Learn About the PDI Client (Spoon)
PDI Client (Spoon) is a desktop application you install on your workstation enabling you to build transformations and jobs or schedule when jobs should run.
Start the PDI Client
There are a few different ways to start the PDI client. The method that you should use depends on the way you installed Pentaho Data Integration (PDI).
If You Used the Pentaho Installation Wizard to Install Pentaho
If you installed Pentaho using the Pentaho Installation Wizard, you can launch the Pentaho client from your Windows Start menu.
- Start the Pentaho Server.
- From the Windows Start menu, select All Programs > Pentaho Enterprise Edition > Design Tools > Data Integration. The PDI client appears.
If You Used Manual Installation to Install Pentaho
If you installed Pentaho using the manual method, you can launch the PDI client from the Pentaho directory.
- Start the Pentaho Server.
- Navigate to the folder where you have installed PDI. For example ...\pentaho\design-tools\data-integration.
- Launch the PDI client in the best way for your operating system. When the Pentaho License Manager dialog appears, you must, at a minimum, enter the Pentaho PDI Enterprise Edition and the Pentaho Hadoop Enterprise Edition licenses to start the PDI client. For more information, see Managing Pentaho Licenses.
- For Windows: double-click Spoon.bat.
- For Linux: double-click spoon.sh
- For Macintosh: go to .../pdi-ee/data-integration and double click on Data Integration icon.
Use the PDI Client Perspectives
Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) empowers you with tools that include ETL and scheduling in one unified environment — the PDI client interface. This integrated environment enables you to work in close cooperation with business users to build business intelligence solutions more quickly and efficiently.
When you are working in the PDI client, you can change perspectives to easily switch back and forth from:
- Designing ETL jobs and transformations
- Scheduling jobs and transformations
As users provide you with feedback about how the data is presented to them, you can also quickly make iterative changes to your data directly using our data inspection tools in the PDI client.
From within the PDI client, you can change perspectives using the Perspective icon in the toolbar.
Perspectives in PDI help you focus how you work with different tasks.
Data Integration Perspective
The Data Integration perspective allows you to create transformations and jobs. See Data Integration Perspective in the PDI Client for more details. You can also inspect your data to make iterative updates as you work.
In the table below, use the number locators in the preceding illustration to reference the sections and icons on the PDI client.
Use this toolbar to access common actions:
|Connect menu||Use this button to create and connect to repositories for central storage of your ETL jobs and transformations.|
Use this toolbar to perform transformation or job actions:
This pane contains the Design and View tabs:
|Canvas||Use the canvas for designing and building transformations and jobs for the ETL activities you want to perform.|
Customize the PDI Client
The PDI client allows you to customize certain aspects of its behavior, along with the look and feel of the interface. The following table describes each of these options, which can be accessed from the menu bar: Go to Tools > Options, then in the Kettle Options dialog box, select the Look & Feel tab.
|Fixed width font||This option customizes the font that is used in the dialog boxes, trees, input fields, and more; click Edit to edit the font or Delete to return the font to its default value.|
|Font on workspace||This option customizes font that is used in the the PDI client interface; click Edit to edit the font or Delete to return the font to its default value.|
|Font for notes||This option customizes the font used in notes that are displayed in the PDI client; click Edit to edit the font or Delete to return the font to its default value.|
|Background color||This option sets the background color in the PDI client and affects all dialog boxes; click Edit to edit the color or Delete to return the background color to its default value.|
|Workspace background color||This option sets the background color in the graphical view of the PDI client; click Edit to edit the background color or Delete to return the background color to its default value.|
|Tab color||This option customizes the color that is being used to indicate tabs that are active/selected; click Edit to edit the tab color or Delete to return the color to its default value.|
|Icon size in workspace||Affects the size of the icons in the graph window. The original size of an icon is 32x32 pixels. The best results (graphically) are probably at sizes 16,24,32,48,64 and other multiples of 32.|
|Line width on workspace||Affects the line width of the hops in the the PDI client graphical view and the border around the step.|
|Shadow size on workspace||If this size is larger than 0, a shadow of the steps, hops, and notes is drawn on the canvas, making it look like the transformation floats above the canvas.|
|Dialog middle percentage||By default, a parameter is drawn at 35% of the width of the dialog box, counted from the left. You can change using this option in instances where you use unusually large fonts.|
|Canvas Grid Size||Indicates the size of the grid on the PDI client canvas.|
|Show Canvas Grid||Enabling this option will show a dotted grid on the PDI client canvas.|
|Canvas anti-aliasing||Some platforms like Windows, OSX and Linux support anti-aliasing through GDI, Carbon or Cairo. Enable this option for smoother lines and icons in your graph view. If you enable the option and your environment does not work, change the value for option "EnableAntiAliasing" to "N" in file $HOME/.kettle/.spoonrc (C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\.kettle\.spoonrc on Windows).|
|Show bottleneck transformation steps||If a step in the transformation is processing slowly, a graphic displays around that step to make the bottleneck visible.|
|Use look of OS||Enabling this option on Windows allows you to use the default system settings for fonts and colors in the PDI client. On other platforms, the default is always enabled.|
|Show branding graphics||Enabling this option will draw Pentaho Data Integration branding graphics on the canvas and in the left hand side "expand bar."|
|Preferred Language||Specifies the preferred language setting.|
|Alternative Language||Specifies the alternative language setting. Because the original language in which Pentaho Data Integration was written is English, it is best to set this locale to English.|