Visual Layout Tool

IMPORTANT! This is a Laboratory tool and is not for production use. It may have documented known issues, may not be feature complete, may not be backwards compatible, and is subject to change.

The Visual Layout tool brings together reporting elements so they can be arranged on a page and output in a report via the Render tool. The Visual Layout tool supports non-grouped elements only. To arrange grouped elements, see Layout Tool.

Use the Visual Layout tool to select a report type, arrange report elements on the page, and visualize how the report will look. The Visual Layout tool accepts multiple inputs, provides a preview of report elements, offers multiple output types and page sizes, and allows for both a horizontal and vertical layout.

Add reporting tools to a workflow to create chart, image, legend, map, table, and text elements, and connect them to the Visual Layout tool. Place Header, Footer, Email, and Render tools after the Visual Layout tool in the workflow. Run the workflow before configuring the Visual Layout tool.

The Visual Layout tool does not support the Overlay Tool and Layout Tool elements.

Configure the tool

  1. Run the workflow to create the reporting elements for the Visual Layout tool.
  2. Click Manage Layout to open the Visual Layout configuration window.
  3. Click Page Setup to modify the report type or page settings. The settings default to .pdf, 0.5 inch margins, and Portrait orientation. Changing the page settings visually adjusts the page to represent the final output. The Page Setup options display as the default output mode in a Render tool if it is automatically connected to the Visual Layout tool.
  4. In the list of element types, click the drop-down arrows to view available elements. Hover over the element to see a preview. Since the name of an element includes the connection name, an element will display as missing if the connection name is modified or the connection is deleted.
  5. Drag an element from the list and drop it on the report page.
  6. Drag another element from the list, move it close to an existing element on the page, and drop it on the drop zone. An element must be arranged in a position relative to another element.
  7. The layout of the report elements is automatically saved. Close the Visual Layout window to return to the workflow.