Create a dashboard graphic

Datashift's graphic creation tool is a simple interface which allows you to easily create graphics and preview the results as you are creating. Let's take a closer look at the interface.

Create graphic interface

There are three main sections of the graphic interface, located to the left on the create graphic screen:

  1. Section 1
    Select data & range
  2. Section 2
    Select data column
  3. Section 3
    Configure selected data column

Section 1: Datafile selection

This section is where you select the data that you want to graph.

  1. Click the first dropdown to select the project you want to work with.
  2. Click the second dropdown to select the datafile you want to work with.

Tip: If you want to graph data from two (or more) different datafiles you'll have to append them together first.

  1. Click the
    Date range
    dropdown to select the time range for your graph. By default, all time series data has date and/or time set to the
    Primary X axis

Tip: If you want your graphic to update in real-time select one of the pre-defined date ranges. Using a custom data range will never update your graph.

  1. Toggle the
    Show tooltip
    Show legend
    on/off to either show/hide the tooltip and legend. They are both on by default.

Section 1 of create graphic interface

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Section 2: Select data column

Once you select a project and datafile from Section 1, Section 2 will list all available columns for you to work with.

To add a column to your graph:

  1. Click the selection box of the column you want to add to your graph.
  2. This data column is now active in Section 3 for you to configure.

There are three states that a column can be in:

  1. Unselected
    — An unselected column is a column that does not have a blue or purple check inside its selection box.
  2. Selected
    — A selected column is a column with a blue mark inside its selection box and has been added to your graph.
  3. Active
    — An active column is a column with a purple mark itside its selection box and has bolded purple text. The active column is available for configuration in Section 3.

Important: You can only configure one column at a time. Make sure that the column you want to configure is active by clicking on it in Section 2: Select data column.

Section 2 of create graphic interface

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Section 3: Configure data column

Once you have a datafile selected for configuration you have several options to customize your graph:

  1. Set axis
    — You can have up to 3 axes:
    Primary X
    Primary Y
    , and
    Secondary Y
    . Once you select an axis you can customize its label (by default it is set to the column's header name.
  2. Style
    — You can set this data column to be display as either a
    or a
  3. Summarize data over selected time range
    — For time series data you can choose to have the data summarized by
    , or
    . Summary is done by taking the average reading over the selected time range.
  4. Color
    — Choose the color of the data on the graph.
  5. Size
    — Choose the thickness of the data for
    style data columns.

Section 3 of create graphic interface

As you work with your graphic, you will see the preview change with every adjustment that you make. Once you are happy with your graphic:

  1. Scroll to the top of the page and add a title to your new graph.
  2. Click on "
    Create graphic

Tip: You can drag and drop graphics on your dashboard to organize them as you see fit.

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