Release Notes, 4.0.0.0

Arcadia Instant4.0.0.0

(ArcViz 4.0.0.0, ArcEngine 2.5.4)

This document contains release information notes for Arcadia Instant.

It is accurate at the time of publication. Arcadia Data updates release notes periodically after the software release.

For the rest of the changes, see the following sections of these release notes:

Home Page

In this release, we added some helpful information directly to the default home page, including an overview of the number of visuals and other items, quick navigation to frequently used visuals, recently created visuals, sample dashboards, and so on. An introduction to the key new features of the most recent release is available when you click What's New in Arcadia Instant 4.0.

See our Home Page article for more details.

Connectivity

Arcadia Connections

Starting with this release, you can connect to your data using Arcadia connections. See Creating New Arcadia Engine Connections.

Result Cache

Some of the powerful data caching that is automatically enabled for Arcadia Engine connections can now be seen on other connection types.

Starting with this release, you can enhance performance for other connections types by enabling a periodic refresh though the Result Cache option.

  • To affect all datasets on a connection, make this selection in the Connection Editor. See Specifying Cache on Arcadia connections, as an example.
  • For finer control, make this selection for individual datasets in the Dataset Detail interface.

This feature requires the Create and Manage Dataset privileges.

Please note that while this improves performance significantly, Arcadia Engine connections are the only ones that feature Data Coherent Caching, refreshing the MetaStore whenever the data or the schema change.

Locale Settings
When importing a CSV file, you can now specify the locale, or localization parameters. See Changing the Locale Setting of an Imported File.

Visualizations

This release introduces a significant improvement and ease to working with visualizations.

Terminology

We updated some key terminology:

  • Visuals are charts that deliver direct insights by representing your data visually.

    Choose from one of our 27 out-of-the-box visualizations. See our Visual Type Catalog.

  • Dashboards combine multiple visuals with interactive filtering on the same 'page', for full dynamic interoperability.

  • Apps are groups of dashboards and visuals. We designed Apps so you may launch our visuals and dashboards as stand-alone, branded applications.

Inline Settings
The New Visual Designer uses inline settings and styling options for Visuals and Dashboards.
In-Dashboard Editing of Visuals
You now have the ability to create and edit visuals directly in the dashboard. With the dashboard open in the Visual Designer, simply click the edit button or double-click on a visual to edit it.
Network Visual

We introduce this visual type to represent connections and relationships in systems and structures. Two dimensions represent start and end notes, and are connected by the value of the measurement.

See Network Visuals. For customization options, see Network Settings.

Dendrogram Visual

This visual type expresses hierarchical relationships in data. Its two dimension provide the start and end points of the connection, which is the aggregate measure.

See Dendrogram Visuals. For customization options, see Dendrogram Settings.

Rich Text Visual

Using the Rich Text Editor, you can add visuals with formatted text and images to dashboards and applications.

See Rich Text Visuals.

Static Assets
Starting with this release, you can upload static assets (such as image files, CSS definition files, and JS definitions) and use them in your visuals, dashboards, and applications. See Managing Static Assets.
Aggregate Functions
In this release, we expanded our range of previously supported aggregate functions (Sum, Count, Approx Distinct Count, Exact Distinct Count, Minimum, Maximum, Average, and String Concat) to include statistical functions Approx Median, Standard Deviation, Variance, and Population Variance.
See Aggregates.

Data Discovery

Drill
Drill into data details by clicking on visual elements, such as individual bars. This enables you to view the subset of the data, as any dimension of the dataset.
Bars, Areas, Lines, and Grouped Bars visual types show the Drill functionality. To use the Drill feature, be sure to enable the Display Context Menus within Visuals.
Filter All
Filter across all visuals in a dashboard.

Security

RBAC Improvements
Starting with this release, users have Manage Dataset (modify/access) permissions for datasets they create.