A viewpoint is a saved or unsaved view filter that is generated over a diagram or view. View filters are a way to present models in another way, for example by using colors to emphasize certain aspects of the model. View filters are generated based on property or metric values of a type of object or relation. If generated on an ArchiMate view, specific view filters can also be based on the endpoint of a path in the relations explorer.


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View filter types

Horizzon supports creating viewpoints of the following view filters: color view, label view, tooltip view, highlight view, chart view, and table view. Below are some examples of different types of generated views. The availability of a view filter type on an object or relation depends on the data type of the selected property or metric. Chart views can only be generated on properties and metrics with numerical values.

The highlight view is an indirect view filter; it can be activated on a generated color view.

When generating view filters based on an endpoint of a path in the object relations explorer in an ArchiMate view, only the color and label view are available.


Color view


Label view


Tooltip view


Highlight view


Combined color, label and highlight view


Pie chart view


Table view

Generating a color, label, or tooltip view

View filters can be generated based on the property or metric of an object or relation, or on the endpoint of a path in the relations explorer. For the latter, only color and label views can be generated and only on ArchiMate views. To generate a view filter, follow these steps:

  1. In the open diagram or view, select an object or relation. The Properties panel slides in from the side.

  2. Generate the view filter based on:

    A property or metric
    In the Properties panel, expand the Properties or Metrics section, and next to a property or metric, click the More options control and click the view filter of your choice.



    The endpoint of a path in the object/relation relations explorer (only ArchiMate view)
    In the Properties panel, expand the Relations section, navigate to an endpoint, click the More options control next to the endpoint, and click the view filter of your choice. You can go up to a depth of three relations to generate a view filter.


The view filter is generated and applied to the diagram or view. Example:



To delete a generated view, click the in the lower right corner of the view. To save the generated view as a viewpoint, click the .

Automatic text color adjustment in color views

If text colors in the original view would result in a less readable color view, the text color will automatically be adjusted in the color view to keep it readable at all times. An example is shown below. The light text in the objects in the original view (left) is automatically adjusted to a dark color in the color view (right) to provide a good contrast with the background.

Customizing the colors of a color view

The values of a generated color view are sorted from low to high for numbers. Enumeration values are sorted according to the literals. The colors in the color view are used accordingly. If you prefer to use different colors than the automatically chosen colors, you can customize them. To customize the colors, click a color in the legend and select a new color. You can do this by selecting a color in the color scheme or entering a color code. By clicking the at the bottom of the color selection window you can switch color code type (RGB, HSL, HEX).


Generating a highlight view

A highlight view can be generated on a color view. To generate a highlight view, click one of the legend values in the color view. The selected color will be highlighted in the view. If you click the color box associated with the value, you can change the value color.


Combining view filters

It is possible to combine multiple types of view filters in one diagram or view. After you have generated the first, just generate another. The results will be added to the existing view.

Generating a chart view

A chart view shows the values of selected properties and metrics for all objects and relations in the active diagram or view in a chart.

The chart view is only available on properties and metrics with numerical values.

  1. In the open diagram or view, select an object containing the property you want to use for the chart.

  2. In the Properties panel, in front of the property, click the More options control  and then click Chart view.


    The chart view is generated and placed below the diagram or view.

  3. In the upper right corner of the chart view, click to further configure the chart. You can change the chart type, display of the chart, and  set chart filters. The chart settings appear below the chart view. Changes will be directly shown in the chart.
     

    Chart type: Select the type of chart you want to display.
    Options: Select the display options that must be shown.
    Filters: Set the desired filtering for the chart to limit the data shown in the chart.


To delete a generated chart, click the  in the upper right corner of the chart view. To save the chart, click the .

Adding multiple chart views

You can add multiple charts to the diagram or view by simply generating a new one based on another object property. The charts will be placed below each other.

Available chart types for a chart view

The following chart types can be selected for displaying data in a generated chart view:


Pie


Gauge


Pie advanced


Pie grid


Horizontal bar


Vertical bar


Tree map


Scorecard

Chart view display options

The following options are available to change the display of a generated chart view. Their availability depends on the chosen chart type.

Show labels

Shows labels with the element names.

Show tooltips

Shows tooltips with values when hovering the sections of the chart.

