What is a Visualization Template?

A Predefined layout

A visualization template is a set of areas that form a canvas with a predefined layout and an expected set of data.

A visualization template consists of one or more areas. These areas are the placeholders for certain types of data, shapes, and icons. These areas will be populated with shapes and icons based on available data and view rules.

dragon1 visualization template example

An example of an Atlas visualization template.

Populating a Visualization Template with Data

Above you see an example of an empty Process Application Landscape visualization template and below that a populated Visualization template with data from a user.

There are two ways a visualization template can be used: with data coming from .dragon1 Files and with data coming from the repository.

dragon1 atlas of a populated visualization template

An example of a populated visualization template.

The benefit of a visualization template is that it improves the productivity of a Dragon1 user significantly. The user now only has to focus on collecting data and the quality of the data.

Dragon1 provides more and more visualization templates and visualization templates also are very configurable. So once you know how they work, you might prefer them above creating your visualization from scratch.

If you want to see more templates or layouts, click on this architecture canvas layouts link.

Here you can learn more about the .dragon1 File.

Editing a Visualization Template

A visualization template often has many configurable items. Every available template has its page on the Help system where all the options are detailed. For more information check the Working with Visual Items.

Available Visualization Templates

Currently, every month new visualization templates are released.

The top ten most popular visualization templates are:

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Strategy Map
  • Process Application Landscape
  • Layered Enterprise Model
  • Enterprise Architecture Blueprint (3D-ish)
  • Stakeholder Onion Diagram
  • Capability Gap Analysis
  • IT Landscape
  • Capability Heatmap
  • Process Application Skills Landscape

Check the Templates and Tutorials section for available templates.

Visualization API

Even though it is a simple URL API, it is still powerful.

You can use call the Viewer application via a URL in a browser to generate a visualization based on a template.

If you build a URL like this, and provide a valid .dragon1 File from your web server, you will see a visualization being generated.

You can generate a .dragon1 File (JSON structured) on your system and specify in the .dragon1 File which template should be used to view the data.

For example the same data can be viewed with a process application landscape template or with a business model template.

If you want to generate several visualizations at once, you generate a .dragon1 File with the contents of an atlas, specifying several visualizations with each a different template, reusing the same data over and over again.

Using visualization templates in this way, you can have real-time architecture data being unlocked to a large group of people.

A popular use case for this security architecture, is where you do not want to lose time creating diagrams. But want to start making the right decisions.