Overview: Working with Klips

Highlights

What is a Klip? A widget that visualizes data for your dashboard.
What is a component? The individual attributes that control the style and properties of the Klip.
How to build a Klip 1. Choose the component style
2. Choose the data source
3. Assign data to sub-components
4. Adjust properties
5. Save and share the Klip

 

What is a Klip?

A Klip is a widget used to visualize your data using formats such as charts, tables, and gauges. Klips are comprised of components, attributes that control the important properties associated with your Klip. Think of a Klip as a container and a component as what is inside the container.

Here's an example of a Klip that displays a Table component:

What types of components can I build?

Components determine how your Klip looks on your dashboard. Each component represents a different type of data visualization you can build. Here's a list of components that you can use to build Klips:

How do I build a Klip?

The typical workflow for building a Klip includes five steps:

  1. Choose the component style
  2. Choose the data source
  3. Assign data to sub-components
  4. Adjust properties
  5. Save and share the Klip

Note: These steps provide a general overview for building a Klip. For more detailed instructions, refer to the Build-A-Klip tutorial.

Step 1. Choose the component style

When building a new Klip, you are prompted to choose from a list of component styles. You also have the option to choose a Blank slate, to which you can add components later.

  1. On your dashboard, click +Add a Klip.
  2. Click Build a Custom Klip.
  3. Select the component style you want to use. (See some examples below.)

Step 2. Choose the data source

Next, you need to provide a data source for the Klip to use. Here are some commonly used data sources:

You can also visit our Sample Data section.

Step 3. Assign data to sub-components

Each component type has different sub-components associated with it, so it's important to note that the following steps only illustrate the typical workflow for assigning data to a sub-component. For more information on this step, see how to use the Klip Editor.

  1. Select and insert a sub-component from the component tree into your Klip.
  2. Open its Data panel.
  3. Select a value(s) from your data source.

The value(s) is assigned to the sub-component as it appears in your data source.

Step 4. Adjust properties

Use the Properties panel to adjust properties associated with each of your sub-components. Commonly used properties include font style, prefixes and suffixes, and alignment.

Step 5. Save and share the Klip

When you are done building your Klip, click the Save or Save and Exit button at the top of the Klip Editor. To share your Klip, from your dashboard, click the Menu button for the Klip, and select Share. On the next screen, make sure to share the Klip with the appropriate groups in your organization. This will make creating and sharing dashboards within your organization much easier in the long run - see this article for more information: checklist for adding new users.

Learn more:

These articles provide overviews of additional Klip building concepts: