#FeatureFRIYAY May: plugin logging, 2 new plugins & 4 new map styles!
Posted On 29/05/2019
Are you getting the most out of your dashboards? Like every other month, we’ve added brand-new features to Cumul.io this month! Start connecting data from new sources, or pimp your dashboards with new map styles! Read on to discover what’s new & how you can benefit from it!
2 new plugins: ClickHouse & Lobbipad
You’re probably already familiar with our concept of plugins. Thanks to these data connectors, you can easily load data from any platform into your Cumul.io dashboards. This month, we’ve added a couple of new plugins to our public library for you to use!
Build dashboards on top of your ClickHouse database
If you haven’t heard of ClickHouse before, it’s an open source database management system, which uses SQL queries to generate realtime data reports.
The advantage of ClickHouse is that it processes queries much faster than traditional database approaches. That makes it an ideal database for reporting, in combination with Cumul.io for visualization.
Lobbipad: analyze visitor registration data
If you don’t know Lobbipad, it’s an iPad app for companies to check in & check out visitors in the office. Hosts are immediately notified, and it’s a good way to manage & keep track of who visited your office building.
You can now connect your own Lobbipad account in just a few clicks. Start getting more insights into frequent visitors, visitor time, most active hosts and so on.
Fun fact: this plugin was actually built by one of our users! As a Cumul.io user, it’s totally possible to build a data connector yourself with your own preferred data sources.
You can either keep your own plugins private, or you can share your plugins publically. In that way, other Cumul.io users can benefit from your valuable work as well.
Track errors & issues with plugin logging
When you’re creating a plugin, you’ll want to monitor if everything works as desired. To make sure you can properly track failures or errors, you can now check the logs of each plugin you’ve created.
Simply navigate to ‘Plugins’ in the ‘Profile’ section, where you’ll find an overview of all your created plugins. You’ll see a new inspect icon, which will take you to the plugin logs.
In the logs, you can filter on a specific time period, a status code or on a specific endpoint. This is a useful asset to debug your plugin, because you’ll know much better which request produced an error.
You can use it to debug your plugin before publishing it, or to further optimize your plugin once it’s in use.
Revamp your maps: new geographical datasets & new map styles
If you frequently work with geographical data, you should be using maps in your dashboards. They visually show you volume or concentrations in different areas, or you can even map location marks & routes directly onto the world map.
If you aren’t exploiting the full potential of maps yet, this is your moment. We’ve added some new features that will make working with maps even easier & more fun.
Use open datasets with European countries, regions & districts
To create a map in Cumul.io, your dataset needs to contain the coordinates of the locations you want to map. In most cases, your dataset will only contain the name of the location, not the coordinates.
Troubling? Not anymore! We added new public datasets which contain all the countries, regions and even districts in Europe with their corresponding coordinates. All datasets follow the NUTS-classification.
How to use them? Simply search for ‘NUTS’ in the public datasets section and create a link between your own dataset & the geo-dataset to start using the coordinates. Tip: make sure the region & country names in both datasets match correctly.
4 new styles to make your maps beautiful
How to make your map blend in with the rest of your dashboard’s style? There were already a number of map styles available, and we just added 4 extra types.
Try out Pastel, Streets, Topographique or Voyager by simply navigating to the item settings of your map chart. There you’ll be able to change your map style as you wish.
A renewed text object
Add a new look & feel to the text on your dashboards! With the renewed version of our text object, you can visually style your text in different ways.
Next to the size and alignment, you can now easily adapt the colors of your text objects as well. If you want to add even more custom styling via code, it’s still possible switch from rich text to HTML-view to add more advanced CSS styling.
Watch the webinar on filtering
After our feature highlight on styling last month, we’ll zoom in on filtering this month.
Our customer success team organized a webinar last week, explaining how you can properly use filters on your dashboards. Filters are crucial to make your dashboards interactive. They enable you to further drill down & analyze a specific part of your data.
But there’s a lot more to it. For example, did you know that…
… filters can filter each other?
… you can set filters on multiple levels in your dashboard?
… when 2 datasets are linked, you filter across these 2 datasets?
In a 30-minute session, you’ll get to know exactly how this all works. Interested? Simply watch the replay of the webinar below, and stay tuned for the next one!
Can’t wait to check the logs of your plugin? To connect with one of our new data sources? Or to make your maps even more beautiful than before? Go to Cumul.io and start exploring these new features right away!