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Zoom, Color and Data Insertion

16 December


Zoom, Color and Data Insertion round out the our coverage of compelling DataSavvyMaps features. These features are truly representative of product tenets of being interactive, visual and data savvy. They compliment or extend other features covered in this series. Interactive zoom sets the stage for drill down, color provides a manual alternative to dynamic alerts and  data insertion extends display data. Let’s take a look at how these features can be utilized to create more interactive, visual and datas savvy SAP Xcelsius and Dashboard Design maps.

Interactive Zoom

Interactive zoom brings focus and context as user explores dashboard maps. Zoom dynamically enlarges grouped or individual base layer regions as a result of user mouse rollover or click actions. These actions immediately signals which region is selected or activated and any enabled data insertion. Visually it is very helpful when exploring small individual and grouped regions . Drill down zoom is in addition to basic zoom for grouped regions. The dashboard developer has flexible control over how  and how much regions zoom. There are also separate zoom settings for base layer regions and grouped drill down regions.

Working with Zoom

Zoom settings are accessible from the behavior tab. The initial “Enable  Zoom” setting is applicable in three cases. In a single layer map zoom is enabled for its regions. In a drill down map, zoom is enabled for both the grouped regions and also regions drilled into from the group. Zoom can be set to be initiated by either a mouse rollover or click action. The zoom action is designated a color in the Appearance tab’s Over Color and  Selected Color settings.


Drill down zoom is an action the zooms and centers grouped regions on the map canvas. This action is alway the next click after zooming a grouped region. See the Custom Drill Down post for information on the drill down feature.

There are four types of zoom:

  • Percentage zoom – zoom to percent larger than current size size.
  • Percent restrained – the standard behavior of the basic zoom and a setting for drill down zoom which limits each regions realized zoom to lesser of the map canvas width or height.
  • Zoom Overflow – (flash only) percentage zoom value can grow regions larger than map canvas dimensions. Overflow can also aid in creating micro maps.
  • Fit map areas – (drill down only) region zoom to lesser of map canvas height or width.



Some region coloring options are common between DataSavvyMaps and default SAP Xcelsius and Dashboard Design maps (Over Color, Selected Color, Default Color and Selectable Color).  Unlike the mutual coloring options, DataSavvyMaps also has a ColorFill option that can be applied to all or individual regions. This will be the preferred option to Alerts when categorical data  as opposed to classification data is the focus of geographic visualization . You must enable Fill Color in order to override Selectable Color and Default Color.


Inserting Data

Data insertion is another feature we extended beyond what is available to default SAP Xcelsius and Dashboard Design maps. Like default maps DataSavvyMaps General settings has a Data Insertion options of row and column data. The DataSavvyMaps behavior tab has an additional data insertion option, Insert Selected Item option that enables the insertion of Key, Label, Value or Position. These options extends the possibilities to influence other controls dynamically. A common use would be to trigger action or visibility of dashboard components.

Insert Selected

As you have seen the Zoom, Color and Data Insertion features certainly contribute to our product vision of  being interactive, visual and data savvy. These features work cohesively with the other features covered in this series and your data to create a value adding visualization experience for your audiences.

You can find out more about related features in series posts below:

Part 1: Introducing Data Savvy Maps

Part 2: Dynamic Label and Key Binding

Part 3: Custom Drill Down

Part  4: Alert Color Schemes

Part 5: Dynamic Regions and Borders

Part 6: Zoom, Color and Insert Data

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