General notes on working with the interfaceEdit
The client window is organized into two main areas:
- a menu bar
- a display area
Hovering over most areas in the interface will give you a small "tooltip" pop-up that describes it. Additionally, each panel in the display area has some common functions:
|Click this button to close any open panel|
|Click this button to expand a collapsed area in a display block|
|Click this button to collapse an expanded area in a display block|
The Menu barEdit
The black bar at the top of the Nxt client interface is essentially a menu bar, with the following items available:
|Padlock: Use this button to unlock your Nxt account. When you click it, you will be asked for your secret passphrase. Once it is entered, the padlock will switch to an "unlocked" version and your account number will be displayed, in green, on the right side of the icon.|
|Transactions: Click this button to toggle visibility of the "transactions" block. If your account is unlocked when you click this button, your account's transactions will then be visible.|
|Peers: Click this button to toggle visibility of the "peers" block, which gives you information about other servers that are visible on the network.|
|Blocks: Click this button to toggle visibility of the "blocks" block, which gives you information on the blockchain.|
|Accounts: Click this button to toggle visibility of the "accounts" block. As of client version 0.3.16, setails of this block have yet to be implemented.|
|Send button: This button will only appear in the menu bar when your account is unlocked. Clicking it will allow you to send Nxt from one account to another. Note: If your account balance is zero, this button will be greyed out, and unavailable.|
Authorization token: Clicking this button will allow you to generate authorization tokens for third-party web sites.
The "transactions" blockEdit
This area displays transaction information. When your account is unlocked, "My transactions" will display all of the transactions for your account.
The "Unconfirmed transactions" area displays information about all unconfirmed transactions on the network, including transactions that are not yours.
The "Double-spending transactions" area is still under development.
|The time and date of the transaction.|
|The account number of the sender/recipient|
|The transaction amount, in Nxt|
|The transaction fee, in Nxt|
|The number of confirmations for the transaction. Once this number goes higher than 10, it will be displayed as "10+". If you hover your mouse pointer over this number, however, the exact number of confirmations will be shown.|
|The transaction identifer. Hover your mouse over this icon to see the unique number associated with the transaction.|
The "peers" blockEdit
This area displays information about other nodes on the network that are processing transactions. The "Active peers" area displays nodes that are currently active. The "Known peers" area displays nodes that your client is aware of, but that are not currently active. The "Blacklisted peers" area lists nodes that were recently online but have become unavailable (the term "blacklisted" may eventually be changed, as it is a little misleading).
The following icons and fields may be shown in this area:
|Signifies that you are currently connected to the node listed|
|Signifies that this node has "announced itself" on the network|
|Signifies that this node is "well-known" on the network. These nodes are generally permanent, or are active for very long periods of time.|
|Provides a value for the weight of the node|
|Amount of data (in bytes) downloaded by this node|
|Amount of data (in bytes) uploaded by this node|
|The version of the server software running on this node|
|Click this button to manually delete this node from your list|
The "blocks" blockEdit
This area displays information about the blockchain. The blockchain represents the full history of transactions on the Nxt network, and each block in the chain can contain up to 255 transactions. Nodes on the Nxt network compete to create these blocks through a process called "forging" (known in other crypto-currencies as "mining"), and once a block has been added to the blockchain it helps document and reinforce every transaction on the network. Blocks are forged once per minute.
The "recent blocks" area shows the most recently-forged blocks, with the newest ones at the top.
The "orphaned blocks" area lists blocks that were forged by nodes on the network but were not accepted as part of the official blockchain.
The following icons and fields may be shown in this area:
|Block height, or block number. Each block in the blockchain is numbered sequentially, so the higher the number, the more recent the block.|
|The number of transactions included in the block. Since blocks are generated once per minute, it is possible for this number to be zero.|
|The version of the block. Since the format of blocks may change as Nxt develops, but all blocks are permanent, this field is used to keep track of what "version" of the block format is being used.|
|The account number that generated this block. In Nxt, new blocks are forged by active accounts. When an account successfully generates a block, all of the fees included in that block are given to the generator. This is part of the "forging" process.|
|The number of coins included in the block, and the total fees included. This is displayed in the format "X + Y", where X is the number of coins sent, and Y is the number of coins used for transaction fees. All transaction fees are given to the account that generated the block.|
|This value represents the digital signature of the previous block, signed by the generator of the current block.|
|The date and time that the block was generated. The exact time will be expressed in the same time zone as the system time on your server.|
|The size (in bytes) of the payload for the block (i.e. the size of all of the transactions in the block, combined)|
|The block target, expressed in percent. This figure represents the prpoportion of ALL Nxt that were active at the time this block was generated. For example, a value of 400% means that one quarter (or 100/400) of all coins were active when this block was formed. The higher this number is, the better chance your account had of forging that block.|
The "accounts" blockEdit
Features for this block have not yet been implemented.