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Sebastiaan Fisscher

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More controls on Nomads panels
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:37:39 AM »
At the moment there is an object control cap at 200 items. This is 200 items total on the screen, weither or not they are on folders or not. If you place more controls you start getting errors while starting up the panel.
With the increase in screen resolution Nomads screens keep getting bigger, and we have had to split up a couple of dashboards screens unfortunately because we couldn't place the desired amount of controls.
It would be appreciated if you could let us place more controls.

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Re: More controls on Nomads panels
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2018, 10:59:13 AM »
We have this under review however the challenge is that the original design permitted only 1000 controls for a panel and these were split into 200 for the main panel and 200 each for up to four concurrent panels.

What we are considering is allowing the main panel to have more but reducing the number of concurrent panels.

In the interim what might work for you is to maximize the main window and create four concurrent panels on top of the main window.  Set the concurrent windows as frame-less and synchro-lock.  This would get you up to 800 controls (1000 if you put some controls on the main window).

Other options to get beyond 200 items on the screen are:

  • Use Radio buttons for Buttons and in the select logic use the ID to determine which actual button was pressed and then reset that button so it looks normal.  This will get you 255 buttons per radio button. With a little effort you can replace up to 255 buttons, check_boxes or radio_buttons with a single control.  (We use this technique in the Bitmap selector for the Nomads designer)
  • Use a GRID where possible and hide the grid lines and column/row headers while setting the background to the same as your screen.  This can get you input fields, drop down lists, buttons, and check-boxes along with variable text.

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Re: More controls on Nomads panels
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 04:28:13 AM »
Thank you for looking into this. I think the solution that limits the concurrent panels but can hold more controls on a single panel sounds good.
The suggestions for lowering the total number of control objects are interesting, I'll look into them.