Actions allow Panopticon Designer (Desktop) Workbooks to be more interactive:
Link information in Dashboards to external systems
Use Navigation Actions to pre-filter Dashboards
Open web pages contextually through URL Actions
Perform all of the above through the Action buttons.
All methods provide the ability to view a summary data set, select particular items of interest and then jump to another data set focused on these particular items. This focused data set may be presented through another tab within the Workbook (Navigation Action) or through an external system (URL Actions & Script Actions).
Actions are exposed to the user through the right-click context menu, or through an action button.
Actions appear at the top of this menu with the Action icon to the left of the Action name.
Within Panopticon Designer (Desktop) the focused data set is achieved through the use of Parameters in the data set. See Add Parameters for more details.
Parameters values, must be text and are specified either through:
Default values on the creation of the parameter in the data table.
Values specified as a result of right-clicking on an item and executing an action.
Values specified externally, when a workbook is accessed via the web browser, and the parent web page includes the specified values as inputs.
In the specific case of the parameter _user_id, the authenticated username is retrieved.
In the other special case for the parameters $TimeWindowStart, $TimeWindowEnd, and $Snapshot
Other special cases for parameters used for zooming allow for $XAxisValueMin, $XAxisValueMax, $YAxisValueMin and $YAxisValueMax
Typically actions are created once the workbook design has largely been completed, with visualizations added to each Dashboard (tab), some being open to all data, and some being parameterized, visualizing data based on the default parameter values.