User Interface » Explorers

Element Explorers

Explorers are the basic user interface for an Element.  The toolbar below describes the anatomy of an explorer.  You'll find that they are all similarly laid out with different sections/tabs depending on the Element Type being looked at.

There are some general guidelines for the use of Explorers:

  • If you refresh the browser for whatever reason, cloudstep will remember which Element you were exploring and will take you back to the Details tab.
  • If you click on a tab at any point it will refresh all the data there.


The Details tab is common to all explorers and shows information laid out in a split 30/70 layout.  Common items are often shown on the left hand side like dates, scenarios and costs.  The right hand side of the details section shows more specific information.  An example here is an Explorer Detail view for an Implementation.

You'll notice in the top left of the Explorer the overview information and perhaps some other data.  The colours here are important.  Anything in Green is for information only.  Anything in Blue can be clocked on or in some cases interacted with.  You'll see in the example blow that there are two Functions associated with this Application.  The blue entries represent associations in a Relationship.  You can remove this association by clicking on the x symbol.  You'll see this repeated elsewhere in the Explorer views.


All elements can be edited.  There are some common pieces of information and some specific.  There is only one edit form per Element Type. 

Editing Elements is described in more detail for each type:


Relationships walk from Teams down to Infrastructure and explain how the environment is dependent on other parts of it to deliver services to the business.


While the Relationships show how the environment is linked veritcally, the Timeline shows how it is linked horizontally (through time)