Workbench 0.18 User Guide

Overview

Default Layout

We'll see later that the layout of Workbench is very customizable, supporting multiple saved layouts, docked and undocked windows, and multiple monitors.  To understand the basics, we'll start by looking at the default layout.

Standard layout

On the left is the Object Explorer; the area where data is arranged in the best way for the current project.  Top center is the Toolbox; the area where links to programs are placed for quick access.

Mid center is the Desktop.  This is divided into two sub-areas.  The lower area with a gray background is the workpad.  If we want to operate on one or more data objects, they must be placed onto the workpad - this is the only active area.  Typical operation is to drag data from the Object Explorer onto the workpad, and then drag and drop a tool from the Toolbox onto it.

A screenshot showing data staged on the desktop

The upper part of the Desktop with a white background is a staging area for data.  Often the Object explorer will contain a lot of data objects, but typically we will only be working with a few at a time.  The objects we are working with can be dragged onto the Desktop and left there for convenience.

Below the Desktop is the Console which logs Workbench operations such as saving a workspace or performing a transformation.

To the right are the Transformers.  These are the programs that convert file formats.

Workflow

In the main menu, selecting Workflow -> Library will create a new Workflow Library area that overlays the Desktop.

Screenshot of the Workflow Library overlay.

Notice how the Desktop and Workflow Library tabs appear side-by-side.  To switch between the two simply click on the appropriate tab.