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Bar/Line view: status (2.7+)
  •     steve November 1, 2011 5:57AM
    This discussion will be used to post updates on the status of the new Bar/Line view, originally started in 2.6 Alpha and now continuing development in 2.7 Alpha, scheduled for release later this year.

    Please don't post comments here if you have feedback; start a new discussion instead.

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  •     steve November 1, 2011 6:03AM
    2.7 b101: "Bar3" and "Line" views have been merged into one and now replace the old Bar view. The new Bar view can be found in the normal place and has all the functionality previously on show under "Bar3" and "Line".

    Any old Bar view configurations should be 100% compatible and functionally identical, with very small differences in layout.

    Also, contrary to expectations, any existing configurations created by alpha partners using the "Bar3" view in 2.6 Alpha or 2.7 Alpha should migrate automatically to this view. From tonight's build, 2.7 b102, the same will apply to any configurations in the "Line" view.

    The reverse doesn't apply; any configurations using new features in the new Bar view will not work if opened in older versions of the application.
  •     steve November 1, 2011 6:04AM
    The Bar/Line views have been merged because they are functionally identical. You can choose between bars and lines (or a mix) using the Measures drop-down. The default is to show bars.
  •     steve November 1, 2011 6:06AM
    2.7 b101: Scale and origin lines now work correctly in "Flipped" bar views.
  •     steve November 1, 2011 9:38AM
    2.7 b102: scale labels now honour field formatting settings, e.g. %, decimal places. Requires all measures on the same scale (left/right) to have compatible settings.
  •     steve November 1, 2011 1:13PM
    2.7 b102: incorrect scale labels fixed; was previously showing too many or too few decimal places, sometimes appearing to show the wrong order of magnitude.
  •     steve November 2, 2011 10:06AM
    Configuring lines on bars

    1. Add a Bar/Line view
    2. Configure two or more measures in the measures drop-down
    3. From the Preset menu, choose "Lines on bars"
    4. To configure them as dual-axis, use the scale icon in the measures drop-down to select left or right scales

    Please be warned that we have not finalised how this behaves, and may change it radically before 2.7 is released. During this period we cannot guarantee that any configurations you make using functionality new to 2.7 will continue to work in the same way in future versions.
  •     steve November 3, 2011 8:31AM
    2.7 b105: fixes for various bugs and crashes, including "Layer" not appearing on toolbar.
  •     steve November 4, 2011 6:47AM
    2.7 b106: further fixes, including incorrect scale label formatting, and plot scaling.
  •     steve November 7, 2011 11:03AM
    2.7 b110: renaming measures, and customising their colours, plus fixes.
  •     steve November 22, 2011 12:02PM
    2.7 b129: bug fix for colour keys showing entries for markers which aren't showing
  •     steve November 25, 2011 6:42AM
    2.7 b134: presets with illustrative icons

    2.7 b135: split and measures are now inside the view on the relevant axis. Unless flipped, split is in the X axis at the bottom right (introduced a few weeks ago), and measures is now in the Y axis at the top left (introduced now).

    You can revert to showing these in the toolbar via new Tools > Layout settings.
  •     steve November 25, 2011 9:15AM
    2.7 b135: ability to customise number formatting for each measure (decimal places, thousand separator, percentage, prefix, suffix)
  •     steve November 25, 2011 12:09PM
    2.7 b135: per-measure option for handling of null values within lines - join up, go to zero, or break line.
  •     steve November 29, 2011 7:16AM
    2.7 b136: better default colouring behaviour. Bars will not be coloured, except if, in order of precedence, you:
    - have multiple measures; if so, it will colour by measures
    - have layering; if so, it will colour by layer
    - have stacking; if so, it will colour by stack
    This is implemented as a (default) behaviour option "Tools > Colouring > By measure, layer or stack".
  •        daniel December 1, 2011 5:32AM
    [moved here - we'll keep this page for blogging about bar view updates only]
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  •     steve December 1, 2011 10:55AM
    2.7 b142: "order by this measure" toggle button in measure picker. Allows you to choose which measure to order by.

    For example, if you have two measures, as interleaved bars, and have clicked the "Order bars" button, by default Omniscope will order the series by the sum of both measures. Use this option to override this.

