Frequently Asked Questions Text & Shape Suite

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1) Q: Why does the image not react when I click a path or shape even though I have 'Export Path ID on Click'?
A: Both components have similar functionality. The main difference is that (as you would expect) the scalable component scales correctly and the non scalable component pixilates. On the other hand, you cannot rotate the non-scalable component.
2) Q: How do I move the component around the dashboard at runtime?
A: The text and shapes components can be relocated on the dashboard at runtime by using the padding properties. Padding is available for 'top', 'left', 'bottom' and 'right' sides of the component. All padding properties can be bound to the spreadsheet and thus can be changed when the dashboard is live. Set the padding properties in the General/Padding tab.
3) Q. How do I resize a Shape on the dashboard at runtime?
A: The text and shapes components can be resized on the dashboard at runtime by using the sizing properties on the main tab. The values of these properties can be bound to values in the spreadsheet. These properties vary from component to component. For example, for a box, the properties are 'width' and 'height; for a circle, it is the 'radius'. Download an xlf with an example.
4) How do I change the color of a Shape or Text on the dashboard at runtime?
A: The color of the text and shapes components can be changed on the dashboard at runtime by using the color property on the main tab. The value of this property can be bound to values in the spreadsheet.
5) Q. How do I create a toggle button with more than 2 source values?
A: You can create a button that rotates through a set of input values and outputs them to a spreadsheet cell on each click in turn. In the Behavior/Advanced Options tab, select the 'Toggle Options' checkbox. Then bind the input values with the 'Source Data' cell. The values will be sent to the cell defined in the 'Output Cell'. Download an xlf with an example(SP3).
6) Q. How do I create a toggle button with more than 2 source values that repeats when the mouse is held down over it?
A: See the previous point on how to create a toggle button. Then select the 'Repeat Toggle' option. Download an xlf with an example(SP3).
7) How do I create an increment/decrement button?
A: You can create a button that increments or decrements a value in the spreadsheet by a pre-defined amount. In the Behaviour/Advanced Options tab, select the 'Increment Output' checkbox. The 'Source Data' property holds the amount to increment or decrement. The 'Output Cell' is the value the will be incremented or decremented. You will not be able to decrement below the 'Minimum' value property nor more than the 'Maximum' value. Download an xlf with an example.
8) How do I create an increment/decrement button that repeats when the mouse is held down over it?
A: See the previous point on how to create an increment/decrement button. Then select the 'Repeat Increment' option. Download an xlf with an example.
9) Q. Can I create effects for the Text and Shapes that happen, for example, when a mouse pointer is moved over the component?
A: A full range of effects are available in the Behavior/Effect tab. Effects can be added for Creation Complete, Roll Over, Roll Out, Mouse Down, Show and Hide. Download an xlf with an example.
10) Q. What do the Filters do?
A: Filters are used to enhance the look and feel of the components. They can be used to add Bevel, Drop Shadow and Glow effects to the components.
11) Q. How do I make the component invisible/visible at runtime?
A: In the Behavior/Click Visibility tab, select the 'Test Visibility' checkbox to tell the grid to check if it should be set to visible or not. Use the 'Status' bind property to select a spreadsheet cell to define the value that will be tested. Bind or enter the 'Key' value. When the 'Key' value matches the 'Status' value, the component will be visible, otherwise it will be hidden.
12) Q. How do I add the component to an Inovista container like the Floating Background?
A: The Inovista containers check a spreadsheet range to know what other components to include. To add the grid to the range, use the 'External Bind' property in the Behavior/External Bind tab.
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