TIBCO Cloud™ Spotfire® Business Author User's Guide

The user interface

The most vital parts of the user interface are shown below.

The UI

1. Visualizations

An analysis consists of visualizations based on the loaded data. To provide the best representation of your data, many visualizations types are available. Within each visualization type, you can use various properties to reflect different dimensions of the data, for example, color, size, and shape.

2. Pages

The visualizations are organized onto pages in the analysis. You can resize and move around the visualizations to get the desired layout.

3. Authoring bar

You access the most frequently used features for authors by clicking the icons on the authoring bar. It is only shown when in Editing mode.

  • Files and data Add content icon: Here you add the data you want to visualize, or open existing analyses.
  • Data in analysis : Lets you create visualizations by selecting the data you are interested in first, and then you let Spotfire recommend various ways to visualize it. This is also where you can get more information about the data and filter out values.
  • Visualization types : Here you create visualizations by selecting the type of visualization you want to use. Then you configure the visualization your way.
  • f(x) – analytic tools : If enabled, gives you easy access to your favorite data functions, which can perform different calculations.
  • Data canvas Data canvas icon: Here you get a view of the data structure in the analysis, and you can also make changes to it. You can, for example, add more rows and columns to data tables, and specify when and how the data should be loaded and stored.

4. Menu bar

In the left part on the menu bar, features mentioned in the authoring bar above are accessible, but you can also get access to other important features, for example, export and calculation options, and the user's guide. In addition to the menus, buttons for Undo and Redo are available.

File menu to the left

If you want, you can click the three dots furthest to the left to turn on and off this part of the menu.

To the right on the menu bar, you can use Find Find button as a short way to find contents as well as actions and features you are looking for. This part of the toolbar is also where you are given information, various notifications, and scheduled updates details, and you can open the collaboration, bookmarks, and filters panels, and settings for the visualization properties. You can customize this part of the toolbar by selecting shortcuts to actions and tools that you use often.

File menu to the right

If you are authoring analyses to be consumed by users who do not have authoring rights, you get their view of the analysis by switching from Editing to Viewing in the drop-down list.