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  Expression Dataset Manager   Converter

Drafting Board Menus

Most of the menus have a number of ways of accessing the menu choices: mouse clicks, navigation keys, and shortcut keys. For example, to activate Open from the File menu, you can use:

Once a menu is opened you may close it without taking any action by typing the Esc key.

The File Menu

The File menu contains functions dealing with the storage and retrieval of MAPPs—either yours or the pre-existing ones bundled with the GenMAPP program or downloaded from

New (Ctrl+N)

Clears the Drafting Board. If you have a MAPP that is not saved, GenMAPP will ask you if you wish to save it.

Open (Ctrl+O)

Displays an existing MAPP on the Drafting Board. If you have a MAPP is not saved, GenMAPP will ask if you wish to save it before displaying the new MAPP.

Note: A MAPP that has been made "read-only" through the Windows operating system may be opened and manipulated in GenMAPP but not saved under the same name. It may, however, be saved under a different name.

Save (Ctrl+S)

Stores all the graphical and data elements as a file with the extension .mapp. If you are saving your MAPP for the first time, this menu item works exactly like Save As. If the same MAPP has been opened in two separate instances of the GenMAPP program, changes to the MAPP will only be saved in the last instance closed.

Save As (Ctrl+A)

Allows you to specify a new filename for your MAPP and then saves it. This function is useful if you want to use a particular MAPP as a template for other MAPPs.

Export > MAPP

This allows you to export the current MAPP as either a bitmap (.bmp), JPEG (.jpg), or as HTML (.htm).

to BMP saves it as a bitmap file, which you can insert into your own document or open with a graphics program.

to JPEG saves it as a JPEG file, which you can insert into your own document or open with a graphics program.

to HTML creates and saves the MAPP as an HTML page with clickable objects. The JPEG image of the MAPP and all the Backpages, in HTML, are saved in a subfolder of the folder you choose for the main HTML page. For example, if you name your HTML page MyMAPP.htm and save it in the default C:\GenMAPP 2 Data\Exports folder, the subfolder will be C:\GenMAPP 2 Data\Exports\MyMAPP.

Note: GenMAPP does not currently export MAPPs to a vector format. However, if you purchase the full version of Adobe Acrobat, you will be able to export MAPPs as .pdf files that can then be opened by Adobe Illustrator. We recommend this method for preparing MAPPs for figures in publications.

Export > MAPP Sets

This will open the MAPP Sets window for exporting multiple MAPPs as HTML.

Print (Ctrl + P)

Sends the current MAPP to the printer. Be sure to set your printer properties to portrait or landscape mode, whichever is appropriate. The MAPP graphic will be sized so that it is as large as can be accommodated on a single page. This means that large MAPPs will be reduced in size to fit a standard 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper, while small MAPPs will expand to fill that same space. Before printing, you might what to choose View > Drafting Board Size and check the box for Size to fit objects. Otherwise, your MAPP will print smaller due to the presence of unused white space on the Drafting Board.

Exit (Ctrl + Q)

Closes the Drafting Board window and the GenMAPP program. If you have made changes to the MAPP, GenMAPP will ask whether you want to save them or quit without saving. This will not close any Backpages that are open, however. They must be closed individually.

The Tools Menu

The Tools menu allows you to access functions that have to do with the Drafting Board and viewing, modifying, or creating new MAPPs.

MAPP Information (Ctrl + I)

Opens the MAPP Information window.


Opens the MAPPBuilder application for automatically making MAPPs from lists of genes.


Opens the MAPPFinder application.

Object Toolbox (Ctrl + T)

Opens the Object Toolbox.


Opens the GenMAPP Conversion program for updating MAPPs and Expression Datasets from version 1.0 to version 2.0


Opens the Options Window


Launches the GenMAPP Updater. If a newer version of the GenMAPP program is found, the Updater will update the current installation.

The Format Menu

The Format Menu contains items that help you to arrange groups of objects, especially genes. To use any of these functions, you must have multiple objects selected. After performing the function, the objects remain selected so that you may move them.

Horizontally Align Objects (Ctrl + H)

GenMAPP horizontally centers all selected objects with respect to the leftmost object selected on the Drafting Board. Line tools, Curves, the Information Area, the MAPP Title, and the Legend are not affected.

Vertically Align Objects (Ctrl + V)

GenMAPP vertically centers all selected objects with respect to the topmost object selected on the Drafting Board. Line tools, Curves, the Information Area, the MAPP Title, and the Legend are not affected.

Size Genes (Ctrl + Z)

GenMAPP resizes all selected genes to the largest of the genes selected. Other objects are not affected.

Block Genes (Ctrl + K)

GenMAPP resizes all selected genes to the largest of the genes selected, vertically aligns them, and vertically stacks them abutted below the topmost gene selected on the Drafting Board. Other objects are not affected.

The View Menu

Drafting Board Size (Ctrl + B)

Opens the Drafting Board Size window.

Redraw (Ctrl + R)

If the graphics on the Drafting Board seem corrupted in any way you can have GenMAPP redraw the MAPP, restoring any missing pieces. For example, this may occur if you place one object on top of another and then move it, leaving the other object blank where the moved object was.


This allows you to select the percent zoom at which you would like to view the MAPP.

Zoom To Screen

This automatically sets the zoom so the entire MAPP will fit on your screen.

The Data Menu

The Data Menu contains functions needed to apply Expression Datasets to MAPPs, and thus color genes. It also allows you to access and manage the Gene Database.

Choose Expression Dataset

Allows you to choose the Expression Dataset (files with the extension .gex) that you want to display on the MAPP. When you have chosen a dataset, GenMAPP automatically colors the MAPP with the first Color Set if your Expression Dataset has at least one Color Set associated with it.

Apply Expression Data

If your MAPP has an Expression Dataset and Color Set chosen, this menu item becomes active. You will probably only need it if you add a new gene to an existing MAPP that has already been colored with data. Choosing a new Expression Dataset or changing Color Sets automatically applies the new data.

Expression Dataset Manager

Opens the Expression Dataset Manager window through which you import, modify, and choose Expression Dataset and Color Set.

Choose Gene Database

Allows you to choose the Gene Database that you want to use to link your MAPP to your Expression Dataset.

Gene Database Manager

Opens the Gene Database Manager through which you can customize your Gene Database.

Gene Database Information

Opens the Gene Database Information window which describes the gene ID systems and relationships that exist in your current Gene Database.

Download Data from

Allows you to download Gene Databases, MAPP Archives, and Expression Datasets from