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Dashboard Maker

Robert Tate

Dashboard Maker

An Owlbear Rodeo extension for keeping game content you need on hand.

Whether it's useful notes & reminders, initiative trackers, character sheets, or something else, Dashboard Maker is a way to keep it in Owlbear Rodeo.

All content is saved in your browser. Dashboards are also downloadable, uploadable, and shareable between the GM and their players.

The more you put in Dashboard Maker, the less you have to leave Owlbear Rodeo. Why is this good? Because context switching during a game sucks.

Check it out as a standalone app here.

(But really, you should be using this in Owlbear Rodeo)

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Dashboard Types

Blank Dashboards

Blank Dashboards

Click Create A New Dashboard on the home screen to create a new empty dashboard.


5e Character Template Dashboards

5e Character Template Dashboards

Click Create A New 5e Character on the home page to create a new dashboard that uses a 5e character template.

Premades

Dashboard "Premades"

Dashboard Maker comes with some "Premades". These are dashboards that I made to offer some useful DM Screen info, right now specifically for D&D 5th Edition.

Dashboard Features

Image Support Example You can delete dashboards as needed.

Image Support Example You can lock/unlock the state of a dashboard, affecting the editable state of the items within it.

Image Support Example You can clone/duplicate any dashboard as needed. Right now, this is the best way to rename them (duplicate it, give it a new name, and then delete the old one)

Image Support Example You can download/upload dashboards as json files, so you can store them offline, share them between browsers, etc!

Image Support Example If you are the GM for a room, you will see an additional button to share your dashboard with all other players in the room. Be careful with this feature! Sharing your dashboard will overwrite any dashboards your players have with the same dashboard name.

Images

Dashboard Maker now supports adding images inside a dashboard content box.

Image Support Example

Prerequisites:

  • The image must already be hosted somewhere, thus having a valid image url.

How To:

  1. Right click the image you want to add (this works in a browser or discord) and select "Copy Image"
  2. Back in Dashboard Maker, paste that image into a dashboard content box either by right clicking inside the text area and selecting "Paste", or by pressing ctrl+v once you've already clicked into the text area (you know you've clicked into the text area if you see the text cursor).

Caveats:

  • While it's not impossible - putting images and text into the same context box is a bit clunky. Consider keeping them seperated into different content boxes.

The Toolbar

Toolbar Example

Dashboard Maker now comes with an editing toolbar. This lets you edit and format your content with ease, and also allows you to drop in new content types such as tables, thematic breaks, links, and admonitions.

Formatting Keyboard Shortcuts

In addition to using the toolbar, Dashboard Maker also supports keyboard shortcuts to format your content while typing.

Headings

Type # and then hit space to create an h1 in the body of your dashboard item text. This pattern applies to h2's (##), h3's (###), and so on.

Text Styling

You can apply bold, italics, and underline to text by using the keyboard shortcuts: ctrl+b for bold, ctrl+i for italics, and ctrl+u for underline.

Make sure to use command instead of ctrl on a mac. 😊

Block Quotes

Type > and then hit space to create a block quote.

Checkboxes

Type [] and then space to create a checkbox. Make sure you type in a label to the right of the checkbox immediately after, or else if you hit return the checkbox will just disappear.

Bulleted Lists

Type - and then hit space to create a bulleted list. you can indent lists however much you need using the tab key.

Numbered Lists

Type 1. and then hit space to create a numbered list starting at 1. You can also indent numbered lists with tab.

Code Formatting

To make your text have that cool code look, type a backtick ( ` ), followed by the text you want formatted this way, followed by another backtick.

Have fun and thank you for trying out this passion project! Also, if you're into coding, feel free to check out the source code on Github.