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Shared Resources

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Modified on Tue, 02 Apr 2013 10:36 AM
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Overview

Use Shared Resources to share common data across all projects in the application. This allows dashboard designers to access images, maps, styles, and templates from one secure location.

Adding Shared Resources

Shared resources are accessible in the Design Explorer, just below the Project Resources. The shared resources folders are blue, to distinguish them from project resources:

The Shared Resources folder.

The Shared Resources folder.


Like project resources, shared resources include:

  • Templates
  • Images
  • Maps
  • Styles (for dashboard controls)
  • Themes

Expand the top-level Shared Resources folder in the Design Explorer to see the available resources for your project.

Tip: You can find information on adding, deleting or modifying Resources (including Project Resources and Shared Resources) here.

Security

By default, only administrators are able to create, delete, or modify shared resources. This is to prevent unwanted tampering and accidental deletion. Designers, developers and viewers have read access to shared resources.

The permissions for shared resources can be changed through the Administration sidebar. To change the permissions on shared resources, open the properties for the folder you want to change:

Use properties to set user access rights.

Use properties to set user access rights.


In the security tab, you can grant or remove Read, Write, Delete, or Full Control permissions to the shared resources.

The default security for the Shared Resources folder.

The default security for the Shared Resources folder.


Tip: For more information on managing object security, see Project Item Properties.

Warning: Be careful when deleting shared images. When you delete a shared image, it will no longer be accessible from any project in the application. Because images do not track dashboard dependencies, you will not be warned if someone is using the image on their dashboard. Before deleting a shared image, you should make absolutely sure that nobody is using it.

Accessing Shared Resources

Shared resources are accessed in the same way as project resources. As a dashboard designer or developer, wherever you see a folder listing the project resources, you will see a second folder for the shared resources.

Selecting a Shared Image

The image browser, which opens when you are adding an image to your dashboard, incorporates the shared images folder. You can access the shared images in the same way as the project-specific images.

The image browser includes the shared images folder.

The image browser includes the shared images folder.


Selecting a Shared Map

The map browser, which opens when you drop a map control on the dashboard, incorporates the shared maps folder. You can access the shared maps in the same way as the project-specific maps.

The map browser includes the shared maps folder.

The map browser includes the shared
maps folder.


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