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Details on General Dialogues

Details on Add/Edit Tooltip Value

Use these dialogs to choose additional values to be displayed in the tooltips for the active visualization.

  • To reach the Add/Edit Tooltip Value dialog:

  1. In the Visualization Properties dialog, go to the Tooltip page.

  2. Click on the Add... button to add a tooltip value. To edit a tooltip value, select the value of interest from the list, then click on Edit.... Only the tooltip values that you have added to the list yourself can be edited or deleted.

    Note: Adding/editing tooltip values is not applicable to table visualizations.

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Option

Description

Column

Select the column or expression you wish to be visible in the tooltip.

Name

Type a name to be presented with the value in the tooltip. The column or expression selected above will be used as a default name if nothing else is entered. (To exclude the name completely from the tooltip, clear the Include value name in tooltip check box below instead.)

Get content from

[Only visible if at least one virtual column producer is available.]

Your company may have set up some type of virtual column producers that can take the values from the selected column and transform them in one way or another to produce a desired output. For example, if you have access to TIBCO Spotfire Lead Discovery you can select Structure Column here, in order to show molecular structures from an information link in the labels.

For embedded images in the current data table, or when fetching data via a URL, you should leave this setting at (Selected column).

Settings...

If the selected source has some settings available, you can reach those by clicking on the Settings button.

For example, this is where you would specify which information link to retrieve structures from when using TIBCO Spotfire Lead Discovery.

Show as

Allows you to select how the data in the selected column should be interpreted.

For example, use Text for plain text labels. Use Image if there are binary images in your data that you want to use as labels. Use Link if the text should be interpreted as a web link. Use Image from URL if the image is picked from a web resource location. You may need to change the Link or Image from URL Renderer Settings by clicking on the Settings... button and modifying the link syntax so that it fits your current data.

Use Geometry if your data is a shape file and you want to show the geometrical shapes in the labels.

If a TIBCO Spotfire Lead Discovery structure column is used to label by, then you would select a renderer for displaying structure images here.

Settings...

If the selected Show as method has some settings available that can be modified, you can reach them by clicking on the Settings button. For example, this could be Link Renderer Settings or Image from URL Renderer Settings for a web link, Geometry Renderer Settingsor some structure renderer settings.

Size

Available if the selected tooltip value is some kind of image. Increases or decreases the size of the image.

Include value name in tooltip

Select this check box if you do want to include the name of the selected value along with the value itself. Clear the check box to show the resulting value only (for example, an image).

See also:

Highlighting in Visualizations

Details on Advanced Settings

  • To reach the Advanced Settings dialog:

  1. In the Visualization Properties dialog, go to the page of interest (for example, X-axis, Y-axis, Trellis...).

  2. Click on the Settings... button next to the column selector of the property of interest.

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Option

Description

Axis mode

Specifies whether the column or hierarchy should be treated as continuous or categorical.

   Continuous

Select this option for numerical columns when you want the values to be treated as continuous, numerical values.

This option is not available for properties that are always categorical (like string columns).

   Categorical

Select this option when you want the values to be seen as categories rather than numerical values.

For example, if you have the years 2001, 2002 and 2003 in a column, you would probably like to treat the different values as categories rather than numbers.

      Categories

Determines how to display the categories.

         Show filtered values

Select this option to display values currently available after any filtering operations only. This means that those categories that are visible will change when filtering and that categories currently without any values will be hidden from the visualization.

         Show filtered range

Select this option to hide empty categories on both ends of the currently visible range. This means that those categories that are visible will change when filtering, and that empty categories within the currently visible range will remain visible.

         Show all values

Select this option to keep all categories visible even if data for some categories have been filtered out.

Show/Hide hierarchy options

For hierarchical categories only, but not available for Date, Time or DateTime hierarchies.

Shows or hides the options used to specify how hierarchies should be built, that is, which combinations of the different categories should be available.

Specify how to combine column values in the hierarchy

Specifies how many categories will be available, e.g., on an axis or in a list of colors in the legend.

