Connection Configuration

Last modified: March 26, 2020

Connection properties display information about the data passed between tools. To view the properties and configuration option, select the connection arrow between any two tools.

Select a tool to display the incoming and outgoing connector indicators. The connector input to a tool displays in green. The connector output from a tool displays in blue.

Connection Name

Enter a name in this box if you would like to display a name on the connection in the workflow.


When the Wireless box is checked, the connection arrows are set to be invisible.

Input/Output anchors will be marked with  to indicate a wireless connection. The color of the bars is indicative of how many connections are coming into or out of the anchor. One bar = one connection; two bars = two connections; three bars = three or more connections.


The Fields section displays the schema view of the data stream being passed between tools. Field order is displayed with Field number, Field Name, Type, Size and Source.

Number: The numerical order in which a field appears in the table.

Name: The name of the data field

Type: The kind of data contained within the field.

Size: The length of the field

Source: Contains the tool or the file the field came from. May also contain additional Metainfo such as a specific dataset from a plugin. The tools that report metainfo include Allocate Input toolAllocate Append toolCASS toolStreet Geocoder toolR tool, and tools that calculate drivetimes such as Trade Area toolDistance tool, and Find Nearest tool.

Description: Demographic tools such as Allocate Input tool and Allocate Append tool will include the full variable name in the description field, indicating the origin of a particular field.

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