Design Studio is one tool, for which efficient design is critical for good performance. Dashboards that are modified haphazardly, based on changing client requirements tend to fare poorly from the performance standpoint. Given that, it is important to know precisely what each component is capable of doing, its limitations, its impact on performance etc. This knowledge helps immensely during the design phase of the dashboard when finalizing on the components to use.


With that in mind, I have been keeping track of some of the limitations of commonly used components in Design Studio 1.3. Check out the table below for my wish list of features for these components!




Basic Components


Checkbox

  • Color changeable for Checkmark / Checkbox
  • Checkbox groups – like the Radio button group


Date Field

  • Multiple selection option
  • Year field display more than the current +/ – 10 values
  • Range selection option



Dropdown

  • ‘SetSelectedItem’ when the component is populated from a data source
  • Data filtered by the default value, even during initial load, without requiring calling of OnClick
  • Multi-Select option


Formatted Text

  • Word-Wrapping
  • More formatting styles

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  • Alignment options like center, left, right
  • Line spacing for paragraphs
  • Scroll bars to avoid long text moving out of the component area


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Input Field

  • Width adjustable based on the length of input
  • Word Wrap option

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  • Input fields for password entry, so option to mask typed text with *
  • Option to set Max / Min limit


List Box

  • Ability to show hierarchies


Analytic Components


Cross Tab

  • Header row freezable
  • Drag drop functionality for characteristics and key figures
  • Option to remove grid lines without having to use CSS / Script



Charts

  • Range Slider option
  • An option to sort data inside charts – ascending or descending or by value!

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  • More chart types – XY, OHLC, Candlestick, Bullet, Sparkline


Container Components

Grid Layout

  • Further subdivision of rows and columns – Only way now is to add another grid inside the row / col

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Page Book

  • Option to move to first or last page

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Tab strip

  • Scrollbars

                           

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