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What's New in Spotfire 2.2

New framework features descriptions, use cases and tutorials for TIBCO Spotfire 2.2.

Spotfire Professional

Spotfire 2.2 adds new extension capabilities to the ones already available.

Table Value Renderer

  • Creating a Table Value Renderer
    Table value renderers render values in table visualization columns. The most common scenario is to turn data values into images, which are rendered in the table cells.

Virtual Table Columns

  • Creating a Virtual Table Column Producer
    Some columns contain data that loads slowly, typically because of slow databases. Loading this kind of data into ordinary columns is impractical. Virtual column producers create columns that render only the cells actually viewed: Cell values are fetched on a need-to-view basis.

Table Context Menus for Column and Cell

  • Creating a Table Context Menu
    In addition to hooking in a context menu tool on a table, table context tools may be hooked in on column as well as cell level.

Table Data Export

Data from Tables, Cross tables and Summary tables, can be exported. Data is exported as unformatted (invariant) values, only using the client's locale, or as formatted. Tables and Cross tables support both formats, while Summary tables only support formatted values.

Axes Formatting

  • Spotfire Axis Formatting
    Axes formatting can be locally overridden in graphical visualizations and in the cross table. The short number formatting enables the use of magnitude symbols to minimize the space consumed.

Third Party Help Integration

  • Adding Custom Help Files
    Help documentation can be integrated in Spotfire. First custom help files are registered, then tools can integrate with their own help file.

Information Link Data Source

  • How to Create an Information Link Tool
    An information link is a configured request to a database. Information link configuring and opening can be automated. The API provides methods to find a link, to get and set its parameters, and launch the browse information link user interface. This tutorial describes a tool populating parameters on an informaton link.

Binary Data

Binary Data import is supported for files of the DXP, SFS and STDF types, and via information links. Developers may add custom data sources reading binary data.

Threading Framework

  • Threading Framework
    The threading framework enables the use of asynchronous calling. It is useful when a background thread is used to fetch data, perform calculation, performing custom value rendering, or even have custom visualizations render on a the background thread.

Event Relays

  • Event Relay
    Event relays can be used to combine several events into one, or to implement a class collecting several mutable property triggers.

Data Cache

  • Data Cache
    The data cache is general purpose. It supports many data types. Multiple instances may be created.

Spotfire SDK

  • Spotfire Package Builder
    Spotfire Package Builder provides a framework for developing, debugging, packaging and deploying extensions to Spotfire. It is an important tool when adding custom capabilities to the Spotfire platform.
    Note: Package Builder 2.2 is also recommended for Spotfire 2.1 development.
  • Visual Studio® Macros
    The SDK contains a Visual Studio macro simplifying development of document nodes. It injects boiler plate code based on the private fields defining a custom Spotfire document node.

Spotfire Technology Network

  • Knowledge Base
    The rest of the content hosted in the Spotfire Technology Network is written by Spotfire's team of technical writers. The Knowledge Base is the place for the rest of the Spotfire team to share their product and platform knowledge, from what's new in the latest release to tips on how to perform a specific analysis in our products.
  • User Documentation Overview
    This page provides web access to the latest versions of Spotfire manuals. The documentation contains both general purpose information that is useful when configuring or extending Spotfire, and step instructions on how to perform a particular task.