Open View Dialog – Quickly Create Any View From Your Data Graph

The Open View Dialog is a tool in Soley Studio to quickly create a view of your data – be it a graph view, a chart view, a matrix view or any other view type. The Open View dialog pops up every time you open a data graph in Soley Studio. If you are not sure which view type to chose, click here to get an overview of all available view types, default view templates and views.

How do I create a view using the Open View Dialog?

The Open View dialog requires an existing graph file (*.slg file) of your data. You can, for example, create a graph by importing data into Soley Studio. Double-click on the graph file to open it (you can find your graphs in the Solution Explorer pad –> Graphs). This will start the Open View dialog. If the specific graph is already opened in any type of view, you can start the Open View dialog again to create an additional view by using the view buttons in the top menu.

The Open View Dialog lets you visualize your data exactly how you want to in Soley Studio.
Open View Dialog Starting Window

First, you need to select a View Type on the left-hand side of the Open View dialog. After that, different options to create a view of this type will be shown in the central part of the dialog. You can create a view by either

  • using a previously saved view of this graph from the My Views section
  • using a user-defined view template from the My View Templates section
  • creating a new view using one of the interactive Default View Templates

In order to create a visualization of your graph quickly, without writing code for a view template first, you can simply use a default view template. As soon as you select a default view template, the View Settings appear in the Open View dialog. Here you can define which data you would like to plot in the visualization. The available view settings depend on the selected View Type.
In case you have a lot of saved View Templates or Views, by clicking on any of the Title, Visualization Type or Last Save tabs, you can sort them accordingly.

Example: Graph View

As an example, a new graph view shall be created. Therefore, we open an empty .slg-file. The Open View Dialog opens. Thus, we select the view type “Graph” and the default view template “Graph”. The “View Settings” section for a graph view gives us the opportunity to select the node and edge classes that we would like to include in the graph view.

Grap View Settings in Soley Studio. Choose which types of Nodes and Edges should be displayed in your Graph View.
View Settings for the Graph View

By default “All nodes” is selected in the tab Nodes and All edges in the tab Edges. Using this setting, the resulting graph view will show all existing (non-abstract) elements in the data graph. You can limit the selection to certain classes by using the checkboxes. In addition, the dropdown menus next to the node classes (reading Node series by default) allow you to define a node class as normal “Node series” or as “Collapsible node series. By clicking the OK button the Open View dialog is closed and the view is generated. For the example shown above, the graph view could look like this:

Graph Visualization using a Default View Template
Graph Visualization using a Default View Template

Note that we did not define the detailed view properties of the graph view, such as colors or shapes of the elements. So far, we only defined which data to plot. The initial view properties are set automatically by the tool. In order to fully customize a view and change the view properties to your specific needs, you can subsequently use the View Manager.

Soley Studio offers a multitude of different view types which can be selected in the Open View Dialog and customized with the View Manager, the Properties pad and the Edit Property dialog. Click here to find an overview of all available view types. The links given there, guide you to articles describing the creation and customization of each view type in detail.


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