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Modified on Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:11 PM Categorized as Mashup, Viewer
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A mashup is a personalized dashboard view that you assemble using dashblocks. For example, you can create a mashup that mixes a performance data visualization with an analytical (OLAP) visualization in the same view.

You can share a mashup with other users by sending them a URL link to the mashup.

To create a mashup, you simply drag (or double-click on) a dashblock from the Viewer Navigation Bar to the viewing area. Each successive dashblock that you add will be automatically arranged in the viewing area. You can further reposition the dashblocks in the viewing area by dragging them to a new quadrant, for example.

A mashup consisting of 6 dashblocks is displayed in the Dashboard Viewer. Click to enlarge.

A mashup consisting of 6 dashblocks is displayed in the Dashboard Viewer. Click to enlarge.

Tip: Dashblocks currently displayed in the viewer are highlighted with a blue background in the Navigation Bar.

Creating mashups

Before you can create a mashup, you need to have access to some dashblocks. A dashblock is like a mini-dashboard or dashboard fragment which is created by a dashboard designer.

For details on creating dashboards and dashblocks, see Designing Dashboards with Dundas Dashboard.

Tip: watch the how to video: Mashup

Assembling dashblocks

Follow these steps to create a mashup using the Dashboard Viewer:

  1. Assume the Dashboard Viewer is not displaying a dashboard or mashup currently.
    An empty Viewer.
  2. Use the Navigation Bar slider to locate one or more dashblocks for viewing. Dashblocks can be identified by a specific icon.
    Dashblock icon.
  3. Double-click a dashblock, or drag the dashblock and drop it onto the viewing area. A new mashup called New Mashup is automatically created, which consists of a single dashblock. The dashblock fills up the entire viewing area of the Dashboard Viewer.
    The first dashblock.
  4. Double-click a second dashblock, or drag the dashblock and drop it onto the viewing area. The viewing area now displays two dashblocks, giving equal space to both.
    The second dashblock.
  5. Drag more dashblocks onto the viewing area as desired. Note that the dashblocks comprising the current mashup are highlighted with a blue background in the Viewer Navigation Bar.

Repositioning dashblocks

Use drag-and-drop to swap the positions of two dashblocks in the viewing area:

  1. Move your mouse over the caption (title bar) of a dashblock that you want to move (&ie; the source). The mouse cursor turns into a cross-hairs.
    Dragging a source dashblock.
  2. Click the caption of the source dashblock, then drag-and-drop it over a target dashblock. The source and the target dashblocks swap locations in the viewing area.
    Dashblocks swap locations.

Removing a dashblock

To remove a dashblock from a mashup:

  1. Click the Close (X) button at the top-right corner of the dashblock you want to remove.
    The Close button.
  2. The dashblock is removed and the remaining dashblocks (if any) are rearranged to fill up the viewing area.

Maximize a dashblock

To maximize a dashblock (when multiple dashblocks are being viewed):

  1. Click the Maximize button of the dashblock. The dashblock will fill up the entire viewing area.
    The Maximize button.
  2. This button works like a toggle. Click it again to restore the dashblock back to its original size and position.

Note: While a dashblock is maximized, you won't be able to drag new content onto the viewing area.

Saving a mashup

Save your mashup within an existing &dw; project as follows:

  1. Click the Save button in the Toolbar while viewing your mashup in the Dashboard Viewer. The Save Mashup dialog is displayed.
    The Save button.
  2. In the Save Mashup dialog, choose and expand a project folder, then select the Mashups folder.
    The Save Mashup dialog.
  3. Enter a name for your mashup.
  4. Click OK. The Save Mashup dialog closes and the mashup is saved to the project folder you selected.
  5. Use the Location Menu in the Navigation Bar to navigate to the folder location for your mashup. The mashup is listed in the navigation slider. Double-click on the mashup icon or drag it to the viewing area to be displayed.
    The saved mashup.

Note: Saving a mashup does not save the current parameters for any DashBlocks. To save parameters, use bookmarks.

Creating a mashup from the Design Explorer

Dashboard designers can create a mashup directly from the Design Explorer as follows:

  1. Click Design Explorer in the Sidebar.
    Accessing the Design Explorer from the Sidebar.
  2. Select the Mashups folder, then click its menu button.
    The Mashups menu.
  3. From the Mashups menu, choose New Mashup.
  4. In the text box below the Mashups folder, type a name for the mashup, then press ENTER.
    Mashup name.

The new mashup appears as an item in the Design Explorer and the Dashboard Viewer is displayed in the content area of the application. Compose your mashup in the Viewer as shown in the previous sections.

Toolbar functionality

Toolbar operations also apply to mashups, in much the same way as they apply to dashboards:

  • Annotate - Create a user annotation on a dashblock within your mashup.
  • Annotation Filter - Filter user annotations by annotation group.
  • Bookmark - Create a bookmark for your mashup.
  • Export - Export a selected dashblock as an image or as data.
  • Print - Print a selected dashblock.
  • Share - Share the current mashup as a URL link, or share a dashblock within the current mashup as a dashboard image.

Managing mashups

Click the Manage button in the Toolbar of the Dashboard Viewer to manage your mashups.


Use the Manage My Dashboards dialog to rename or delete a mashup.

Managing mashups.

Managing mashups.

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