Adaptable Blotter is a powerful, data-agnostic, HTML5 DataGrid add-on that provides you with a wide range of advanced tools for searching, filtering, sorting, styling, editing, exporting, analysing, validating and auditing your data. These will enable you to work faster and more efficiently and productively.
This help contains 3 sections:
Getting Started - how to use the Blotter
Functions - a guide to each of the functions in the Blotter subdivided by Search, Grid, Edit and Styling
Admin - how to install, integrate and manage the Blotter
Adaptable Blotter sits on top of an underlying grid component and provides an extra layer of functionality that contains all the additional searching, editing, sorting, exporting and auditing functionality that advanced users have come to expect, and which is normally provided by in-house developers.
Adaptable Blotter provides one set of screens irrespective of which underlying gird is used and one set of functionality, but a different internal implementation for each underlying grid.
Adaptable Blotter does NOT provide any data, nor data adaptors. Its your job to populate the data however you wish and from whichever source you want (e.g. table, database, spreadsheet, streaming data etc), and likewise its your responsibility what happens to the data after its edited. The purpose of Adaptable Blotter is to give you a superior and powerful experience of handling your data while its in front of you.
Adaptable Blotter can be used in any industry or sector. Although the initial marketing was aimed at financial services, the data-agnostic nature of the blotter, means it can be used anywhere. And increasingly its being used by clients in legal, media, retail and other sectors.
Adaptable Blotter runs in a browser but does not require internet access.
Adaptable Blotter supports DataGrids from the leading vendors - both commercial and open-source - including Telerik Kendo, OpenFin Hypergrid and the ag-Grid. More supported grids are being included all the time. It additionally supports the Adaptable Grid, a grid control that we have developed to work closely with Adaptable Blotter
Each development team will decide which underlying grid to use for each deployment. Whichever grid is used the same Adaptable Blotter Objects (e.g. searches, filters, layouts etc) will be created, meaning that it is trivial to move from one grid to another. These objects can be edited, saved and shared according to each user's Settings.
Adaptable Blotter contains a number of Functions that are designed to help you to work more quickly and efficiently. Each function has its own screen and properties. Functions can be accessed from the Blotter Dashboard.
Adaptable Blotter allows you to create your own Adaptable Blotter Objects based on your data and requirements. For more information see Adaptable Blotter Objects. Many of these objects include powerful, custom cross-column Queries that you will create.
Additionally it includes powerful Column Filters to enable you to find your data easily.
We advise you to take some time to familiarise yourself with these as they will save you a lot of time.
Adaptable Blotter provides a Dashboard which is used to display controls for various functions. You can choose which items are available in the dashboard area in the Dashboard function.
It contains 2 elements:
Function Toolbars - small controls contains buttons and dropdown relevant to a single function, often avoiding the need to access the function screen directly.
Home Toolbar - includes the Functions Dropdown that contains an entry for each function and Function Buttons. Both open the popup for the relevant function when clicked. Also contains the Column Dropdown which lists all columns in the grid, and an About Button that provides summary information about the grid and current user.
To change which Function Toolbars and Function Buttons are displayed in the Dashboard, click the Configure Dashboard button which will open the Dashboard Configuration screen allowing you to hide, show and sort elements according to your precise requirements. For more information see Dashboard.
Many of Adaptable Blotter's displays have context-sensitive help, where appropriate, displaying a blue information icon . If you hover the cursor over the icon, the help information appears in a pop-up dialog.