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This is the main window for NetWeaver Developer. It has a main menu and three toolbars organized by type of activity.

Main Menu

Main Menu



  • undo/redo
  • cut
  • copy
  • paste
  • delete
  • transmogrify – Toggle transmogrify mode.
  • [ctrl][F] Find Text… Search the knowledge base for a matching text string.
  • [F3] Find Text Again Search for the text string again.
  • Check Spelling… Open the spelling checker.
  • Registration. Open the registration window to connect to the web and register this software and enable your license.
  • Preferences. Open the preferences window to change common program settings.


  • Clear All Data
  • Browse Data and Constants… – Open the data list for the knowledge base.
  • Show Database Tables – Open connected database tables from this menu into a database table monitor.
  • Configure Links to Databases… – Open the database connection setup utility.
  • Open Database Link Configuration… – Open a database link configuration from a file.
  • Save Database Link Configuration As… – Save the current database link configuration to a file.
  • Close Database Link Configuration – Remove any existing database links.
  • Color Schemes – Change the way NetWeaver uses colors to depict trueness and data sufficiency values.
    • Classic – Change to a Red-Black-Green color ramp system.
    • Stoplight – Change to a Red, Yellow, Green 3-class system.
    • Fuzzy Stoplight – Change to a Red-Yellow-Green color ramp system.


  • Batch Create Topics… – Open the batch create topics window to add new topics to the current knowledge base.
  • Batch Edit Topics… – Open the batch edit topics window to view all topics in the current knowledge base and to edit topic names, hyperlinks, and hints.
  • Batch Print Topics… – Open the batch print topics window to print all or some of the topics in the current knowledge base.
  • Set Conditional Ignore Flags… – Open the batch conditional ignore topics window to set which topics in the current knowledge base to be conditionally ignored (ignored when they have no data).
  • Set Persistent Ignore Flags… – Open the batch persistent ignore topics window to set which topics in the current knowledge base to be persistently ignored (ignored always).
  • Scrub Knowledge Base… – Open the knowledge base scubbing wizard to systematically remove unused/unwanted items from the current knowledge base.
  • Document Knowledge Base… – Start the automated documentation system to fully document the knowledge base. See screencast...
  • Dependency Overview… – Open the dependency overview for the current knowledge base to explore topic relationships.
  • Export Topics… – Open the topic exporter for the current knowledge base to export the topics in various forms.
  • Find Topic… – Open the find topic dialog to explore where a topic is used.


  • Clear all saved window states – NetWeaver remembers the sizes and positions of most windows as you use them and attempts to reopen them in the same place and size as the last time you used the window. This function clears those settings and resets them back to their original values as designed.


  • Contents. Opens the help system to its table of contents.
  • Index. Opens the help system to the index page with links to all content within the help system.
  • Contextual Help. Turns on/off the context sensitive help system. When this feature is active, as you navigate from window to window, the help displayed will change to reflect where you are in the software.
  • Contact Us… Sends an email to the developers.
  • Users Forums…. Opens the web-based users forum.
  • Help Action Tutorials…
  • About the Help System…
  • About NetWeaver…
  • Check for Updates… Contacts the NetWeaver updates website and, if there is a newer version, downloads (after asking your permission) and installs the new version.
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Knowledge Base and Application Toolbar

Application and Knowledge Base Buttons


  • New. Create a new knowledge base.
  • Open. Open an existing knowledge base.
  • Save. Saves the current knowledge base to disk.


  • View/Edit the knowledge base's security settings.
  • Open the properties editor to view or edit the knowledge base's properties.
  • Open the knowledge base's document list to view the knowledge base documentation.
  • Jump to the knowledge base's hyperlink.


  • Open the dependency overview to see the relationships between the topics in the knowledge base.

Topic Creation

  • Create a new goal group and add it to the knowledge base.
  • Create a new goal (dependency network) and add it to the knowledge base.
  • Create a new calculated data link and add it to the knowledge base.
  • Create a new simple data link and add it to the knowledge base.





  • Language Chooser. This is a dropdown menu of interface languages. If the language is available it will be enabled. When a translation string for a chosen language is not available the original English text will be used. English is the default language. A utility for building and editing translations is available on request.
  • Open the context sensitive help system.
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Network Navigation Toolbar


  • Zoom in. – Make the network look larger.
  • Zoom normal. – Return the zoom to its normal setting.
  • Zoom out. Make the network look smaller.


  • Properties. – View/edit the properties of the network.
  • Documentation. – Open the network's document list.
  • Hyperlink. – Jump to the network's hyperlink.


  • Antecedents. – Opens the node properties window to the list of topics that contribute to the network.
  • Influences. – Opens the node properties window to the list of topics that have no data and displays their need (influence) relative to the network.
  • Contributions. – Opens the node properties window to the list of topics with data and displays their contribution to the network. – This feature is under development.
  • Dependents. – Opens the node properties window to a list of the topics that the network contributes to.
  • Jump to dependent. – Drop down menu to facilitate navigating to dependents of the network.


  • print. – Prints an image of the network.
  • image. – Saves a picture of the network.


  • data pivot. – Opens a data pivot for the network.
  • data list. – Opens a data editor for the network. The data list will contain only those topics that are antecedents (they can contribute to) of the network. To see all the data for the network click the same looking button in the knowledge base button bar.
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Network Editing Toolbar


  • bump left. Moves the currently selected node to the left.
  • bump right. Moves the currently selected node to the right.


  • undo. Undoes the last task performed.
  • delete. Deletes the currently selected node.
  • cut. Copies and then deletes the currently selected node.
  • copy. Copies the currently selected node.
  • paste. Pastes the copied node as a child to the currently selected node.
  • paste only children. If a copied node has children this operation will paste its children to the currently selected node without pasting in itself.

Node Creation

The following buttons create new nodes attached to the currently selected node. If creation of a certain node type is not allowed, such as trig function under an AND node, or a second node under a NOT node, the button will be disabled.


A “proxy” is a node used to connect to a topic external to the network (a “boss”) from within the network. In other words: “a proxy stands in for a boss topic”, hence the name “proxy”. Some proxy nodes use the value from their boss topic directly, whiles others use the value from the boss topic to compare to an argument to derive a new value or control execution of the logic.

Each of the following button/menus have similar actions. If pressed as a button they will open a list to select from on the right side of the main window. They also function as drop down menus. As menus they will be populated with a list of topics that can be used to create the proxy type. If using the proxy would cause circularity the button or menu item is disabled.

  • goal group. This feature not currently implemented.
  • goal (dependency network)
  • calculated data link (either a direct link to the results of an equation network or a comparison to results of an equation network)
  • simple data link (either a direct link to raw data or a comparison to raw data)
  • switch (a type of data router)
  • fuzzy curve (dynamic definition of a fuzzy curve)



Compare nodes take two or three values and give a Boolean result. The optional third value is used to convert the function into a fuzzy ramp where the third value defines the distance between true and false.


Math Functions

The math functions are organized into small groups of similar functions in a drop down menu.

  • + addition
  • - subtraction or negation
  • * multiplication
  • / division
  • if conditional
  • ln natural logarithm
  • log base10 logarithm
  • exp exponential
  • pow power
  • sqrt square root
  • min minimum
  • max maximum
  • ave average
  • ave - non zero non-zero average (only non-zero nodes are used in the calculation)


  • toggle transmogrify mode. Toggles the transmogrify function on or off. When turned on, clicking on a node button or menu item will convert (transmogrify) the currently selected node into the type next clicked. This is an experimental feature. See the screencast...
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