Main improvements in the v2 UI and some FAQs.

If you’re migrating from v1 dashboards and charts to v2, you’ll find most of the changes intuitive. This page highlights new features and has some FAQs.

Main Improvements

Our revamped UI for charts and dashboards includes the following main features:

Create Dashboard Workflow

Simple workflow for dashboards with multiple charts.
  1. Select Dashboards > Create Dashboard
  2. Drag in a widget to create a chart (from integration or chart type)
  3. Customize chart and save dashboard.
create dashboard

From Query Builder to Chart Builder

Complete redesign. Chart Builder helps you visualize exactly what you need.
We support easy metric selection and intuitive grouping, filtering, and functions.
Switch to Query Editor only for advanced tasks.
create dashboard

Integrated Chart Customization

You can now specify the data you want to display in the Data tab and use other tabs for customization. create dashboard
We made usability improvements for each chart type--and you can use delete, clone, create alert from icon bar. create an alert from the ellipsis menu

Dashboard Variables Redesign

Dashboard variables are now easier to configure and easier to use.

We've streamlined variable configuration for developers. We've made setting variables easier for all users. dashboard variables

Where’s the Doc for the New UI?

We’ve prepared the following doc pages for the new UI. These pages are not yet in the Table of Contents because most Wavefront users are still using the v1 UI but you can access them using the following links:

Chart FAQs

Q: How do I add an alert from a chart?

A: Open the chart, click the Data tab, and select Create Alert from the ellipsis menu on the far right.

v2 Create Alert

Q: Some of my charts look different. What can I do?

A: The goal of this UI revision is parity, but we’ve made a few changes:

  • Scatter plots are obsolete. Change scatter plot to a different chart type before you go to v2.
  • Line plots changed. Single-line line plots now use highlighting to make the highs and lows stand out more:

    v2 Line plot

    Line plots with more than one line look similar to v1 line plots though the colors are different.

  • Single Stats charts with sparklines have a changed look. You can experiment with sparkline position by selecting Sparkline > Show Sparkline. Change Minimum to 0 for a chart that looks like the v1 chart.

Q: How does the new time window selector work?

A: Our new time window selector supports a selection of preset times, or you can specify a custome time frame. 4 weeks is not the same as 1 month – use the custom time window selector to select a full month.

v2 time picker

Q: How do I clone or delete a chart?

A: Open the chart, click the Data tab, and select an icon on the right.

v2 Clone Query

Q: How can I deselect (hide) a query?

A. Use the eye icon on the right to deselect (hide) or show the results of a query in the chart.

v2 Hide or show query

Q: How can I create an embedded chart in v2?

Embedded charts allow you to make a chart available outside Wavefront. We currently don’t support this functionality for v2, but all your existing embedded charts will continue to work.

Dashboard FAQ

Q: Where are my sections?

A: Use the Jump To menu to select a section.

v2 Jump To

Q: Where’s the wrench icon (Dashboard display preferences)?

A: We’ve consolidated the UI for customizing dashboards.

  1. Select Edit
  2. Click Settings in the top right.
  3. Set your preferences for the dashboard, click Accept, and click Save to save the dashboard and your preferences.

v2 dashboard preferences

Q:Several of my charts now have warnings. What’s going on?

A: We’ve move the warning icon from the bottom right of a chart to the top left to make it more visible. Here’s an example with v2 on the left and the same chart in v1 on the right:

v2 warnings

Wavefront currently doesn’t distinguish between warnings and info messages. For example, if a query specifies a time window but doesn’t specify d, m, s, etc, we default to m (minutes) and show a warning. Expect an update in an upcoming release.

Q: Dashboard variables have changed. Where do I find out more?

A: We have new documentation for dashboard variables.