Layout and new features in New Generation Composer (Next-Gen Composer)
New Generation Composer is available from ThingWorx 7.4 and later.
Each subsequent release of ThingWorx will contain additional New Composer features/functionalities. This video is focused on the layout change and new features implemented from ThingWorx 7.4.
How to enable the new Composer?
1. In the top right-hand corner, click on the User Menu and select the Preferences option
2. Click the check box for Turn on New Composer Features.
3. Click Done. A New Composer link is added to the menu bar at the top of theComposer window.
4. Click the New Composer link to open a new tab for the New Composer view
What's the layout change in New Composer?
Three areas layout
Menu bar on the left (Area 1)
Set Project Context to set default project name for new entities
Two views: Recent and Browse
Recent view will quickly locate the recent access entities
Browse is almost the same to the old menu navigation bar
Could be sizable or hidden, and the main idea here is to increase screen real-estate to allow bigger view/edit area
Main area for listing and feeding entities in the middle (Area 2)
It provides you a wider area to edit entities (author services, mashup builder, etc.)
An extra area on the right for preview, properties/events editing, etc. (Area 3)
It gave you an easier and handy way to get a glance of an entity’s basic information
Layout change in an entity’s editing page
When you create a new Thing, you will find all the facets (general information, properties, services, events, subscriptions) of the Thing are listed in a dropdown list
By doing so it will save more area for the feeding
Properties and Alerts
Properties and Alerts are now listed separately (in two different Tabs)
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Properties and Alert are now edited on the right area of the page (See Figure 4 Area 3
Services and Subscription
A bigger editor area
Events are edited on right area of the page (See Figure 4 Area 3)
What's the main function/features change in New Composer
The Industrial Connections entity allows you to connect with and configure industrial things in ThingWorx. With the “Discover” feature, you could easily bind the Industrial device’s (e.g., Kepware) Tags to a ThingWorx Entity
From ThingWorx 8.0.0, Anomaly Alert type is supported
An anomaly alert is only useful if you have configured Anomaly Detection to monitor a stream of data
Anomaly metrics settings are allowed to be configured in the Alert edit page
You could now manually remove a subscription permanently from the system in New Composer which is impossible in old Composer
New Composer provided assistant scripting tools like static code analysis, String search or replace, etc
How could I switch back to the Old Composer when editing an entity?
It is so easy!
As long as you have opened an ThingWorx Entity, you will notice there is a button “Edit in Composer”; it will lead you back to the old Composer, and all the editing that have been saved will be logged in the old Composer.
Video demonstration for the New Composer is also available now. Feel free to review from: