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The Areas of the Applications Module

A new or existing application will be loaded in the Applications module. The module is subdivided into five areas. The sizes of these areas can be changed by dragging with the mouse. To do so, position the mouse cursor on the border of an area until the cursor symbol is shown as a double arrow. If there is insufficient space for elements to be displayed in an area, vertical and/or horizontal scroll bars will be shown automatically.

Each tab in the module can be closed via the symbol next to the title. If you show a tab via the menu View, and it is shown in its own window, you can also anchor it in one of the areas to the left or the right of the workspace, by dragging its title with the mouse to the desired position.

While the window is being moved, the area will be shaded in gray in its future position as a preview, and then anchored at the moment in which you release the mouse button. Anchored areas can also be moved in this way to other positions.

Application Structure

In the upper left area, the hierarchy of the individual pages and data groups of an application will be represented. Clicking on the arrow symbols left to the name of an element allows subordinate levels of the application structure to be opened or closed.

Application Node

The application node can always be found at the uppermost place in the application structure. It represents the application itself. In the properties dialog, general properties of the application, the application menu, portlets, and access permissions will be defined. From the context menu of the application node, new data groups, foreign data groups, system data groups, view pages, and portal pages can be created.

Data Groups

Data groups represent database tables. With the context menu item New, edit pages, view pages, view pages with elements, portal pages, subordinate data groups, data fields, and references can be created. The Delete context menu allows a complete data group, including all pages, data fields, and references contained within it to be deleted. The data of the data group will thereby be irretrievably lost. The context menu item Show / Hide data fields allows the data fields of the data group in the application structure to be shown or hidden. The Properties context menu item opens the properties dialog for the data group. The Details context menu item is only visible when options for experts is activated (Menu item Extras / Options), and will give you the GUID, Title, Type, and Name of a highlighted element.

System Data Groups

In a system data group, only one data set may be saved. A system data group will be created from the context menu of the application node. Only one system data group may be created per application. The data in a system data group has validity application-wide. They can be used in all data groups of the application.

Foreign Data Groups

With a foreign data group, data will be connected from external sources.

Data Fields

The data fields of a data group can be shown in the application structure by clicking the context menu item Show data fields . Here you will also find the system data fields These data fields can, if desired, be additionally connected to view elements. When creating a data set in the browser, system fields will automatically be filled with relevant data by Intrexx.

View Pages

This symbol designates view pages, on which data entered to an application will be shown.

Edit Pages

This designates edit pages. Edit pages are always found within a data group. New edit pages may be entered via the context menu of their data group.

Pages in the Application Menu

This symbol designates view or edit pages that are connected to the application menu. These pages can be directly accessed in the browser from the application menu. The application menu can be changed in the properties dialog of the application node.

Start Page

This symbol designates a main or edit page that has been defined as the start page of the application. The start page will be loaded first upon clicking on the application link in the browser, independent of what position it takes in the application menu or whether it is there at all. Edit pages can therefore only be defined as the start page if they are located in data groups directly below the application node.

Portal Pages

The portal page is a special view page that allows an application portal to be constructed on it.

Keyhole Pages

The iMenu portlet offers the user a navigation mode for mobile end devices such as the iPhone. The levels of hierarchy will move from top to bottom in this mode. A Keyhole page can be defined in the Applications module in the following manner: Create a view page on the uppermost level of the structure view of the application. On this page, you can now place elements (links, filtered free tables, etc.). Klick with the right mouse button on the page and select Keyhole iMenu from the context menu. The contents of this page will now be shown in this portlet to the right of the name of the application. Please note that when creating this portlet that you should show only one-line contents on the page if possible, in order not to impact the optics, and therefore the usefulness, of the portlet. The My Favorites portlet also offers you the ability to show a keyhole page in addition to the display of your favorite applications.

Office Integration

Edit pages with Office integration will be designated with this symbol.


Underneath the application structure you will find the Elements area.

The elements that you will use to construct an application can be selected here and then moved onto the workspace via drag & drop.

The display of elements can be changed via the context menu.

Show Icons: shows icons for the elements
Show Icons and Titles: shows icons and titles of the elements
Show Icons and Descriptions: shows icons and descriptions

In the Search field, you can search for elements. If you click in the upper area on an entry, the elements in the lower area will be filtered depending on which group has been selected.

To create a new element, please select a page in the application structure. Depending on the type of page you selected, only the elements which can be used for the page will be available. Next, drag the element that you wish to create to the workspace. The borders of the element will be shown as a preview of the element. Next, an assistant will lead you through the creation process.


Frequently used items can be included in this area for quick and easy access. Click on Configure Favorites.

Selected items are displayed in the Favorites list. This listing can be exported in XML file format by clicking on Export Favorites. An existing Favorites export file can be imported again by clicking on Import Favorites.


In the right-hand area of the module Applications you will see the workspace. The contents and appearance of the workspace will change, depending on whether a page, data group, or the application node is selected in the application structure. If, for example, the application node has been highlighted, the workspace will inform you of the application description, start page, and additional pages of the application.

If a data group has been highlighted, the name of the corresponding database table will be shown. All data fields and references of the data group will be listed.

