Disco 3.1

Software Update

We are happy to announce the release of Disco 3.1.

This update brings a new case coverage perspective for analyzing process maps, and makes exporting process map metrics even more straightforward. We have also improved the general performance and stability of Disco, and we fixed a number of bugs and annoyances.

Thanks for your continued feedback, ideas, and bug reports. Keep them coming and, as always, thank you for using Disco!

Case Coverage

Visualizing process maps by frequency is very popular for a reason. It allows you to focus your attention on the mainstream behavior, and fix those problems which occur the most often.

Case Coverage Perspective

With Disco 3.1, the absolute frequency and case frequency perspectives are joined by a new case coverage perspective. Closely related to case frequency, this metric shows the percentage of cases where an activity or path in the process map has been observed.

Sometimes it is more intuitive to think in terms of percentages, rather than look at total frequency — especially when you are comparing multiple large numbers. Try pairing the new case coverage metric with case frequency as secondary metric for the best of both worlds.

Export Process Map Metrics

Disco is well-known for its clear and beautiful process maps, but did you know that you can also export the raw metrics behind those images?

Case Coverage Perspective

Every metric that can be chosen as a visualization perspective is included in a separate CSV file, bundled in a ZIP-compressed archive. This is a great, open, and efficient format, which is perfect if you want to use those metrics in other analysis tools.

However, many people have a favorite place for table-based data, and that place is Excel. So, with Disco 3.1 we have included the option to write those same metrics directly to one single Excel workbook, batteries included. Now all you spreadsheet afficionados can dive in straight where you left off in Disco.

How to update

As with every update, this release also contains a number of smaller enhancements and fixes. We recommend that you update to the latest version of Disco at your earliest convenience.

Disco will automatically download and install this update the next time you run it, if you are connected to the internet.

If you prefer to install this update of Disco manually, you can download and run the updated installer packages from fluxicon.com/disco/download

Changes

  • Process Map:
    • Introducing case coverage perspective.
    • Increased performance and stability of graph layout1.
    • Improved compatibility of layout with some legacy versions of macOS1.
  • Process Map Export:
    • Export metrics to Excel workbook.
    • Include case coverage in XML and metrics export.
  • CSV Import: Improved performance and stability.
  • Filter: Fixed a UI problem when trying to restore invalid recipes.
  • TimeWarp: Fixed a regression with bank holidays.

  1. You need to download and install this update manually to make sure you get the latest version of graph layout. ↩︎ ↩︎

Christian W. Günther

Christian W. Günther

Product development and everything else

Christian has that touch for creating software which looks good, is easy to use, and performs great. He has been a leading core developer for the scientific process mining tool ProM since 2005.