   Use actual combinations in data only (nest)

Use this option to display all combinations available in the data. For more information about the nest and cross alternatives, see General Syntax.

   Use all possible combinations (cross)

Use this option to display all possible combinations, even showing categories that are currently not included in the data.

See also:

Working With Time Hierarchies

Details on Scale Range

This dialog is available for visualizations with multiple scales and allows you to specify the range that you want to show for the specified scale.

  • To reach the Scale Range dialog:

  1. In the Visualization Properties dialog, go to the axis page that displays the multiple scales settings.

  2. From the drop-down list under Individual scale settings, select which scale to define scale range for. You can also select All scales to set the same range for all the scales.

  3. Click on Scale Range... to the right of the drop-down list.

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Option

Description

Min

Leave the field blank (Automatic) to let the application automatically adjust the scale range after the currently lowest value used on the axis.

Max

Leave the field blank (Automatic) to let the application automatically adjust the scale range after the currently highest value used on the axis.

Set to Current Range

Allows you to set the scale range to the currently filtered values.

Include origin

Available for continuous columns only. Always includes the coordinates (0, 0) in the visualization, regardless of filtering.

If a range has been specified, further filtering will not affect the range of the selected scale. However, when all values belonging to a certain scale have been filtered out, the scale will become hidden.

Details on Select Columns

Use this dialog when you need to select more than a few columns simultaneously from a column selector, either on an axis of a visualization, in the legend, or in a dialog.

  • To reach the Select Columns dialog:

  1. Click on the column selector of interest to open the drop-down list.

  2. Click on Select Columns....

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(In places where you are only allowed to specify a single column the Add > button will be replaced by a Set > button and no Move Up/Move Down buttons will be available.)

Option

Description

Available columns

Lists all columns and hierarchies available for selection.

[Type to search]

Type a search string to limit the number of items in the Available columns list. It is possible to use the wildcard character * in the search. See Searching in TIBCO Spotfire for more information.

Selected columns

Lists the columns selected to be used in this particular location, as well as the selected aggregation method used on each column (if any aggregation has been specified) . Click on a column in this list to display additional settings for that column.

Add >

Adds the columns selected in the Available columns list to the Selected columns list.

< Remove

Removes the selected columns from the Selected columns list.

Remove All

Removes all columns from the Selected columns list.

Move Up

Moves the selected column up in the Selected columns list. The order of the columns in this list determines the order of the hierarchy.

Move Down

Moves the selected column down in the Selected columns list. The order of the columns in this list determines the order of the hierarchy.

Aggregation

Click on one or more columns in the Selected columns list to make this option available. Specifies the aggregation method to use for the selected column.

Auto-bin column

Click on one or more columns in the Selected columns list to make this option available. Select this check box to temporarily bin a continuous column and create an Auto-bin slider.

Note: To create a new column with binned values, see How to Use Binning instead.

Number of bins

Specifies the starting number of bins to use in the binning. This number can be changed by dragging the auto-bin slider in the visualization (if the column selectors of all included columns fits in the window).

Level

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Click on a hierarchy in the Selected columns list to make this option available. Specifies which level of the hierarchy to use.

See also:

Column Selectors

Drag-and-Drop

Details on Limit Data Using Expression

You can limit what data should be available for a certain visualization using an expression. This way, you can set a "hard filter" on a visualization to make sure that certain values are never included in the calculations behind the visualization, regardless of any filtering in the Filters panel. For example, you can make sure that one visualization only shows data for a certain state by adding the expression similar to [State]="Nevada". See also Limiting What is Shown in Visualizations.

  • To reach the Limit Data Using Expression dialog:

  1. Click on the visualization for which you want to limit the data using an expression to make it active.

  2. Select Edit > Visualization Properties.

  3. Go to the Data page.

  4. At the bottom of the page, next to Limit data using expression, click on Edit....

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Option

Description

Available columns

Shows all columns that you can use in the calculation of a new column.

