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Timeline Mod for TIBCO Spotfire®

Visualize events on a timeline.

Compatible Products

TIBCO Spotfire®

Compatible Versions

  • TIBCO Cloud Spotfire® 11.4 LTS and later
  • TIBCO Spotfire® Analyst 11.4 LTS and later
  • TIBCO Spotfire® Business Author 11.4 LTS and later
  • TIBCO Spotfire® Consumer 11.4 LTS and later

License

BSD

Overview

Download Timeline Mod for TIBCO Spotfire®

The timeline displays a list of events in chronological order. The main purpose is to communicate time-related information, over time, either for analysis or to visually present a story or view of history.

Timeline Mod for TIBCO Spotfire®

Try this mod in TIBCO Spotfire® Analyst

Click the Download button and follow the instructions below the button to open the mod in Spotfire Analyst.

Download Timeline Mod for TIBCO Spotfire®

How to open the mod

  1. Open Spotfire® Analyst, and create an analysis by loading some data.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file, and locate the .mod file in the unzipped folder.
  3. Drag the file into the analysis.
  4. The visualization mod is added to the analysis.
  5. To learn more about the capabilities and limitations of this visualization mod, see also the Reference Info tab or the User Guide which is also located in the downloaded folder.

For general information on how to use and share visualization mods, read the Spotfire documentation.

Data requirement

To make the rose chart mod work properly, the data table must be formatted in a certain way. A data table with at least two columns is required. One column should contain the sectors categories. A second column should contain the value for each sector.

Help and support

Please note that this Mod for TIBCO Spotfire® is not supported through support.tibco.com. In the event of issues or to get help or to suggest enhancements, please post a comment in the mod's wiki page.

 

Release(s)

1.0.1 (Spotfire 11.4 LTS and later)

Published: April 2022

  • Command-key + doubleclick now starts and stop auto-scroll on Mac
  • Fixed issue that caused auto-scroll to speed up and become unstoppabel when repeatedly double-clicking on a card.

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Timeline Mod for TIBCO Spotfire®

 

Version 1.0.1, released April 2022

The timeline displays a list of events in chronological order. The main purpose is to communicate time-related information, over time, either for analysis or to visually present a story or view of history.

Timeline Mod for TIBCO Spotfire®

Try this mod in TIBCO Spotfire® Analyst

Click the Download button and follow the instructions below the button to open the mod in Spotfire Analyst.

Download Timeline Mod for TIBCO Spotfire®

How to open the mod

  1. Open Spotfire® Analyst, and create and analysis by loading some data.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file, and locate the .mod file in the unzipped folder.
  3. Drag the file into the analysis.
  4. The visualization mod is added to the analysis.
  5. To learn more about the capabilities and limitations of this visualization mod, keep reading or see the User Guide which is also located in the downloaded folder.

For general information on how to use and share visualization mods, you can read the Spotfire documentation.

Data requirement

Every mod handles missing, corrupted and/or inconsistent data in different ways. It is advised to always review how the data is visualized.

The timeline can be used to visualize any dataset that contains dates and descriptions. In order to make it work properly a data table with at least two columns is required:

  • One date hierarchy. A column with actual dates works best, but any combination of categorical columns are supported. This determines the timeline.
  • One description column. This determines what is written in the cards.

Optionally a third categorical column could be used to color the cards.

Setting up the timeline

Let's say we have data about some world events:

Date Event Impact
02/11/2011 Something happened Medium
02/14/2011 Something else happened Low
03/08/2011 Something worse happened Low

 

A basic timeline can be configured to show these events over time by creating a Timeline with the following settings:

  • Time = Date: Year.Month.Day
  • Event = Event

Optionally you could also color the cards by another color, E.g.

  • Color By = Impact

The end result will look something like this:

Timeline Mod for TIBCO Spotfire®

Configuring the timeline

Time

The time segments will be determined by the hierarchy on the time axis.

In the Spotfire Desktop the timeline will default to show the filtered range, meaning that it will include days regardless of whether or not there is an event for that day. This behavior can be changed in the time axis settings.

In the Spotfire Web Client the timeline will show all filtered values, meaning that it will skip days for which there is no event.

Events

The number of cards will be determined by the expression on the event axis and the color axis if categorical color is used.

Styling

The visualization will respond to changes in the Spotfire canvas style. Label fonts, sizes and the color of lines are determined by visualization canvas settings. The size of cards and time segments will adjust to the selected font size.

Using the timeline

Marking

Clicking on an event will mark that event in the timeline and in all other visualizations that uses the same marking. Clicking or dragging in the empty space between events will clear the marking. You can mark several events by Ctrl-clicking on them.

Clicking and dragging allow you to select multiple events.

Clicking on a time segment will mark all events within that time segment. E.g. If your timeline shows Year > Month > Day, you can mark all events within a year by clicking on the year segment or for a particular month by clicking on month segments. You can mark several time segments by Ctrl-clicking on them.

Adjusting the hierarchy

If the timeline is configured to use a date hierarchy you can decide what level of the hierarchy to show by dragging the hierarchy slider.

Horizontal scrolling

If the timeline is wider than the visualization area a scrollbar will be displayed at the bottom of the visualization.

The visualization will scroll right automatically if you double click on it while holding down ctrl on Windows and the command key on Mac. Clicking anywhere will stop the automatic scrolling.

 

Help and support

Please note that this Mod for TIBCO Spotfire® is not supported through support.tibco.com. In the event of issues or to get help or to suggest enhancements, please post a comment in this TIBCO Community Wiki page.

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