10.2. User interface description
The program looks like this by default: (Pic. 10.1.).
Numbers show: 1 - main menu; 2 - main toolbar; 3 - “Updates available” icon; 4 - authorization button; 5 - “device” screen; 6 - “Controls” menu; 7 - “Data” menu; 8 - “Properties” menu.
You can change the position, size and visibility of the side menus:
Hover your mouse cursor over the menu and press the left button to transfer it to a different place;
Pull the menu’s edges to change its width and height;
Press the close button to hide menu. You can make it visible again in the main menu section “view”.
10.2.2. Main toolbar
Contains fast-access buttons to subsections of the main menu. Move the mouse over the button to see its name (in a popup message) and description (in the program’s status bar below).
Some toolbar buttons may be inaccessible, which is shown by a “lock” icon on the button. To get full access to all functions in the program: complete authorization, if subscribed you will gain access to a complete functionality.
10.2.3. “Updates available” icon
A green square icon with an arrow (the top right corner by default) will be shown only if updates are available (Windows and Mac OS only). If icon is not shown, then there are no updates, or the program failed to connect to the update server. Click on icon to update the program: Formbuidler will close (with a suggestion to save the project if there are changes) and update dialog will open. Follow the steps of the installation wizard. After the dialog finishes working, the program will restart automatically.
Alternatively, you can run the NextGIS update wizard as a separate program from the NextGIS installation directory.
10.2.6. Device screen
This is a screen layout of the real device on which data will be collected in NextGIS Mobile/Collector. It is designed to create a form: i.e. for placing, moving and grouping the controls of which the form consists and with the help of which the data about one object of the layer will be entered at the moment of data collection. Controls in the form are arranged vertically, one after another. It is possible to group items by named tabs.
To add a control to the form - start dragging it with the cursor, while holding the left mouse button, from the “Controls” menu (left by default) - the cursor will take the form of a squeezed hand. Alternatively, you can quickly add a control to the end of the form by clicking on it one time with the left mouse button, pressing the Ctrl key in the Controls panel.
To select a control - click the left button on it once in the form. A red dotted frame will appear around the control.
To move a control - drag it by pressing the left button to any place on the form.
To delete an item, select it and press the Delete key on the keyboard. Deleting an item cannot be undone. Be aware of the fact that when you delete a control, the associated field(s) of the layer will also be deleted.