Select a column by clicking on it in the list and then click on the Insert Columns button, or double-click on the column to send it to the Expression field. Press Ctrl or Shift to select multiple columns.

You can narrow down the list of available columns by typing a part of a name in the "Type to search" field. You can also enter an expression in the field using the rules described on the Searching in TIBCO Spotfire page.

Insert Columns

Inserts the columns selected in the Available columns list at the current cursor position in the Expression field.

Available properties for column

Shows all properties that you can use in the calculation of a new column. You can narrow down the list of available properties by using the search field. The column properties shown are specific to the column selected in the Available columns list to the left.

Select a property by clicking on it in the list and then click on the Insert Properties button; or double-click on the property to send it to the Expression field. The property will automatically be inserted as text. However, there may be occasions where you need to insert the property as a function to receive the desired result. See Properties in Expressions for more information. Use the pop-up menu in this field to select how to insert the property or type the correct syntax manually.

If you want to define a new property to use in the expression, right-click in the Available properties field and select New > [Property Type] Property... from the pop-up menu. You can also edit or delete custom properties by using the pop-up menu.

Insert Properties

Inserts the properties selected in the Available properties for column list at the current cursor position in the Expression field.

Category

Select a category of functions to limit the choices in the Function list:

All functions

Binning functions

Conversion functions

Date and Time functions

Logical functions

Math functions

Operators

Property functions

Ranking functions

Spatial functions

Statistical functions

Text functions

Function

Select a function by clicking on it in the list and then click on the Insert Function button, or double-click on the function to send it to the Expression field.

Type a search string in the text field to limit the number of items in the Functions list.

You can also click on any function and type the first letter of the desired function name to jump to a specific location in the list.

Description

Shows a brief description of the selected function. For more detailed descriptions, see the Expression Language chapter.

Insert Function

Inserts the selected function at the current cursor position in the Expression field.

Expression

This is the text field in which you build your expression. You can insert columns and functions from the lists, or enter text as in any standard text editor. In this context, the expression must be of type "Boolean", since it will be used as a filter.

Cut/Copy/Paste works in the field using standard Ctrl+X/Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V.

Also, it is possible to undo/redo the last action by pressing Ctrl+Z.

Clear the expression field and click OK to remove a previously added expression filter.

Recent expressions

Displays the ten expressions you have most recently created. You can select one of these and click the Insert button to insert the expression into the Expression field.

Insert

Inserts the selected Recent expression into the Expression field. This will replace the entire content of the Expression field.

Resulting expression

Of interest when preprocessor functions (such as ${PropertyName}) are used in the expression only. Displays the expression after all occurrences of the property have been replaced with its current value or values.

See also:

General Syntax

Functions Overview

Properties in Expressions

Details on Link Renderer Settings

  • To reach the Link Renderer Settings dialog:

In the Table Properties Columns page, click to select a column that uses the Link Renderer, then click Settings... .

OR

Click Settings... in the Scatter Plot Properties or Map Chart Properties Labels page, or in the Add Tooltip dialog, when Show as: Link has been chosen.

OR

Click Settings... in the Add/Edit Default Renderer dialog when the Link Renderer has been chosen.

 

Note: If you apply renderer settings from the visualization properties, the settings are applied to that visualization only. If you apply renderer settings from the Add/Edit Default Renderer dialog, the settings are applied to all new visualizations.

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Example:

If the link is entered as the example in the dialog, http://www.domain.com/{$}.html the result would be:

Cell value

URL

a

http://www.domain.com/a.html

b

http://www.domain.com/b.html

c

http://www.domain.com/c.html

d

http://www.domain.com/d.html

e

http://www.domain.com/e.html

Note: If your company needs to link to something other than http-addresses an administrator has the possibility to modify the preferences Allow Additional Uri Schemes and  Additional Uri Schemes in the Administration Manager.

See also:

Renderer Settings Dialog

How to Use the Table

What is a Table?

