3.10. Network Handling

Parts of a network can be selected by pressing the mouse button and dragging the mouse over the network (also called “rubber-band selection”). A selection rectangle appears that selects all modules that currently thouch this rectangle.

While selecting modules with that rubber-band rectangle, the number of so-far selected modules is shown at the mouse cursor.

To select multiple nonadjacent modules, press SHIFT and click the modules.

To deselect all modules, press ESC or select an empty area of the network tab.

More than one network can be opened. They are displayed as tabbed view. To close the tab (and its network), click the respective Close (x) button. Alternatively, a network can be closed by clicking its tab with the middle mouse button.

A network quick search is available, see Section 3.14, “Network Quick Search”.

3.10.1. Network Context Menu

Right-click the workspace to open the network context menu.

Figure 3.23. Network Context Menu

Network Context Menu

3.10.2. Connections Context Menus Context Menu of Parameter Connections

Parameter connections are connections between the fields of modules. They may be created within the same module or between modules. For details on parameter connections, see Getting Started, chapter Parameter Connection for Synchronization.

The context menu of parameter connections in the network offers the following options:

Figure 3.24. Parameter Connection Context Menu

Parameter Connection Context Menu

Parameter connections are always bundled between two connected modules. Therefore, several connections may be listed in the context menu of one parameter connection.

Outgoing parameter connections are positioned at the upper third of the module's left or right border, and incoming parameter connections are positioned at the lower third of the module's border.

If a module has parameter connections within its own fields, the parameter connection visualization forms a small loop at the border of that module.

For each connection, the following options are available:

  • Value: Shows the current value of the field.

  • Disconnect: Disconnects the field connection.

  • Select in Parameter Connections Inspector: Selects the field connection in the Parameter Connections Inspector.

  • Add to Network Fields WatchList: Adds the connected fields to the Network Fields WatchList.

Additional options are:

  • Disconnect All: Disconnects all listed parameter connections (can be undone/redone)

  • Copy Connection Info: Copies the connection info string to the paste buffer

To disconnect internal parameter connections, click the small loop at the left side of the module and open the context menu to disconnect the internal parameter connections. Alternatively, internal parameter connections are also listed in the Parameter Connections Inspector and can be disconnected there.

Figure 3.25. Module with Internal/Self-Connected Parameter Connection

Module with Internal/Self-Connected Parameter Connection Context Menu of Data Connections

The context menu of data connections in the network only contains the Disconnect option for each item.

Additional options are:

  • Disconnect All: Disconnects all listed data connections (can be undone/redone)

  • Copy Connection Info: Copies the connection info string to the paste buffer

In case of grouped modules, data connections are bundled and more than one connector is listed in the context menu.

Figure 3.26. Data Connection Context Menu

Data Connection Context Menu