Using a dial
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A dial indicator displays data values using a needle that points to data values and range boundaries appearing on a semi-circular dial. To compare values with defined bounds, define data measures, values, and properties for a dial using the following features on Definition:
You can covert a dial into a meter, sphere, or cylinder indicator.
How to create measures to display on a dial indicator
 1 In Gallery—Dial, choose Definition.
 2 To create a measure for the dial, choose New measure.
 3 In Alias, type a name for the new measure.
 4
 Figure 5-1 Defining a new measure for a dial
 5
 Figure 5-2 Adding a filter to a measure
 6 Choose the green check mark to create the new measure.
 7 To create another measure with properties similar to the first, select a measure and choose Duplicate.
 8
 Figure 5-3 Creating a new measure based on a measure having similar properties
 9 Choose the green check mark to create the new measure.
 10 Repeat steps 7–9, changing the function to Mean.
How to add formulas and thresholds to a dial indicator
Choose New formula to create a formula.
 1 In Alias, type a name for the formula, and type a formula for a lower threshold in the dialog box below Alias. In this example, the formula is a value.
 2
 Figure 5-4 Validating the definition for a formula
 3 To create the new formula, choose the green check mark.
 4 Repeat steps 1–3, entering a formula for a higher threshold.
 5 Choose Values.
 6
 Figure 5-5 Assigning measures to values that appear on a dial
How to add properties to the dial indicator
 1 Choose Properties.
 3
 4 In Color, open the palette and select a color for the range. Choose OK.
 Figure 5-6 Configuring properties for a dial
 5 Repeat steps 2–4 until you have created three ranges.
 6 Choose OK.
 7
 Figure 5-7 Viewing the value of an average on a dial
How to configure a dial so that min, max, and average values for two similar groups appear
 1 In Data Tree, choose My folders.
 2
 Figure 5-8 Calculating results for a dial
 3 Choose Definition.
 4 Select a measure and choose Duplicate.
 5
 Figure 5-9 Replacing the filter in a duplicated measure
 6 Choose the green check mark to create the new measure.
 7 Choose Values.
 9
 Figure 5-10 Adding a new measure to a dial
 10 In Color, open the palette and select a color for the range. Choose OK.
 11
 Figure 5-11 Viewing a dial representing values from two similar groups
Converting data measures to another indicator type
Data measures that you define for one BIRT Analytics indicator may appear on another indicator. Convert lists indicators for which a calculated indicator supports conversion.
How to convert a dial to a meter
 1 In Data Tree, select My Folders.
 2
 Figure 5-12 Visualizing a data measure using a dial
 3 Select Convert, then choose Meter.
 4 Choose Definition, then view the Measures, Values, and Properties tabs.
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 Figure 5-13 Visualizing a data measure using a meter
How to convert a dial graph to a sphere
 1 For a calculated dial, select Convert, then choose Sphere.
 2 To view Measures, Values, and Properties, choose Definition.
 3
 Figure 5-14 Visualizing a data measure using a sphere
How to convert a dial graph to a cylinder
 1 For a calculated dial, select Convert, and choose Cylinder.
 2 To view Measures, Values, and Properties, choose Definition.
 3 Choose Properties.
 4
 Figure 5-15 Formatting properties of a data visualization gadget
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 Figure 5-16 Visualizing a data measure using a cylinder
Related topics
Using BIRT Analytics basic tools
Using a meter
Using a label
Using a sphere
Using a cylinder
Using a funnel
Understanding the sample data model
Video tutorials
Creating a dial visualization
Showing two groups on a dial
Converting a dial to a meter

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