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    1  Overview
    2  Starting the Editor
       2.1  Launch arguments
    3  Editor Layout
       3.1  Menu Bar
       3.2  Tool Bar
       3.3  Definition File selector
       3.4  Widgets tree
          3.4.1  Actions on elements in the tree
     Widgets creation
       3.5  Widgets tree associated definitions
       3.6  Selected element properties panel
       3.7  Selected layer graphical panel
    4  Configuring the Editor
    5  Start a Client / Server in the context of the Editor
    6  Convert an XML Definition File
    7  Notes

The Editor is a Definition File editor component provided in the project.


The Editor allows to open, edit and save Definition Files. Widgets can be added, moved, or modified in both a Widgets tree and a graphical panel showing the widgets with the same appearance and Look and Feel as they would have in the server.

Starting the Editor

The command−line to launch the Editor is:
      java −jar arincEditor.jar

Launch arguments

Editor Layout

The Editor Layout has the following panels: The menu Bar present the following menus:

Tool Bar

The toolbar offers several quick actions to be performed on the selected layer in the Editor. Some of these actions are also possible on the Menu Bar. Note that other buttons can be presented, depending on the active Plugins.

Definition File selector

All the Definition Files which have been opened in the Editor are shown as Tabs at the top of the Editor. .

Widgets tree

The widgets tree shows the widgets tree of all the Layers of the selected Definition Files.

. Selecting the Definition File, a Layer, or a widget will present the properties of the element in the properties panel. Also if a widget is selected, the widget will be highlighted in the graphical panel.

Actions on elements in the tree

It is possible to apply some actions on elements in the tree by right clicking on the element:
Widgets creation

The Dialog to create a new widget propose the list of widgets supported for the Editor specified supplement. The widgets are grouped by their types:

Widgets tree associated definitions

Some Plugins, such as the UACDS Plugin can open associated definitions alonside the Definition File itself. In that case, the widget tree view will change to present several tabs rather that only one Panel: .

Selected element properties panel

This panel present the properties of the selected element in the Widgets tree of the graphical panel:

Selected layer graphical panel

This panel present the Look of the selected Layer. It is possible to select and move widgets just by selecting the Shape of a widget.
Several actions are possible directly on the widget outline in the graphical panel:

Configuring the Editor

The editor must be configured before it can be used. For example things such as the available Look and Feels, the list of available colors and pictures, or even the standard version must be set. Of course after you have configured the editor once, your configuration parameters will be stored on your home directory even after you quit the Editor, and they will still be defined for the next times you will open it (except if you modify them again, of course).
The configuration parameters for the Editor are all available through the Settings menu. The Settings are seen as a tree, and each node correspond to a major feature of the Editor or a Plugin.
See editor configuration.

Start a Client / Server in the context of the Editor

It is possible open a Server and an associated Client in the context of the Editor. See editor Embedded Server.

Convert an XML Definition File

It is possible to save one XML definition file to: This conversion is configurable through an XML configuration and is performed through the File => Convert menu. See Convert an XML Definition File.


  1. ^ See Image Generation Plugin for the way the Editor saves Layers as SVG or PowerPoint snapshots

See Also

Categories: editor | user

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