Algorius Net Viewer Manual | Network Maps

General Information

The map is a visualized computer network scheme. It includes schematically shown devices (computers, servers, network devices), lines, which usually symbolize the connections between devices, and textual information for explanatory purposes.

Network map icon shows its current status according to the current notification configuration.

Normal map state
Notification center reports about an informational event
Notification center reports a warning
Notification center report an error
Notification center reports an alarm

Map Tree

Map tree is located in the left part of main application window. It provides the structured view of all open network maps. It also displays all added servers. Locally open maps are displayed under the Local section. Maps downloaded from a server are displayed under the corresponding server.

Map tree can be in one of the following states:

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

Creating

To create a new network map, select FileCreate from the main window menu, or press the Create button on the toolbar or press Ctrl+N.

To create a child map, select a parent map in the Map Tree and click Create child map in the context menu or on the toolbar.

This will open a new map creation window. Specify the map name. Select where to create it: locally or on a server. Press OK and a new map tab will appear in the editor. If the map is created on a server, it will automatically be saved in the server database.

Only Super-Administrators are authorized to create new maps on servers.

Also you can use Network Discovery Wizard to create a new map.

Opening

To open a network map, select FileOpen from the main window menu or press the Open button on the toolbar or press Ctrl+O. Select the map file you want to open. The selected network map will open and appear in the map editor.

To quickly view one of the network maps you have recently opened, pick it from the recent map list by selecting FileRecent from the main window menu.

Opened network maps are updated automatically when the main application window is activated if there are any external changes.

Import

You can import maps to the server that are open locally, or available on another server.

To import maps to a server, select them in the Map Tree and drag to the desired server. Only Super-Administrators are authorized to perform such actions.

Editing

To edit a map, you need to capture it for editing first. Capturing involves checking it for relevance, i.e. checking that it's not being edited by another user.

To capture a map for editing, open it in the editor and select EditCapture map, press F4, or simply select the corresponding option on the toolbar. The Capture map button on the toolbar shall remain pressed, signaling that the current map is captured. Map capture is also available via the context menu and toolbar of the map tree. The latter method makes it possible to capture multiple maps at once.

Once the map has been captured, the system notes what computer and what user has captured it. This information is displayed on the screen tip upon hovering over the map in the map tree or in the map tab.

The lock and star icons displayed next to the map name in the map tree or in the map tab show its current edit status:

Map is captured by you on this computer and is available for editing.
Map is captured by another user and is unavailable for editing.
Map is being edited by you and contains unsaved changes.

If a map has been captured by another user, it can be re-captured. This function is useful if, for example, the user who captured it is currently unavailable, but map urgently requires edits.

Once the map has been captured it is available for editing: you can add new devices, links and other objects to it. See Network Map Objects for more information.

Once edits have been made, it is recommended to release the map. This protects it from further accidental changes and lets other users see that you've finished editing it. To do that, open the map in the editor and select EditRelease map, press F4, or select the corresponding option on the toolbar. The same can be done via the context menu or the toolbar of the map tree. This method makes it possible to release multiple maps at once.

Renaming

To rename a map, select it in the map tree and select Rename in the context menu, or press F2. Enter a new map name and press Enter to confirm or Esc to cancel. If the map was opened from a file, the file name will be changed. If the map was opened from a server, the map name in the server database will be changed.

Saving

To save a new network map, select FileSave from the main window menu, or press the Save button on the toolbar or press Ctrl+S.

If the map is new and created locally, you will be offered to specify a filename for the map.

To save the network map to an arbitrary file, select FileSave As from the main window menu and specify a filename.

To save all maps at once, select FileSave All from the main window menu or press the Save All button on the toolbar. Only those maps that have unsaved changes will be saved. This option is not available if your maps have no unsaved changes. The availability of the Save All button is the way to inform you that your maps have some unsaved changes.

If the map is opened from a file, the system creates a backup copy of the map file. See Backup copies for more information.

Closing

To close the current map, select FileClose from the main window menu, or press the close button on the current map tab.

To close one or several maps, select them in map tree and select Close in their context menu or on the toolbar.

This action is available only for maps that are opened locally or were created locally.

If the map contains any unsaved changes, you will be offered to save them.

You can also close all network maps at once by selecting FileClose All.

Deleting

To delete a map, select it in the map tree and click Delete in the context menu or on the toolbar of the map tree.

This action is available only for maps that were created on a server. Only Super-Administrators are authorized to delete maps.

Backup Copies

The application backs up all saved local maps and all maps captured for editing on the server. The server backs up all all maps captured for editing.

To open the local backup directory, go to FileBackup Folder in the main screen menu. On the server, the backup directory is located in the Backup folder in the server data directory.

For your convenience, all files created in the backed folder are grouped by Date modified.

Hierarchy

The program allows to create a hierarchical structure of maps. Maps can be designated as child in relation to other maps. Child maps are displayed under parent directory in the map tree. This makes it possible to display the exact hierarchy of a structure. There can be multiple root maps; there are no limits on nesting levels.

To designate a map as a child map, drag it to the desired parent map in the map tree. While operating on a server, only the users authorized to edit the child and the parent map are authorized to perform this action.

