A lot of Dashboard Spy readers have Apple iPhones on their brains these days. With the release of the new iPhone models (3G S) and the price drop of the older 8 gb iPhone to $99, there’s a lot of buzz right now. Personally, I’ve been having an adventure with a “detected but not identified” message when I connect my own iPhone to my Dell laptop but now I’m digressing (see comments below for the work-around that solves it).
Long time Dashboard Spy reader and SAS/GRAPH guru Robert Allison has developed a nifty iPhone dashboard. Take a look at this screenshot:
He was sparked by an image of a dashboard that appeared on this blog, but I’ll let Robert tell the story.
A while back, the “DashboardSpy” posted up a mock-up of a dashboard
for an iPhone. He got it from BonaVista Systems (it was a graphic they had
used for a contest), and I checked with Andreas Lipphardt of BonaVista Systems
and he says the iPhone dashboard is a “screen mockup”.
I decided to try to create the _real_ thing, using SAS/Graph!
How did I create it?
First, I found that the screen dimensions of an iPhone are 320×480 pixels.
Therefore, I set my xpixels and ypixels to those values.
Then, to create the dashboard, I started with a “gplot”, but I only
used it for the haxis and to give me a coordinate system to work with.
I pretty much annotated everything except for the numbers on the haxis.
The names of the “Key Figures” along the left are actually outside of
the gplot axes, and everything to the right of that text is ‘inside’
of the plot axes. I used a large “offset” value in my haxis to allow
room for me to annotate the red dots, the sparklines, the CV, and
the bar values to the left of the 0% axis value. I use an angled
title on the left of the graph to guarantee that I have room on that
side to annotate the text for the “Key Figure” names.
For the sparklines, I put 12 variables in my dataset (line1-line12),
and connect them with annotate move/draw.
For the bullet graphs, I annotate a ‘bar’ for each of the 3 shaded
sections behind them, and I annotate a move/draw line segment (with
a wide thickness) for the ‘bar’.
Notice that some of the lines of data have all-missing numerical values.
These are the ones for the section labels, etc.
I tried to write it somewhat generalized, so that you can have a different
number of lines of data, etc.
You can find the full write-up and SAS code for this dashboard here:
Here are some images from Robert:
The “mockup” of an iPhone dashboard:
A real iPhone Dashboard created with SAS/GRAPH:
About to zoom in on the iPhone dashboard:
The enlarged view of the SAS iPhone Dashboard:
And here is a view of the rotated dashboard:
As always, Robert Allison has done a great job with the dashboard. Check out his other sample dashboards at Robert Allison’s SAS/Graph Samples.
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