Show legend

Shows a legend next to the chart, displaying the element names.

Doughnut

Shows the pie chart a ring shape.

Explode slices

Shows the pie chart with its slices sized to the value.

Show x axis

Shows the values of the x axis in a bar chart.

Show y axis

Shows the values of the y axis in a bar chart.

Show axis

Shows the values of the axis in the gauge chart.

Angle span

Sets the span of the angle of the gauge chart, expressed in degrees (max 360).

Example values 240 (default), 180, and 90:


Start angle

Rotates the gauge chart to change the starting point. The starting point is expressed in degrees. Negative values are possible.

Example values -120 (default), 0, and 180:


472px Chart view filter options

The following options are available for filtering data in a generated chart view.

Show all

Shows all available values in the chart. Default setting. Example:


Show top

Shows the upper X values in the chart. Set the value for X.

Example show top 4:



Take note that the colors of the shown values may be different from the corresponding values in the default chart above, they are automatically assigned.

Show bottom

Shows the lowest X values in the chart. Set the value for X.

Example show bottom 4:



Take note that the colors of the shown values may be different from the corresponding values in the default chart above, they are automatically assigned.

Generating a table view

A table view shows the values of selected properties and/or metrics for all objects and relations in the active diagram or view. To generate a table view, follow these steps:

  1. In the open diagram or view, select the object containing the first property you want to use for the table.

  2. In the Properties panel, in front of the property, click the More options control , and then click Table view.


    A table view with one column, representing the selected property or metric, is generated and placed below the diagram or view.



  3. To add additional columns to the table, choose another property or metric in the Properties panel, click the More options control , and click Table view again. The property or metric is added to the data table as an additional column.

    Repeat this step for each property or metric you want to add to the table. The result can be a table with multiple columns, like the following:


To delete a table view, click the  in the upper right corner of the view. A table view cannot be saved.

Viewing the details of a table record

To view the details of an item in the table, click its row. The table row is highlighted, and the Properties panel of the element is shown.

Table view display options

The display of a generated table view can be changed by changing the number of rows that must be shown, filtering the values, or sorting them. Please take note that these display options are not persistent; they will not be saved when the table view is saved as viewpoint, or when the view with the generated table view is shared.

Number of rows

To change the number of rows that must be shown, click the Show rows button, and select the desired number of rows. If more records rows are available than  rows are shown, navigation controls will appear at the bottom of the table view.


Filtering

Data in a generated table view can be filtered by typing values in one or more of the filter boxes at the top of the table. The data is automatically filtered. To filter the data in all columns, use the top box Filter all columns. To filter data in a specific column, use the filter box at the top of a column.


Sorting

The default sorting of the data in the table is set by the order in which the objects are added to the table by Horizzon. To change the sorting in the table, click a column title. The column will be sorted ascending. Click once again to make the sorting descending.


Saving a generated view as viewpoint

By default, a generated view will be there as long a the diagram or view is open. Once you navigate to another diagram or view, it is lost. To prevent this, you can save the generated view as a viewpoint by pinning it. A pinned viewpoint is saved and is preserved across multiple Horizzon sessions until the pin is removed again.

Pinned viewpoints are user-based, meaning that they are only visible to the user who created it, not to other users. Each user can pin their own viewpoints. All types of generated views can be pinned except highlight views. Highlight views can simply be generated again in a saved color view.

To pin a viewpoint, click the  in the lower or upper right corner of the view. Once the view is pinned, the control turns blue . To unpin, click the blue pint again.

To delete a viewpoint, click the  in the lower or upper right corner of the view.


Viewpoints in Enterprise Studio

Generating viewpoints in Enterprise Studio and in Horizzon are separate processes and the viewpoints cannot be exchanged. If you need identical viewpoints of a view in Horizzon and in Enterprise Studio, you need to generate it in Horizzon as well as in Enterprise Studio.


Example of a color view in Enterprise Studio (left) and the same color view generated in Horizzon (right)

Sharing viewpoints

Views with an active viewpoint can be shared with other users by sharing hyperlinks to these views. Links can be shared with anyone who has access to Horizzon and who has access to the site where the shared view is located. For more information, please refer to Sharing Horizzon views with other users.