A collection of design tips and miscellaneous how-tos for designing dashboards in Dundas BI.
2. Brush Editor
In Dundas BI, color properties of components and data visualizations can be modified using the brush editor in the Properties window. One of the features it supports is the ability to enter hexcodes or RGB/RGBA values using a number of different formats.
|3 hex characters||#F00||Red|
|3 hex characters without hashmark||F0F||Fuchsia|
|6 hex characters||#FFFFFF||White|
|6 hex characters without hashmark||808080||Gray|
|rgba()||rgba(0,255,255,0.5)||Aqua with 50% Opacity|
|RGB values with spaces||255 255 255||White|
|RGB values with commas||255,255,255||White|
|RGBA values with spaces||255 255 0 0.75||Yellow with 75% Opacity|
|color name with alpha||red 0.5||Red with 50% Opacity|
|3 hex characters with alpha||333 .5||#333333 with 50% Opacity|
|6 hex characters with alpha||696969 .5||DimGray with 50% Opacity|
3. Differences between browsers
All web browsers render fonts slightly differently. This may cause a table visualization in Internet Explorer to show a vertical scrollbar that does not appear when using Chrome. In most cases, you can resolve such issues by resizing the table a bit larger. Or, do your design work in Internet Explorer so you can be sure the table size is large enough for scrollbars to disappear.
Add a Re-Size script action on a view such as a dashboard so you can respond when the view is resized. This may occur when the user resizes their browser or when the orientation is changed on the user's device. But note that orientation changes are not always detected because some devices fire a different event in this situation.
Scripting the Re-Size action may be useful for responsive design. For example:
- Add a script to detect a change in screen width (e.g., from 500 px to 1200 px), and then show or hide layers in response.
- Add a script to detect a change in screen width, and then redirect to another dashboard more suited for the size of the screen.
5. Align controls
As you drag or resize a control, contextual guidelines (dotted lines) appear to help you align the control with other controls. When your control snaps into alignment with another control, the line turns red and the boundaries of the relevant control appear.
If you want to temporarily disable snapping to other controls, hold the ALT key while dragging or resizing your control.
If snap-to-grid is enabled, your control will also be snapped to the grid while dragging or resizing. To turn snap-to-grid off, go to the status bar and click Disable snap grid.
5.1. Arrange multiple controls
When multiple controls are selected, you can adjust their alignment using the Arrange option on the toolbar.
You can use these options to quickly Distribute, Align, and Size multiple controls.
Double-click the resize handle of a control within a template grid cell to expand/contract the corresponding side (or corner) of the control to the cell edge (or corner).
Instead of using drag-and-drop, you can upload one or more image files, maps, or diagrams to corresponding Explore folders using a context menu option.
For example, right-click on the Images folder and select Upload File.
In the Upload File dialog, click Choose Files. Then select one or more image files from your computer.
The images will be uploaded to the Images folder in Explore.