Web Application: Viewer

Manage with Architecture Visualizations

The Viewer is the web application on the Dragon1 platform that is used by any stakeholder to view the published architecture visualizations.

With the Viewer, the stakeholders can manage and guide transformations and projects.

dragon1 viewer

Screenshot of the Viewer.

Here is the link to the Viewer. Be sure to also watch the interactive atlases, EA dossiers, frameworks, and standards on your Tablet PC and your Smartphone.

First the users, like architects, create models, views, and visualizations. Next, they publish their products for viewing in the Viewer.

The creator of a product can choose to publish it from 'hidden' to 'worldwide'. Check the page on which states are available.

Learning Objectives

In this section you will learn the following:

Just click on a link to access a lesson.

Viewer for Interactive Content

The Viewer is exactly what the name says: a viewer for content. In the Visual Designer, visuals can be created and this content can be watched in the Viewer. This can be static or dynamic views of models, but also presentations (frames as slides) and videos in the background with a visualization of a leader fading away.

The content can be watched on any device like a PC, Laptop, Tablet PC, or Smartphone, anytime anywhere. This gives stakeholders a great opportunity to use the visuals in meetings, study the visualizations on the road, and support decision-making with them.

The visuals can be diagrams, documents, pictures, presentations, and videos and can contain any type of content: information, communication, a lesson from courseware, a contract, or a research publication.

Add Comments

In the Viewer, you can add comments to a visual you are watching. You can add comments on the published visual just by clicking the Add Comments button.

How to Filter a Visualization

Sometimes visualizations are full of data and information. If you do not need all that, you can filter a visualization.

Select a visualization first, then click on Navigator. Next, the search window will open up on the left. You can filter or select data just by typing the name in the Search panel.

In this panel, you also switch on and off layers, frames and classes of data. Click on the right name or number and see how the visualization changes.

Published and Hidden visualizations

Whether or not certain visuals are visible in the Viewer depends on three things:

  • If you are logged in or not;
  • Whether you have certain privileges;
  • What publication status is the creator given?

If the visual what published worldwide (only possible if the account has status OPEN), anyone can see the visual, even without being logged in.

If the creator has published the visual private or privileged, you will only be able to access the visual if you are logged into the same account as the creator and share the same role and/or organization. Every user in an account is assigned to a role and an organization (like a department, class, or project).

How to Pan a Visualization

To pan the visualization (drag it as a whole), hold down the CTRL key and drag the visualization.

How to Browse a Presentation

The visualization may exist of several frames (slides), in that case, the presentation could start because autoplay is switched. Or you may have to manually walk through the slides. Just click on the forward and backward arrows in the Viewer.


You may want to watch the visualization full screen or you want to present it. In that case, click on the full-screen button. The keyboard arrow keys and the mouse buttons can be used to walk through the slides.

Press the ESC key to end the full-screen mode.

How to Click Through

If the creator has created a click-through link, you will see your cursor change into a hand (pointer). If you click on the shape, you will be forwarded to whatever visualization is linked, or an external link in a browser is started up.

How to Get a Popup Dialog

You can only get a Popup Dialog Box if you go with a mouse over a shape and if the creator fills in the description and an image for that shape.

To hide Popup Dialogs, select the option none in the Navigator panel.

Data Properties

If made available by the creator you can watch the Data Properties of a selected shape or entity in the resizable Window below the Canvas Window. To enlarge the properties window drag the bar.

Playing Scenarios

Next to visuals like presentations and videos, the creator can also create a scenario. A scenario is a series of conditional changes applied to a model, view, or visualization. A scenario has a begin situation and an end situation.

If the creator created a scenario, you can play the scenario in the Scenario Window below the Canvas Window. The Scenario Window is only available if a scenario model was published for this visual.

Using the Workflow

If the creator of the visualization has defined a workflow for the visualization, you can see it by clicking on the Workflow in the Viewer.


If you want to send a message to someone who is in the workflow, just click on the blue message button.

Using the Data Changes and Models Updates Window

Every data change and model update is registered. If you want to see the updates and changes made to a visual, click on the Change and Updates button at the right top of the window.

Search Visuals

In your Viewer, there may be a lot of visuals published. If you click on Navigator in the user interface, you can look up visuals by entering a name in the search field and clicking search.

Alter a Visual

Depending on what the creator of the visual has switched on, some shapes in the visual can be moved or deleted from the visual (on the client side only). In this way, you as the viewer can adjust the visual to your liking. You cannot save your version, but you can print it or save it as a PDF.

The creator may even have placed a button bar on the visual, enabling you to add shapes with rules and constraints applied to it. In this way, the creator can create a small User Defined Modeling Application.

Screenshots of the Viewer

dragon1 search panel in viewer

This is an example view of the Search Panel.

dragon1 navigator panel in viewer

This is an example view of the Navigator Panel.

dragon1 video in visualization

This is an example view of a visual with a video in the Viewer.

dragon1 interactivity in visualization

This is an example view of a visual with interactivity in the Viewer.