Better control of what is shown in Switch Asset List
When designing displays I would like to control how much of an element's path is shown in the Switch Asset dropdown. I've found myself in the situation described by this thread too many times: https://pisquare.osisoft.com/thread/34664-asset-framework-naming-for-pi-vision
I would like to be able to control how much of the path is displayed in the name of each asset, for example like the "Data item length" slider available in the PI DataLink search dialog.
In the PISquare thread above the asset (RTU) can only be identified by including part of the path (Station1\RTU).
I have a use case where the final elements in a hierarchy all have similar names. there are a bunch of 1A, 2A, and things like that which require additional path information to differentiate them. It is undesirable to rename these elements. The path is available if the user hovers over the item, but that takes to much time to enable effective navigation. The option to display the path in the list would alleviate this problem. The attached screenshot shows the issue.
This should be configurable. For instance, the element description or a certain attributes value could be shown in the list instead of the element name (or path).
You may already know this but for those that don't, this feature is available in PI Processbook AF Relative displays. That is my workaround right now.
I agree we need the ability to show parent elements. I have hundreds of elements using a template so i had to simplify by organize them under a location parent element. Now the drop down (without showing the parent location) does not show enough information to select different assets
Even better would be to be able to alias the element. I see situations where the path name is not what it would be best to show on the display.
Ales Soudek commented
This should be configurable by the user. If the path is very long it will make this very messy
Mohamed Sridi commented
Asset drop-down menu should show the full path of the element (not only the element name). In case we have two child elements with same name coming from different parents, it might be confusing to differentiate between both duplicated element unless you hover over the element name to get the whole path (hierarchy) as shown below.