The release of Stimulsoft products 2021.3 has come out recently, where we introduced not a few important new capabilities to create reports and dashboards. In this article, we will tell you about the innovation, which looks not very important at first glance, but it substantially helps to accelerate the process of setting the design of a report or dashboard.

The Eyedropper

So, we are talking about the Eyedropper. It allows you to get the color code of any graphic element in reports, dashboards, or designer interfaces. Besides, you may get the color code of other elements outside the application. So, using this tool reduces the time to get the appropriate color you need.

How it works

It is easy to work with the Eyedropper, and you don't need any special skills to use it. To start, you should open the color picker in the report designer. You can do it in the style editor or any design property of any report or dashboard component.

You may find the tool at the bottom left from the sample color panel. Choose it and, holding the left mouse button, drag it into the element which color you want to get. After this, the color code of the element will be transferred to the color picker.


It's simpler and faster than typing the color code manually

This way, you can get the color code you need, then copy it and apply it for all necessary design settings. Now the tool is available in the report designer for WinForms, but we are working on its implementation for other Stimulsoft products.
This capability will reduce your time when creating a report or dashboard design and will make your work with data more comfortable. We hope this article will help you understand the functionality of the Stimulsoft products. If you have any questions, contact us – we will be glad to help you.

In the version of products for creating reports and dashboards Stimulsoft 2021.3, we have added the capability, which allows you to search values in the dashboard filter elements - List Box and Combo Box. In this article, we will tell you about it in more detail.

The List Box

The List Box is the filter element in the dashboard, which gives the ability to filter data for the dashboard elements in the viewer depending on the selected value.

The Combo Box

The Combo Box is the element in the dashboard, which is used to filter data depending on the selected value. This element is an analogue of the List Box element; the only difference is that all values are contained in the drop-down menu.

What`s new?

The search function in filter elements is used to find the required value in a large amount of data. A user should type a query in the search field, and after that, all the values which entirely or only a few symbols correspond to the specified query will be displayed. Pay attention to the fact that the search string will be displayed automatically if there are more than ten values in the element.

Search in Filters

How it works

We have prepared a video lesson about this theme for our clients to demonstrate the new capability visually.

We hope this article will help you understand the new capabilities of the Stimulsoft Reports and Dashboards 2021.3 version better. Contact us if you have any questions. We will be glad to help you.
All changes and innovations in the Stimulsoft reporting products are designed to make work with data more comfortable, fast, and effective. That's why we are constantly working on improving our products and regularly present new versions, which contain some new capabilities for data analysis and visualization. This time we will tell you about an enhancement of the functionality for dashboard panels – alignment of the table summary.

What is it?

You may display the Summary on the Dashboard, for example, to sum all column values when working with the Table element on a dashboard. In previous versions of Stimulsoft products, the Summary was automatically right-aligned. In the 2021.3 version, it can be aligned left, right, center.

How it works

The summary of the table column is aligned with the help of the Summary Alignment property. To do this, you should highlight the data column in the table editor and set the value you need on the property panel.

Summary Alignment
For a more visual demonstration of this functionality, we have prepared a short video with instructions for aligning the summary of table column:

We hope this article will help you understand how to work with the Table Summary Alignment, and you will be able to use this capability when creating dashboards in the future. If you have any questions, contact us – we will be glad to help you.
Version 2021.3 of Stimulsoft Reports and Stimulsoft Dashboards contains many innovations and improvements, which we tell you about on the pages of our blog. This article will help you understand how to control the visibility of data fields for the Table element in dashboards.

Column visibility control

In the new version of our products, we have expanded this functionality. Now you can select the list of columns you need when viewing a dashboard in the viewer by simply clicking on the mouse button. This became possible due to the column visibility control, which was added in the new version. All you have to do is uncheck the boxes for the columns you want to hide. The control can be enabled or disabled in the Interaction menu in the dashboard design mode. Work with data becomes more comfortable and, as a result, efficient. At the same time, data tables setting on a dashboard has become even more flexible and customizable.

Enable Columns

Control with the help of expression

In addition, you can control the visibility of data columns with the help of the expression, which is specified as the value of the Visible parameter. The result of processing this expression will be a Boolean value. In this case, the visibility of data columns will depend on this expression. If the result is true, a column will be displayed.

We hope this article will help you understand how to control the visibility of table columns on a dashboard, and your work with data will be more comfortable and simple. If you have any questions, contact us – we will be glad to help you.

We continue our series of articles about the new capabilities of Stimulsoft reporting tools that appeared in the version of our products 2021.3. In this article, you will know about one important innovation. This functionality allows you to specify several views for the Chart element on a dashboard.

A little problem and a great solution

Our users used to face the problem of the lack of place for data on a dashboard. Due to this, they had to reduce the size of charts and other components. One of the solutions to this problem was to combine several charts into one.

Several charts in one

This functionality solves at least two issues:
  • make the use of charts more comfortable;
  • visualize data on a dashboard in different views.
«Now you can specify up to five views on the Chart element. Each view is a separate type of chart with its data fields. It allows you to display various charts within the same component».You may set this functionality in the editor of the Chart element on the panel of additional parameters. A user can select the required data for the chart and set the used type of data visualization parameters. At the same time, the chart style will be applied to all views of this component.

The main advantage of this new feature is the ability to switch views in the viewer with the help of controls, which, for example, allows you to increase the space on a dashboard to accommodate more components.
We hope this article will help you understand the new capabilities of dashboard creation. In addition to this, you will be able to visualize and analyze data more efficiently. If you have any questions, contact us – we will be glad to help you.

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