Sisense BloX-Overview
  • 29 Mar 2022
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Sisense BloX are JSON objects rendered as HTML inside widgets on your dashboard. Create dynamic and rich content in your widgets that can turn your dashboard into an interactive business app. This enables you to gather insights and take immediate action from within your widget or dashboard. For example, you can create widgets that visualize an important KPI, while also displaying buttons that allow you to push a webhook to take an action you define.

Sisense BloX

Sisense BloX offers much more than just a customizable design. With Sisense BloX, you can:

  • Add images to your widget
  • Embed iFrames
  • Add custom scripts
  • Organize your content in containers and columns
  • Add multiple types of actions
  • Collect input from your users

Who Should Use Sisense BloX?

Sisense BloX are JSON objects that render HTML and CSS. Therefore, to create your own interactive BloX, you should have a basic understanding of how JSON works, and have knowledge of HTML and CSS.
The following pages will show you how you can create interactive dashboards with Sisense BloX:

Limitations
  • Sisense BloX requires Sisense V7.2 or later
  • When working with the Jump-to-Dashboard add-on, the origin dashboard and the destination (drill) dashboard are required to be connected to the same Data Model
  • To change the position of a Blox widget on the dashboard, first make sure the widget's title is not hidden
  • If you have users using Internet Explorer, or if you need to export Sisense BloX to PDF, use JS ES5 rather than ES6 in your custom actions, as well as IE-compliant CSS syntax
  • BloX responsiveness is limited, meaning the sizes will be adjusted with background image size or the original widget size, but have some compatibility limitation due to the Sisense overall grid. Test your BloX widgets in different screen sizes
  • Images from an external source may not load properly in the Excel or PDF reports. See Displaying Images for information loading images locally
  • BloX are not compatible with Amazon's Echo.
  • The Custom-Style Plugin, overwrites the conditional color of BloX
  • Items and values are limited to 20 panels each
  • List view (Carousel: false) is limited to the 100 first items
  • Sisense BloX v1.1 does not support any native Sisense visualization
  • Once BloX is installed, to display it, refresh the plugin list on the Admin page
  • Base64 as an image will cause the widget to load slowly
BloX for Mobile

Sisense BloX is not yet certified for Sisense Mobile. For optimal viewing, Sisense suggests you design widgets for desktop or widgets for mobile devices according to the guidelines below:

  • Choose images that can fit mobile screens or keep the background as a solid color
  • Keep all text below 10 point font size
  • Display a clear call-to-action in the center
  • Limit your items one column and no more than five different text and data elements
  • Limit all icons to "small"
Note:

The social feed template is not supported

Displaying Images

Sisense BloX does not display all default images from templates. Instead, use external images or refer to images with an absolute path.
For example:
{ “type”: “Image”, “Url”: “{YOUR_SISENSE-DOMAIN}/plugins/BloX/blox-images/Indicatorleft/headphone.png”, “horizontalAlignment”: “center”, “size”: “stretch” }
Or
{ “type”: “Image”, “Url”: "http://10.50.73.211:30845/plugins/BloX/blox-images/Indicatorleft/headphone.png”, “horizontalAlignment”: “center”, “size”: “stretch” }

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Changes in BloX Version 2.0

Sisense BloX 2.0 includes major infrastructure changes. These changes affect how Sienese BloX widgets from earlier versions are displayed.
Sisense encourages you to upgrade to the latest version of Sisense BloX because it provides more flexibility, allowing you to customize every element in your widgets.
The following is a list of breaking changes that you can expect when upgrading to the latest version of Sisense BloX:

  • Styling and layout changes. Verify that the styling of your Sisense BloX widgets works as expected
  • The value of <style> is no longer a string and should now include CSS
  • Values of attributes are now case-sensitive
  • Conditional formatting includes a max value
  • JumpToDashboard and lightboxes are not supported with SisenseJS

If you have an earlier version of Sisense BloX or want to install an earlier version, see Sisense BloX 1.1.


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