CDP 4 User Manual

CDP™4 Application Layout

Plugin: General


The CDP™4 Client application consists of a shell main window, the CDP™4 Integrated Modelling Environment (IME). In this main window, the appearance of the various Tabs, Browsers and Modal Dialogs are given by the available plugins. The assignment of users to a specific Person Role will determine what rights a user with that specific role has in the CDP™ and thus what he will be able to see and do. The arrangement of views is fully controllable by the user by a docking mechanism described below. It is advisable to set up the layout of the CDP™ that will allow the usage of combined views in interactions, e.g. having the Parameter Types and the Element Definitions Browser on separately docking areas to allow drag-and-drop actions, or having the Element Definitions Browser and the Publication Browser separately docked to allow inspection between these two views. Each user can however adapt for himself how to arrange the views in the CDP™.

This item provides a generic description on how to open and use these tabs and views in the CDP™ User Interface.

Tabs and Browsers

Open the CDP™ Client by double-clicking the CDP™4 icon on your desktop, or start the CDP™4 from the program files. This will open the main CDP™4 IME.

The CDP™ has the following main menu tabs:

These tabs have menu items that are described in their respective dedicated topics. These menu items in most cases are used to open a specific browser window, that is opened in the main interface of the CDP™4 IME, e.g. the Categories Browser or Person Browser. The actual information presented in the browser will also depend on the specific setup. In general however, most browsers in any case have their content presented with a Name and Short Name column.

These browsers can be moved and docked to the left, top, bottom or right side of the interface by using the separate placing icons or by the cross-icon. The browsers can be moved around in the CDP™ main interface as a floating window by selecting a browser, and then using drag-and-drop on the required place. It is usually not convenient to actually work with these views as separate floating windows; it is advisable to have a view as a floating window only for moving the view to the position preferred by a user.

Multiple browsers can be placed on top of each other; these will then appear as multiple tabs. Please note that if multiple browsers are tabbed, selecting the top browser by the header area will move all the tabbed browsers to a new docking location. When only one of these tabbed browsers should be moved, specifically pick up the tab at the bottom of the browser for the required one, and use drag-and-drop to move only that one.

Browsers can be placed visibly all the time, or can be hidden by pinning them to the side using the Auto Hide/ Unhide img icon on the top right of the browser. Hidden browsers will show up as tabs at the side of the main interface and will fold out when hovering over the tab.


Modal Dialogs

Several views are implemented as Modal Dialogs that will appear as a separate floating window on top of the main interface. This is mostly the case for views that provide detailed information or to perform specific actions e.g. for creating or editing items, e.g. the Inspect Prefixed Unit view. These views have to be closed before the user can continue to work in other views in the CDP™ Client.

Modal dialogs generally have the following tabs:

Many modal dialogs have content-specific fields on the basic tab, and possibly even content-specific additional tabs, that are described in their respective dedicated topics. Additionally, many modal dialogs have tabs for the generic concepts of:

These are described in the topic on standard tabs for modal dialogs.


Selection of Data Sources when Opening Browsers

It is possible to connect to multiple data sources, as well as e.g. open multiple engineering models. This has an effect on how the actual browsers have to be opened. For details, see the description of CDP™4 Data Sources.

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