What's New in 13.2.8 for the .NET DevExpress Dashboard

17 March 2014

We’ve managed to sneak a couple of features into our dashboard offering in our next minor release!

Filter Popup

Filter Popup

We recognize that a dashboard is sort of a living report with many filters often created and executed. Instead of cluttering the title space we’ve added a new popup describing the active filters currently set for the entire dashboard. In the case above this particular dashboard has a filter set on the ticket type as well as a selected state (off screen in this instance).

Printing

Print Preview Options

We’ve also added a couple of print preview tools to fine tune the type of output you would like to see when printing. Above you can see the new Dashboard Print options. Below you can see the new Header/Footer options.

Print Preview Header and Footer Options

These header/footer options allow not only the insertion of custom text (to the left, middle, or right), but also allow for “calculated” text. This type of “calculated” text includes the current, date, user, page number etc.

Exporting

Previously our export options were non-existent (we let you choose a file name). We have beefed up our PDF export options:

Dashboard PDF Export Options

We’ve also updated (added really) options for exporting the dashboard as an image:

Dashboard Image Export Options

One feature of interest is the Filter State. When checked this creates a view into the current state of the dashboard:

filter_state

Overall a big boost for exporting the dashboards you create.

Data Items Area Improvements

This is by far my favorite addition. Take a look:

Group and Item Movement in Data Items Section

Moving things around in the Data Items  section proved to be extremely difficult until this release. We have added the ability to move around items in the Data Items area by simply, well, moving them around. Notice that there are essentially two ways of moving things in the Data Items section: by group or by field. Moving by group essentially moves the entire collection of elements within the group to a different position. One can also move an element of a particular group out to its own area. Like I said, one of my favorite additions: it should certainly shorten the amount of time we spend experimenting with just the right layout.

Final Words

Overall I’m pretty excited with our dashboard product. We are continually making great strides in making this a truly remarkable tool for exploring and understanding data.

As always, if there are any comments and/or questions, feel free to get a hold of me!

Seth Juarez
Email: sethj@devexpress.com
Twitter: @SethJuarez

3 comment(s)
Elmo Erasmus

In the previous version formatting of for example charts/graphs was a bit limited compared to the WebChartControl. The same applies to Gauges in the previous Dashboard. Has this been improved in the new Version?

17 March, 2014
Pietro Allegretti

Very nice additions,

I suggest you to completely implement what I suggest in Q289650 ticket. Yor only at a step to implement that.

Create a new widget/component to show the filter currently set into the dashboard. It is the content you shointo the title popup with the addition of commands to clear (one by one ore entirely) the filters (a clear filter command next each value/field shown into the html filter).

19 March, 2014
Constant (DevExpress Support)

To Elmo Erasmus:

This release does not provide new chart and gauge item settings. We are planning to support some new chart features in version 14.1, and your opinion regarding the missing functionality can be really helpful. Would you please clarify which chart and gauge formatting features you need? It would be really helpful if you can show a real-life scenario describing this feature use. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

27 March, 2014

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