The Launchpad is the end user-facing part of the Xi Frame platform interface where users launch and manipulate applications. The Frame platform allows you to have multiple Launchpads that can be customized for different use cases and workflows. Launchpads are attached to Accounts and, at their core, they are a representation of the applications that are available for streaming.
An example of a simple application Launchpad:
Clicking on the Launchpad list icon in the upper middle portion of the page will show users all Launchpads they have access to (including titles and thumbnails).
From this interface, the end user can easily access any or all of the Launchpads they have access to. This provides an efficient entryway into any of their applications and desktops. The rest of this guide will focus on creation and administration of these Launchpads.
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Add a Launchpad¶
For now, we will assume that an organizational admin has already published their desired applications after installing and onboarding them to the Sandbox image. The next step is to create one or more Launchpads that can then be assigned to their users. The steps below outline how to add a new Launchpad.
First, open the “Launchpads” section listed in the menu on the left side of your Dashboard. From this page, you can add a Launchpad by clicking on the button in the middle of the screen:
A new window will appear, fill out the following fields:
Type - Choose between “Application” or “Desktop” Launchpad types. Application launchpads only list onboarded applications, while Desktop launchpads have a single Desktop icon that gives users access to the full Desktop environment.
Name: The Launchpad name will appear in the upper left corner of users’ screens.
URL name: The name you pick for the URL slug will be appended to the end of your account URL when your users are on their Launchpad. The URL slug is the set of characters that is added to the right hand side of the URL to give the Launchpad a unique URL of the format:
Click “Add Launchpad” after specifying your settings.
The newly created Launchpad appears as a tab on the upper left side of the “Launchpads” page.
Application vs. Desktop Launchpads¶
End users may use two distinct types of Launchpads. Application Launchpads are designed to serve multiple application sets to end users, while Desktop Launchpads provide a single icon that takes the user to a limited Desktop environment. Desktop environments still provide access to applications within the session.
The Application Launchpad consists of two sections – “Launchpad” and “Applications.”
Under this section, admins can modify the name, URL name, and available instance types accessible from their Launchpad. Admins can also switch between Application and Desktop Launchpad types and select their background.
Click on the kebab menu in the upper right corner of this section to delete the Launchpad or modify session settings specific to this Launchpad. Read more about session settings by clicking here or navigating to the “Session Conduct” section of Nutanix Frame documentation.
The “Layout” section allows the administrator to choose what applications are displayed on the Launchpad. Enable or disable app visibility by clicking on “Manage Applications” and configuring the toggles.
Enabled applications will show up on the “Layout” section of the page. Click “Save” in the upper right corner of the page to save any changes.
An example of an Application Launchpad:
Desktop Launchpad settings are identical to Application Launchpad settings, however, there is no “Applications” section. Desktop Launchpads only consist of one Desktop icon, so there is no layout configuration necessary.
An example of a Desktop Launchpad:
Administrators have the option to add their own custom Launchpad background images. Simply click on the background image with the plus symbol listed under “Background image.” Select your desired image from the file browser that launches.
The maximum file size for your custom background image cannot exceed 3 MB.
Create app folders¶
The “App Folders” feature allows administrators to group similar applications into folders for better organization and convenience. This is especially helpful for users that have many applications. App folders can only be modified by the administrator of the environment from the Dashboard. Follow the steps outlind below to learn how to create app folders.
Navigate to the Dashboard and select “Launchpad” from the menu on the left side of the screen. Select the tab associated with the Launchpad you would like to use. The first tab listed under the Launchpad will be the “Layout” page:
Simply drag one application icon over the top of another app icon that you would like to group together.
The new folder will be created immediately.
Click on the app folder to open it. You can arrange the order of the apps and rename the folder if you desire from within the app folder. To edit the folder name, simply click on the title area within the folder.
To remove an application from the app folder, simply drag and drop it outside of the open folder area. Your app will then be placed back onto the main Launchpad view. Once you are finished arranging your icons and setting up your app folders, click “Save” in the upper right corner of the page.
The folder structure of your apps will also be displayed from the Gear menu while in a Frame session.
Quick Launch allows users to create their own custom Launchpad to easily access multiple apps across different accounts from a single location. Read on to learn how to enable and use this feature.
Enable Quick Launch¶
To enable Quick Launch for your account, navigate to your user profile by clicking on your user name in the upper right corner of the screen and selecting the “Edit” button.
You will arrive at your profile page. Navigate to the “Preferences” section and enable the Quick Launch toggle listed at the bottom of the “Preferences” section. Click “Save” in the upper right corner.
Use Quick Launch¶
Once you have enabled Quick Launch, you can start adding applications to your Quick Launch Launchpad. Start by navigating to one of your application Launchpads.
Right-click on any app you wish to add to Quick Launch and select “Add to Quick Launch.”
If you would prefer that your application launch with a specific system type, be sure to change the system type on the Launchpad before adding to Quick Launch. You can do this by clicking on the arrow next to the system type on the bottom of your Launchpad.
A notification will confirm that you have successfully added your app to Quick Launch.
You can navigate to your Quick Launch Launchpad by clicking on the link that appears in the notification or by clicking on the Launchpad list view icon at the top of your current Launchpad.
Quick Launch will always appear as the first option under the Launchpad list view for quick access.
Hover over the icons on your Quick Launch Launchpad to see details including the system type and the account that the application is hosted from.
Remove an application from your Quick Launch Launchpad by right-clicking and selecting “Remove from Quick Launch.”