How do I change column width

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01 Sep, 2017 10:34 AM

Hi, I'm trying out Goalscape and liking the software. I want to change the column width for one of the rings, so I can number each 'ray' of the sun in the chart I am creating. How do I do this? I do not need a wide band for this, just a narrow one, as I don't want to use up valuable space on the chart.
Also, a suggestion for the right hand side panel. I get rid of it to have a bigger chart to work on, but need it again to change progress info. It would be more user friendly to be able to click on the tab for it to re-appear, instead of having to pull it out each time.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Richard Parslow on 01 Sep, 2017 12:45 PM

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    Hi Helen

    Thanks for your inquiry.

    1. In the goal map (Goalscape's multi-level pie chart) we refer to 'goal level': Level 1 Goals are the innermost ones next to the Main Goal at the centre; Level 2 goals are the Level 1 goals' subgoals, etc.

      In large projects with many levels you can clarify your overview by collapsing the outermost levels to hide the details – use the Down arrow on the Anchor Bar at 12 o'clock (you can expand any collapsed using the Up arrow). The number of levels displayed is maintained when you use Focus View. There is an Infopoint video about Changing Views (to see where all the Infopoints are, click the 'i' button at top right of the Goalscape screen – we are currently updating all the Infopoints to reflect the latest new features and screen options and the new ones will be up soon).

      If by 'rays' you mean the sectors of the goal map defined by each Level 1 goal and its subgoals, you can use colour-coding to differentiate these sectors; or just include your numbering as a digit at the start of each Level 1 goal's name.

      If I have misunderstood what you are asking here please post again to clarify (specifically, what you mean by 'column width') – an annotated screenshot or mockup would help.

    2. Regarding the screen layout: in any standard 'landscape' window, once the goal map is as large as it can be (ie when its height is maximised), it will not get any bigger if you hide the panel – it will just be centred in the screen. So (unless your window is square!) however big you make the goal map, there should still be some space on the right for the panel.

      Panel visibility (and width when displayed) is a per-project setting: when you change the panel width for a goal, the width is maintained when you select any other goal in that project. I understand that what you are asking for is a 'Hide/Show Panel' toggle button, with the chosen setting applying only to that goal. The problem though is that if the panel visibility (or its width) changed according to goal selection, the goal map would jump around the screen every time the user selected a different goal. That would be distracting and irritating, especially as the cursor's position relative to the goal map would also change (imagine trying to select each of a 'family' of neighbouring goals in turn, when the goal map keeps moving around with each selection).

      Remember too that for presentations you can also maximise the Notes area by using 'Hide details' – and most browsers offer a Full Screen or Presentation Mode to maximise the size of the application window by hiding the browser menus.

      Again, if I have misunderstood what you are asking here please post again with a screenshot to illustrate the issue.

    All the best


  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Richard Parslow on 09 Sep, 2017 06:44 PM

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    Hi Helen

    Quick follow-up: to hide or show the panel on the right of the screen you do not need to drag the handle: you can simply use the handle as a 'toggle' by double-clicking it.

    We are also investigating adding toggle buttons to hide/show Panel (and hide/show Goal List) in the View menu in Goalscape Desktop.

    Enjoy the journey!


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