data inputs, model characteristics and
view results. The International Pacific Halibut Commission developed two Widgets (Graphical
User Interface) for the 2008 IPHC Biomass Apportionment Workshop held in Bellevue on
September 4, 2008.
This document describes how to install and use the second release of the widget developed to
illustrate the effects of fishing, migration and different apportionment methods on the
distribution and status of halibut from IPHC regulatory areas 4A to 2A. This widget version was
used during the Biomass Apportionment Workshop II in Seattle on April 29-30, 2009.
This widget was developed with Visual Basic for Applications and use Microsoft Excel only to
generate output graphs. The only requirement to use them is to have Excel (2003, 2007) installed
in your computer. For the widgets to run properly you need to do the following steps:
1) Open Microsoft Office Excel
2) Go to “Tools” > “Options” > “Security” > “Macro Security” and set the security level to
3) Close Microsoft Office Excel
Now you can install the widget by opening the following installation file:
The installation steps are basically the same we used for the widgets on the first apportionment
workshop, below it is illustrated the steps for installing the new release. The selected option for
the default installation is highlighted.
If you have any questions please contact Juan Valero: [email protected]
Using IPHC MigFish Widget version 2
To start the widget go to “Start” >> “Programs” >> “IPHC Widgets” and click on the “Migration
Fishing Widget” icon.
When prompted if you want to use Macros, choose “Enable Macros”. If you are using Excel
2007 and receive a Security Warning, click on the “Options” button and select “Enable this
content”. You should see now the following screen, click “Start Widget”.
If you press the “Start Widget” button you will load the main user form of the widget which is
illustrated in the figure below. The main control components of the widget are: Migration
options, Fishing options, Size at age controls and Distribution of recruitment. The underlying
dynamics of the simulation model are described in the 2009 RARA:
More information can be found in the following widget related presentations and documents: