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Left Pane Subviews in the Topology Map Window


The Left Pane subviews are used to change how elements are displayed in the topology map. From the Subviews menu, you can select AS, Coloring, ISIS Area, Link Status, OSPF Area, Protocols, and Types.

Selecting Subview > Types displays the Types subview shown in Figure 1. The Types subview displays categories of devices found in the currently opened network. These devices include routers, types of links, and any user-defined network element groups found in the network. Different types of devices are associated with different icons. When you mouse over one of these icons, a tool tip indicates how many items of the corresponding category are represented on the map.

Figure 1: Types Subview
Types Subview

The right-click pop-up menu for an icon includes the following options:

Set ColorDisplay the Choose A Color dialog box used to customize the color.
Set This IconChoose a different icon.
Highlight These ItemsHighlight links or nodes of this type.
Reset to Default IconRestore the default icon.

Select Set This Icon to display the Icon Chooser dialog box shown in Figure 2. In the Icon Chooser, you can select an icon and click OK to use a preexisting icon. The description of an icon can be found by moving the mouse over the icon.

Figure 2: Icon Chooser Dialog Box
Icon Chooser Dialog Box

Alternately, you can upload an icon by selecting Upload New Icon. The Choose Icon window is displayed. Then select an image file (PNG, JPG, GIF). After the image is selected, set the width, height, and scale in the Icon Sizing Tool dialog box.

Uploaded icons can be deleted by right-clicking the icon, selecting Set This Icon, and then clicking the Delete Icon button. Upon deleting the icon, nodes of that type revert to the original icon used for that type.

Note the following regarding importing icons:

  • Icons uploaded in one session automatically appear in the Icon Chooser dialog box in later sessions.

  • The default icons are flat and two-dimensional, and you can set their colors by clicking the icons in the Types subview. By contrast, it is not possible to change the color of an imported icon.

  • When a map is exported to an SVG file, the *.svg file refers to the icons by their names in the local cache directory. Before sharing the SVG files with a second user on another machine, the *.svg file must be edited to use the icon names on the second user's machine.