Navigating the QAD .NET UI > Component and Non-Component Based Programs
Component and Non-Component Based Programs
Only Enterprise Edition Financials and some System Administration programs are component-based. All other applications are non-component based, including Standard Edition Financials. Component-based programs have individual maintenance programs, such as Create, Modify, and Delete.
Programs in the QAD .NET UI provides details about using programs.
Navigating Component-Based Screens
Because the component-based UI is based on Microsoft .NET technology, it incorporates familiar mouse, click and drag, and tabbing functions.
Horizontal and Vertical Tab Groups
You can choose two ways of viewing multiple screens in the application area. This works especially well with the QAD .NET UI browse programs.
This slide shows the Process Sales Order menu collection, which groups all of the programs that you might need to use to complete activities related to an order. The grouping is facilitated by defining tab groups. Right-clicking the Process Sales Order tab displays the menu in this slide.
Tab groupings help you organize open programs in either horizontal or vertical layout.
Click New Horizontal Tab Group to split the screen horizontally and move this program to the new area.
Click New Vertical Tab Group to split the screen vertically and move this program to the new vertical area.
You can only use horizontal or vertical groups, not both. But you can create as many of one type of group as you want.
You can also detach a tab from the application area and display it in a new window. Right-click the tab and choose Move Tab to New Window or enter Ctrl+F11. To move a tab in a separate window back to a tab in the application area, enter Ctrl+F11.
Navigating Non-Component Based Programs
Because non-component based screens are a rendering of the character UI, you can navigate these screens using the same keyboard commands. You can also use mouse clicks to select fields and enter data.
When some programs open in Desktop mode, a navigation bar is displayed along the top of the screen indicating where you are as you proceed through the program screens. Not all programs have this bar; it is typically used with complex transactions such as order creation.
For example, the screen for Sales Order Maintenance includes a navigation bar indicating the parts of a sales order: Header, Lines, Trailer. Within each major section, you can navigate using the bar to specific subareas. When you are displaying the header of a sales order, you can navigate directly to Details, Tax Info, Freight Info, Salesperson, Delivery, Consignment, or Comments by clicking the label in the navigation bar.
The Screen Navigation Bar option in the Desktop section of the Options menu (choose Tools|Options) controls whether your QAD .NET UI client displays the navigation tool.