Key Differences Between the Classic Designer and Wave Dashboard Designer | Salesforce
Consider the following differences between the classic designer and the Wave dashboard designer.
- The Wave dashboard designer provides a user interface for creating layouts for different types of devices. With the classic designer, you have to set up mobile layouts using the dashboard JSON.
- The Wave dashboard designer provides wizards that walk you through creating widgets, with their underlying steps created behind the scenes. With the classic designer, you have to manually create the lenses in explorer, clip them, and then apply them to widgets. (A “step” in the Wave dashboard designer is the same as a “lens” in the classic designer.)
- The Wave dashboard designer uses snap-to-grid, letting you quickly position, align, and resize widgets. In the classic designer, you specify pixels to define each widget’s position and size.
- You can create steps, including static steps, from within the Wave dashboard designer. In classic designer, you have to clip the lens from explorer to the designer or build the step using JSON.
- The Wave dashboard designer allows you to hide steps and properties to give you more workspace when designing a dashboard. This isn’t possible in the classic designer.
- The Wave dashboard designer has a single table widget that can be used to create a values table or compare table. The classic designer has a separate widget for each type of table.
- Unlike the box widget in the classic designer, the container widget in the Wave dashboard designer groups widgets, which allows you to move them all at once.
- Only dasboards built with the Wave dashboard designer support annotations and notifications.
- Only the classic designer and explorer support the following chart types: parallel coordinates, horizontal dot plot, vertical dot plot, matrix, and pivot table. When clipped to a Wave dashboard designer, these chart types convert to a bar chart, except for pivot tables, which are visualized as a compare table.