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i4designer Pages management tutorials

Abstract

Check out this article and learn more details about management of an i4designer project pages, by following these step-based tutorials, carefully prepared for you!

When creating big scale visualizations, the i4designer users can define a multi-layered project, by means of project pages. Besides the basic project pages, i4designer also allows the users with possibility to add responsive pages, based on breakpoints and a default page link.

Adding new pages to a Project
Abstract

Check out this article and learn how to start building your i4designer Project page structure, in just a few easy steps, by following up the described steps.

This tutorial will guide you through the steps required to customize a page structure, of your i4designer Project.

  1. Log into the i4designer Control Center and open a new project. The project is opened in Designer, having by default only one page (the "index" page).

  2. To start defining your Project page structure, switch to the Pages menu of the global actions area.

  3. In the Pages panel select the pages node and click on the Add file button. A new page, with a system generated name, is added to the pages structure.

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  4. To customize the name of the pages hover them and click the Rename button.

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  5. After filling in the desired page names hit the Enter keyboard button. The changes are applied and pages are alphabetically ordered in the page structure.

Note

For this tutorial, we added three new pages, as follows: "page1", "page2" and "page3".

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Adding new responsive pages to a Project
Abstract

Check out this article and learn how to manage your i4designer projects, while using responsive pages, in order to check the project's run-time resolution.

A Responsive page is basically a placeholder for certain breakpoints, allowing the users to check a project page run-time resolution, while the user is still in design mode.

This tutorial will guide you through the usage of Responsive pages, providing more details about the design-time properties.

Note

After adding the new pages, as described by the previous tutorial, lets proceed with populating each new page with a different component, as follows:

  • Add the Gauge component, on the "index" page.

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    Index page

  • Add the Signal value component, on the next page.

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    page1

  • Add the Image component, on the third page.

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    page2

  • Add the Link button component, on the fourth page.

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    page3

  1. After setting up the project page, return to the Pages menu and hover the pages node.

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  2. Click on the Add responsive page file button. A new responsive page, with a system generated name, is added to the pages structure.

  3. To customize the name of the responsive page, hover it and click the Rename button.Click the Rename button, fill in the desired page name and hit the Enter keyboard button.

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  4. After renaming the new Responsive page, select it from the pages list. The Responsive page Properties panel is opened.

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    Note

    The new Responsive page is, by default, set to display the default project, which in our case is the "index" page. To change the default page link, the user can click the Open file explorer button, and chose another page from the pages structure.

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    For the present tutorial, we will leave the DefaultPageLink as it is.

  5. Click on the Expand array list button, associated with the Breakpoints property.

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  6. Next, we will add three new breakpoints for our Responsive page, as follows:

    Tip

    At level of Responsive page functionality, the scope of Breakpoints is to define a set of conditions, used to determine the following aspects of that page:

    • Width - sets the run-time page resolution, measured in pixels.

    • Page link - sets a direct link to an internal project page or to an external page.

    • Is external - toggles between internal and external page. If the toggle button is set to True, the page set at Page link property, will be considered as external.

    • Page parameters - allows the user with possibility to parse custom parameters, by filing in the following parameter properties:

      • Parameter name - sets the name of the parameter;

      • Parameter value - sets the value of the parameter. The value added here, will be the value displayed at run-time, by a project component, when the Breakpoint width is reached.

    1. Click on the Add new item button, in order to add three Breakpoints.

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    2. Expand the view of the first Breakpoint and change its Width property to 1200 pixels. Next, click on the Open file explorer button, and change the Page link to point to "page1".

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    3. Expand the view of the second Breakpoint and change its Width property to 800 pixels. Next, click on the Open file explorer button, and change the Page link to point to "page2".

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    4. Expand the view of the third Breakpoint and change its Width property to 600 pixels. Next, click on the Open file explorer button, and change the Page link to point to "page3".

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    5. Make sure that your changes are saved.

  7. Next, return to the Pages menu entry and hover the Responsive page, in the pages structure view.

  8. Click on the Set startup page button.

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    Tip

    By default, the "index" page is the project startup page. For this tutorial, we shall change this setting and make our Responsive page as startup page.

  9. After going through the above listed steps, we can now check the design-time behaviour of our new Responsive page, by selecting it from the page structure.

    1. The Default responsive page is set to display the "index" page.

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    2. By clicking on the 1200px button, the second project page is displayed. The resolution of the drawing surface is updated accordingly.

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    3. By clicking the 800px button, the third project page is displayed. The resolution of the drawing surface is updated accordingly.

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    4. By clicking the 600px button, the fourth project page is displayed. The resolution of the drawing surface is updated accordingly.

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  10. Finally, trigger a project build and proceed with publishing your project, to the desired target environment.

    Tip

    For more details about the available project publishing methods, depending on your target environment, please also visit the dedicated tutorials, here.

  11. Now lets check the run-time project visualization

    1. Access the target environment and open your project visualization.

    2. By default, the index project page is displayed.

    3. If changing the browser resolution, when reaching a width of 1200 pixels, the second project page is displayed.

    4. If the resolution is adjusted to 800 pixels, the third project page is displayed.

    5. And finally, the fourth project page is displayed, when reaching a 600 pixels width resolution.