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Form Overview

This form is displayed when you select a portfolio and click the Dashboard button on the Portfolio List form.

This form is used to manage the Project data and select and display multiple charts simultaneously.

This form is opened when a Portfolio form is selected and opened from the Portfolio List form using the Dashboard button.

The top of the form has two areas for displaying previously prepared charts. You can select what chart you want to display using the popup menus below each window. Clicking the respective [Open] button below each window opens the displayed chart in a separate chart in the respective chart form window, depending on which chart is displayed.

The [Open] button in the upper right opens the portfolio in the portfolio form.

If a 3D bubble chart is displayed, the rotation buttons are displayed for rotating the chart when the mouse enters the chart area, and they disappear when the mouse leaves the chart area:

If either a 2D or 3D bubble chart is displayed, buttons for opening and modifying the chart are displayed when the mouse enters the chart area, and they disappear when the mouse leaves the chart area:

The Portfolio Data Form List Box:

The Portfolio list box displays the Projects and associated data for creating your charts. The list box can be sorted by clicking on the header at the top of each column (except for the “Pic” column). The 1st row of the list box contains the name of each column. The attribute columns, denoted by alphabetical characters in the in the headers, display your customized attribute names in the 1st row. This name can be modified by clicking the cell to open the Modify Attribute form. The attribute data in individual cells can be modified by slow double-clicking in the cell to make the data editable.

When you click on a row containing a data Project, the “Open,” “Subset,” and “Delete” buttons become enabled. When you double-click on a data Project row, that Project Is opened for modification and saving in the data Project form.

Column Headers: Above each column is a header that displays the Weight (“Wt:“) and indicate if an attribute is “Active“. An attribute must be be made “Active“ by checking the checkbox in the Attribute form in order for the data in the column to be available for charting. Clicking on a column header sorts the portfolio by the values contained in that column, except for the "Pic" (picture) column.

Select column (Sel.): This is the 1st column in the list box. This column lets you select data Projects by checking and unchecking them. When you click on a cell in this column, the display toggles between checked and unchecked. When you click at the top of the column, the list box Projects are sorted by checked and unchecked. The checkbox just above the select column lets you toggle between the selection of all the Projects (all Projects checked) and all Projects unselected (all Projects unchecked).

Number column (No.): This column simply displays the current Project numbering. The numbering changes depending on the number of Projects displayed. For example, if you display 10 Projects they will be numbered 1 through 10, however, if you create a subset of those Projects using the Subset button, those 3 Projects will be numbered 1 to 3, and those numbers may be different than they were when there were 10 Projects displayed.

You can sort this column by clicking on the header at the top of the column.

Name column: The name column displays the names of the individual data Projects. You can customize the column name by clicking in the top row. Project names can not exceed 32 characters and cannot be duplicated within an individual Portfolio. You can edit project names by slowly double-clicking in the column row to make the selected cell editable.

Picture column: This column displays the color/pattern combination that will be used in the bubbles on the bubble chart. The color/pattern combination can be edited in the Project form. This column is not sortable or editable.

Value score column (Bubble Chart Pro™ PLUS and OPTIMAL only): this column displays the calculated value score for each individual Project. This value score is based on weights assigned to each attribute. The weight determines the amount of influence that attribute value will have on the Project ranking. For example, an attribute with a weight of 200 will have twice the influence as an attribute with a rank of 100.

When you change and save an Project’s data or an attribute’s weight, the new value scores for each Project are displayed immediately. Of course, you can also plot these values scores in your bubble charts, which allows you to see the correlations between the value scores and different attributes.

The Attribute columns: These columns display the data associated with each Project. You can name and format the column data by clicking on the 1st row to open up the attribute name form. After you save the new name, it is displayed in the 1st row of the column. In Bubble Chart Pro™ plus, this is where you also assign the attribute weight for calculating the value score. There are 100 attribute columns in a Portfolio, and all of these columns can be used in bubble charts.

