Working with the Palette view

The Palette view displays all of the graphic objects that are available for insertion into your visual project.

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The objects are grouped into the following palettes (also referred to as drawers):

Frequently Used
The Frequently Used palette contains 10 mostly used objects for easier navigation among them. A user can add objects to this palette or remove them in the Customize Palette dialog.
Note: To open the Customize Palette dialog, right-click any object on the palette and select Customize.
The Primitives palette contains basic graphical objects that you can use to display text, rectangles, polygons, pictures and alignment panels.
The Controls palette contains graphical objects that you can use to display standard edit controls, such as sliders, buttons, and combo and list boxes. In addition, this palette includes the Slicer object that provides an easy way to filter the multidimensional data that is displayed in a layout object and the DateTime object that provides a convenient way for users to enter date and time information. The Controls palette is only available when creating visual dashboards.
Data Symbols
The Data Symbols palette contains graphical objects that are designed for inclusion in a layout object to augment a layout object's ability to represent its query results data. Data symbols can also be used independently of layout objects, and as such they are similar to the objects that are contained in the Primitives palette.
The Layouts palette contains graphical objects that you can use to display the data that has been obtained as a result of a query. Layouts include a wide assortment of charts, graphs, maps, tables and grids.
The Containers palette contains the embedded scene object that you can use to link two scenes together and the embedded content object that you can use to add external content, such as a text file or HTML page, to a visual dashboard.
The Miscellaneous palette contains the Timer object, which is used to automate the occurrence of an event based on time intervals.
The Connectors palette contains graphical objects that can be used to display a visual link between data points in a layout object or between two graphical objects that have been inserted in a visual report or dashboard. Connectors include an assortment of straight and curved lines.
The Custom palette contains objects from any of the other palettes. You are responsible for placing the objects that are on the Custom palette. You can place objects you have set custom properties for, or objects that you use frequently on the Custom palette. You place these objects in the custom palette so that they are easily accessible.
The Palette view also contains the tools that you can use when working with visual projects. You can find the following tools at the top of the Palette view:
The Select Tool is used to select an object.
Grab and Pan
The Grab and Pan tools are used to move a dashboard scene around within the Screen editor window.

These tools are available when creating visual dashboards only.

The Connectivity tool provides users with the capability to define dependencies between dashboard control objects (such as combo or list box objects) and data-driven layout objects (such as a grid or bar chart object). You can also use the Connectivity tool to define dependencies between non-query driven objects such as text box objects and label objects.
The Connectivity tool is available when creating visual dashboards only.