New in ParaView: Customizing the Properties panel — single panel or multiple tabs?

May 10, 2014

Starting with ParaView 3.98, we introduced a unified Properties panel —  a single panel that shows both the source properties as well as display properties. This replaced an UI design that existed in ParaView since early days where source and display properties were shown in separate panels. While the goal of this change was to avoid having the users to switch between tabs when setting up visualizations, a few users and ParaView customizers expressed their fondness for the old style. With addition of the View properties to the Properties panel, it is totally understandable if some users simply prefer separate panels rather than a single long panel.

With changes slated for the next release, you will now be able to select whether ParaView uses a single, unified Properties panel or separate panels for Display properties, or View properties, or both. The option is provided as an application setting, available under the Settings dialog.


Setting to customize the Properties panel
Default is Combined Properties panel, indicating all properties are shown in a single panel. If you want to have only the Display properties in a separate panel, select Display Properties in a separate panel. Choose View Properties in a separate panel to show only theView properties in a separate dock panel, while keeping the Source and Display properties in the same Properties panel. The last option will create separate dock panels for all the three types of properties. Note that you will have to restart ParaView for the setting to take effect.


Combined Properties panel

View properties in a separate dock panel


2 comments to New in ParaView: Customizing the Properties panel — single panel or multiple tabs?

  1. I’m really looking forward for this feature!
    from which revision is it available?
    i’m running gb88d0f7 and I cannot find it

  2. The change is in git/master as of May 16. The commit of interest is:

    commit a18bb45a2a067556dadaa3911ec52f76ff4a4ce4
    Author: Utkarsh Ayachit
    Date: Sun Mar 9 16:14:08 2014 -0400

    Add ability to create separate pqPropertiesPanels.

    pqPropertiesPanel currently shows all properties. Added mechanism for
    application to pick and choose which types of properties to show in the
    particular instance of pqPropertiesPanel.

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