Create a Visualization

A visualization is a graphical representation of a model or a view of one or more models.

You can create basically two types of visualizations: static and dynamic visualizations.

A static visualization is a visualization where you just draw shapes on the canvas.

A dynamic visualization is where you create a model re-using data, compliant to a metamodel. Create views on top of the model and connect the views via visual items to the visualization. Now, if the data or the model changes, the visualization is updated. Or if you setup popup dialog boxes and click through links on the shapes, you can drill down visually through the data in the model.

If you place shapes in different frames or layers, you even create the notion of a presentation or time-lapse animation with it.

Every time it is up to you which type of visualization you choose.

How to create a static Visualization

To create a static visualization:

  • Go to the Visual Designer
  • Open a cabinet and expand a dossier and select a folder in the Explorer Treeview
  • Insert a visualization by clicking on the Insert Visualization button in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit dialog is shown. Type a name for the visualization, like my-new-visualization and a title like My New Visualization
  • Click OK to save the changes to the name
  • You will see a visualization added in the treeview and a canvas is created
  • Click Edit in the Button Bar if you want to change other attributes of the visualization as well
  • Drag shapes from the shapes panel at the left bottom onto the canvas
  • Depending on your settings, Dragon1 asks on every addition of a shape on the canvas if your visualization must be saved, or it auto-saves the visualization. And after a save an alert box is generated
  • Select the shape on the canvas by clicking on it and go to the Text Attributes panel at the Inspector
  • Click on the name of the Text Attributes panel to expand the panel
  • Change the Title of the rectangle in the title field
  • To change the color of a shape, use the Color Attributes panel

How to create a Dynamic Visualization?

To create a dynamic visualization that shows the contents of a view of a model:

  • Open a cabinet and expand a dossier in the Explorer Treeview
  • Select a folder in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click on Insert Model in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit dialog is shown. Type a name for the model, like my-new-model and a title like My New Model
  • Click OK to save the changes to the name
  • Now you will see a model added in the treeview
  • Drag shapes to the model canvas and link the shapes together by selecting a shape and using the smart tools to create a link between shapes
  • Click Save Visualization, to save your model
  • Click on Insert View in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit dialog is shown. Type a name for the model, like my-new-view and a title like My New View
  • Select the correct model to link to the view on the Identity Tab
  • Go to the Behavior TAB on the dialog
  • Fill in "onload" in the rule event field
  • Fill in "Entityclass=*" in the rule condition field (we want all data from the view to be shown)
  • Fill in "show(name)" in the rule action field (we want the shapes to show names)
  • Click OK to save the changes to the view
  • Now you will see a view added in the treeview
  • If you select the view, it will show the model as indicated via the rule
  • Click on Insert Visualization in the Button Bar
  • The New/Edit dialog is shown. Type a name for the visualization, like my-new-visualization and a title like My New Visualization
  • Click OK to save the changes to the name
  • Now you will see a visualization added in the treeview
  • Click Edit in the Button Bar if you want to change the name of the visualization
  • Insert a Visual Item via the Button Bar (Insert Archifact menu) on to the visualization
  • Select the added visual item in the Explorer Treeview
  • Click Edit
  • Select the correct Visualization and Viewid on the Identity TAB
  • Enter the same rule in the Visual Item as in the view
  • Enter a width and height on the Information TAB
  • Click OK to save the changes to the Visual Item
  • Switch to NORMAL model in the playerbar to have the rule of the view shape interpreted

How to Create an Interactive Visualization?

You can add clickable links, icon shapes and mouse over popup boxes, sound and videos in your visualization.

To create an interactive visualization:

  • Select a shape in the visualization
  • Expand the Text Attributes panel
  • Enter a valid link in the Link URL field. For instance visualization:1234567
  • In NORMAL mode you can click on the shape and you will be forwarded to the visualization with that Id
  • You can place a clickable link like this on every shape
  • At page attributes level you can add an MP4 video or MP3 audio. This video or audio can be played on a watch page or in the Content Viewer
  • If you create a visualization then after 3 seconds the visualization will be faded away and the video is shown
  • If you enter data in the description field and add an image in the Source URL field. in NORMAL mode and PRESENTATION mode, Dragon1 will generate mouse over popups.

How to Create a Playable Visualization (Presentation)?

You can create a presentation by placing shapes in different frames and layers on Dragon1. Next you can use the frame show buttons on the playerbar to walk through the frames, like they are slides in a presentation.

To create a presentation:

  • Insert a visualization
  • Drag shapes on the canvas (automatically they will be placed in Frame1
  • Click on the next frame button in the playerbar
  • Drag shapes
  • Click on the next frame button in the playerbar
  • Drag shapes
  • Click Save Visualization
  • Click the Share button
  • Select worldwide for publication status and provide a name/title
  • Click OK
  • Go to the Content Viewer (dragon1.com/content)
  • Click on your visualization and see how you can browse through the slides
  • Use the 1080p page paper format to get the best online viewing results for a presentation
  • If you select auto-play in the page attributes, your presentation will be an automatic slide show
  • You can present your presentation in full screen. Use the buttons in the Content Viewer. You can use the browser keys on your keyboard to browse through your presentation.

Creating a playable slideshow provides a value for the frame viewing time. The Frame Viewing Time is the time a frame is shown. For instance the value of 1 means that you will see 1 frame per second. The minimum value is 1 and the maximum value is 100.