The following article explains about the version compatibility of the dashboard files with different versions of Syncfusion Dashboard Designer application.
Dashboard designer application is backward-compatible
Syncfusion Dashboard Designer application allows you to open or edit the older versions of dashboard files such as dashboard (SYDX), data sources (SYDS), widgets (SYDW), and custom widgets (SYCW) in the highest or latest versions of the dashboard designer application.
For an example, if you are designing a dashboard report using 220.127.116.11 version of the Dashboard Designer, it can also be opened in any higher or latest versions. So, you can open the dashboard file in 18.104.22.168 version and even in the upcoming versions in future.
The following dashboard is created in 22.214.171.124 version of the dashboard designer application.
Now, when you try to open the dashboard report in 126.96.36.199 version, it will open properly.
If any new feature or properties are introduced in the highest version, the default values will be assigned to those properties while opening the older version of the dashboard reports.
For an example, the following choropleth map is designed in the 188.8.131.52 version of the dashboard designer application.
The following screenshot shows the serialization structure of the widget file which is an internal part of the SYDX file.
While opening the dashboard report in the 184.108.40.206 version, a new property named “Show Data Labels” is introduced with its default value.
The property will be added in the serialization file while saving the report and it will look like in the following screenshot.
NOTE: The same behavior is applicable to data sources and widgets oriented new feature or properties.
Dashboard designer application is not forward-compatible
The lower version of dashboard designer application does not allow you to open a dashboard report designed in the highest version of the application. Because, new features, widget types, and connection types are introduced in every new or latest version of the application and it cannot be handled by lower versions of the application.
For an example, in 220.127.116.11, the design canvas default size is 12*24 with scrollable dashboards. But, in 18.104.22.168 version, it has the same canvas size 6*12 without scrollable support. So, the reports created in the 22.214.171.124 version cannot be opened in the 126.96.36.199 version or any other lower versions of the application.
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