Algorius Net Viewer Manual | Network Map Objects

Adding

See the Adding Line, Adding Text Field and Adding Devices sections.

To create copy of an object, select it, hold Ctrl and drag the object.

Deleting

To delete selected map object, select EditDelete from the main window menu, or select Delete from the map context menu or press Del. Selected objects will be deleted from the network map.

Selecting

To select a map object, simply click on it. Selected objects are marked by a frame.

You can also select a group of objects by clicking them while holding down the Shift button.

To delete an object from the group, just click on it while holding down the Ctrl button.

To select all map objects, select EditSelect All from the main window menu or press Ctrl+A.

Select EditSelect similar objects in the main window menu or press Ctrl+Shift+A to select the same type objects on the map. In case there are some already selected devices, then all the objects of the same type will be selected if activating this feature. In case there are lines selected, then all the lines of the same type will be selected, if you select text or image, then all the text or images will be selected respectively.

You can also select a group of objects by setting a rectangle area. All objects that get into the area will be selected.

To deselect all map objects simply click on an empty space on the map.

To select all devices of the same type, choose Select All from the context menu of the desired device type in the Device list.

Adding map objects to the group by holding down the Shift key and deleting them from the group by holding down the Ctrl key is supported only after selecting the objects by rectangular area or by type.

Clipboard

You can use the clipboard to make network map device copies or to move them from one map to another.

To copy selected map objects to the clipboard, select EditCopy from the main window menu, or press the Copy button on the toolbar, or select Copy from the map context menu or press Ctrl+C. This option is not available if no map object is selected.

To move selected map objects to the clipboard, select EditCut from the main window menu, or press the Cut button on the toolbar, or select Cut from the map context menu or press Ctrl+X. This option is not available if no map object is selected.

To paste selected map objects from the clipboard, select EditPaste from the main window menu, or press the Paste button on the toolbar, or select Paste from the map context menu or press Ctrl+V. This option is not available if the clipboard contains no map objects to be pasted.

If some objects already exist in the insertion position, the new objects will be inserted with an offset. Use Ctrl+Shift+V to insert without the offset.

To copy a network map image to the clipboard, press the Make Screenshot button on the toolbar.

Edit History

To undo changes made to a network map, select EditUndo from the main window menu, or press the Undo button on the toolbar or press Ctrl+Z. This option is not available if there were no changes made to a network map.

To redo changes made to a network map, select EditRedo from the main window menu, or press the Undo button on the toolbar or press Ctrl+Y. This option is not available if there were no undo operations made to a network map.

To search for information on network maps, select ViewFind from the main window menu or press the Find button on the toolbar. The search string will appear on the toolbar. Enter a key phrase you are looking for. In case there are any objects on the network map that contain the specified search phrase in their names, addresses or any other parameters, they will be displayed in a drop-down search list right under the search string. You can select the needed object by using the Up, Down, PgUp, PgDn keys. Pressing the Enter key or clicking the left mouse button will take you to the object needed. Press the Esc key or click on the map to cancel the search.

The search list will be sorted in case there are found a few objects containing a specified search phrase. Those objects containing exact match are shown first and highlighted in green. Those objects containing search phrase (case insensitive) are shown next and highlighted in light green. Then there are shown those objects containing search phrase in any of its attributes. They are not highlighted.

This kind of sorting greatly facilitates the search process as the needed object is almost always turns out to be first on the list.

The search can also be performed for inactive maps that are linked with the current active map. Such maps are highlighted with grey color in search results.

Advanced search can be used for more detailed search.

You can navigate to a device from external applications, including the command prompt. Launch NetViewer.exe with parameters ‘-s:address’, where address is the address of required device. Algorius Net Viewer should be launched during this operation.

With advanced search you can look for various objects by the values of their attributes. You can search by device attributes values, monitoring results, inventory data values.

