Creating a Display

Display documents can be created as required by using the following procedure.

Open the Display properties dialog box by using one of the following methods:

  • From the Menu bar select File>New>Display.

  • If visible, click the  icon on the Toolbar, select Display and then click OK.

  • Right-click on a folder in the Document Navigator where this document is to be saved and then from the context menu select New>Display.

  • Press Ctrl+N, select Display from the list and click OK.

The various tabs on the properties dialog box are used to enter the information required to create the Display document.

Display Properties - General Tab
The Display Properties dialog box will open at the General tab. In the Name field enter a unique name for this Display document. The Description and User Notes fields are optional and can be used to include any additional information.

Display Properties - Windows Tab
Select the Windows tab. Each Display is made up of one or more individual windows that contain views of the data being collected. To add a window click the  icon. This will initially open the Data View Definition dialog box.

Data View Definition - Data Fields Tab
Use the Data Fields tab of the Data View Definition dialog box to select the fields and records that are required for this Display window.

Click the + in front of the record name to show all fields in the record.

To add all the fields from a record, highlight only the record name and click the >> button.

To add selected fields,  highlight the required fields and then click the >> button.

Click the + in front of a field name to show a choice of the maximum, minimum or standard values to be displayed. The default if unspecified is STD (standard summary operation) which is the summary operation defined for that field. This can be SUM, REPLACE, AVERAGE, AVERAGE OVER INTERVAL, MIN and MAX. For the default summary operation refer to DB_OPTION in Defining a Field for a User Record .

A ToolTip, showing an item definition, will appear when the pointer is held over an item.

Data View Definition - Nodes Tab
Select the nodes that this window is to collect data from. The Available Nodes list shows the nodes that are currently available for selection, to select a node you can either double-click your mouse on the node, or highlight it and press the Add >> button. The nodes selected will be moved to the Selected Nodes list on the right.

Further parameters to control and refine the data collection can be added by using the other tabs on the Data View Definition dialog box. See Data View Definitions for further details.

When the Data View Definition dialog box is completed, select the OK button, this will open the Window Properties dialog box.

Windows Properties Dialog Box
This dialog box is used to set up the 'look and feel' of the individual window. Here settings can be made for the type of data presentation, i.e. table or graph, titles can be added and colors and fonts defined. In addition the facilities to add a range of other options, such as, Drill-downs, Links and Commands are available. See Window Properties for further details.

When the Windows Properties dialog box is complete, select the OK button, this will re-open the Display Properties dialog box at the Windows tab.

Display Properties - Windows Tab
Before saving the Display a unique window name needs to be entered and a run mode selected.

The Run Mode options are:
    Online - Show real-time data.
    Replay - Replay the contents of a Database Collection
    Report - Read a Database Collection or Summary and output it to a printer or Excel.

In addition, the Theme field can be used to select a Theme for the whole Display. The Theme contains a set of presentation settings, such as colors and fonts that are applied to the Display. You do not have to use the Theme settings, as you can select to use them or not in the Windows Properties Presentation-Colors/Fonts screen.

See Themes for further details.

When complete, select the OK button to save the Display document.

A Display can also be created by copying an existing Display document that has similar properties and saving it with a new name. Any necessary changes can then be made to the copy in order to create the required Display functionality. Using a copied document will ensure that the original document is retained and that the changed document will not be overwritten by any future upgrades.
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