Spaces was designed to easily create and display elegant arrangements of related data. Spaces is grid-based so you can place and resize individual charts by dragging them around and adjusting their resize-corners. If you resize the browser window, your charts will resize themselves to preserve their relative sizes and locations.
A new space is a blank slate with a placeholder for a chart begging you to click on the big plus sign.
Once you have set up a number of spaces, you will see a spaces page that lists all the available spaces and highlights the recently used and favorite spaces.
You can favorite spaces by clicking on the star next to the spaces name in the list. When the space is open there’s a star right next to the name in the menu bar as well.
In Spaces building and editing charts is really fast. Without leaving the space, you can easily create and modify charts inline. This includes manipulating metrics, events, annotations, chart axis labels, titles, and more. If you select Edit Chart from a chart menu, or add a new chart to your space by clicking the plus symbol in the upper right-hand corner, we’ll slide-up the chart editor, which automatically shares the current space’s time-window and dynamic-source settings. You can dismiss the chart editor by clicking the up-arrow in the upper left. In Spaces, you’re never more than a click away from your currently selected space.
We think you’ll agree the new chart-editor is a joy to work with. Quickly filter your available metrics by entering a few keywords, and then either check them to add them to the chart, or click the orange composite button to embed them in a composite metric definition.
Once you’ve added some metrics to the chart, you can quickly select all of them, and use the header buttons to set attributes like the source and display summarization functions for all of them at the same time. The new attributes menu – accessed via the menu icon to the right of each metric – allows you to set per-metric attributes like custom colors, a separate y-axis, and unit labels. In the new chart-editor, metrics practically fall into charts.
Tool Tips and Cursor Tracking¶
Mousing-over any chart in the workspace brings up a tooltip legend and a cursor-tracking line on the chart. The line is mirrored in every chart on the workspace so you can easily correlate data across charts, regardless of relative differences in chart size.
The tooltip legend provides rich context no matter how many hundreds of sources the chart might depict. You can sort the legend by the highest or lowest valued source, or alphabetically by source name in ascending or descending order. Clicking the magnifying glass in the legend allows you to filter out specific sources.
Stepping Through Time¶
All charts auto-refresh with an interval based on the shortest associated metric period. If no periods are set, it should refresh on a 30 second interval. If you want to look at historic data you can either use the date picker or, for more recent events you can step back and forward in time with the << and >> buttons in the menu bar. Clicking on the back button will pause the auto-refresh and move the time window back half the display period. Clicking on play will bring your space back to real-time and switch auto-refresh back on again.
We know you’ve thoughtfully created your Spaces. It takes time, and we want you to be efficient. Have you ever wanted to tweak a preconfigured integration Space (like Heroku or AWS), or fork one of your own Spaces, only to find you’ll have to build the entire Space from scratch?
The Share menu in the Space header contains a button that allows you to copy the Space. Give the copied Space a name, and you’re good to go.
On the Spaces index page, you will find “Copy Space” in the drop down menu, both on the Space rows and Recents/Favorites cards. You may optionally check the “Open Space on completion” box to conveniently navigate to the copied Space after it has been generated.
The copied Space contains all of your charts and streams organized the same way as the original Space. It is important to note that charts within the copied Space are copies: updating charts or chart layout in the copied Space will not affect charts or chart layout of the original Space.