Logi Composer 5.7 Release Notes

The following enhancements and updates were made to Composer in version 5.7. See the following topics:

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Product Rebranding

With this release, Logi Zoomdata has been rebranded as Logi Composer. A new logo, banner, and login page are introduced. In addition, many UI screens have been updated to support the name change.

Logi Zoomdata 3 and Logi Zoomdata 4 retain the Logi Zoomdata brand. The original Logi Composer 3 and Logi Composer 4 documentation is no longer available on DevNet. Contact Customer Support if you need it.

Authorization Updates

The following authorization updates were made in this release.

  • A new group management privilege called Can Manage Visuals has been added. Use this privilege to control whether users of the group can create, read, update, and delete visuals independently from dashboards. Users without this privilege will still be able to use and manipulate visuals within dashboards.

  • A new group management privilege called Can Manage Themes (ROLE_ADMINISTER_THEMES) has been added. Use this privilege to control whether users of the group can create, read, update, delete, list, activate, and otherwise manage UI themes. See Manage Composer v5 UI Themes.

  • In past releases, if users did not have permission to use at least one of the data sources used by the visuals on a dashboard, they could not list or open the dashboard. In this release, however, this behavior has changed to allow users to list and open the dashboard, but only see data from those data sources to which they have access. They may see an error message indicating that they have no permission to use some of the data sources. For example, if a dashboard contains two visuals that use two different data sources and the user has permission to view only one of the data sources, only the visual that uses that data source will work and contain actual data; the other visual will display the error message.

    This applies when the dashboard is shared as well. If users only have permissions for some of the data sources used by a dashboard, only the visuals that use the data sources for which they have permissions will contain data on the shared dashboard. The visuals that use the data sources for which they do not have permissions will display the error message.

See Group Privilege Reference.

API Changes

The following API changes are introduced in this release:

  • A new endpoint called visuals is introduced in this release. If your Composer user belongs to a group that has been assigned the Can Manage Visuals privilege, you can use this endpoint to create, update, or delete a visual or to list the visuals that have been defined or the details about a specific visual.

  • A new endpoint called api/customization/themes is introduced in this release to support themes. If your Composer user belongs to a group that has been assigned the Can Manage Themes privilege, you can use this endpoint to create, read, update, delete, list, activate and otherwise manage UI themes. See Manage Composer v5 UI Themes.

  • The api/branding-extensions endpoint has been deprecated.

API documentation is provided with your Composer installation at this link: https://<composer-URL>/composer/swagger-ui.html.

User Interface Changes

The following changes were made to the user interface in this release:

  • A new home page is used in the Composer UI when you are logged in as an administrator. Depending on your security profile, this home page displays the numbers of connection definitions, data source configuration definitions, visuals, and dashboards in the environment. It also provides easy access to lists of connection and data source configuration definitions, the Visual Gallery , and the dashboard library. The home page does not show information or provide links for resources that your security profile restricts you from viewing. See Home Page.

  • A new top-level navigation banner appears in the Composer UI when you are logged in as an administrator or a non-supervisor user. This menu provides easy access to connection definitions, data source configuration definitions, the visual gallery (visuals), and the dashboards in the UI. See The Top-Level Navigation Banner.

  • Data store connections can now be reviewed and maintained on a new Connections page that is accessed from the new top-level navigation banner, from the Composer UI menu, and from the Home Page. You can still create data store connections when you create data source configurations, but you can no longer access the list of connections or maintain connections from the Sources page. See Managing Data Store Connections.

  • Data source configurations can now be reviewed, maintained, and imported on a new Sources page that is accessed from the new top-level navigation banner, from the Composer UI menu, and from the Home Page. See Manage Composer v5 Data Source Configurations.

  • Visuals can now be managed independently of dashboards in a new Visual Gallery.

    • New visuals can be created in the Visual Gallery, independently of a dashboard.
    • Visuals created on a dashboard are automatically saved to the Visual Gallery. This includes visuals on an imported dashboard.
    • Visuals in the Visual Gallery can be modified. When a visual is modified on a dashboard, a new Save option allows you to save the updated visual in the Visual Gallery. After the changes are saved, the visual is modified on every dashboard that uses it.
    • Visuals in the Visual Gallery can be deleted. A visual cannot be deleted from the Visual Gallery if it is used in any dashboards. A warning message appears if this is attempted.
    • You can now place an existing visual from the Visual Gallery into an existing dashboard. See Placing Existing Visuals on a Dashboard.

    For more information, see Using the Visual Gallery and Manage Composer v5 Visuals.

  • A new sidebar menu now appears to the right of every visual edited from the Visual Gallery. It is also available when you select the new Edit Visual option on the visual drop-down menu when editing a visual in a dashboard. Selecting options on the sidebar menu opens and closes sidebars that allow you to control:

    • The style of a selected dashboard visual
    • The settings used for a selected visual
    • The configuration of pivot tables and raw data tables
    • The filters used for a selected visual
    • Sort and limit options for a selected visual
    • Ruler and reference line settings for a selected visual
    • Colors for a selected visual
    • Interactivity settings for a selected visual
    • General information for a selected visual

    See The Visual Interface and Using the Sidebar Menu. Note that the options on the new sidebar menu eliminate the need for the Visual Style, Color, Configure, Filters, Rulers, Sort & Limit, and Info options available in earlier releases from the visual drop-down menu. Consequently, these options have now been removed from the visual drop-down menu.

  • You can now control how users can interact with a visual. You can control their ability to:

    • Change metrics, rulers, colors, or otherwise modify a visual
    • Group, filter, or sort visual data
    • Use radial menu options
    • Copy, export, or delete the visual
    • Create keysets from visual data
    • Export visual data
    • Integrate visual data into external applications
    • Change the defaults set for a visual in the data source configuration visual defaults.

    This is useful in embedded use cases where the analytic on the parent application page needs to behave in a consistent manner with the rest of the application. These controls are managed on the interactivity sidebar for the visual. See Controlling How Users Interact With a Visual.

  • The dashboard drop-down menu has been removed and its options have been replaced by selectable icons at the top of each dashboard. The same functionality is available as in earlier releases. See Using the Dashboard Icon Bar.

  • This release introduces themes for the UI. Two themes are provided with the product, modern (light) and dark, but you can define and use your own themes.

    At this time, you can only tailor theme colors. Other tailoring properties (such as fonts or font sizes) should not be changed.

    To manage themes, your Composer user must be assigned to a group with the Can Manage Themes (ROLE_ADMINISTER_THEMES) privilege enabled. Themes are defined, controlled, and managed using a new api/customization/themes API endpoint. See Manage Composer v5 UI Themes.

What's Fixed?

The following problems were fixed in this release:

  • Derived fields can now be created with CASE statements that contain many fields.

  • Removed client side exportProxy evaluation.

  • The Refresh Fields button on the Fields tab of a data source configuration now correctly refreshes the field metadata in the data source.

  • A SAML user can now log in correctly after their SAML user's group mapping and their group settings in Composer have been changed.

What's Deprecated?

The following features were deprecated in this release:

  • The API filterableInAggregate property of the dashboard and visdefs endpoints is no longer available. The information provided by this property was not tailorable and had no effect. If your API calls still include this property, the API call will succeed, but the filterableInAggregate property is silently ignored.

  • The api/branding-extensions endpoint has been deprecated.