Data Selectors are used to select the Sciforma “Object” (i.e., Project, Portfolio, Organization, etc.) whose information will be displayed or modified in workspaces. The selectors are interactive, meaning the data displayed will depend on the workspaces users select.
The user can simply select the item that contains the information he/she wants to view or edit.
Users do not need to open “Objects” in order to view them in a selector. The selector always displays all the appropriate items which the logged-in user has the permissions to access.
Click on the arrows () () at the bottom of the selector to minimize (hide) or maximize (display) the selector.
When the Drill-down button in the top-left corner of a selector points down (), clicking on it allows the user to select the drill-down path.
When the Drill-down button in the top-left corner of a selector points left (), clicking on it enables the selector to switch back to the higher drill-down level.
When using the Data Selector, it is not possible to move items (i.e., to move a project from one portfolio folder to another).
Some selectors will allow the user to select multiple items, while others will only allow the user to select one item at a time.
To select one item, and one item only, you just have to click on the item’s name. As a result, the item will be selected (the corresponding checkbox will be ticked) and the item data will be displayed in the view.
To select several items at once, select the items by ticking the corresponding checkboxes. Validate the selection by clicking on the OK label located on the top right corner of the Data Selector.
The bottom section of the Data Selector displays the selected object Name. When multiple objects are selected, the Name will be replaced by the “Multiple Items Selected” label, followed by the number of selected objects.
For the specific case of projects, the Name of the selected object also indicates whether the project is Locked () or Unlocked (). If the user hovers the cursor over the Project Name, additional information will be displayed: ID, and Version.
Using the Search filtering function makes it easier for the user to find and select the desired item. The user simply types text in the Filter area, and then presses the Enter key. Only items with names containing the specified text will be included in the selector.
Entering “pro” in the Filter area will cause only those items whose name includes “pro” (e.g., “Product”, “Project”, and “Appropriate”) to be shown in the selector.
The Filter section can also be used with some key exposed fields, which will allow the user to only display specific objects in the data selector.
On the left-hand side of the Filter section, a checkbox allows the user to select all the objects available in the selector (when the multi-selection is possible). This checkbox is only available if the Data Selector contains 200 entries or less.