Open all widgets in a single fixed panel / Define a specific UI location where widgets launch

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AdamPrins
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An Experience Builder application I'm working on will contain a number of widgets. When I click to launch each widget, I need them to open in the same spot in the app.

Let's say, for example, I have my widget controller laid out across the top of the application. I need each widget to launch in a specific fixed location on the app. Each widget, upon clicking, should open inside of a fixed panel. When I click to open another widget, it should replace the previous widget that was open in the exact same fixed panel.

This would be similar to how some of the old WAB themes functioned with a fixed sidebar. The widgets always open in the same sidebar.

The way Experience Builder behaves currently, you end up with an interface littered with open widgets of varying sizes and in different spots on the screen. This looks awful, and is not an effective way to interact with the application. 

Are there plans to implement this functionality? Is anyone aware of a workaround that will allow me to specify precisely the spot on the screen where my widgets should launch?

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MarcoPoetsch
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You could use view sections and control those either with "Views Navigation"or, like the example above, with buttons.

MarcoPoetsch_0-1646859117242.png

 

Therefore:

  1. Create either a new fixed panel or a sidebar
  2. insert new sections/views
  3. insert the widgets
  4. create either a "views navigation" or buttons to control the views

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MarcoPoetsch
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MarcoPoetsch
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You could use view sections and control those either with "Views Navigation"or, like the example above, with buttons.

MarcoPoetsch_0-1646859117242.png

 

Therefore:

  1. Create either a new fixed panel or a sidebar
  2. insert new sections/views
  3. insert the widgets
  4. create either a "views navigation" or buttons to control the views
AdamPrins
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Ah ha! That's an excellent workaround, thanks @MarcoPoetsch!

It'd be great (and much simpler) if we had the option to just set the target location of the open widget interface, but I think sections should do the trick for now.

MarcoPoetsch
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yes, agree, that would be a great option. Maybe in the future 🙂

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by Anonymous User
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Would someone be able to elaborate on these steps? I am looking to create the same idea as the example map shared here - using the buttons to show a docked layer list or legend but am having trouble linking the buttons to the widget.

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MarcoPoetsch
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@Anonymous Userif you click "Set Link"  you should be able to link to different types. One of them should be "View". This will extent your options and you will see "Section"

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Does this help?

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S_RossWygmans_GISS-T
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How do you make your custom button icons @MarcoPoetsch ? 

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