Layout Manager

Main panes

The navigation pane lists all the applications and views for a particular workspace. Multiple workspaces can be setup for a login and access via the workspace button directly above the navigation pane.

See Navigation Engine for how to configure workspaces, applications and views.

Universal List

The Universal List pane is a “compliment” pane to the main workflow pane. There are three ways you can configure this pane.

List only

A common use-case is to show a list of records controlling a detail record view in the main workflow pane.

Because this list view is so common, Data Sutra allows you to configure this pane with lists without having to code specific list forms for every detail view in your solution. Additionally, you can configure multiple lists per workflow form. Multiple lists are accessed from a control in the title area:

See Navigation Engine for how to configure lists.

Custom only

You can also configure this pane to show any Servoy form. This is identical to how you assign a form to the main workflow area.

This approach allows for highly customized layouts. Usage examples: small monthly calendar picker, summary information, small charts, google maps, goals for the week, etc.

List/custom hybrid

You can have the best of both worlds, universal lists and custom forms in this pane. When both are present, there is a control in the title area to switch between views:

To configure, assign universal lists as usual and then head over to actions > tabs to include additional views:

Some ideas for this approach is universal lists augmented by custom workflows (ex: customized search), views (tree view, calendar view), or summary information (aggregate info for records in list).


The workflow pane is the main focus point for interacting with data and getting stuff done. The demo CRM module and our configuration panes provide some examples (from simple to complex) to kickstart your creativity in solving business workflows.

See Navigation Engine for how to assign a Servoy form to the workflow area.



The spaces control group allows the user to focus in on particular panes:

  • standard: shows navigation, universal list and workflow panes
  • navigation control: shows navigation and workflow panes
  • list control: shows universal list and workflow panes. great for many column lists.
  • list: maximizes the list pane and automatically includes a link to the workflow space on each record. great for many column lists.
  • workflow: maximizes the workflow pane


The last button in the spaces control group shows/hides drag areas to adjust sizing for layout panes.


The Navigation Engine allows you to turn on/off which spaces are available per navigation item:

User preferences

Access and Control allows you to set divider location preferences per login:



This portion of the layout in the header area allows for solution-wide widgets such as record navigation, weather, and runtime console (which all come pre-installed)

Switch between controllers with control group buttons on the right side. If there is a drop-down detail pane associated with the toolbar, the center button will open and close the drop-down pane.

Create your own

It is easy to create your own toolbars as they are just Servoy forms. Some ideas: notifications, custom actions bars, timer, etc.


There is a dedicated Data Sutra configuration pane for assigning registering Servoy forms to the toolbar area. See Toolbars and Sidebars.

Access and Control

Access and Control allows you to turn toolbars on/off per group.


The sidebar pane can be opened/closed by the button in the right top corner of the header section.

Sidebars are similar to toolbars in that this pane applied solution-wide. However, instead of the limited functionality provided by widgets (simple controls and notifications), sidebars can be complete workflows. Example ideas: notes, activities, time tracking, shopping cart, etc.

Note that sidebar workflows are differentiated from main workflows in that they are not scoped to any particular workspace, application, or view. They are scoped to the solution and can be accessed from where ever a user is currently at. Taking this to the next level, sidebar workflows can implement workflows that access multiple main workflows. Example: a notes sidebar with a tagging system linking a note to many different tables and records in your solutions. Clicking on a tag takes you to that view and record:


In the title area of the sidebar pane there is controls for switching between multiple sidebars and actions related to the current sidebar showing.

Create your own

It is easy to create your own sidebars as they are just Servoy forms. There are also modules in the marketplace that come with sidebar layouts.


See Toolbars and Sidebars.

Access and Control

Access and Control allows you to turn sidebars on/off per group.


In addition to the control button group for spaces and sidebars, there is a control button group for the Universal List and transactions.

Universal List

The universal list pane has four control buttons with distinct functionality: new record, actions, filters and reports. With the exception of the new record control, each control can have many items that are shown in a popup menu when clicked.

Each control has a configuration tab in the Navigation Engine allowing for easy setup of each control. Some run your methods directly, some are meta data driven.

There are two additional places to access the universal list controls. Right-click context menu on any row in the universal list:

and in the toolbar:


New for Data Sutra 4.0, we have implemented transaction mode that can be configured for each view via the Navigation Engine. When turned on, a control group in the top right of the header will show buttons for edit start, edit save, and edit cancel. You can either write your own code for these actions or leave the method assignments empty to run our default action for each button.

The default workflow for transactions is when edit start is clicked (or a new record created), we dim out and make un-clickable all the panes except the main workflow pane. Once edits are complete, you can either save or cancel the transaction.

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