I have migrated mashups from Thingworx 8.3.3 to Thingworx 8.5.2 .All the left/right side bars,columns are replaced with flex containers.I am able to drop widgets in the flex containers like layout in 8.3.3.Could you please explain me difference between flex containers and left/right side bars.What is the use of this change?
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The old layout widget allowed setting column size as percentage, rather than absolute size.But with containers,you can set container rules to grow and shrink, it uses the standard flex-grow and flex-shrink css properties. We have Grow Ratio and Shrink Ratio properties available, and you can set the values there.
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The information provided above is really helpful.
I created a new mashup and I want to design it with flex containers rather than layout but I couldn't see any flex container widget in widgets panel.How do I do it?
That is not needed. You can start adding containers without a Layout widget. Just click on an area(header, footer, body or side bar) created from your initially chosen mashup template and click add container. You can use containers as rows and columns to structure your mashup layouts.