Using the FME Data Inspector

With the FME Data Inspector, it’s easy to open and view any number of datasets and to query features within them.

Viewing Data

The FME Data Inspector provides two methods for viewing data: opening or adding.

Opening a dataset opens a new view window for it to be displayed in. Adding a dataset displays the data in the existing view window; this way multiple datasets can be viewed simultaneously.

Opening a Dataset

Datasets can be opened in the FME Data Inspector in several ways.

  • Select File > Open Dataset from the menu bar
  • Select the toolbar button Open Dataset.
  • Drag and drop a file onto any window (except the View window)
  • Open from within Workbench

Opening data from within FME Workbench is achieved by simply right-clicking on a canvas feature type (either source or destination) and choosing the option ‘Inspect.'

All of these methods cause a dialog to open in the FME Data Inspector in which to define the dataset to view.

Adding a Dataset

Opening a dataset causes a new View tab to be created and the data displayed. To open a dataset within an existing view tab requires the use of tools to add a dataset.

  • Selecting File > Add Dataset from the menu bar
  • Selecting the toolbar button Add Dataset
  • Dragging and Dropping a file onto the view window

Windowing Tools

Once data has been opened in the FME Data Inspector, there are many tools available for altering the view.

  • Pan
  • Zoom In
  • Zoom Out
  • Zoom to a selected feature
  • Zoom to the full extent of the data

Press the Shift key on the keyboard and it will activate the zoom-in tool in the Inspector. Press the Ctrl key, which will activate the zoom-out tool. Release the key to revert to the previous tool.

This functionality allows users to quickly move between query and navigation modes at the press of a key, so there's no need to click between query and navigation tools on the menubar or toolbar.

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