Creating a project
To create a map project, switch to the Edit mode and use the corresponding toolbar button or context menu item.
A form will open. Specify a name for the project and click OK. The name can be changed at any time using the network map context menu.
From this context menu, you can also change the background color of the map (white by default) or upload any background image.
To choose the background color, click the menu item and select from the palette.
In the same way, you can choose the default link color.
To upload or remove the background image, go to Background image settings.
When the project is created, you can start filling the network map with objects.
Don't forget to save the project after making a series of changes. The map is saved automatically after such actions as switching to another project, to another dashboard, etc.
To save changes while editing the map, save the map project from the toolbar or context menu.
On the map, you can add an unlimited number of nodes which will correspond to devices and groups in the network tree. To do this, simply drag them from the network tree on the left side when in the Edit mode.
A single network tree node can be added to the map an unlimited number of times. To differentiate between such nodes, you can label them on the map.
Map nodes are displayed in the form of a square icon that shows the type of the corresponding node in the network tree.
To the right of the node icon, the device sensor icons will be displayed indicating their current state.
Deleting nodes from the network tree does not lead to the deletion of the corresponding nodes from the map. These map nodes will look like this:
Links allow to show the connections between nodes in your network infrastructure.
To establish a link between two devices, click Add link on the bottom toolbar and draw a line between the two map nodes.
When adding connections, selecting objects becomes unavailable. When you've finished, we recommend that you reenable the default Select map object mode (to the left of Add link).
To draw links in the Select map object mode, hold Ctrl.
You can additionally fill the map with various preset geometric shapes by dragging them from the tree of shapes.
The following shapes are available right now: triangle, rectangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, rhombus, hexagon, ellipse, figure arrows, images.
When adding an image, the program will ask you to choose the image file on your computer.
After adding node objects and shapes on the map, you can use drag & drop and resizing handles to change their position and size.
To resize a shape or the icon of a node, grab and drag one of the corners of the object's frame. To display the frame, select the object using the left mouse button.
Shapes can be rotated using the rotation controller.
To select multiple objects, hold Shift and click on the objects or use rectangle selection.
When selecting or moving objects, make sure that Selecting of map objects is enabled in the toolbar under the network map area.
If you need to fine-tune an object's dimensions and position, you can edit its coordinates, width and height on the bottom toolbar.
The bottom toolbar can also be used to change the following for each individual node and shape:
- select the color of the node's icon or shape's lines;
- add a label.
For each connection, you can:
- select the color;
- add a label.
There are three ways of deleting one or several network map objects:
- using Delete on your keyboard (the only way of deleting multiple selected objects at the same time);
- from the object's context menu;
- by enabling deletion of map objects on the bottom toolbar and then selecting an object with the mouse.
When attempting to delete objects, you will be prompted to confirm the action.
If you delete a map node, its connections will also be deleted.
If you have more than one network map project, use the drop-down list on the project's toolbar to switch between them.
You can change the project name using the Edit project item in the network map context menu or using the toolbar button.
To delete a project:
- enable the Edit mode;
- select the project from the list;
- click Delete map project on the toolbar or in the context menu;
- confirm its deletion.