Design SuiteApplying a data visualization

The Data Visualization menu on the View bar lists the data visualizations available in the current file, in user and workgroup folders, and in Vectorworks libraries. Currently applied visualizations display with a check mark. The Enable Data Visualization toggle turns the selected visualizations on or off.

The Data Visualization menu is only available when a design layer is the active layer; on sheet layers, data visualizations are applied as viewport properties.


To apply a data visualization to the drawing:

Click the Data Visualization menu on the View bar.

Select the data visualizations to apply; if needed, enter text in the search box to filter the list.

Selected visualizations display with a check mark, and a number next to the visualization indicates its priority. If there is a conflict, the visualization with the lower number takes precedence. Deselect all visualizations to display the drawing with object attributes.

When closed, the top of the menu displays the selected visualization name, or it indicates that multiple visualizations or no visualizations are selected.

Click Enable Data Visualization to toggle the selected visualizations on or off. When the toggle is off, the menu displays with <None> and all visualizations are deselected; however, the previously selected visualization status is remembered. If you toggle the visualizations back on, previously selected visualizations are selected and applied again.

The toggle button indicates the status of the data visualization feature:

 Disabled: No data visualizations are selected, and the data visualization feature is off. Select a data visualization to turn on the feature.

 Run: Data visualizations are selected, and the data visualization feature is on (your highlight color may be different). The drawing displays with the selected data visualization settings. 

 Pause: Data visualizations are selected, but the data visualization feature is paused, so the drawing displays with object attributes. Click the toggle to apply the selected data visualizations again.

In Spotlight, data visualizations apply to lighting device geometry without affecting the label legend. To set the label legend attributes, see Creating label legends.

Applying a data visualization to a viewport

Data visualizations can be applied to a viewport on a sheet layer. Data visualizations prevent class/layer viewport overrides from displaying; turn off data visualizations in a viewport to display the override settings.

Advanced viewport settings for Black and White Only and Use layer colors do not apply when a data visualization other than <None> is selected for the viewport.

To apply a data visualization to a sheet layer viewport:

Do one of the following:

For an existing, selected viewport, select the data visualization to apply from Data Visualization on the Object Info palette.

If the viewport has not yet been created, select the data visualization from the View bar before creating the viewport. The current data visualization automatically applies to the viewport.

For a viewport style, select the data visualization to apply from the Viewport Style dialog box, and set the selection to be by style or by instance for viewports that use the style.

Select multiple data visualizations, if desired. Select data visualizations that do not conflict with each other.

A data visualization legend is automatically added to the sheet layer.

Data visualization legends

When a data visualization is assigned to a sheet layer viewport, a legend is automatically created within the annotation layer of the viewport. If multiple visualizations are selected for the viewport, a legend is created for each visualization.


To edit the legend properties:

Right-click on the viewport and select Edit Annotations from the context menu.

Select the legend to view and edit its properties in the Object Info palette. Measurements are in page units.

Click to show/hide the parameters.Click to show/hide the parameters.




The legend is named after the data visualization by default; enter new label text to change it

Swatch Coloring

Select the combination of background and foreground fill and pen for the color swatches

Swatch Width/Height

Specifies the color swatch width and height

Overall Width

Specifies the overall legend width

Note Text Indent

Sets the distance to indent the label text

Line Spacing

Sets the spacing of each line in the legend

# of Columns

Sets the number of columns, up to four

Gutter Width

When more than one column is selected, sets the distance between the columns

Break Note Text Across Columns

When more than one column is selected, allows text to break across columns; when deselected, text for each note does not break to the next column

Text Alignment

Specifies the alignment of the note text

Edit Labels

Opens the Data Visualization Legend Labels dialog box, for reordering labels and changing label text

Format Title Text

Opens the Format Text dialog box; see Formatting text

Format Label Text

Opens the Format Text dialog box; see Formatting text

To edit or reorder the legend's labels, click Edit Labels.

The Data Visualization Legend Labels dialog box opens.

On the left, the extracted values display. Click on a value and drag within the column to change the order of the labels. To change the label text, click on a label and enter the new name. Click OK to return to the Object Info palette.

To delete a legend, select it and press the Delete key. This is useful when more than one viewport on the sheet layer shares the same data visualization, and only one legend is necessary, or when a legend is not desired.

If a legend is accidentally deleted, create a new one from the annotation space of the viewport. Right-click on the drawing and select Create Data Visualization Legend from the context menu.

Creating a new data visualization

Viewing the drawing by data or by attributes

The View bar

Creating annotations for sheet layer viewports


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