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Dashboards allow you to pull data from multiple Views and leverage it on one Dashboard. For example you can have a chart and gauge in one view and a different chart from another View displayed on the same Dashboard.
Once you have created and saved VDM views of your data you can begin to create Dashboards. We define a Dashboard as a graphical representation of data in a single view where the graphical data may or may not be related. To create a Dashboard click on the Dashboards button on the Ribbon Bar.
Next, select Chart, Gauge or Picture box from the Add Control menu. This will allow you to choose between adding a chart or gauge from a previously built VDM view as well as a picture.
Charts, gauges, and pictures can be sized and placed wherever you want in your dashboard. VDM will also remember the size of screen where the dashboard was saved.
Charts and gauges will appear empty until the dashboard is saved and refreshed. Once your charts, gauges, and pictures are visible you can move them around and/or resize them as needed.
DASHBOARD QUICK TIP: If you click OPTIONS next to the controls option you can choose SHOW GRID. This will put a dotted grid on your dashboard to help you better align your charts, gauges, and pictures on your dashboard.
To View a Dashboards, click on the Dashboard option, then click file, open and select select your Dashboard file (.vdmdb) and Click Open. Upon clicking Open the dashboard will begin to retrieve the required data, from your database, and begin the Dashboard build out process.
To update the VDM View currently displayed on a Dashboard, simply double click on the individual graph item and you will be taken directly to the VDM View. Make any needed adjustments, Save the View and return to Dashboards.
The Dashboard options menu item will allow you to select on or more of the following:
- Auto Refresh
- Auto Refresh will prompt you for a time, in minutes, that the dashboard data should be refreshed from the database.
- Rotate Labels
- Rotate Labels will walk through the data points on each of the Dashboard Charts and display the appropriate data point label.
If you would like to see a chart or gauge on your dashboard in full screen, right click it and choose toggle. Right click and toggle again to go back.