Flex Search and Smart Grid

Throughout Projector Web you will encounter our Flex Search and Smart Grid. If you are unfamiliar with these tools you should read this page to gain a general understanding about how they function. You'll then be able to apply that knowledge anywhere you encounter them in Projector Web.

Search Page Pieces & Parts

The search pages within Projector all follow a similar pattern.

  • The page control bar indicates the type of search page, the name of the selected search, and entry points for all search-specific actions you can take (e.g. Run Search, Clear Results).
  • The flex search filters initially appear in summary mode and can be popped up into edit mode to add and update filter items.
  • Search action buttons are tied to the search results grid and allow you to act on the checked items in the results
  • Results smart grid is a very flexible data grid that allows you to sort, group, and reconfigure your results data display

Below we show the search page prior to running the search, after a search is run with collapsed navigation and filter panels, and after a search is run with the filter panel opened into edit mode.

Flex Search

The flex search is where you specify your search criteria. It is an easy to use, yet incredibly powerful search tool.

  • Add in search criteria like resource name, project name, cost center, etc
  • Specify the values you are interested in 
  • Run your search. Easy!

The filter component can be viewed fully collapsed, in summary mode, and in edit mode. 

Add Criteria

From the Add filter criteria button at the top of the filter component choose the filter item to add and refine your filter definition. 

Remove Criteria

Click the trash can icon (  ) next to a criteria. 

Edit Criteria

Start typing in any text field to see a list of relevant choices. Pick one by clicking on it.

String Searches

Some criteria such as Engagement Code or Description can be searched based on a character string. For instance, searching Engagement Code using Begins with  P001 would return all records with a Project Code such as P00100-001 but not P00200-001. Searching Does not contain  - 1 would omit all records with an Engagement code containing hyphen-one -1 anywhere in the code.

The Advanced option allows advanced pattern matching using the following list of wildcard characters:

  • [] brackets can contain options for a single character, so [35] would look for either 3 or 5 for that character, and [3-5] would look for 3, 4, or 5.
  • _ underscore is a wildcard for 1 character.
  • % percent is a wildcard for 1 or more characters.
  • ^ caret inverts whatever follows.
  • \ backslash is the escape that can precede a special character, so \% would permit a search for items including the percent symbol.

For instance, searching a Project Code using Advanced  P0011[34]% would return all projects starting with either P00113 or P00114 but not P00115 etc. Searching Advanced  %[^1-3] would return all records whose Project Code doesn’t end in 1, 2, or 3. These can be mixed to further refine the search.

Smart Grid

The smart grid is where your search results are displayed. It functions much like a pivot table in Microsoft Excel. You can display flat data, or you can group data together and then drill into the details.

In the screenshot below you can see time cards grouped by resource. I've expanded the node for Dolly Lee so that you can see the individual time cards.

Add/Remove Columns

Click the cog menu icon, and choose Customize Grid.  Columns on the left are available. Columns on the right are the ones displayed. Use the arrow keys or double click to move an item between columns.

Reorder Columns

Click the menu icon, , and choose Customize Grid.  Use the arrows to reposition the column.

You can also reorder columns directly in the smart grid. Simply drag and drop the column in its new location. The insert location is denoted by a line between columns. You can see the line in the screenshot below - between Project Code and Project Role.

Group Data by Column

Data grouping is what gives you pivot table like abilities in the smart grid. Any field with a checkbox next to it is available for grouping. Some fields are not available for grouping, like time card description, as it is unlikely identical values would be available. 

In the screenshot below I have grouped by Resource Display Name.

Short Cuts

If your smart grid uses groupings, you can quickly toggle between them by using the Ctrl + Shift + Number keys. You must use the number keys above the letter section, not your number pad. 

For example, Ctrl + Shift + 1 collapses everything together. Two would expand the next level. Three would expand the next level after that.

Make sure the smart grid has focus by clicking on it.

Summary Grid

For advanced users, the summary grid is a great way to sift through large or complex searches. The summary grid displays a second grid on top of the first. This upper grid contains only roll up information. When you select one of the roll ups, the normal grid shows all the details.

In the screenshot below, the summary grid is on top. When you click on the zoom icon (far left) for a summary row, the individual time cards are shown in the lower details grid. Records in the details grid are available for selection and for use with the action bar.

To enable or disable the summary grid, toggle the menu item for Options | Show summary grid

Notice in the screenshot below that the summary grid dispenses with the checkboxes for grouping and you instead use the dropdown boxes at the top to summarize your data. You can summarize on up to three columns.

Customize Layout Options

Click the cog icon and then the customize grid menu to bring up the options editor, where you can find a variety of display options that are specific to the type of content available to the grid you are working with.

Sample Options - Time card search.