Details on Add/Edit Tooltip

Details on Image from URL Renderer Settings

  • To reach the Image from URL Renderer Settings dialog:

In the Table Properties Columns page, click to select a column that uses the Image from URL Renderer, then click Settings... .

OR

Click Settings... in the Scatter Plot Properties or Map Chart Properties Labels page, or in the Add Tooltip dialog, when Show as: Image from URL has been chosen.

OR

Click Settings... in the Add/Edit Default Renderer dialog when the Image from URL Renderer has been chosen.

 

Note: If you apply renderer settings from the visualization properties, the settings are applied to that visualization only. If you apply renderer settings from the Add/Edit Default Renderer dialog, the settings are applied to all new visualizations.

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Examples:

If the images are available on the internet and the link is entered as the example in the dialog,http://www.domain.com/{$}.png the result would be:

Cell value

URL

a

http://www.domain.com/a.png

b

http://www.domain.com/b.png

c

http://www.domain.com/c.png

d

http://www.domain.com/d.png

e

http://www.domain.com/e.png

If the requested images reside on a company network location you could also specify the path to the folder:

Q:\MyCompany\Images\{$}

Note: Since local network paths may be unavailable to other users, the recommended procedure is to use a URL rather than a local network path when publishing analyses to the library.

Width and Height

If the website allows, you can also specify the width and height of the rendered image (in pixels):http://MyCompany.com/Images/{$}/imag...ight={$height}

If $width and $height are included in the link template, the image will be rendered using the width and height specified by your current table row height/column width, or, in the case of labels or tooltips, by the size set using the size slider. If not included, the default size will be rendered and changing the size will simply enlarge or shrink the default image.

See also:

Renderer Settings Dialog

How to Use the Table

What is a Table?

Details on Add/Edit Tooltip

Details on Geometry Renderer Settings

  • To reach the Geometry Renderer Settings dialog:

In the Table Properties Columns page, click to select a column that uses the Geometry Renderer, then click Settings... .

OR

Click Settings... in the Scatter Plot Properties or Map Chart Properties Labels page, or in the Add Tooltip dialog, when Show as: Geometry has been chosen.

OR

Click Settings... in the Add/Edit Default Renderer dialog when the Geometry Renderer has been chosen.

 

Note: If you apply renderer settings from the visualization properties, the settings are applied to that visualization only. If you apply renderer settings from the Add/Edit Default Renderer dialog, the settings are applied to all new visualizations.

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Option

Description

Fill color

Defines which color to fill the different geometries with.

Border color

Defines the color to use for the border surrounding the geometries.

Border weight

Defines the thickness of the borders of the geometries.

See also:

Details on Add/Edit Tooltip

How to Use the Table

What is a Table?

Details on Action Settings

This dialog is used for adding or editing actions to be performed when clicking on a dynamic item in a graphical table or a text area. The actions can open TIBCO Spotfire tools that work on the range of filtered or marked data, apply bookmarks, or navigate to a certain page or visualization in the analysis, the same things that are available for Action Controls. Multiple actions can be performed in just one click. It is also possible to add your own custom actions using the IronPython scripting functionality, or to refresh data function calculations.

  • To reach the Action Settings dialog from a graphical table:

  1. Right-click on the dynamic item column for which to add or edit an action in a graphical table visualization.

  2. Select Properties from the pop-up menu.

  3. If the Settings dialog for your selected dynamic item is not opened directly, go to the Axes page in the Graphical Table Properties dialog, select the column you want to modify and click Settings....

  4. Go to the Actions page and click Settings....

  • To reach the Action Settings dialog from a text area:

  1. Click on the Toggle Edit Mode button, ToggleEditModeButton.png, in the text area title bar, to make sure that the text area is in Edit Mode.

    Comment: You can also right-click and select Edit Text Area from the pop-up menu.

  2. Right-click on the gray edit box representing the desired dynamic item in the text area.

  3. Select Edit Control... from the pop-up menu.

  4. Go to the Actions page and click Settings....

Actions

Select this option to insert an action which includes displaying or hiding panels, performing various operations on marked rows, applies bookmarks or switches pages.

