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Nanosai Studio Tutorial

Jakob Jenkov
Last update: 2018-06-02

Nanosai Studio is a desktop application designed to make it easy to analyze a variety of data in realtime. Nanosai Studio can be used to create realtime dashboards to monitor data for a wide variety of use cases, including but not limited to:

  • Monitoring startup or established business KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).
  • Monitor infrastructure in an operations or devops setup.
  • Monitor ecommerce system KPIs.
  • Monitor public data, like economic or crime related KPIs.

These are common use cases, but you can come up with your own use cases, as long as the data is readable by Nanosai Studio, and Nanosai Studio contains a data view that fits your use case. If not, contact Nanosai. Maybe we can help you out.

Disclosure:
I am a co-founder of Nanosai - the company behind Nanosai Studio, as you can see from the Nanosai website.

Installing Nanosai Studio

As mentioned earlier, Nanosai Studio is a desktop application. Installing Nanosai Studio requires the following three simple steps:

  • Download the Nanosai Studio ZIP file.
  • Unzip the ZIP file to the directory you want Nanosai Studio to be installed in.
  • Execute the run-latest.cmd command.

That is all it takes.

You can download Nanosai Studio from the Nanosai website: nanosai.com .

Using Nanosai Studio

Using Nanosai Studio consists of the following simple steps:

  • Open a new Data Studio tab.
  • Configure a data source in the dashboard.
  • Attach a data view analyzing the data from the data source in the dashboard.

These steps are done via a GUI with mouse and keyboard, and are quite simple to perform. In this Nanosai Studio tutorial you will see how to perform these steps.

Opening a Data Studio Tab

Opening a new Data Studio tab inside Nanosai Studio is done via the Studios / Data Studio menu item in the top menu of the application. Here is a screenshot of selecting that menu item:

Opening a Data Studio tab inside Nanosai Studio

After opening a Data Studio tab, Nanosai Studio will look like this:

Nanosai Studio with a single Data Studio tab open.

Configuring a Data Source

Once you have a Data Studio tab open, you can configure one or more data sources. You configure a data source by clicking one of the data source buttons in the toolbar displayed in the top of the Data Studio tab. The data source buttons are located in the left side of the toolbar. You will see how to use these buttons in the following sections.

Adding a File Data Source

To add a file data source you must click the "+ File Data Source" button in the Data Studio toolbar. Once you do, you get a dialog that looks like this:

Configuring a file data source in Nanosai Studio.

Type in a name for the data source, and type in the path for the file you want to add as a data source, or click the "Select File..." button and browse to select the file. Choose a data format. Then click the "OK" button.

The data source is now saved, and can be used by a data view.

Adding a Web Data Source

To add a web data source you must click the "+ Web Data Source" button in the Data Studio toolbar. Once you do, you get a dialog that looks like this:

Configuring a web data source in Nanosai Studio.

Type in a name for the data source, and type in the URL of the data source. Choose a data format. Then click the "OK" button.

The data source is now saved, and can be used by a data view.

Configuring a Data View

Once you have configured one or more data sources, you can add a data view that analyzes and visualizes the data in the data source. A data view reads data from the underlying data source regularly (currently every 10 seconds - but that will be configurable in the future).

You add a data view to the Data Studio tab using the data view buttons in the middle of the toolbar at the top of the Data Studio tab. In the following screenshot the "+ X,Y Chart" button was clicked:

Configuring a data view in Nanosai Studio.

Type in a title for the data view. This title will be displayed over the data view. In the data source select box a file data source is chosen. In the data view select box a line chart is chosen. After that, the "OK" button can be clicked. A line chart will now be added to the Data Studio tab. Nanosai Studio will look like this after:

Nanosai Studio with a Data Studio tab with a data view added.

Adding Multiple Data Views

You can add multiple data views to a Data Studio tab, and the data sources can be reused for multiple data views.

Jakob Jenkov




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