Select ViewSearch in main menu or press Ctrl+Shift+F to open advanced search. Advanced search window will be opened:

Window includes following elements:

  • Search in — search area.
  • Search by attribute value — here you can define device attributes and their values, which you can use for the search. Attributes can be text or numeric. Text values can be searched by full or partial match. Numeric values can be searched with comparison operations.
  • Add — add a new attribute to search by value.
  • Delete — remove search attribute.
  • Delete All — delete all attributes used at search except the last one.
  • Full match — search for the full match of a text value.
  • Case sensitive — consider the upper/lower case while searching for the text values.
  • Whole word — search for the whole specified word.
  • ReGex — defines regular expression as required attribute value.
  • Previous searches — list of previous search parameters, saved as the template. Double-click a template in a list to open this search.
  • Load — load the selected template from a list.
  • Save — save the current search parameters as a template.
  • Delete — delete the templates, selected in the list.

Clicking the Search button will start the search of required objects and display the found objects and values of found attributes in the list. Double-click the object in the list or click Select button to go to this object on a map. Click Select all button to select all found objects on a map.

Moving

To move the selected map objects across the network map, simply drag them by holding down the left mouse button or using the keyboard cursor.

If you move the selected objects by using the keyboard cursor while holding down the Shift key the objects will be moved for 4 pixels at a time.

If you move the selected objects by mouse while holding down the Shift key, the objects will be moved horizontally or vertically only.

When you move an object while holding the Alt key, the snap to grid setting will be ignored and the object will be moved pixel-by-pixel.

Grid

The grid divides the map into squares 4 by 4 points. It helps to align objects. If the grid display is enabled, it is displayed over the map. If snap to grid is enabled, the objects’ vertices are automatically snapped to the grid’s intersections when moved. Thanks to this, several objects can be easily arranged into one horizontal or vertical line.

In order to enable/disable the snap to grid option, select FileSettings in the main window, or press F9. You’ll see the Settings window. Select the Appearance tab and uncheck Snap to Grid.

In order to enable/disable the grid display, select ViewGrid in the main window menu, or choose the corresponding setting in the application’s appearance settings.

Layers

Objects on the map can be placed on different layers by analogy, as is done in graphics editors. Each computer network map contains its own list of layers. Layers can form a hierarchical structure. This allows grouping objects with an unlimited level of nesting.

Work with layers is carried out in the layer tree, which is located in the left part of the main application window. In the layer tree, all layers created for the current computer network map are displayed in a structured form. Under each layer is a list of child layers and all objects on the map located in this layer.

The layer tree can be in one of the following states:

  • Pinned — the tree is always displayed on the screen;
  • Auto-hiding — the tree is shown on the screen after clicking on the Layers button and disappears when the mouse cursor moves away from this area;
  • Hidden — the tree is not displayed on the screen and appears after clicking on the Layers button.

Selecting a layer in the layer tree makes this layer active. New objects on the map are added to the active layer by default. When an object is selected in a layer, this object is highlighted on the network map. Double click on the object navigates to this object on the network map. This greatly simplifies navigation to objects. Double clicking on a layer selects all objects inside this layer. This allows quickly selecting a group of objects. Selecting an object on the network map automatically selects it in a layer and makes the layer in which it is located active.

Layers affect the order in which objects appear on the map. For example, the devices located in the upper layer are displayed on the network map above those located in the lower layer. A check box to the left of the layer in the layer tree turns on and off the display of objects of this layer on the computer network map.

To create a new layer, click the Add layer button in the layer tree. A new layer will be added over the first of the active layers. To add a sub-layer, select this layer and click on the Add sub-layer button in the layer tree.

To rename the layer, select it, click Rename button in the layer tree or press F2, or double click on empty layer. Enter a new name and press Enter to confirm or ESC to cancel the operation.

To delete a layer, select this layer and click the Delete button in the layer tree or press the Del key.

To change the order of the layers, select the required layers in the layer tree and click the Move Up / Move Down button or press the Ctrl + Up / Ctrl + Down keys.

To move objects from one layer to another, use the clipboard or the Drag & Drop operation in the layer tree, or select the required objects on the computer network map and select the desired layer in their context menu.