Creating DeepSee Dashboards
Adding Meter Widgets
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This chapter describes how to add meter widgets to a dashboard. It discusses the following topics:

Adding a Meter Widget
To add a meter widget:
  1. Click Meter.
  2. Click a meter type.
  3. For Data source, do one of the following:
    Most DeepSee data sources can have multiple rows and columns. When you display any of these in a meter widget, the widget uses only the first row of data. Any additional rows are ignored.
  4. Optionally specify the basic settings, as described in Adding a Widget to a Dashboard,” earlier in this book.
    Also see Basic Meter Options,” in this chapter.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Add at least one property, as described in Adding Properties,” earlier in this book.
    This property becomes a meter within the meter widget. For example, the following meter widget has three properties:
    By default, the type of each meter is the same as the type of the parent meter widget, but you can modify the type for individual meters.
    For additional details, see the following subsection.
  7. Optionally configure the widget further as described in the rest of this chapter, which discusses the following kinds of meters:
    For examples and a comparison, see the next section.
  8. Optionally add controls, as described in the chapter Adding Widget Controls.”
Data Sources, Properties, and Meters
A meter widget has multiple properties, each of which is displayed as a separate meter within the widget. Consider the preceding example, which shows a widget with three properties, each shown in a separate speedometer.
Most DeepSee data sources can have multiple rows and columns. When you display any of these in a meter widget, the widget uses only the first row of data. Any additional rows are ignored.
For the first row of data, each column of the data source can be displayed as a property of the meter widget, that is, as a separate meter within the widget. In the examples shown here, all the meters in a meter widget are of the same type, but you can configure the widget to use different types within a single widget.
Specifying Widget Settings for a Meter
For a meter, the Widget Settings menu has the following options:
This menu includes additional options that control the look of the meter; the options depend on the kind of meter. The rest of the chapter provides the details.
Note:
These options add a button to the toolbar. If you use these options, be sure the toolbar is visible (its display is controlled via the Toolbar option in Settings). See Reconfiguring a Widget,” earlier in this book.
Meter Types
DeepSee provides the following types of meter:
Meter Type Example Basics Notes
Speedometer
Range options control the possible positions of the needle
  • The actual value is always shown in the box.
  • You can add thresholds within the scale, shown as different color bands in the scale.
  • You can add a target value shown as a line on the scale.
Text meter
Meter displays the actual value and a label  
Fuel gauge
Range options control the possible positions of the needle
  • The actual value is always shown in the box.
  • You can add thresholds within the scale, shown as warning lights at the top and bottom.
Traffic light
Threshold options control the use of the three lamps
  • By default, a high value is considered “bad” and is shown as a red lamp.
  • You can reverse the sense of the meter by reversing the high and low range values.
Light bar
Range options control the bars and their colors
  • By default, a high value is considered “bad” and is shown with all bars lit, including a red bar at the top.
  • You can reverse the sense of the meter by reversing the high and low range values.
  • You can add thresholds within the scale, shown as warning lights at the top and bottom.
Smiley face
Range options control the possible shapes of the smile or frown
  • By default, a high value is considered “good” and is shown as a smile.
  • You can reverse the sense of the meter by reversing the high and low range values.
Basic Meter Options
For any meter widget, you can customize a set of basic options. To customize the widget, access the Dashboard Editor, select the widget as described in Reconfiguring a Widget,” click Meters, and use the options listed there. The following submenus are available:
Note:
The easiest way to systematically alter the appearance of dashboards is to define and use themes, which are discussed in Defining and Using Themes. Themes use many of the options described in this chapter.
Customizing Speedometers
The speedometer is a round gauge with a needle that moves from lower left, all the way around to lower right, to indicate a value within a specific range. The gauge has tick marks with numeric labels. In the following example, the gauge extends from 0 to 100:
The speedometer includes an odometer box at the bottom; this box always displays the actual value from the data source, even if that value does not fall within the range of the gauge.
To customize a speedometer, access the Dashboard Editor, select the widget as described in Reconfiguring a Widget,” click Meters, click a meter name, and use the options listed there. The following options are available:
Note:
The easiest way to systematically alter the appearance of dashboards is to define and use themes, which are discussed in Defining and Using Themes. Themes use many of the options described in this chapter.
Customizing Text Meters
The text meter displays the given value as text:
To customize a text meter, access the Dashboard Editor, select the widget as described in Reconfiguring a Widget,” click Meters, click a meter name, and use the options listed there. The following options are available:
Note:
The easiest way to systematically alter the appearance of dashboards is to define and use themes, which are discussed in Defining and Using Themes. Themes use many of the options described in this chapter.
Customizing Fuel Gauges
The fuel gauge is a narrow, vertical gauge with a needle that moves from left to right to indicate a value within a specific range (specified by Lower Range and Upper Range). The gauge distributes marks or “ticks” proportionally across its range, with Lower Range at left.
The fuel gauge displays its current value in a text box at the center of the gauge.
To customize a fuel gauge, access the Dashboard Editor, select the widget as described in Reconfiguring a Widget,” click Meters, click a meter name, and use the options listed there. The following options are available:
Note:
The easiest way to systematically alter the appearance of dashboards is to define and use themes, which are discussed in Defining and Using Themes. Themes use many of the options described in this chapter.
Customizing Traffic Lights
The traffic light consists of three round lamps in a column. From top to bottom, the lamps are red, yellow, and green.
To customize a traffic light, access the Dashboard Editor, select the widget as described in Reconfiguring a Widget,” click Meters, click a meter name, and use the options listed there. The following options are available:
Note:
The easiest way to systematically alter the appearance of dashboards is to define and use themes, which are discussed in Defining and Using Themes. Themes use many of the options described in this chapter.
Customizing Light Bars
The light bar provides a stack of lamps arranged in a vertical bar. The light bar is similar to the traffic light, but its larger number of lamps provide a sense of movement from one end of the scale to the other.
To customize a light bar, access the Dashboard Editor, select the widget as described in Reconfiguring a Widget,” click Meters, click a meter name, and use the options listed there. The following options are available:
Note:
The easiest way to systematically alter the appearance of dashboards is to define and use themes, which are discussed in Defining and Using Themes. Themes use many of the options described in this chapter.
Customizing Smiley Faces
The smiley face is the familiar yellow circle with two eyes and a smile. The mouth line changes depending on the value.
To customize a smiley face, access the Dashboard Editor, select the widget as described in Reconfiguring a Widget,” click Meters, click a meter name, and use the options listed there. The following options are available:
Note:
The easiest way to systematically alter the appearance of dashboards is to define and use themes, which are discussed in Defining and Using Themes. Themes use many of the options described in this chapter.