    This also applies when ordering panes, tiles, stacks, etc. in the "Tools > Ordering" menu.

    At present there are some more advanced bar view configurations where this won't work as expected, for complex reasons we're working through. If you find this is the case, you may need to change the "Tools > Ordering > Empty data buckets" option.
  •     steve December 1, 2011 12:53PM
    2.7 b142: "Include all" and "Include other" options for split/pane/etc. moved into a separate submenu "Other options", plus new option to customise the label for the "all" value, e.g. "Total", "Grand total".
  •        hgross December 1, 2011 2:15PM
    Hi Steve,

    Where is this new "Total/Grand Total" option located? I can't find it in the aggregate or group menu.

  •     steve December 1, 2011 2:20PM
    It's in tomorrow's build.
  •     steve December 6, 2011 5:28AM
    2.7 b145: after experimenting with measures and splits on the left and bottom of the view next to the Pane options, we've reverted these to the view toolbar. You can still choose using Tools > Layout.
  •     steve December 6, 2011 5:35AM
    2.7 b145: measure totals no longer shown by default in data titles. E.g. "Price Split by Region" instead of "Price (sum 123) Split by Region". To customise this, see the options at the bottom of the measures menu.
  •     steve December 6, 2011 11:01AM
    2.7 b145: cascading now excludes the "All" or "Total" bar as you would expect.
  •     steve December 6, 2011 12:32PM
    2.7 b145: you can now choose whether to label bars/panes. For example, if paning by measures, and the colour key is also showing the measures names, you might want to disable showing the measure labels on the axis. From the "Pane: measures" drop-down, click the "other options" drop-down icon and untick "Labelled".
  •     steve December 6, 2011 1:43PM
    2.7 b145: "Formula" measures are now non-experimental.
  •     steve December 7, 2011 3:39PM
    2.7 b155: colour keys now honour the natural order of field values.
  •     steve December 21, 2011 11:28AM
    2.7 b173: new option "Tools > Style > Smooth curves". This applies a simple form of curve smoothing to lines, if lines are configured.

    It uses a new bespoke algorithm for curve fitting. While the lines still pass through each marker, the curves do not deviate as much as the cubic splines algorithm used in the Graph view. This creates a more accurate indication of where inflections are in the lines, but in some cases the lines may appear less smooth, and the smoothed curves will appear different to those in the Graph view.

    Currently there are no customisation options. If needed, we can add options to choose the curve-fitting algorithm and the amount of smoothing, although the existing behaviour should be a good default. Please post any feedback in the forums.
  •     steve December 22, 2011 2:56PM
    2.7 b174: Y axis scales now have name labels. Scale name and value labels are now colour-coded where appropriate.
  •     steve December 23, 2011 4:40AM
    2.7 b175: More options:
    - to show scale names "Tools > Style > Scale labels"
    - to colour scale name & value labels "Tools > Style > Coloured scales"
  •     steve December 23, 2011 7:37AM
    2.7 b175: option "Tools > Style > Y axis line"
  •     steve December 23, 2011 10:04AM
    2.7 b175: option for rounded (5, 10, 15...) or unrounded (3.2, 6.4, 9.6...) scale intervals "Tools > Layout > Rounded scale intervals"
  •     steve January 3, 2012 10:59AM
    2.7 b181: "Show value labels" setting for each measure allows you to independently configure labels on top of bars, within the scale submenu of the measures drop-down. (This was previously global, as "Tools > Layout > Show quantity labels")
  •     steve January 10, 2012 7:29AM
    2.7 b190: Major performance improvements in general
  •     steve January 19, 2012 6:44AM
    2.7 b203: global Status button on main toolbar, allowing you to configure all measures at once for:
    - scale/axis
    - show value labels
  •     steve January 19, 2012 11:47AM
    2.7 b203: all scale and value label related options have moved from the Layout menu into the bottom of the new global Scale menu
  •     steve January 19, 2012 11:55AM
    2.7 b203: new option "Layout > Advanced > Limit singleton bar width" which, when unticked, disables the bar width cap and causes bars to fill the full space.
  •     steve January 20, 2012 7:49AM
    2.7 b203 had a fault and has been pulled. A working build should be available in around 2 hours, providing it passes basic testing.
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