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By default the popup labels (Dwell or Active Label) for both Bars and Lines are enabled when you hover over them in a Combo chart. However, you might have a particular requirement where you need to switch off the Active Labels for the Bars but need the Active Labels to remain for the Line data points.

How to turn off the Active Label of just the Bars in a Combo chart

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November 17, 2014
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Design Approaches, NetCharts Designer, NetCharts Pro, NetCharts Server

Not A Good Idea: While using Analogous colors that sit next to each other look nice, colors used this way are not very functional. For example, it’s nearly impossible to identify a specific color of a label shown. If using a Legend, how do you easily identify which Label matches which slice?

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – Complementary Colors

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November 3, 2014
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Color Principles, Design Approaches

Fall is upon us and we’re back with an all new 2014 Fall Edition Chartline Newsletter! Find out what’s new by checking out the new 2014 Fall Edition of our Chartline Newsletter here.

Chartline Newsletter – 2014 Fall Edition

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October 15, 2014
Category:
Chartline

Visual Mining product’s core rendering engines share the same Chart Definition Language (CDL) language. While CDL is a text based language, NetCharts Designer offers a user interface with wizards and menus to design and style the charts, removing the need to learn CDL.

How to build a multi axes Bar chart

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October 6, 2014
Category:
Design Approaches, NetCharts Designer

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 Sparkline in 6 simple steps

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October 1, 2014
Category:
Design Approaches

Not A Good Idea: This example shows a chart with different fonts and font sizes together with a harsh gridline that makes it distracting and disrupting. The design pulls the eye away from the information the chart is attempting to show.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – Visual hierarchy

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Date:
September 15, 2014
Category:
Chart Polish, Design Approaches

You may have read about CDL on our site and in the documentation and wondered what it is and stands for. Our Chart Definition Language or CDL is a collection of plain text parameters that describe a chart.

Not A Good Idea: Keeping the chart layout as vertical where the bars stand upright can be a problem if you have very long labels. As the example demonstrates below, the long labels overlap each other, get cut off and makes the chart hard to read.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – Long Labels

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August 12, 2014
Category:
Chart Polish, Design Approaches

Not A Good Idea: Adding excessive 3D depth on a chart will make it difficult to accurately read the true value. For example on this Combo chart, the bar value of Label 1 is 10 but at a quick glance the value appears to be 15 due to the depth angle of the bars.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – 3D Depth

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Date:
August 1, 2014
Category:
Chart Polish, Design Approaches

The summer heatwave is here in full force and the temperatures are soaring and we are back with an all new 2014 Summer Edition Chartline Newsletter! Find out what’s new by checking out the 2014 Summer Edition of our Chartline Newsletter here.

Chartline Newsletter – 2014 Summer Edition

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Date:
July 15, 2014
Category:
Chartline