3. Links


InfoQube provides many ways to link pieces of information:
  1. Hierarchy: Parent -> multiple children, Child -> multiple parents
  2. Hyperlinks to:
    • Items
    • Grids
    • Fields (shows all items that have values for that field)
    • WikiTags (shows all items that have a specific WikiTag)
    • Files and Folders
    • URLs
    • Outlook items (email, event, inbox, etc)
    • Other apps items, using their URI protocol
  3. Links to files and URLs using FileRef, FileName, FilePath, FileFullName and URL fields
Many UI elements support 1 or more types of link:
  • Grids: All links except Child -> multiple parents (see section 1. below for details)
  • Calendar: Hyperlinks
  • IQ Surface: All links except File and URL field links
  • MapView: All links except File and URL field links. Multiple parents are shown for the map center (or start) item only
  • Timeline, Pivot Table and Chart do not show links
  • Home page: Hyperlinks (links to many InfoQube elements (items, grids, grid groups, UIs)
  • Properties pane: All link types
  • HTML pane: Hyperlinks
  • Favorites items: Direct link to user-defined favorite items, shown in their Home view

1. Hierarchy: Parent -> Children, Child -> Parents

  • Items can have any number of children (i.e. sub-items). Children are shown in many UIs (see previous section)
  • Items can have any number of parents. One of these is designated as the main parent. The main parent is shown in the grid when Grid > Context Parent is checked.
  • If more than one parent item are shown in the same grid, each of these items will show the common child item. This means that the child item would appear more than one in the grid. This is by-design.
    For example, if John and Mary have a child named Julia:
    • Mary
      • Julia
    • John
      • Julia
  • Child -> Parents: There are many ways to add one or more parents:
    • Grids: Drag-drop
      • Select one or more items. Click on the text of any of these, hold the button for a fraction of a second and drag to the new parent.
      • If the new parent is shown in another grid, drag to that tab to show the grid and then drag to the parent
      • Drag the item(s) to the lower half of the parent item (cursor will change to show a sub-item). Hold the Ctrl key (the icon will show an additional + sign) and Drop
    • Grids: Use Marked Items: : See Using Marked Items and 8. Item Menu
      • First mark the child items (Item > Mark Items). Then select the "to-be" parent item and do Item > Add Marked items as children
    • Grids: Copy / Paste: Select the item and copy in XML mode (in the copy dialog). Then on the "to be" parent item, do Paste and select the second option
    • Surface: This view excels at handling multiple parents. One way is to right-click from the "to-be" parent to the child. See 3. IQ Surface for details 

2. Hyperlinks

  • Hyperlinks can be made to just about everything.
  • To create a hyperlink, select an item or text within an item and do Item > Hyperlink (Ctrl + K). A dialog will be show to define the hyperlink:

  • Details here: Hyperlinks

3. Links to Files, Folders and URL's

The hyperlink dialog above can be used to link to files and URLs but offers few options.
The better way is to use the File / URL Link dialog. To show the dialog, use one of:
  • Drag-drop a file on a grid
  • Copy/paste a file from File Explorer to an item on the grid