To make a child map, that was downloaded from a server, as a root map, drag it to the desired server in the map tree. Only Super-Administrators are authorized to perform such actions.

To make a local child map as a root map, drag it to Local in the map tree.

To view a necessary network map, you can click on its tab, or select it from the main window Map menu, or double-click it in map tree, or select in map tree and press Enter. You can use search function to go to a map by its name.

To return to the previous map, select ViewPrevious Map from the main window menu or press Alt+Left. To go back, select ViewNext Map in the main window menu or press Alt+Right.

A network map may also contain a link to another map. In this case it is possible to follow the link by double-clicking it.

You can switch to next/previous map tab by pressing Ctrl+Tab / Ctrl+Shift+Tab key combinations respectively.

You can also quickly switch between tabs by pressing Ctrl+<tab number>.

To move to the center of a network map, press the Center Map button, which is located on the scale panel of the status bar.

You can move a network map around by holding down the right or the middle mouse button or by using the arrow keys while holding down the Ctrl key.

Mini-map

Mini-map is a tool to greatly facilitate the navigation through large network maps:

To view a mini-map, select ViewMini Map in the main window menu or press the Mini Map icon at the zoom bar of the status bar.

The Mini Map dialog box will appear.

The mini-map shows the whole current network map. The visible part of the network map, which is displayed in the main window, is highlighted on the mini-map, the invisible one is shaded. In order to move to the desired part of the network map, simply click on the correspondent area on the mini-map or move through the mini-map with the mouse while holding the left mouse button down.

Creating Screenshots

To save a network map image, select FileSave as Image from the main window menu. Specify the graphic image format and filename to save the network map to. All popular graphic formats are supported. A network map graphic image will be saved in the specified file.

The image can be saved both in raster graphics (PNG, JPG) and in vector (SVG) file formats. The vector format provides better scaling, supports animation of devices and events.

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

Printing

To print a network map on the printer, select FilePrint from the main window menu. Specify the printer settings in the dialog box appeared and press the Print button. The chosen network map will be printed.

Scale

To change a map scale, select an appropriate map scale on the toolbar, or specify it on the scale panel of the status bar, or scroll the mouse wheel over the map while holding down the Ctrl key or use the keys ‘+’ or ‘–‘.

You can also display the entire network map by selecting the appropriate item in the scale editor on the toolbar or by pressing the All Map button on the scale panel of the status bar.

Appearance

You can set the general appearance for all network maps, as well as the personal appearance for separate network maps. Personal map appearance is usually used to set a map background, e.g. a room or an area plan.

The appearance is configured separately for in-app display and for display in the web interface.

To configure the map appearance for the web interface, open the server settings and select Web interface.

To configure the in-app map appearance, go to the application Options and select Appearance:

The following options are available:

  • The background color of the network map.
  • The background image of the network map.
  • If the Tile background mode is enabled, the background image chosen will be repeated for the entire network map background. If the Tile background mode is disabled, the background image chosen will be shown only one time, starting with the upper-left corner of the map background and the remaining background space will be filled with the specified background color.
  • The color of the network device names. Color depends on device status (active/inactive) and on event severity based on notification settings.
  • The color of the frame that is used to select the network map items.
  • Enable/disable changing the color of connections between inactive devices. If enabled, connections between inactive devices will change color according to the devices' status and severity levels of notification events.
  • Enable/Disable the grid display.
  • Enable/Disable alignment to the grid.
  • Enable/Disable animation of event severity based on notification settings. Animation is displayed as an icon above a device. It changes with the current event severity level.

Please check Map Background to find more details on the background configuration of each map and to check how to use OpenStreetMap (© OpenStreetMap contributors) as background.

Background

To customize the personal appearance for the current network map, select FileMap Background or ViewMap Background from the main window menu. Or you can select Map background in the context menu of the map editor. Map Background window will appear:

Here you can choose between general and personal map appearances to apply. Use the dialog box to change the following preferences:

  • Default — use general background for the map.
  • Color — the background color of the network map.
  • Image — the background image of the network map. If the Tile background mode is enabled, the background image chosen will be repeated for the entire network map background. If the Tile background mode is disabled, the background image chosen will be shown only one time, starting with the upper-left corner of the map background and the remaining background space will be filled with the specified background color.
  • OpenStreetMap — makes it possible to use OpenStreetMap (© OpenStreetMap contributors) maps as the map background. OpenStreetMap coordinates define the position of upper-left corner of a map. Zooming in corresponds to a map scale in OpenStreetMap at 100% map scale in Algorius Net Viewer. You can clearly select map position in OpenStreetMap using URL selection button, set coordinates and zoom automatically. Internet connection is required to download OpenStreetMap maps. Each downloaded segment of an OpenStreetMap map is cached and can be afterwards displayed without Internet connection. Cache duration can vary for different segments and is defined by OpenStreetMap cashing policy. Common cache duration is from several hours to several days. When cache duration is over, map segment is updated automatically when Internet connection is available.
  • Transparency — transparency of OpenStreetMap maps from 0 to 99, where 0 means no transparency (OpenStreetMap map is displayed as is) and 99 means maximum transparency (OpenStreetMap map is almost invisible).