If an application page in the application structure has been selected, elements can be assigned via drag & drop in the workspace.

If an element in the workspace is moved with the mouse to a position that is not allowed, such as when elements overlap one another or when the borders of the workspace have been exceeded, the border of the element will be shown in red.

The movement will also not be executed. When the mouse button is released, the element will be returned to its original position. The most important properties of the elements will be output in a quicktip upon positioning the mouse pointer on an element.


Elements with script calls or comments will be automatically designated with a blue symbol. Edit elements for which an entry is required (mandatory field) will be designated on the workspace with a red symbol.

Help lines

On the workspace, vertical and horizontal help lines can be inserted via the context menu.

These help lines will be displayed in every application that is loaded in this way. They serve to help orient the designer on all pages to create a uniform layout. In the browser, these lines will not be visible.

The workspace will then be given a grid on which view and edit elements can be aligned.

Additionally, a ruler will help you to position the elements. The current coordinates of the mouse pointer will be shown highlighted on the ruler.

You can select elements in the workspace via mouse click. You can select multiple elements by clicking with the mouse and dragging a border around the elements, or by clicking on the elements, one after another, while holding down the Ctrl-key.


With the context menu item Group, selected elements can be grouped together.

The group is assigned the Container_Standard style class, which uses a background shadowing. With Grouped H1, the text of the grouped elements is automatically assigned to the H1 style class. Transparent grouping groups the elements without background shadows. This grouping style can be used when a group of elements should not be visible. Hidden group groups the elements and hides them.

The key combination Ctrl + a allows all elements on the workspace to be highlighted. When this is done, elements that are found in a group will not be individually selected. If you have selected an element in a group or have selected the group itself, the key combination Ctrl + a will highlight all additional elements in this group.

Hidden Area

In addition to the workspace, there is also a hidden area, which – like the workspace – can be populated with elements. The elements defined here are not displayed on the screen. Using the additional control Settings, which you can find in the Design module, or with the keyboard shortcut Alt + h, the hidden elements can be displayed if necessary, for example, for testing purposes. The keyboard shortcut can be configured in the internal/system/xml/misc/shortcuts.xml file.

In this process, the elements will be moved and configured via drag & drop in the hidden area just as they are for visible elements. If elements are to be used in JavaScript, that is, to be available in the browser, you need to activate this setting in the Web column. If the setting is not activated for a particular element, then that element can only be used server-side, (e.g. in Velocity).

All hidden elements will be combined in a group. You can open the properties dialog of the hidden group by double-clicking on the Hidden elements entry.

Other groups can be created within the highest level grouping in the hidden area, e.g. to group the hidden elements into smaller units for clarity.

Elements can be moved back and forth between the work surface and the hidden area, using the context menu. From the hidden area, elements can be moved onto the workspace using Drag & Drop.

Search, Notifications, Problems, Description

In the lower area you will find several tabs, which can also be shown or hidden via the View main menu item. Here you can search through the currently opened application by specific criteria here. This function can be very helpful during the development process and when maintaining an application. Whenever you double click on an entry in one of these tabs, the corresponding element will be selected on the workspace.


In the list box several functions for the search are available. The search string can be entered in the search field on the left hand. Click on Search to start the search.

Attribute Value

This function gives you the ability to make a targeted search for an attribute value. In the expert mode, the expert attributes of elements will be assigned values. Here all elements will be listed that possess an expert attribute with the value that you enter in the search field.

Buttons / Buttons sending an e-mail

The search can be run for buttons and buttons that execute a send e-mail action.

Data Fields without Edit Control

You can search through the application for Data fields without edit element in order to list all data fields that are not connected to an edit element.

Elements linking to other Applications

The search for Elements linking to other applications returns all elements that are connected to other applications, such as buttons whose target page is found in another application, or tables that show data from other applications.

Elements linking to Relationships

The search for Elements linking to Relationships returns all elements that are connected to relationships.

Elements using JavaScript

When searching for Elements using JavaScript, all elements will be listed that have a script call entered in their events.

Elements using Style Class

Elements using style classes will find elements that have been assigned a specific style, which you can enter to the search field.

Elements with Comments

If you search for Elements with comments, all elements will be listed that have been assigned comments, as long as you enter no text to the search field. If text has been entered to the search field, the search engine will look for elements that contain this text in their comments.

Elements without Title

Searching for Elements without title will find all elements that have no title entered for any of the portal languages.


The search for Groovy returns all elements that are using Groovy script.

GUID: Definition

This function will find the element with the GUID you entered in the search field.


Searching for Velocity finds all VTL-Include view elements integrated into the application.


On this tab messages will be printed, for example if an element cannot be deleted because it is linked with other elements.


Here errors in the application or FIXME- or TODO comments in Scripts will be listed.


Here you also have the ability to enter a description of the currently selected element. This applies for all elements of an application, i.e. pages, data groups, data fields, etc. The text that you enter here will be entered in only one language when the application is saved.

Elements with a description will also be designated with a symbol on the workspace.

If entering a description is not possible, such as when multiple elements are currently selected, this symbol will appear in the comments field.