Using the Entity Browser

About Entities

Purpose of the Entity Browser

Using the Entity Browser

Displaying objects in the right pane

About Entities

An Entity is the repository users connect to when they log on to Axway Composer. An Entity includes:

  • one Composer interface, the associated repository and associated server
  • one or more AccountingIntegrator Rule Engines that you configure in the Topography workbench

Each Entity is made up of Folders that are similar to standard Windows folders or directories. Folders provide separate, distinct workplaces for storing and defining objects. The existence of independent Folders allows users to group objects together, for example, all the objects related to a single project, or all the objects defined by one user.

Purpose of the Entity Browser

The Entity Browser lists all objects to which you have authorized access in the Composer repository. The Browser provides a search tool that enables you to locate objects quickly, depending on the criteria that you specify. You can search for objects created by a particular user, or objects with a given life cycle status. You can also restrict the search to a specific object type or to a given Folder.

Use the Entity Browser to:

Using the Entity Browser

Whereas the left pane only provides access to authorized WorkFolders in the local Entity, the Entity Browser also provides access to all the PrebuiltFolders in the local Entity. However, objects that you display from the Entity Browser are for consultation only and cannot be modified unless these objects are in your current folder. To modify an object, you must open the Properties window from the left pane.

To display the Entity Browser, click on the toolbar. Alternatively, select Entity Browser from the Tools menu.

The Entity Browser includes a:

  • Navigator pane that lists authorized Folders and provides Find/Replace criteria
  • Filter pane that lists all objects by type
  • Right pane that displays a restricted set of object attributes, for the objects selected in the Filter pane, or specified by the Find/Replace criteria

The Entity Browser screen is schematically illustrated in this diagram.

Toolbar

                                                  

TABS

  Folder

  Find/Replace

 

Right pane                                                                    

Name

Status

Object Type

Label

Date

Filter pane

Object types

 

 

Via the Entity Browser you can perform all the actions described in the table but you can only delete and modify objects that are in your current Folder.

Action Procedure

Display an object Properties window (Read only mode)

Select an object in the right pane and click on the toolbar. Alternatively, double-click the object in the right pane.

Delete an object

Select the object in the right pane and click .

Copy and paste an object from one Folder to another

Select the object and click .

Select the destination Folder on the Folder tab and click .

Display Object Dependencies for a selected object

Select an object in the right pane and click .

Print objects

Select the object(s) in the right pane and click to:

  • define the print setup
  • preview the page
  • print objects

Export objects

Select the object in the right pane and click .

Find and replace objects and object attributes

Use the Find/Replace tab.

Move an object to another Folder

Drag-and-drop the object to a different Folder. To move more than one object at a time, press <Ctrl> while you select objects then drag-and-drop the object to the target Folder.

Displaying objects in the right pane

The set of objects displayed in the right pane depends on:

  • the Folder that you select on the Folder tab
  • the object types that you select in the Filter pane
  • the criteria that you enter on the Find/Replace tab

Selecting a Folder

Click the Folder tab to display the Folders and sub-Folders that belong to the current Entity (the root Folder in the tree structure). This tab only displays Folders to which you have authorized access to.

Select a Folder on the Folder tab to display all the objects it contains in the right pane. Select the node Folder to display all objects in the current Entity.

Using the Filter pane to restrict the selection

Since a Folder can contain a large number of objects, the Entity Browser provides a filter mechanism to restrict the set of objects displayed in the right pane. The Filter pane lists all available object types for the Axway Server installed with the Composer product. By default, all objects types are checked.

From the list, select the object types to display. Alternatively, use the following buttons to make mass selections. Click:

  • to select all objects
  • to clear the current selection
  • to invert the current selection

Using the right pane

The right pane displays the objects in the selected Folder that correspond to the object types selected in the Filter pane:

  • Either in table format if you only complete the generic attributes in the Filter pane of the Find tab.
  • Or in a tree structure format if you complete the specific user attributes on the Advanced tab.

The display switches back to table format if you:

  • Click on the Folder tab
  • Start a new search in the Find tab
  • Select a blank value in the first column of the Criteria table of the Advanced tab

Table format

This table lists the columns displayed in the right pane.

Column heading Contents

Name

Object name. You cannot remove this column.

Status

Object status label and icon.

Object type

Type of object : Axway Server, Application, Table.

Label

User comments. This label corresponds to the user comments that you enter in the Label field on the object properties General tab.

Date

Date of creation or latest modification.

You can perform these actions on the columns in the right pane:

To Do

Resize a column

Click the splitter bar between two column headings and drag the bar to the left or right.

Display the list of possible columns

Right-click a column heading.
In the popup menu, a check mark next to a column name indicates that this column is currently displayed in the right pane.

Add a column

Select the column name in the list.

Remove a column

Unselect the column name in the list.

Sort items in a column

Click the column heading.
An arrow next to the column heading indicates whether the items in the list are sorted in ascending order or in descending order.
To change the order, click the column heading again.

Tree structure format

Use the icon bar to perform these actions in the right pane:

Icon Function

Expand selected nodes

Collapse selected nodes

Display a selected complex expression

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