I have been playing around with the new 1.2 release. The ability to link models is a nice feature. Unfortunately there is often a need to automatically keep data current between the models. If I have 3 interdependant models, model3 depends on model2 which depends on model1, any changes to model1 data does not get propogated when I update the links in model3 unless I update model2 first. Having to remember the order in which to update links can get complicated in a hurry and lead to errors.
To solve this I think a tree view of the matrices contained within the browser window would be a strong feature. Users would be able to create folders to contain related matrices, allowing the organization of matrices in a logical manner without having to seperate the relevant matrices into seperate models. Since all of the matrices are in the same model, data is always current.
Is this possible?
Good post. Improving the organizational components of the model browser is high on our list for the next release.
Quantrix 1.2 did improve a couple of things in this area:
– You can reorder the matrices in the model browser by using the ctrl–>upArrow and ctrl–>downArrow action. (CMD key on OS X).
– You can change the font, text color and fill color of the matrices in the model browser. You could give similar matrices the same color and font treatment for grouping purposes.
– We have seen examples of users effectively utilizing empty matrices as title headings in the model browser.
Of course better built in organizational capabilities of the model browser is needed, but these tips might help to some degree in the short term.
Thanks for posting…