The Browse Activity
With the Browse Activity you can easily find, compare and visualize data from the database.
You can look at overviews for countries and companies or look for specific time series and quickly view them as charts, reports and tables. Charts, tables and reports presented in Browse are intended to be just a quick and transient view of the data.
You select a view of the database and then you can select an entity from the resulting list. When you select an entity, the Action tab will show the actions available for that entity. The name of the active entity is written at the top of the Action tab.
If you click on an action that produces a chart or a report, it will show up on the right hand side of the application. For instance, if you click on CPI you will see the corresponding chart like this:
When you open a new presentation, such as a chart or a report, in Browse it will open in the active Tab and replace any chart or report in that Tab. This means that you can quickly view different presentations for the selected entity.
You can have several tabs open at the same time. If you want to keep the current Tab, you can open a new one by pressing the + sign to the right of the Tabs. This will open an empty Tab and when you select another presentation it will be shown in the new Tab.
Tip: If you hold down the Ctrl key when you select an action, a new Tab will be created.
“Use in tabs” and “Add to active”
The actions “Use in tabs” and “Add to active” operate on the presentations currently open as Tabs in Browse.
The action “Use in tabs” will, if possible, replace the entity currently used in the presentations, with the selected entity. For example, if you have a CPI chart for Denmark, select Belgium and then press “Use in tabs”, then the chart will show CPI for Belgium instead of Denmark. The little red arrow next to the entity names is a shortcut for this action.
The action “Add to active” will attempt to add the selected entity to the presentation in the active Tab. For instance, if you have a CPI chart for Germany, select Denmark and press “Add to active” then you will get a chart like this:
Tip: Shift+click on the red arrow next to the entity name is a shortcut for this action.
Enter text to search for
For some database views you can enter a text to search for instead of navigating the list of categories.
When you enter a text and press Enter, the database will be searched for all relevant entities that have some word in the title or description that begins with the text that you have entered.
If several words are entered, all words must match.
To clear the search mode and show the list of categories, press the X next to the text entry field or press Esc on the keyboard.
Browse for time series
When you select the Browse operation called “Time series” instead of “Overview”, you will browse the database for time series entities and you will be able to see the complete set of all time series. The charts and reports that appear in the Action tab will be general presentations that can be used for all time series.
The chart in Browse
When viewing a chart in Browse you can zoom in on the date axis by marking a range with the mouse. You can zoom out all the way by double clicking on the axis.
You can select a graph in a chart by clicking on it. You may see the value and the date of the selected point by hovering the mouse over it. Selecting a graph will select the corresponding time series, and you will see the actions for that time series in the Action tab. In particular, the Time series information report will be available as an action in this case.
You can use the Ruler, which can be turned on in the Chart menu or toolbar, to see the values of all graphs at a specific point in time.
If you want to save a chart as a document, you can select “Save as analytics document” in the File menu.
If you want to do more changes to the charts or calculations, then you open a copy of the tab in the Analytics Activity as explained later in this document.
- Using the Browse activity in the Macrobond application
- Navigating between Browse and Analytics activities
- Navigating within the Overview Tab
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