Four Tips and Tricks to Remember for Arcadia Instant

Published on January 4, 2018

1. To best learn about the Arcadia Instant interface, just dig into the sample dashboards in edit mode.

On the home page, click on the Dashboards tile and select any pre-built dashboard. You can edit it by clicking on the Edit button in the upper left corner. Click on the pencil icon in the upper-right corner of whichever visual in the dashboard you want to edit. There are a wide variety of features you can work with.

For example, you can turn the extra filter indicators in your dashboard on/off. In the screenshot below, you can see the Filters selections, right under the visual title (“Trend of Life Expectancy”). This is displayed when you click on a graph to drill down into a specific data point. This is a good reminder of the data subset you’re looking at.

Life Expectancy Dashboard

You can turn that selection on and off by editing a dashboard, then clicking on Settings in the far-right vertical menu. Check or uncheck the Display filter selections for each visual box.

Display Filter Selections

2. Reset all filters to the default value.

If you’ve drilled down into a specific data point and want to reset your dashboard to its original view of the data, just click on the reload button in the upper right corner of your dashboard (see below).

Reset All Filters

3. Visualize more data

By default, Arcadia Instant limits the number of records you can visualize to 5000 to avoid overwhelming the resources on your computer. However, you can change this, but keep in mind that since all the processing is done on your computer, versus being done on a server cluster like with Arcadia Enterprise, this might slow the visualization responsiveness. To increase the number of rows you can analyze, click on the Settings icon in the far right margin of the visualization designer, then specify your desired maximum number of rows. In the example below, we specified a maximum of 25,000 rows to visualize.

Visualize More Data

4. Remember there are separate documentation pages for Arcadia Instant and Arcadia Enterprise.

Arcadia Instant is a visualization tool for your personal computer only, and its documentation can be found at http://docs.arcadiadata.com.

Arcadia Enterprise is the visual analytics platform that provides the “enterprise-ready” features that a large team needs for visualizations on large data sets stored in a multi-node cluster. Its documentation can be found at http://documentation.arcadiadata.com.