EV Observe - Reports - The Graphic Editor (Diagram Widget)

Last modified on 2023/11/02 12:46

The graphic editor is the tool used for designing diagrams for the configuration items (CI) in your IT infrastructure. It is used to model flows and diagrams that can be viewed using the Diagram widget.

Notes

  • The Diagram widget is implemented in a report where the Diagram template is used. You define the scope of the report in the Configuration > Reporting menu. You create the diagrams for the report in the graphic editor.

Menu access

Configuration > Reporting:

  • Create a report using the Diagram template
  • Edit icon.png found next to a report where the Diagram template is used

Description of the graphic editor

          Report graphic editor.png

The screen is divided into four zones:

Toolbar

          Toolbar.png

EVO GUI - Save icon.png: Save the diagram.

EVO GUI - Undo Do icon.png: Undo/Return to the last modification.

EVO GUI - Object position icon.png: Bring forward / Send backward / Bring to front / Send to back.

EVO GUI - Reorganize icon.png: Rearrange the objects in the diagram.

EVO GUI - Erase icon.png: Clear all elements in the diagram.

EVO GUI - Grid size icon.png: Define the size of the grid in the workspace.

EVO GUI - Zoom icon.png: Define the zoom level of the diagram.

EVO GUI - Zoom to fit icon.png: Adjust the zoom level to fit the entire diagram in the workspace.

EVO GUI - Full screen icon.png: Toggle from full screen mode to the minimized graphic editor window.

EVO GUI - Print icon.png: Print the diagram as a PDF document or as a hard copy.

EVO GUI - Snaplines icon.png: Show or hide snaplines in the workspace when moving objects.

Objects pane

The Objects pane is used to access the list of objects available on the platform.

  • Click + or - to expand or minimize the sections.
  • Click and drag an object to the Design pane to define its properties.

          Objects pane.png

Monitoring

This is used to add a monitoring element to the diagram.

  • It can also be an existing diagram.

Best Practice icon.png  Add an image to help users identify the purpose of the diagram quickly.

         Object - Map.png

Metric

This is used to add a metric for a host or service.

example  

  • Disk input/output service: Metrics available are Read speed, Write speed
  • Network traffic service: Metrics available are Incoming traffic, Outgoing traffic, Number of packets in error

          Object - Metric.png

Illustration

This is used to add an illustration to graphically enhance the diagram.

  • EVO GUI - Image object.png: Add an image that is stored on your workstation.

   Only .jpg, .jpeg, .gif and .png images are supported.

  • EVO GUI - Shape object.png: Add a geometrical shape.

Design pane

The Design pane is a workspace used to define the layout of diagram objects. The pane is automatically refreshed each time the properties of objects are modified.

          Design pane.png

Principles of use

  • You can move each object.
    • Hover over the object to display the Cursor move icon.png cursor.
    • Click and drag the object to its new position.

Best Practice icon.png  Show snaplines in the workspace when moving objects.

          Design pane - Using snaplines.png

  • You can resize each object.
    • Click one of the objects to display its resize handles.
    • Click one of the resize handles to display the Resize cursor.png cursor.
    • Click and resize the object.
             Design pane - Resize object.png
       
  • Each object has different contextual options for performing different actions. Click the object to display them.
           Design pane - Contextual options object.png
    • (1): Delete the object.
    • (2): Update the monitoring element, i.e. CI, metric or diagram.
    • (3): Link the object with other objects in the diagram. Open url.png See the procedure
    • (4): Rotate the object to the left or to the right.
    • (5) (Note: Only for hosts): Add a service associated with the host.

Properties Inspector

The Properties Inspector is used to configure each object used in the diagram. The Design pane is automatically refreshed each time properties are modified.

  • Click one of the objects to display its Properties Inspector.
  • Properties are specific to each type of object.

          Property inspector.png

Shape

Note: Only for CIs.

This is used to modify the graphic outline of the CI. By default, it is a circle.

          Property inspector - Shape properties.png

Best Practice icon.png  

  • Use the Status property to modify the graphic properties of the shape based on the status of the CI.
  • Use the Image property to hide the icon representing the type of CI.

Text

Note: Only for CIs or metrics.

This is used to modify the font size, opacity and color of legends in objects.

  • Main text: Text displayed in the first row. The default value is defined using the Content = [name] variable and corresponds to the following:
    • For CIs: Name of the host, service or user service
    • For metrics: Host name - Service name - Metric name - Statistics
  • Sub text: Text displayed in the second row. The default value is defined using the Content = [companyName] variable and corresponds to the following:
    • Name of the company or site associated with the CI

          Property inspector - Text properties.png

Best Practice icon.png  You can modify the default values in each row of text in the Content property.

Status

This is used to fill the shape of the CI with the color of its current status. You can also modify its opacity and the width of the outline.

  • When the shape is filled with color, the CI icon will no longer be visible.
  • The outline of the shape will be in the same color as the current status.

          Property inspector - Status properties.png

Best Practice icon.png  If you want to keep the CI icon visible, you should use the Opacity property.

Image

This is used to show or hide the CI icon.

  • Note: You cannot replace the icon.

          Property inspector - Image properties.png

Best Practice icon.png  If you want to keep the CI icon visible when its shape is filled with the color of the current status, you should use the Opacity property.

Positioning

This is used to position the CI at a precise spot in the diagram.

Best Practice icon.png  You can also click and drag to move the object within the workspace.

General

This is used to apply a given CI style to all other CIs of the same type (i.e. hosts, services or user services) in the diagram.

Procedure: How to use the graphic editor

Step 1: Access the graphic editor

1. Select Configuration > Reporting in the menu.

2. Create or modify a Widget report where the Diagram template is used.

  • You should specify the general information and click Apply if you are creating a new report.

The graphic editor will automatically appear.
 

Step 2: Create the diagram

1. Click and drag the relevant monitoring elements from the Objects pane to the workspace in the graphic editor.

  • Select the company.
  • Select the monitoring element you want to add. Open url.png See the description

Best Practice icon.png  You can select multiple hosts, services or user services at the same time.

  • Click Add.

2. Modify the graphic properties of each object.

  • Click the object.
  • Define the contextual properties of the object in the Properties Inspector. Open url.png See the description


3. Arrange and link the objects based on their dependency relationships.

  • Click one of the objects. 
  • Click and drag the Link icon.png icon to the object with which it should be linked.
    The cursor will change to Hand cursor.png.
           Linked objects - Link to object.png
  • Drag the cursor until a border appears around the object to be linked.
    The cursor will change to Cursor move icon.png.
           Linked objects - Link ok.png
  • Release the mouse button.
     

Best Practice icon.png  You can change the appearance of the flow lines to improve readability.

  • Hover over one of the flow lines.
  • Click and drag the flow line to form the angle you want.
  • Click Delete icon.png to delete an angle.
           Linked objects - Change connection line.png

4. (optional) Illustrate the diagram.

  • Go to the Illustration section in the Objects pane.
  • Click and drag the Image object or the Shape object from the Design pane to the workspace.

Best Practice icon.png  You can resize the elements. You can also link them to other objects in the diagram.

5. Click Save disk icon.png in the title bar of the graphic editor to save your diagram.

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