Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Explore Datazen Publisher - Part 1

Explore Datazen Publisher App  - Part 1


Now lets just go through the Datazen publisher app and see what it has to offer from a designing perspective.

In this blog we will go through…
Part 1
  1. Publisher App
  2. Templates
  3. Dashboard Designer Page
  4. Self Rendering Objects
  5. Surface and drill through
And in my next blog I will go through
Part 2
  1. Generate Sample Data
  2. Branding
  3. Interface size
  4. Color Banding
  5. Activities
  6. Custom shape
1. Publisher App
The Datazen publisher app is an app than you download on your local PC, it’s a visualization tool that helps you to publish and create dashboard, and lots more like make working folders to separate your work, branding and etc...

2. Templates 
Datazen has a set of very nice templates that can help you to go around the learning curve, my suggestion is to open each template sample one by one.

The templates looks like the first screenshot
3. Dashboard Designer Page  
The “Dashboard Designer Page” is the starting point of your design, but before that you can open an existing template to start your exploration, just right click on the datazen page, select “Create” then select “Start from an existing dashboard” ……

…. Select a dashboard and you are done
4. Self Rendering Objects 
Each visualize object that you use from the “Dashboard Element Gallery” into your “Design Surface” (know as your dashboard) has a self rendering feature, it will auto adjust its size and shape on your design surface.

5. Surface and Drill through
     You can drill through from one surface (dashboard) to another or even go to a SSRS report.

    Open the “Sales and Profit Overview” in the template sample you will see an small arrow within a square on the “Expenses” KPI, click on that and you will go to another surface.

After this test open the “Sales and Profit Overview” in a design mode and check the properties and settings.


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