User Interface Orientation
In this topic we will introduce you to the main areas of the user interface and explain what they allow you to do at a high level.
We estimate that this will take 2 minutes to complete.
Simple to Use GUI
The GUI (Graphical User Interface) on N-Tracking is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. It consists of the following main interaction elements:-
■ Tabs - which are used to navigate you between screens and main areas of functionality in the system.
■ Buttons - which perform actions when you either click on them or hover your mouse over them.
■ Data tables and graphs - showing relevant information. Clicking on rows in a table may also offer more detailed information.
We will give you a brief walkthrough in this topic on the main screens of the N-Tracking GUI. In other topics we will go into more detail on the features and functionality of these screens.
2 Detailed Explanation
As a user you know which of the main screens you are on, as the tab for it is underlined and the word is highlighted in blue. Here you can see we are on the "Map" tab and therefore showing the map screen.
The map screen is the primary screen that you use to track aircraft. Layers can be used to display different sorts of information overlaid on top of the map such as weather information or aircraft information.
Click the + button.
At the bottom right hand side of the screen are the zoom in and zoom out controls for the map. The + button zooms you in whilst the - button zooms you out. You can pan around using
click and drag.
Click the + button.
Some buttons require you to make a click on them, others just require you to put your mouse on top of them for further options to be revealed.
Touch the Squares button with the mouse.
Two further buttons are now shown. (One lets you draw on the map and the other lets you measure distances on the map).
Other buttons require you to actually click on them if you want to do something. The layers button is one of these and controls what information is overlaid on the map.
Click the Layers button.
A panel has now been displayed and within the panel there are a sequence of tabs. In this example the "GENERAL" tab is selected.
Different tabs allow you to control different parameters.
Let's move on to the next screen in the application.
The airport screen lets you see information about the airports included within your subscription.
Click the KLAS - McCarran International Airport hyperlink.
Once again, we use tabs to let you move between the different types of information available to you.
Let's move on to the "Replay" screen next.
Click the Replay hyperlink.
Some buttons take you to completely new screens, such as the playback button here.
Click the Playback button.
On this screen you can play back flights that have been recorded, even after the flight has landed.
The main administrator menu option and access to all the user controls you need is up here, at the top right hand side of the screen.
Click the ADMIN dropdown button.
These menu options are different for administrators compared to normal users, as they have an "Administration" menu item that normal users do not have.
Click the Administration menu item.
Settings can then be modified by selecting the category of setting that you want to change.
Click the Aircraft labels list item.
For the purposes of this orientation, let's now navigate back to the screen we started from.
Click the Map tab.