Info Pane

News:  Within Cutting Edge builds of Manifold Future the Info Pane no longer appears.  Formerly available in Radian Studio editions, in Manifold the Info pane is being replaced by expanded information readouts in the Component panel of the Contents Pane.     This topic provides legacy information during the transition.


The View - Panes - Info pane provides useful information on whatever open component has the focus.  Like all panes, the Info pane may be undocked and docked by Alt-clicking on the tab or title bar.



The arrow button will automatically jump to the component referenced in the Project pane and will highlight it. This makes it easy in large projects to find a table from which a drawing takes data or other such related components.   


il_icon_infopane_more.pngClicking on the [...] buttons opens additional information panes for user-provided descriptions and notes


Following are examples of Info pane displays.


Info panes for tables report the number of records and other key info.


The Info pane above shows a typical display for an image taken from a web-based data source.   It provides jumps to the image, the data source and to the table used by the image.



The Info pane for a local image allows us to see the size of the image both in pixels and in tiles as well as the data type used by the image.


The Info pane for a drawing will show the table used as well as the coordinate system and other useful information.

Description and Notes

il_icon_infopane_more.pngClicking on the [...] buttons opens additional information panes that allow us to enter descriptions and notes.





In the above we have clicked the [...] button for Description and have entered a description.   We press OK to accept the edit.


The new description text will now appear in the Info pane display for that component.


Next we can click on the [...] button for Notes.




We enter the above text and press OK.


Any text we add for Notes will also be displayed in the Info pane when that component is opened and has the focus.


Where is the text stored for the Description and Notes?   In Manifold, everything is a table so the text is stored where properties are stored, in the mfd_meta table.



We can also see these properties by right-clicking onto the Regions drawing in the Project pane and then choosing Properties.





Manipulating descriptions and notes - A convenient aspect of having the Description and Notes texts for components being stored as properties in the mfd_meta pane is that as records in that pane they can be easily manipulated by programmatic processes.   After all, they are just records for values in a table so there is nothing to prevent some automated process that, for example, updates a drawing based on information automatically collected from a web of GPS-enabled devices to write into that drawing's Description the date and time it was updated.   


We can also manually Copy and Paste text from those fields into other records in the mfd_meta pane.  For example, suppose we make systematic changes to a dozen different drawings.  We can edit the text field for those properties to simply Paste an additional note about the change that we made.    We can even semi-automate that by selecting all the records we want to change either manually or by using the Select panel and then using the Transform panel to Copy or to Concatenate the text to all of the selected records at once.   We can even use a query in SQL if we want to alter the Description or Notes for hundreds of components at once, perhaps to add a copyright notice or some other standard text.


For an example of how we can copy and paste values in the mfd_meta system table from one component to another, see the Example: Style Properties in the mfd_meta Table topic.    That topic shows examples of copying and pasting formatting values but exactly the same techniques can be used to copy and paste text for Description or Notes.


See Also

Getting Started


User Interface Basics


View - Panes - Project


Example: Project Pane Tutorial - In this example we take an extended tour of the Project pane, engaging in a variety of simple but typical moves that are illustrated step by step.