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Jan
14
How do I add and see a description of my project in Visual Expert?
Posted by Liz Robertson on 14 January 2016 11:37 AM

The project name may not be enough information to clearly define your Visual Expert projects for others. When creating your project, you can add a description while completing the New Project wizard. This description can then be seen by placing your mouse over the project in the Open Project window. You can also add or change a description by selecting a project and pressing “Edit”.


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Jan
14
How do I make more space available for Visual Expert projects on my machine?
Posted by Liz Robertson on 14 January 2016 11:34 AM

Depending on the size and complexity of your code, Visual Expert may require 10x the size of your code in space available.

There are a number of ways to create more space for new projects:

  1. Select where your temporary files are stored. Visual Expert creates temporary files when it runs the analysis. You can choose a drive with available space by going to Settings, General and choosing which folder stores the generated files in the “Temporary Files” Section.

  2. Delete old analyses of an existing project. In the Settings Menu > Project Settings > History Tab, you can select and remove previous analyses. For examples, ones that have been aborted in the past.

  3. Delete old projects. Go to File - Open Project and select a project that you no longer need available. Then select “Remove”.

 


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Jan
14
How do I control access to my Visual Expert projects?
Posted by Liz Robertson on 14 January 2016 11:29 AM

If you have concurrent users connected to Visual Expert, you can manage who can open, edit, analyze, and export a project. You can also manage who has the ability to control the above.

Go to Settings - Access Control to get a list of users connected to your Visual Expert Master Database (Project Repository).

The user who creates the project, is the one who defines who has what access rights. For example, the team leader creates a project in the shared Master Database; certain team members can open the project, but cannot export in HTML or Excel a part of the Main View, or create documentation because they do not have the “Can Export” permissions.

 

 


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Oct
9
Authenticate users with their Facebook accounts using Visual Guard
Posted by Liz Robertson on 09 October 2015 11:36 AM

With Visual Expert 2015, allow your users to identify themselves with their Facebook account (on top of classic username/password and Windows accounts).

With this feature you can:

  • Simplify the creation of accounts, and stay up to date with the latest methods of authentication.
  • Get to know your users better with information from their Facebook accounts

To get started with the Facebook account authentication feature, just add the Facebook plug-in in the Visual Guard administration consoles.

Facebook Console

Add facebook account

The next article will look at how to enrich Visual Guard user accounts with extended attribute parameters to improve Visual Guard’s integration into your applications.

Upcoming articles on Visual Guard’s new features include:

  • The ability to synchronize Visual Guard accounts with 20 extra parameters when using Active Directory accounts.
  • The ability to synchronize Visual Guard accounts with data from a functional table of users that already exists in your application.

Try Visual Guard


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Oct
9
Enrich the profile of your users with extended attributes
Posted by Liz Robertson on 09 October 2015 11:33 AM

With Visual Guard 2015, add as many attributes as you wish into the definition of the Visual Guard users table. 

Create attributes by defining their name and type (string, integer, double, date/time, Boolean).

Sort and group by extended attributes.

Extended Attributes Sort and Group

Select the properties available to define the new attribute:

Extended Attributes Properties

The user profile with the extended attributes:

Search extended attributes

Extended attributes can be used as search criteria:

Search extended attributes

The use of extended attributes allows the user table of Visual Guard to integrate with the specifications of your management applications and avoid creating another specific table for the users.

The next articles will discuss the possibility of synchronizing Visual Guard user accounts with 20 extra parameters when using Active Directory accounts.

This will be followed by articles about synchronizing Visual Guard user accounts with data from functional user tables that already exist within your application.


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Sep
10
How do I make the most of my Global Search?
Posted by Liz Robertson on 10 September 2015 02:19 PM

Visual Expert allows you to run a global search across your application (and also across multiple applications!). Visual Expert doesn't run a regular text search like most applications: as well as giving you the location of the item directly in the source code, the VE search gives you rich results including type, container, and hierarchy information. Because of this, the search may take some time to load.

There are a couple of tricks to making the process run faster:

To really speed up the search, specify the string of code you wish to search for in the Source code field and use regular expressions/Match Case to narrow down your search even more.

Filling in the second line, component name, will also help to speed up the search; however, because VE uses an algorithm to cross reference the source field with the component field, the search may still take some time to return results.

Note that using the "Search into:" box will not necessarily speed up your search, as this filter is processed after Visual Expert has fetched the container and hierarchy information.

Finally, we do recommend keeping “Show parent hierarchy” selected for a richer result.

 

 


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