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Option

Description

Description

A text that can be shown in the tooltip when hovering with the mouse pointer over the item connected to the action.

By typing a good description you can help other users of the analysis understand what will happen when clicking on the item.

Available actions

Lists all actions that can be included in a multiple action link, grouped by type. Click on the plus sign to expand a group. Click on an action (a function, a bookmark or a page) to select it.

Comments about bookmarks:

For bookmark components, the active visualization always takes precedence over the active page.

The filter settings of the active filtering scheme are changed, including the setting determining how related data tables are affected by each other's filtering.

The markings component of a bookmark takes the analysis back to the state all markings had when the bookmark part was captured. If a marking has been removed, that marking is simply ignored.

Comments about marked rows:

The marking applied when adding any of the Marked Rows functions is the one used by the active data table. The active data table is the one used by the visualization that was active before clicking on the text area. If the marking for the active visualization is set to (None), nothing will happen when clicking on the link.

Add

Adds the selected action to the Selected actions list.

Remove

Removes the selected action from the Selected actions list.

Selected actions (applied in top-bottom order)

Lists the added actions in the order that they will be performed.

Settings...

Opens the Settings dialog for the action selected in the Selected actions list (when applicable).

Move Up

Moves the selected action up in the list.

Move Down

Moves the selected action down in the list.

Script

Select this option to insert an action that executes a script when clicked. For script examples, see IronPython Example Scripts or  Action Script Examples. 

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Option

Description

Description

A text that can be shown in the tooltip when hovering with the mouse pointer over the item connected to the action.

By typing a good description you can help other users of the analysis understand what will happen when clicking on the item.

Available scripts

Lists all currently defined scripts.

The Remark field can contain information about whether a script is trusted or not. All scripts that you have created yourself will be trusted. As are all scripts that are included in analyses that have been published to and opened from the library. However, if you should receive an analysis file containing a script directly from another person, the script will be listed as "Not trusted". This does not mean that the script necessarily contains any unsafe material, but you should determine whether you trust the script or not by inspecting it in the Edit Script dialog. By clicking OK in the Edit Script dialog, the script will be regarded as created by you and it will therefore be trusted.

New...

Opens the New Script dialog where you can define a new script.

Import...

Opens a dialog where you can select an analysis file from which to import all available scripts.

Note: Spotfire compares the scripts you are trying to import with already existing scripts. A script whose script body is identical to an existing script will not be imported even if it has a different name.

Edit...

Opens the Edit Script dialog where you can edit the selected script or its parameters.

Delete

Deletes the selected script.

Necessary input for the selected script

Lists all parameters that have been defined for the selected script. Click on a parameter to modify the input. Different parameter types have different input settings.

   Value

Click this radio button if you want to type a value to use as input for the selected parameter.

   Property

Click this radio button to associate the selected parameter with a property.

   Select Property...

Opens the Select Property dialog where you can specify which property to get the input to the script from.

   Expression

Click this radio button to calculate the value for the selected parameter via an expression.

   Edit Expression...

Opens the Edit Expression dialog where you can specify an expression using columns, properties and functions.

   Select visualization

Select the visualization in the current analysis that you want to associate with the selected script parameter.

   Select page

Select the page in the current analysis that you want to associate with the selected script parameter.

   Select data table

Select the data table in the current analysis that you want to associate with the selected script parameter.

Data Function

Select this option to insert an action that refreshes a previously executed data function when clicked.

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Option

Description

Description

A text that can be shown in the tooltip when hovering with the mouse pointer over the item connected to the action.

By typing a good description you can help other users of the analysis understand what will happen when clicking on the item.

Available data functions

Lists all data functions that have been executed within the current analysis and that do not use the Refresh function automatically feature.

See also:

Sparkline Settings - Actions

Calculated Value Settings - Actions

Icon Settings - Actions

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