Algorius Net Viewer Manual | Device Collections

Device List

The list of devices is located on the left side of the main window. It allows you to add new devices to the network map, create new device types or configure existing ones.

The list of devices can have one of the following statuses:

  • Fixed – list is always shown on a screen;
  • Autohide – list is displayed after clicking Devices button and hides when mouse cursor is removed from tree area;
  • Hidden – list is not shown on a screen and is displayed only after clicking Devices button.

To make device management more convenient all devices are divided into categories, for example: computers, network, links, peripherals, structures. Clicking the category maximizes it and shows the list of devices in it.

The list of devices contains the following items in its context menu:

  • Select Devices — select devices of selected type on the current map.
  • Open Containing Folder — open folder with device collection in Explorer. See Device Collections for more information.
  • Rename — rename device type. Maps are not changed. Display name is saved in the application settings and is displayed automatically instead of the original name in the application, reports and notifications.
  • Configure — configure device collections. See Device Collections for more information.

Configuring

Algorius Net Viewer allows to add ready collections of devices.

To add a new collection, select FileSettings in main window menu, or click Settings button in toolbar or click F9. Settings window will open. Select the Devices tab:

Device collections are displayed in Load devices from list. Check boxes in the device list allow quickly enabling or disabling the device collection. Devices folder from the application installation directory contains the list of devices, supplied with the application.

Adding

Click Add button to add new device collection. You can add a link to a folder or ZIP file with device collection.

Delete button removes the selected device collection from the list.

Folders are better for designers – they will be able to change the device icons on the fly just by editing the application settings and clicking OK.

ZIP file is better for distribution – you can send the whole collection in one file.

Example of adding new device type

Create My devices folder, then create there a folder with the name of your device, e.g. My device. Add two graphic files named ON and OFF with any graphical extension (gif, png, jpg, svg). These images will be used to show a device when it is on/off. There can be no graphic file with OFF name if a device is never scanned and is always on.

Add the link to My devices folder in the settings and devices will become available to be added on the map.

If the device hasn't been added, check, perhaps a device with the same name already exists in another collection. This feature allows you to override images of supplied devices.

In order to add a new device, create another folder in My devices in the same way.

You can compress My devices folder and use a link to zip file. Please use the content of devices.zip file in the installation folder as an example.

You can find device images in the Web, draw them yourself or export from other applications, e.g. Visio (just save a document with required device in PNG file — Portable Network Graphics).

For raster images it is recommended to upload them in PNG format, since it supports the whole color palette, translucence, saves images without quality losses and saves the disk space.

For vector images it is used SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format — is an open standard that is recommended by the W3C - the organization that developed such standards as HTML and XHTML. There are plenty of choices of SVG editors, but we recommend the Inkscape as one of the best free open solutions.

The Algorius Net Viewer supports the SVG image format with some unimportant limitations, which are likely to be removed in future versions. All existing limitations are imposed to support the highest software performance or due to lack of some necessary OS functionality. In particular, the limitations are imposed on radial gradients (we recommend using linear gradients), blur effects (rarely used) and animation. Please, contact us if your image is displayed incorrectly, we will do our best to resolve your issue.