There are general settings you can create in your visualization that will have an effect on all views. To make changes to the general settings, go to the "Views" tab of your visualization and click the "General Settings" button.
In the "General Settings" window, you will see three tabs that span various settings for your visualization: View Options, Controls, and Colors. The available settings revolve around these key areas:
- Specifying a title field and an image field for any item (View Options)
- Showing or hiding features and controls of a visualization (Controls)
- Specifying color mappings for specific field values (Colors)
1. Specifying a title and an image field
On the first tab ("View Options"), you will see two drop-down menus. The first option determines the title for each item, and the second option determines the image for each item. The title is always set to a specific field in your dataset (usually the first), while the image drop-down is blank by default.
Changing the title field for items
Changing the title is easy—simply select another field. This field will now be treated as the title across all views.
Any dataset you upload into Gist describes a particular type of object—whether it is a collection of people, places, events, or other things. The title field is used to describe your dataset. For example, if you have a dataset tracking the population for all cities in the world, then your title field might be set to the "City" field in your data. Or, if you have a dataset tracking revenues over the course of several years, then your title field might be set to "Year". Your chosen title is always specific to your data, and is based on what you want to communicate with your visualization.
Setting an the image field for items
The image drop-down requires links to online images that Gist can parse. Images can be in JPG or PNG formats. Make sure that the selected field actually contains image URLs. Also, make sure that the image URL ends with the file format, without any trailing characters. Here is an example: http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/thumb/2/21/001Bulbasaur.png/250px-001Bulbasaur.png
Changing the image drop-down will require processing your changes after you exit the "General Settings" window. You should see a "Save" button at the top right of your screen—click it to process the images. Note that this could take a few minutes, depending on the size of your dataset.
2. Showing or hiding features and controls
Click on the "Controls" tab. This is where you can toggle different view controls on or off. By default, all of the controls are activated, with the exception of "Accessibility Mode".
These are the available options:
- "Filter Dropdown" displays the filters at the top left of your visualization.
- "Search" displays the search field in your views.
- "View Controls" shows all drop-downs and the legend in all views.
- "View Interactivity" makes it possible to click on a facet or an item in any of the views, to add a filter, or to go to the Detail view.
- "Accessibility Mode" adds a high-contrast option to most views.
For more information on the Controls, please refer to this article: http://support.gistapp.com/display-settings/turning-view-controls-onoff
3. Specifying color mappings
The "Colors" tab allows users to change the default colors for any variables in your data. For example, let's assume you have a dataset of baby names, and you want to display all names over time in a Bar Chart view, color coded by gender. You might assign one color (e.g., blue) to male names, and another (e.g., pink) to female names. After they are assigned, these colors would remain consistent across all views wherein the field values are displayed.
To assign colors, start by selecting a new color from the list of circles. Then, specify the field name (e.g., "Gender") above in the drop-down on the left, and the specific value (e.g., "Female") in the drop-down on the right. Once you click "Add Color Rule", the color will be added to the list.