User interface: Workbench buttons

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Workbench buttons in ILWIS main window

The Workbench buttons is designed to provide access not only to ILWIS data objects but also to ILWIS operations and functionalities. The Workbench buttons are located in the left side of the ILWIS main window and includes series of elements (buttons) via which users are able to, easily and effectively, make use of the software. The available buttons are: Locator, Operations, Python, Metadata, Create, Messages, Settings, and Info. Some of these buttons allow user to get information such as status of a running operation, state of the program or messages in regard with a running operation. While others allow to access data, catalogs or execute operations. A brief description of the Workbench buttons are given below.


The first button of the Workbench is the Locator. This button is used to access local or remote locations. The options in the locator form allow user to navigate between various drive, to bookmark a selected drive, folder or remote database for feature use, to add new catalogs, and to remove unwanted bookmarked catalogs from the list. By default, three bookmarked catalogs are available in the locator form namely: Temporary catalog, System catalog and Operations catalog. The Remote form of the Locator allows to bookmark catalogs such as: PostgreSQL Catalog, ILWIS Remote Catalog and Web Feature Service Catalog.
The Locator buttons on the top right corner of ILWIS main window triggers almost similar and complementary actions including an easy access to and navigation between the existing bookmarked catalogs.
Details on how to use the Locator buttons is explained in: Locator buttons


ILWIS operations are organized in form of a list where they are sorted alphabetically from A to Z (ascending). The Operations button of the Workbench provides access to the operation list and facilitate execution of an operation via an operation form where users can set parameters required for the operation; including input(s), output(s), memory location and data format.
Details on how to run an operation is given in: Executing operation

List of the available ILWIS Operations can be found here

Python Console

The Python button of the Workbench supports access the ILWIS-Python console (replacing the command line in previous versions) where ILWIS functionality can be imported and ILWIS commands can be interactively executed. The Console allows users to write high level scripts for multi-sources and to automate their routing image processing activities by running the created Python scripts.
Details and examples on how to use Python within ILWIS is given in: Using Python console


The Metadata tab provides viewing and editing access to metadata associated with a selected ILWIS objects such as raster or feature coverage, table, or other ILWIS objects such Coordinate system, georeference, domain, etc. The Metadata tools are the replacement for property forms used in previous versions of ILWIS. Note that users can view metadata of several ILWIS objects, simultaneously.
Details on how to use the Metadata tab is explained in: Viewing metadata


Create function of ILWIS allows for generating totally new objects. It includes creating data objects such as raster or feature coverage, workflow modeler and also service objects such as domain, coordinate system, georeference, etc. Note, that within this help, description associated with create ILWIS objects is place under operation menu. For example, the explanation of how to create a georeference, can be found on ILWIS wiki help under: Operations/Create tabs.
Details on how to create ILWIS objects using the use Create tab are explained in: Create objects


The Message tab supports communication between system and users from the time the program is started to the time it is closed; producing time-stamped documentation of events relevant to ILWIS. The communication is presented in a log report that includes events that occur in software runs and error messages regarding success or failure of an executed actions. In other words, the log provides an audit trail that can be used to understand the complex activity of the system and to diagnose the occurred problems.


The Setting tab of the toolbar, allows user to customize appearance of certain ILWIS objects and to define location for internal data storage and data sharing in way the new arrangement suit them well. The setting from includes number of topics and tools helping individual user to generate their own suitable environment.
The following tools can be foun in the setting form: Locations; User Interface; Map view; Table view; Users; Fonts;.
Details on how to use the Settings tab is explained in: Settings

Progress - Info

The Progress tab displays the progress of a running operation, showing the statues of an events in term of time required to be completed. It is very useful, when the executed operation is time-consuming and giving the impression the user interface has stopped responding while it hasn’t.

The Info tab provides general information in regards with state of the installed software, names of the loaded modules and name of the contributors.