An exciting level of interaction between the Analysis Chart and the Dashboard element is available. Users working with an Analysis Chart in one report, at runtime, can generate a chart and then, with one mouse click, add it as a new panel in an existing Dashboard in another report.
When properly configured, the Analysis Chart will display an Add To Dashboard icon, as shown above.
Behind the scenes, when the icon is clicked, the Analysis Chart writes the underlying XML for its chart into the Dashboard's configuration file (its "Save File"). In the Dashboard, the chart is inserted at the top of Column 1; if Dashboard tabs are being used, the insertion occurs in the currently active tab.
Just before panel insertion, the user will be prompted for the Panel Title and a description for display on the Configuration Page.
The new chart panel thereafter appears in the Dashboard Configuration Page, as shown above, just like any other panel, complete with a thumbnail image. The new panel can be removed from the visible Dashboard panels and from the configuration page entirely, using the usual controls.
In the report definition, the developer makes this functionality available by adding a Custom Dashboard Panels element, shown above, beneath the Analysis Chart element. Its Dashboard Save File attribute value should be set to match the target Dashboard's Save File attribute value.
The Save File attribute values shown above have been shortened for visual clarity. However, a fully-qualified path and file name, with .xml extension, is required, so a realistic attribute value would be something like:
and the account the Logi application runs under must be given Write permissions to the "DashFiles" folder. For experimentation purposes, you can use the rdDownload folder, for which appropriate permissions already exist (but its contents are periodically deleted, so don't use it for anything but experimentation).
Dashboard Save Files are often named using a token, such as @Function.UserName~, in order to create personalized Dashboard configurations and, in that case, the Custom Dashboard Panel attribute would use the same token.
The Custom Dashboard Panels element has a new attribute, Add Caption, which sets the caption for the button used to save the Data Table or chart. If left blank, the caption is "Add to Dashboard".
For more information about Dashboards, see Dashboard for End Users.