Object Inspector

Overview

The Object Inspector dockable displays the style and properties of the selected shapes, and dataset of the charts when an object from the Active Dashboard is selected.

To open the Object Inspector dockable:

  1. Go to View > Active Dashboards in the Active Console.
  2. Click Show Object Inspector.

You can still edit the object's attributes through its Properties dialog. For more information, see Configure basic shape properties.

Use Object Inspector with no object selected

When there is no object selected, you can use the Object Inspector dockable to modify the style and properties of the Active Dashboard canvas.

The Style tab has the following options:

Field Description
Fill Colour Sets the background colour of the Active Dashboard canvas.
Grid line Colour Sets the colour of the grid lines.
Zoom Factor

Expands or shrinks the canvas view.

Default: 100

Unit: Percentage (%)

Grid Size

Sets the size of the grid lines (horizontal and vertical lines).

Default: 20

Visible Grid lines

Enables or disables the grid lines (horizontal and vertical lines).

Default: Enabled

Snap to grid

Moves the selected object to the nearest intersection of lines in the grid.

Default: Disabled

   

The Properties tab allows you to modify these settings:

Field Description
Allowable Actions

Controls the following actions and selections in the Active Dashboard canvas:

  • Selection and moving of objects.
  • Edit menu items.
  • Active control points, area selections, and show tooltip on hover.

By default, all of these options are enabled.

Exporting Modify settings when exporting the Active Dashboard canvas.
Status Bar

Enables or disables the status bar in the Active Dashboard canvas.

Default: true

Startup Settings

Clears the historical data.

Default: Disabled

   

Configure objects using the Object Inspector dockable

When you select an object, the Object Inspector dockable shows the Style tab of the selected object. This tab contains the appearance and text layout settings for the applicable objects. Modifying the object's properties on the Style tab applies the changes in real-time.

Note: Selecting multiple objects simultaneously might disable the other options you can modify on the Style tab of the Object Inspector dockable. The settings that are available vary depending on the selected object.

The Style tab of the selected object allows you to modify these settings:

Field Description
Labels Modifies the object's name and tooltip.
Position & Size

Configures the following settings:

  • X and Y position.
  • Width and height.
  • Aspect ratio.
  • Lock size.

Note: For some objects, you can only modify the size and position settings. The other settings are not editable.

Shape Style Changes the size of the selected object.
Fill Sets the colour and transparency of the selected object.
Border

Configures the following settings:

  • Enables or disables the border.
  • Changes the colour, thickness, style, and transparency of the border.
Text Sets the style, size, colour and transparency of the text.
   

For more information on the dashboard object properties dialog, see Configure basic shape properties in Active Dashboard Palette.

To add or edit a modifier and link using the Object Inspector:

  1. Go to View > Active Dashboards in the Active Console.
  2. Select any object from the Active Dashboard Palette screen.
  3. Drag and drop the selected object into the Active Dashboard canvas. Selecting the object enables the Modifiers and Links section in the Object Inspector dockable making the Add and Delete buttons become clickable.
  4. Edit the Modifiers and Links sections on the Properties tab.
  5. Press Enter to save the changes.

Note: Selecting multiple objects simultaneously might disable the other options that you can modify on the Properties tab of the Object Inspector dockable. In addition, the Tooltip, Atomic Group, and Move to front on selection options only apply to some objects.

Configure the dataset of the object

When a Widget type object is selected, the Dataset tab appears in the Object Inspector dockable.

Widget objects include:

  • Bar Chart
  • Active Pie Chart
  • Line Chart
  • Active Gauge
  • Half Gauge
  • Spark Chart

The Dataset tab has the following options:

Field Description
Connection Configuration Displays the name of the chart and identifies the path where the data item came from.
Aesthetic Configuration

Modifies the aesthetic settings of the selected chart, including its type, style, and transparency.

Interpolation

Adjusts the target and maximum number of displayed data points.

Default: Enabled

Modifiers Adjusts the multiplier value in the selected chart.
   

Note: The Style and Properties settings for charts have different options compared to the other objects that you can modify in the Object Inspector dockable. In addition, the settings available vary depending on the selected object.