At the top of every Platform screen is the search header. This gives simple and easy access into Platform’s integrated Asset Management catalog. The user has the ability to perform simple searches by typing in a file or folder name in the search box, or can click on the drop down menu for advanced searching options.
At the right hand corner of the search screen is the user profile section. This shows the account of the logged in user and allows the user to edit their profile (see User Options). Thru the Gear icon to the right, the user also has access to the administration screen which provides the ability to configure Platform Configuration Options for the entire system and for the specific logged in user. Downloads is used to update the workstation with latest copies of the Listener and other programs. Edit Saved Searches allows users to access and remove existing searches the user no longer needs. Notifications allow the user to set up how they will be notified when upon certain events occurring in the Platform System.
Next to the logged in user name is a white ‘gear’ icon. This icon will bring the user to the Administration Screens that will help configure the user experience for that particular user.
The menu tabs on the left hand side of the screen describe the major feature areas of the Platform System. Clicking on one of the tabs will change the screen and display feature sets related to that category.
Data or information grids are used throughout the application to show groups of common data. They occur in many places including search results and Platform Spaces and are a core component of the system. Information grids have the basic layout of a table structure including headers, columns and rows. Remember that even data grids use the ‘Right-Click’ feature (see below) in order to operate on a specific set of information in the system. Just click on a row in the grid and right click to see a list of options.
Data columns can typically be sorted by double-clicking on a column name in the grid. The system will then sort the entire data list by the information in that column.
The paging controls at the bottom of every grid give the user the ability to skip to the next page of data, move to a specific page or jump to the beginning or end of the list. The user can also select the number of items that will show on the page by selecting the drop down.
On many grids, on the right hand side of the grid, next to the total rows displayed, is a refresh option gives the user the ability to manually refresh the data in the grid. After clicking on this option, the system will make another call to the Platform Server and update the grid with current information.
Tabs are listed on many screens to help further separate information on screens. In the example below, the tabs listed are Storage Groups and when clicking on the tab, the system will display an entire new set of Platform Spaces within that Storage Group.
Filter Boxes are used throughout the Platform Interface to allow automatic and immediate filtering of information on the screen. In this example, typing in ‘avid’ into the filter box, causes the system to only display Platform spaces with Avid in the name. This takes place immediately as characters are being typed into the filter box.
Buttons simply execute a request or a task. Use the left mouse button to click on a button and execute the function named.
Many Platform screens will automatically refresh after a period of time which is defined in the administration screens. This is designed to keep the information on a screen timely and accurate. Examples of screens that perform automatic refreshes include the Platform Spaces Screen and the Performance Screens.
The Platform Interface screens are designed to be a full web-application and therefore offer the ability to ‘right-click’ on many sections of the screen and provide the user options that are ‘context-sensitive’. This means that based on what row or piece of information the user right-click’s upon, the menu options listed will change automatically.
Make sure when using the interface that you try the ‘Right-click’ option on your mouse to see options and use the full capability of the Platform System.
The footer of the Platform Interface screen displays the version of the Platform System, and the IP of the current connection to the Platform Home Server.