Workbench 0.18 User Guide

User Interface (UI)


The User Interface (UI) provides access to all the features of Workbench.  That’s to say that there are no configuration files that require editing outside of the UI.  Obviously, this won’t be true for the Guest Tools that you add to the Toolbox.

Launching a Tool

Most operations are based on a drag and drop paradigm.  A data object is dragged onto the workpad, and then a tool is dropped onto the data object.

Screenshot shwoing Wireshark being dropped onto a data file

If the tool supports the data type, directly or via a Transformer, a green outline will appear around the object as the tool is dragged over the object.  If a red outline appears, the tool doesn’t support the data type and Workbench hasn’t found a suitable Transformer.  These outlines also appear if we drag a tool over a File Set.

Workbench ignores attempts to drop a tool onto an unsupported object type.  Dropping a tool on a supported data object immediately starts the operation.  In some cases, the analyst may be prompted for input parameters via a dialogue box.

Tracking Progress

Screenshot of the Workbench console.

Progress messages appear in the Console pane.


If a Native Tool is dropped onto a data object the results will appear in a pane that overlays the Bench.  When a Guest Tool is used, the tool is launched in a separate window.