The MapForce Perspective

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The MapForce Perspective

After you install the MapForce plug-in for Eclipse, a new perspective ("MapForce") becomes available in Eclipse. The layout of this perspective closely resembles the interface of the standalone edition of MapForce. To switch to the MapForce perspective, click Window | Open Perspective | Other, and choose MapForce from the list.

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Selecting the MapForce perspective in Eclipse

The MapForce perspective is just like any other Eclipse perspective—you can switch to it whenever required in Eclipse (Window | Navigation | Next Perspective). You can also customize the views it contains, and various other options, from Eclipse preferences. (To customize the MapForce perspective in Eclipse 4.4, switch to the MapForce perspective, and then select the menu command Window | Customize Perspective). For more information about Eclipse perspectives, refer to Eclipse documentation. The following screen shot illustrates the Eclipse environment with the MapForce perspective switched on.

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MapForce perspective (MapForce Enterprise Edition plug-in for Eclipse)

By default, the MapForce perspective in Eclipse is organized as follows:

 

The mapping design window is available as an Eclipse editor. It has the same tabs and functionality as in the standalone edition of MapForce.
The Libraries window is available as an Eclipse view, to the left of the main mapping editor. If this view is not visible, switch to the MapForce perspective, and then select the menu command Window | Show View | Libraries. The Libraries view enables you to work with predefined or custom-defined functions and function libraries.
The Messages pane is available as an Eclipse view, under the main mapping editor. If the Message view is not visible, switch to the MapForce perspective, and then select the menu command Window | Show View | Messages. The messages view displays validation messages, errors, and warnings.
The Overview pane is available as an Eclipse view. If the Overview view is not visible, switch to the MapForce perspective, and then select the menu command Window | Show View | Overview. This view enables you to quickly navigate to a particular region on the mapping design area when it is very big.

 

You can also configure Eclipse to switch to the MapForce perspective automatically when you open a MapForce mapping. To do this, select the menu command Window | Preferences. Select MapForce, and then select the Automatically switch to MapForce perspective at file open check box.

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Preferences dialog box


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