Help balloons

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new to Analytica 4.4

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Descriptive hover balloons appear when you hover over certain nodes in a diagram, displaying attribute values such as identifier, units, and help or description. These normally appear in browse mode but not in edit mode unless you've changed your personal preference.

Turning on/off

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You control whether balloons display while using Analytica from the Edit→Preferences dialog setting. You can set them to display only in browse mode, in both browse and edit mode, or in neither. This is your personal preference setting, which applies to any Analytica session that you open. This preference is not stored with the model, and when others view your model, their own preference setting will be in force. The default when Analytica is first installed is for balloons to display in browse mode, but not in edit mode.

You can disable hover balloons for people who view your model in the Analytica Cloud Player (ACP) by specifying show_hover_balloon:no in the CloudPlayerStyles attribute. It would be unusual to do so, and we're not sure why you'd ever want to.

What Displays

Balloons only display for nodes that have value set for either the Help attribute or the Description attribute. If you've not filled in either, no balloon will display when users over over your node.

The Help attribute takes precedence, providing the text in the balloon if present. Thus, if you want something other than the Description, all you have to do is fill in the Help attribute. In order to use the Help attribute, you have to first turn on its visibility by going to Object→Attributes... and placing a check next to Help. On the Attributes... dialog, there are three categories of objects. Make sure to turn it on for all categories. Once a check is placed next to Help in the Attributes... dialog, then Help will appear on the Object Window and in the attribute pane's list of attributes dropdown.

When the Help attribute is not present, then the Description, if present, is displayed.

Variable nodes display the identifier (the title is already visible on the diagram) and the units, if present, as a bold title line. Module nodes omit the title line.

Balloons for text nodes only display when a Help attribute is present. The Description attribute is already visible as the diagram text, and doesn't pop up separately as a balloon.

Customizing Balloon Content

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