|Interface definitions / The Interface Viewer|
The Interface Viewer retains captured UI controls and their properties even after they are no longer available from the AUT.
During a capture session with the Interface Viewer, it is often the case that a control, group of controls, or window will be removed from availability by the AUT. For example, using the Point-to-identify tool on a popup menu item results in a mouse click that the AUT typically takes as its cue to dismiss the menu and all its controls. Despite their disappearance, the Viewer retains such objects in cache, to the extent that it has already captured them and their properties. Hence, when such transient UI objects are suddenly no longer available, you are still able to view them and save their properties with the Viewer.
Note that the Viewer's retention of objects and properties in cache is limited to those objects and properties that were captured prior to the objects being rendered unavailable. Controls of a window are captured when the window node is expanded in the Viewer's UI Explorer panel; however, the properties of each control are only captured when you click on the node for that control. Also keep in mind that, for performance reasons, TestArchitect does not, by default, capture invisible controls and container class controls. (See Intake for more on this.)
Offline mode when UI controls have property values
Offline mode when UI controls have no property values