Archive for the ‘Design Approaches’ Category

Maybe you have a chart template such as a BarChart or ComboChart that is a couple years old and the bars doesn’t pop or look as stylish as you’d wish it would. Your chart may look similar to this BarChart below:

How to add highlights to bars

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September 2, 2015
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Chart Polish, Design Approaches, Developer Products, NetCharts Pro

Maybe you have a chart template such as a BarChart or ComboChart that uses the old 3D feature on the bars. Or maybe your chart is a couple years old and doesn’t pop or look as stylish as you’d wish it would. If so the chart may look similar to this BarChart.

How to add drop shadows to bars

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August 31, 2015
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Chart Polish, Design Approaches, Developer Products, NetCharts Pro

In this blog post we will take a closer look at some best practice recommendations to optimize your chart visualizations when using Bar charts. Using NetCharts, the style and look of each chart type such as Bar charts can be customized using our Chart Definition Laungauge (CDL) and its functionality controlled.

Best Practice Recommendations – Bar charts

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June 9, 2015
Category:
Design Approaches, NetCharts Designer, NetCharts Performance Dashboards, NetCharts Pro, NetCharts Server

While every element of charts produced by NetCharts can be customized and controlled, with countless combinations allowing you to build a chart exactly the way you want, the chart itself consists of many parts that are shared and used across the different chart types.

In this blog post we will guide you through the simple steps of enabling the required CDL parameters in your chart template using NetCharts Designer. Including these parameters to any chart type that has the Legend enabled, will allow you to interact with the chart by hovering the pointer over the legend items and the corresponding lines, bars or slices will change colors.

How to add Legend interactivity to your charts in NetCharts Designer

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April 13, 2015
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Design Approaches, Developer Products, NetCharts Designer, NetCharts Pro

Did you know that with just a couple simple steps you can add legend interactivity to your charts that are supported in both raster and vector image formats? In this blog we will guide you through the steps of adding the required CDL parameters in a chart template and the required API’s for your chart application.

How to add Legend interactivity to your charts in NetCharts Pro

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March 16, 2015
Category:
Design Approaches, Developer Products, NetCharts Pro

Not A Good Idea: Keeping all datasets of different scales within a single axis can cause issues when there’s wide gap between the values. For example in an auto scaled chart where the data values of the blue line are between 377 to 958, it can be hard to accurately read the lower values of the green line which are between 2 to 7.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – Multi Axes

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March 2, 2015
Category:
Chart Polish, Design Approaches

Not A Good Idea: Placing the Legend on either sides of the chart when it contains long legend item labels can cause problems as shown below. The long text labels push the bars which scales the chart content to become smaller. In turn it causes the bottom labels to overlap each other making them hard to read.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – Legend

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January 15, 2015
Category:
Chart Polish, Design Approaches

Sparklines and Sparkbars are very small charts without the usual axes, tic lines or grids. This chart type is intended to show a trend in a clear and simple way in the text they’re part of.

How to build a Sparkbar in 6 simple steps

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January 1, 2015
Category:
Design Approaches

Not A Good Idea: Displaying multiple datasets in rows is a problem as the first data set will cover the second dataset.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – Rows

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December 15, 2014
Category:
Chart Polish, Design Approaches