Inspecting a Viewpoint

From the viewpoint inspector, you can view and edit information about the viewpoint.

To inspect a viewpoint:

  1. From an open view, click action menu next to the viewpoint and then select Inspect.

  2. Select from the options available on these tabs:

    • General—Provides information on the data chain objects and the binding status of a viewpoint. See Binding Status.


      If a viewpoint is currently in a blockout, the application or dimension that is blocked out is indicated by a blockout icon (blockout icon). Click the link to inspect the application or dimension and view the blockout details.

      Click Edit to change the name, description, and status for the viewpoint or to add a label, see Understanding the Lifecycle of Data Objects and the Data Chain.

      You'll need to create a label if the viewpoint name has more than 30 characters and you need to do any of these tasks for the viewpoint:

      • Load request items from a file
      • Download request items to a file
      • Download the viewpoint to a file
      • Generate subscription requests
      • Drag and drop request items or nodes across viewpoints
      • Create request items from viewpoint comparisons

      The label can contain up to 30 characters but cannot contain any of these special characters:

      \ / * [ ] : ?


      For time labeled viewpoints, you can also change the time label for the viewpoint. However, you cannot deselect the time label to convert the viewpoint to a normal viewpoint. See Working with Time Labeled Viewpoints.
    • Definition—Provides information on node type, permissible actions, and editable properties. You can set which actions are allowed for the node types, determine which properties display, and set which properties are editable, see Changing Viewpoint Permissible Actions and Configuring How a Viewpoint Displays Properties.
    • Properties—Provides the list of selected properties from the Definition tab. You can edit property names and descriptions, select which properties to display as columns in the viewpoint, select which properties to display in the Locations tab of the viewpoint, and reorder the list of properties, see Configuring How a Viewpoint Displays Properties, Configuring Locations Tab Properties, and Changing the Order of Displayed Properties.

    • Subscriptions—Provides a list of subscriptions to other viewpoints. You can create new subscriptions and edit, enable, disable, or delete existing subscriptions, see Subscribing to Viewpoints.

    • Data Chain—Provides a clickable graphic so that you can see the node types, hierarchy sets (if applicable), and node sets that comprise the viewpoint.