Navigation and Windows
iC Tool Windows
When the iC Tool is run for the first time, the iC Tool application is displayed. It consists of a few windows shown on the figure below.
The above look applies only during an initial activation of the iC Tool. Next opening and updates of the program will remember the window settings changed by the user in accordance with his preferences.
In the default settings of the iC Tool, the upper left side of the screen is occupied by a Workspace Tree window. Below is a Device Libraries window showing current libraries of the connected device. Central part of the screen is occupied by a Main screen, a space where the application’s views are shown on tabs, which is discussed further. After the iC Tool activation, the Main screen shows program information shown on the figure above. On the right of the Main screen there is an Object Properties window. The Console window is by default minimized. It is accessible as an expandable tab in the bottom left corner of the iC Tool .
Additionally, besides the mentioned windows, the iC Tool screen shows a menu and a toolbar, a window with editable component path, and a capacity identifier.
The window with an editable component path is by default set below the main menu and toolbar. It can be moved to the bottom, or to the left or right margin by changing the path text to the vertical one.
The suggested window position in the iC Tool can be modified freely by dragging, resizing, and fixing views relative to each other.
Once the iC Tool connects with a device, a start screen is displayed. It provides basic information about:
- device name;
- current time;
- CPU load;
- available Data Points.
The iC Tool allows a completely free setting of the views and windows. Free distribution allows specific windows to be visible non-stop or hide automatically. These settings apply to the windows such as the Workspace Tree, Device Libraries, or Object Properties. It is possible to move the window outside of the iC Tool software to the other connected screen–the only exception here is the Main screen window, which cannot be moved to the other connected screen.
To move any window into another part of the screen, it needs to be grabbed by the header and dragged into a new location. The figure below shows moving of the Device Libraries window. While moving the window, special controls appear to facilitate proper placing of the window in relation to the remaining windows in the view.
As a result of changing the windows position, it is possible to adjust them according to individual needs. On the figure below, the Workspace Tree window has been moved above the Main screen, and the Device Libraries window has changed its position from the left side to the right.
The iC Tool offers a quick extension of the Main screen to the whole area thanks to automatic minimizing of the remaining windows. To temporarily enlarge the Main screen, press the Hide panels icon (third one from the right) on the toolbar under the main menu, as it is depicted on the figures below showing the iC Tool before and after the enlargement of Main screen. In order to restore the full view of all windows, either press the icon again or press the next Restore previous panels set icon.