A slow double-click in the column cells will make the particular cell editable so that you can modify the data directly. A fast double-click on a row will open the selected Project in the Project data form, and you can change the data using that form, too.

When you modify data in the Portfolio form, you can undo your changes by selecting the "Undo" menu item from the "Edit" or selecting the control-z (Windows) or command-z (Mac) after making a change. Multiple Undo's can be performed while portfolio form is open, however, all changes are saved after the chart is closed. Changes to portfolio data made outside the form, such as modifying project data in a project form, cannot be reversed by using the "Undo" function.

At the bottom of each column, the associated statistics are automatically displayed:

The Portfolio Data Form Buttons:

The [Open] button on the far right opens the portfolio in the portfolio form.

[Optim.] (Optimize) button: Click on the [Optim.] button to open the optimizer form. If the portfolio has never been optimized, this will open the optimizer form. If the portfolio was optimized previously, this button will open the last Optimized Results form.

[Show] (Show or Hide Attribute Listbox) button: Click on this button to toggle the display of the Attribute Listbox at the bottom of the Portfolio Form.

[New.] (New Bubble Chart) button: Click on the [New.] button to create a new chart. Select the type of chart that you want to create from the displayed form:

[Hi-Lo] (Show/Hide Value Score Columns) button: Click toggle the display of the "High" and "Low" SMART value score columns. This button is disabled if the "Track Uncertainty" is not selected in the Portfolio Preferences form.

[Exp.] (Expand column width) button: Click on the [Exp.] button to toggle width of the attribute columns to view the full column names in the top row. After this button has been clicked, it is toggled to the [Cont.] button.

[Cont.] (Contract column width) button: Click on the [Cont.] button to toggle width of the attribute columns to an equal width. After this button has been clicked, it is toggled to the [Exp.] button.

[New] button: Click this button to display the New Project form. Use this form to add new Projects to the Portfolio.

[Open] button: After highlighting an Project in the Portfolio by clicking on a row in the Portfolio list, click on this button to open the highlighted Projects in the Project forms for viewing or editing. (Alternatively, you can open a Project by double-clicking on it.) This button is disabled unless one or more Projects are highlighted in the Portfolio form.

[All] button: Click on this button to display all of the Projects in the Portfolio.

[Subset] button: After holding down the Shift key (or Command Key on the Mac) and clicking on several Projects to highlight them in the Portfolio form, click on this button to display only the selected Projects. This allows you to easily view subsets of Projects from the Portfolio. Clicking on [Show All] will redisplay all of the Projects. When you have a bubble chart open, the bubble chart is automatically redrawn to display only the Projects shown in the subset of the data form. This allows you to quickly model different groups of projects. This button is disabled unless one or more Projects are highlighted in the Portfolio form.

[Calc.] (Bubble Chart Pro™ plus only): Click on the [Calc] button to toggle the display to view the weighted calculated attribute values in the attribute columns. These values represent the individual attribute values that are summed into the overall value displayed in the “Value” column and are based on the attribute values and the attribute weights. When the calculated values are displayed, the attribute columns are not editable. After this button has been clicked, it is toggled to the [Actual] button.

[Actual] (Bubble Chart Pro™ plus only): Click on the [Actual] button to toggle the display to view the actual entered attribute values in the attribute columns. After this button has been clicked, it is toggled to the [Calc.] button.

[Sort] button: Click on the [Sort] button to open the Sort form and perform complex sorts on your data

[Query] button: Click on the [Query] button to open the Query form and perform complex queries of your data

[Delete] button: After highlighting one or more Projects in the Portfolio, click on this button to delete the selected set. The form will then display the set of Projects that you have selected to delete, and you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the displayed Projects. If you click [Delete] in this form, all of these Projects will be deleted from the Portfolio. This action cannot be undone. Click [Cancel] to return to the form without deleting the Projects. This button is disabled unless one or more Projects are highlighted in the Portfolio form.

[Close] button: Click on this button to close the Dashboard form.