The GenomeSpace Toolbar and new Tool Catalog

As the number of tools available in GenomeSpace grows it has become clear that having a single toolbar on the GenomeSpace User Interface (GSUI) is no longer sufficient. So, to make it easier to deal with the ever-increasing collection of GenomeSpace tools, we have added a few new features to the GSUI; including multiple toolbars, and a new tool catalog to help you arrange and manage your tools and toolbars.

The Toolbar

The new toolbar looks like this:

Some of the changes to note include:

  1. The icon opens up the new tool catalog (more on that below).
  2. We have added toolbar selector buttons and a label that lets you see which toolbar is currently in use. In the picture above the 'Default' toolbar is selected. I have also created two other toolbars that I can select by clicking on the colored buttons.
  3. The toolbar scrollbar (that used to be along the bottom of the tools) has been replaced with '<' and '>' buttons at either end of the scrollbar to let you scroll through your tools if they cannot fit all on one screen. The buttons are only displayed if there is something in that direction to scroll to (which is why you only see one on the right in the figure above). 

To reorder the tools in a toolbar, simply drag and drop them within the toolbar. Also, as with the old toolbar, you can make the icons smaller by grabbing the bottom edge of the toolbar and dragging upwards as described in the previous Toolbar Enhancements blog post. The new scrollbar buttons also work on touchscreens for those of you accessing GenomeSpace from a tablet or smartphone.

The Tool Catalog

To open the tool catalog, click on the button.


In the catalog itself (on the left in the image above) you will see all the tools available to you in GenomeSpace. This includes those made available by the GenomeSpace team, as well as any private tools that other users have shared with you. If a tool is on your currently selected toolbar, it will display a checkmark at the top right corner.

On the right under Select Toolbar in the image above, is the list of toolbars you have created.  Everyone will start with one called 'Default', but you can rename it, by clicking on the toolbar name, and create others. You can also change the color assigned to a toolbar's button using the color picker beside the name. Finally you can delete a toolbar by clicking the red 'x' next to it; though you must always have at least one toolbar. You can change the current toolbar by clicking on the row with its name or by clicking its matching button (i.e. the colored dots).

You can sort the tools using the 'Order by' control above the catalog.  Tools can be sorted by:

  • Name - alphabetically descending.
  • Date Available - starting with the newest tools first.
  • on current toolbar - put all the tools not on the toolbar first, then alphabetic by name.

You can also search for tools using the search box provided. This will search through tool names, descriptions, and tags, and display only those that match in the catalog.

To see the description of a tool you may be interested in, or to add/remove it from the current toolbar, simply mouse over the tool card in the catalog.

Clicking on the Add or Remove buttons will (suprisingly) add or remove this tool from your currently selected toolbar. You can see more information about the tool by clicking on the 'more details...' link.  For example, for InSilicoDB you would see the following:

This shows you the tool's name, author, date added to GenomeSpace, the URL to access the tool directly, and also any tags that have been added to the tool in GenomeSpace. In the example above you see a tag called 'junit_tag_1376940073705' that was added by our automated build and test system. In the released version of GenomeSpace the tags typically reflect capabilities the tool has.

In some cases, a tool may have a special note attached to it. In these cases you will see an additional link called 'Special Requirements' that looks like this

Clicking on this link will bring up details you may need to know before using this tool.