InfoNet Objects: Properties Dialog Box vs. Properties Editor

For quite some time now users have had the option of using a couple of alternative means of viewing the properties of objects within InfoNet. These are the property dialog box, which has been in the software since time immemorial…

Property Dialog Box

Property Dialog Box

… and the more recently added property editor.

Poperty Editor

Poperty Editor

Both show exactly the same information regarding the object. Users can choose between which of the two they prefer, achieved by selecting the main menu Tools > Options dialog box, General Tab. Here’s a ‘tip & trick’; whichever view is selected, if the user holds down the CTRL key, the opposite interface is displayed.

Options Dialog Box

Options Dialog Box

Each has its own advantages, and usage of which view an individual uses is down to their own personal preference. Personally I prefer the dialog box, but that’s because I am ‘old skool’ and so fossilised and accustomed to using that interface, having used it since day one of InfoNet’s arrival into the world, version 1.0.0. The layout of each of the object dialog boxes is familiar to me (gosh, I’ve been doing this for far too long to be healthy :-)). But as a new user to InfoNet, I understand that it can take time to find fields for the objects using this interface.

Even though I have professed my preference for the dialog box, as I see it, the biggest advantage of using the property editor is the flexibility, by this I mean that you’re able to rearrange the view. This allows the user to display the fields that the user wants and in the order that they want. The properties editor can be customised on a per user basis or can be customised for organisation. This standardisation can then be tied down so that the property editor is no longer editable.

The properties editor also allows the user to continue using other functions within InfoNet whilst still viewing an objects information. The dialog box doesn’t afford you this luxury, the user has to close it by either hitting OK or Cancel.

I won’t divulge all the particularities of the properties window, but the final bit of functionality that I’d like to share is that if you hover over one of the fields in the properties editor window, a tool-tip is displayed (see image below), which shows the internal database name of the field. This is super super handy when it comes to writing SQLs. Also displayed the field type, string, integer, double etc. and the field precision.

Tooltips in Properties Editor

Tooltips in Properties Editor

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    About Idris Nujjoo

    Idris is the Product Sector Leader for InfoNet and InfoMaster and has been working for Innovyze (and its earlier incarnations) since 2001 and specifically working on InfoNet and Asset Management for the past decade.
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