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Interface Designer Part 2 - Analtyic Apps


This is part 2 of my Interface Designer series. Click here for part 1 (Macros and the basics):

This article will focus on the options specific to Analytic Apps. The majority of the Interface Designer options are the same for Apps and Macros including the Layout View, the Test view, and the Tree view.

One feature to point out that is very handy for Analytic Apps is on the Test view window. When testing your App using the debug option, a cool feature is the ability to save the your test values so that you can quickly bring them back later without having to re-enter every time. In the "App Values" section on the right hand side of the Test view you'll see the option to Reset, Save, Open, and View.


Enter in your test values and click Save to save a file locally with the values you're using. The next time you want to test, simply click the Open button and point to the file to save yourself some time.


The main difference in the Interface Designer between Macros and Apps will be found in the Properties view.


The first difference is the option to have the App run a second app when it completes. This is Chained App where you just specify the name of the 2nd app in that box and it will automatically call it up. This allows you to set up a process to format a file and then run the analysis.

You'll also see an option to have the App return results to the user. This is helpful especially when running Apps on the Gallery so the user can see the results of their runs. When you select the check box for "On Success - Show Results to User" you can then select the output tools (Render and/or Output Data tools for Gallery runs) to return the results to the user so they can save them locally.

You can create custom output and/or no output messages, and upload a graphic to be used in the interface itself (running on the desktop only, won't show in the Gallery).

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