Navigating Viewpoints

By default, viewpoints are displayed in a tabbed layout, but you can also display them side by side.

Tabbed Layout

The tabbed layout lets you work with one viewpoint at a time. For example, you need to work with only the Depts by Geography viewpoint.

viewpoints displayed in tabbed layout

You can also select a viewpoint to work with from the drop-down list at the far right of the tabbed layout. This list is helpful when you have a lot of viewpoints.

viewpoints dropdown list

In tabbed layout, you can hover over the viewpoint name to get more information about the application and dimension. You can also see if the viewpoint is a target of a subscription (see Subscribing to Viewpoints), the viewpoint binding status (see Binding Status), and the start and end dates of the blockout period if the viewpoint is currently blocked out (indicated by a yellow blockout icon) or has an upcoming blockout period (indicated by a green blockout icon). See Requests and Blockout Periods.

Time labeled viewpoints are indicated by a Calendar time label icon icon.


If the viewpoint is the target of multiple subscriptions, the name of the first one that was created is displayed and the additional number of subscribing viewpoints is indicated with a plus sign (for example, +2).

screenshot shows viewpoint information window with the details described in the paragraph

In the tabbed layout, the node type of a selected node in the viewpoint is displayed above the right panel. Click the node type to open it in the inspector. See Inspecting a Node Type.
screenshot shows node type as described above

Side by Side Layout

With a side by side layout, you can:

  • Visually compare the nodes, properties, and relationships between two viewpoints
  • Locate a node from one viewpoint in the other viewpoint
  • Align nodes between two viewpoints. As you click on a node in one viewpoint, the node is highlighted in the other viewpoint.
  • Perform request actions using action menus.
  • Drag and drop nodes across viewpoints. To drag and drop nodes from a viewpoint, you must have at least Participant(Read) permission on the data object in the source viewpoint and at least Participant(Write) permission on the data object in the target viewpoint, and Add or Insert must be an allowed action.


Node type converters are needed to compare, locate, align, and drag and drop nodes of different node types across two viewpoints in side by side layout, see Working with Node Type Converters.

For example, you can use a side by side layout to locate node 220 in both the Depts by Geography viewpoint and the Depts by LOB viewpoint.

viewpoints displayed in side by side layout

You can navigate viewpoints in several ways:

  • Search allows you to search for a node name by typing in a partial string, see Searching for Nodes.

  • Use Back and Forward arrows to switch between the previously-selected node and the current node.

  • Use Pager to page through nodes in list viewpoints.

In both the tabbed and side by side layouts, each viewpoint also has a menu consisting of these options: