Publishing Settings for your Visualization
After you have created a Visualization, you have a few options for how to publish it and share it with others. Click on the "Display" tab in your Visualization settings.
In the "Privacy Settings" section you will find three options.
The first option, "Allow anyone to view visualizations (not only registered users)", will make your Visualization publicly viewable. This means that you can send a link to your Visualization to anyone and they will be able to view it, whether or not they are registered Gist users. By default, Visualizations are private. As a Gist Team or Enterprise subscriber you can give specific people access to private Visualizations via the "Users" tab.
The second option, "Allow anyone to download your data", will make it possible for anyone with access to your Visualization to download the source data via the Visualization menu on the right.
The third option, "List visualization on your team page", will show your Visualization as a tile and make it discoverable by any visitor to your Team Page.
Below the "Privacy Settings" is the option to request that your Visualization be listed in the Gist Showcase. You can click the button to place your request, and if approved your Visualization will become visible at app.gistapp.com. (Note that it first needs to be made publicly viewable.)
You can change the color of your tile and your Visualization by scrolling down on the "Display" tab and changing the accent color. You can also update the colors used It is also possible to upload a thumbnail image for your Visualization that will appear inside the tile.
Finally, there are two text fields that let you enter a description for your Visualization so that it can be found more easily, as well as a link to your source data if applicable. The description will appear in the tile hovers as well as the "About" option in the Visualization menu, which is also where the link to the source data is shown.
Viewing your Visualization
You've created your first Visualization, but when you view your Team Page you see "No Visualizations Available".
Your Visualization is in tact, you just need to list it on your Team Page. Like described above, you can go to the "Display" tab in your Visualization settings, and turn on "List visualization on your team page".
Now, your Visualization will display on your Team Page. In addition, you can also change the color of the tile and add an image as outlined above. Note that if you entered a description for your Visualization, it will appear when you hover over the tile.
The accent color of your Visualization is also used inside the Visualization itself when your open it up. For example, it is visible in the link to your Team Page at the top, as well as in the hovers on the view controls.
Clicking on the menu in the top right of the Visualization will give users additional options and information on your Visualization.
The menu includes the following options:
- "About" opens a window with information on your Visualization.
- "Insights" lets registered users take a snapshot of an interesting view they have discovered and post it to your Team Page. (Note that this can be turned in your Visualization's "General Settings".)
- "Download Data" lets users download the source data for your Visualization, and is turned on or off in your Visualization settings as outlined above.
- "Share" lets people embed your Visualization on an external website or post it to Facebook and Twitter. This only applies to publicly visible Visualizations.
- The "More from..." option finally takes users back to your Team Page.
The "About" window shows a range of information for your Visualization, for example the Team, a link to the source data (if you have entered one), the date that your Visualization was last updated, the number of items it includes, and a description (assuming you have added one).
The "Share" window gives people the ability to post your Visualization to Facebook or Twitter. It also has a link to your Visualization that anyone can share, as well as an embed code that users can place on their own websites or blogs to display your Visualization in-line. (The embed functionality is detailed more in this article: Embedding your Visualization.)