When you open a Protobi project you see how the app displays data in an interactive view. This tutorial shows some functions of Protobi associated with basic navigation. To see a demo project, check out the Example Pharma Survey.
- Tabs (top level groups/elements) with each question appearing as an interactive chart
- A tree with all groups and elements organized into a compact view
- A toolbar with buttons that modify the data view
- A context menu with options to modify the view of individual elements
Questions are displayed as interactive charts on tabs. Each interactive chart in Protobi is called an "Element." Each top level group or element is its own tab.
Create a new tab by pressing the "+" sign.
Each element has an icon represented by a circle. When you see a square instead of a circle, it means that it's a set of elements. In Protobi, a set of elements is called a group. We often refer to groups as "parents" and their elements as "children."
When you press once on the header or name of an element you select that element. To deselect the element, press on it again.
An alternative is to press on the element's context menu icon, and choose "Select".
Questions are organized conceptually into a tree on the left.
The tree is a useful navigation tool that lets you:
- Expand/ collapse groups
- Filter to find an element
- Pan the view to a specific element
Expand and collapse groups
Press the triangles next to the search bar to expand/ collapse all top level groups.
You can also press on the element icon (square) to expand/collapse groups individually.
Find and view an element
You can filter for an element using the search bar, and pan the view to a specific element by double pressing an an element's name.
The toolbar houses some key Protobi functions that are fundamental to modifying your project view.
The default view of the toolbar is at the top of the page. If you're an admin, you can change toolbar position in project properties.
A few basic functions to take note of:
- The N= button indicates the current sample size
- The export button lets you download data from the project
- Select the element(s), then press the export button to choose a download format
- The save button lets you save changes to the project
The function of other buttons are further analyzed in subsequent tutorials. See our shortcuts cheat sheet for brief descriptions of every button.
Each group (square icon) and element (circle icon) has its own context menu. Press on the square or circle icon to bring up the menu.
Context menus are also accessible from the tree. Press the "..." next to an element or group.
For compacted groups, you can access the context menus of child elements by right clicking on the respective triangle to the left. Or you can access the context menu from the tree (seen above).
Context menu options
Press links for detailed tutorials:
- Round by...
- Compact to...
- Display stacked
- Expand/collapse toggles visibility of child elements
Note: You might notice that element context menus have fewer options than group context menus. This is intentional, as certain options (below) are not typically applied to lone elements.
At the bottom of the page, in any open project there is a blue box labeled "Questions?" Press on the box to bring up the question form. Inquiries sent this way notify the support team of which project the question was sent from.
Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an open support ticket about the same project, we recommend users reply to the original support ticket.