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December 2014 [Cradle-7.0]

Cradle-7 Views

The release of Cradle-7 brought a number of new options within WorkBench views. Expandable views, cross reference direction, showing multiple attributes in a cell, triggering frequently used commands and more.

Expandable Views

Earlier versions of Cradle allowed you to expand the view of a query when using Tree view. This feature has been added to both the Table view and the Document view within WorkBench. To expand and see the linked items, click the row number for the item of interest.

Expanding View

A linked item can also be expanded to show multiple layers of traceability from the original item of interest. Once expanded the linked items show dots to represent the number of levels the view has expanded. One dot indicates that the item is directly connected. Two or more show the number of levels removed from the original item.

Direction of a Cross Reference

Within a view you can now show the direction of a cross reference. This simple indicator provides a quick visual for the direction of relation without additional clicks. To setup the view to show link direction, choose the Data type of Xref Direction, provide an appropriate field name and save the view.

Xref direction

The resulting view will contain a row with green arrows indicating the direction of the link.

Link Direction

Multiple Attributes Shown in a Single Cell

Customers have expressed an interest in being able to show multiple values within a single cell on a query. Select View Details on the view you wish to change. In an appropriate cell choose the Data type Multiple. This will show a button for Multiple Data Settings which is where you choose which items to include in this field.

Multiple attributes in a single cell

Choose the items you wish to show and the separator that will provide division of the data within the field. Provide a title for the field and save appropriately. The resulting view will contain the collected data.

View with collected data

Command Cells

In order to limit the number of clicks required for regularly used actions, 3SL has added a feature which allows you to click and select these actions directly within a view. The example below contains commands to show item history and to create a new linked system requirement. In order to define the available commands, open View Details and select the View Properties tab. Select New and choose an available command for inclusion in the list.

Command Cells

The available commands are:

After choosing the command and appropriate sub settings you can save the view. Different views can have different sets of commands as needed to facilitate your process.


The resulting view shows an arrow next to each item. Clicking the icon brings up the menu of available commands.

Other View Enhancements

There are a number of additional enhancements to views within WorkBench. Please see the Release Notes for additional details.

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