Inspecting Data

THE FME Data Inspector includes several querying tools, but in particular:

  • Query individual feature(s)
  • Measure a distance within a View window

The query tool button is like a toggle. By default it is active when you start the FME Data Inspector; if you click it again - or select a windowing tool - you turn the query tool off.

The results of a feature query are shown in the Feature Information window.

Feature Information Window

The upper part reports on general information about the feature; which feature type (layer) it belongs to, which coordinate system it is in, whether it is two- or three-dimensional, and how many vertices it possesses.

The middle part reports the attributes associated with the feature. This includes user attributes and format attributes (for example fme_type).

The lower part reports the geometry of the feature. It includes the geometry type and a list of the coordinates that go to make up the feature.

Table View Window

Also available is a window called the Table View.

The table view is a way to inspect data in a tabular, spreadsheet-like, layout. Although it does not have the same depth of information shown by the Information Window, the Table View is particularly useful for inspecting the attribute values of multiple features simultaneously.

In FME2017 the Table View Window changed slightly. In previous versions, all tables were displayed automatically. Now, to improve performance, tables are only displayed when selected from the drop-down list, or when queried in the current view window.

Miss Vector says...
Start the FME Data Inspector and open a dataset.

In the Table View window right-click on records and column-headers to view the context menus. Which of the following is NOT an available menu option(s):

1. Sort (Alphabetical or Numeric)
2. Inspect Value
3. Cut/Copy/Paste
4. Save Selected Data As

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