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File: Proposal files are in XML format. The "File" drop down menu allows you to create a new proposal file, open an existing file, close the file, save the file, or export a summary as a PDF file. You can also import or export your targets from or to a csv, fits, tst or txt file. You can also quit the Tool from this menu. By opening multiple window via "New" option, you can display and work on as many proposals as you like. When opening an existing file, only files with the .xml extension will be shown. A file without the extension can still be opened by explicitly entering the filename.

The PDF summary contains information entered in the PIT GUI along with the PDF attachment and is usually what the Time Allocation Committees use to evaluate the proposal. The following formatting options are available in the 2018A PIT.

PIT summary options

The Canadian TAC uses the "Gemini CoIs at End" option, NOAO uses the "NOAO CoIs at End" option, Chile uses "Chilean NGO", and the rest of the participants use "Gemini Default". Other proposal types such as director's time, poor weather, fast turnaround, and large/long programs will use "Gemini Default" through the end of semester 2017B and will then switch to "Gemini CoIs at End" in an attempt to minimize unconscious bias in the TAC process.

Edit: The usual features are available in this drop down menu: undo/redo, cut/copy/paste, delete and select all.

View: Choose between decimal degrees and HHMMSS.SS/DDMMSS.s for your target coordinates.

Catalog: Select the catalogs (SIMBAD, NED, HORIZONS) to be searched for coordinate and magnitude information on targets.

Help: This provides access to links to the Phase 1 Tool web page, the download directory for the LaTeX/Word text section templates (eg. 2016B), and the Integration Time Calculators.  Selecting any of these will open the relevant page in the default web browser.  If a page does not open, then try installing Firefox if that is not installed already.

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