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Chart FX 8 Features

Tight integration for effortless programability and superb end-user experience!


Experience and technology
For more than 2 decades, Chart FX has been the preferred data visualisation technology for thousands of desktop and server based applications. Chart FX 8 is the latest addition to our family of charting products bringing the most advanced data analysis capabilities and support for the latest computing platform and technologies.

Data Analysis
The Chart FX 8 API and User Interface have been redesigned and rebuilt around Data Analysis letting developers and end users navigate data with a powerful API and a beautifully designed user experience to perform data grouping, filtering, sorting and pivoting without writing a single line of code!

Data sources typically contain large amounts of data. Chart FX 8 lets users --who may know nothing about SQL or relational databases in general-- with an effective way to filter and display data that meets certain conditions.

Charts can display thousands of rows of data at a time and visualising trends can become a daunting task, With Chart FX 8 organising data into groups is easier than ever! You can group data in different ways and you can even change the type of aggregation being used for faster comparison and analysis.

A chart is more useful if it presents sales figures from highest to lowest, or the reverse, depending on whether the focus is on top or low performers. With Chart FX 8, users can easily change change the order in which data appears in a chart.

Web Platform Support
Chart FX 8 is also available for a myriad of web based platforms and technologies, such as .NET and Java, with support for HMTL5 and fully compatible with today's popular mobile and desktop browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Visual Studio Support
Chart FX 8 is compatible with most Visual Studio versions, including VS 2010, 2012 and the recently released 2013, supporting Windows Forms, Web Forms, MVC and other major Visual Studio Platforms. In addition Chart FX 8 is capable of leveraging today’s most powerful Visual studio’s data binding technologies such as LINQ.

Data Connectivity
Chart FX 8 adds to the already superb data connectivity and handling capabilities offered in previous versions of the product --such as XML, arrays, objects, text files and ODBC among others-- with support for LINQ queries and a redesign more powerful object oriented API.

For the first time ever, Chart FX 8 supports vector based markers and backgrounds to produce eye-catching charts and layouts that captivate users and draw them in to explore the data within your desktop or web based applications.

Chart FX 8 robust serialisation and server infrastructure help improve performance with less memory consumption, faster rendering and easier integration between Chart FX products. Never before has Chart FX, or any other charting product for that matter, display the blazing speed provided by Chart FX 8!

Exciting New UI
A completely redesigned UI allows end users access to action bars with exciting new functionality! Each chart object can be right clicked to access hundreds of features to further customise the way the chart looks or how the data is processed and displayed by the chart.

LINQ queries served
Chart FX 8 provides wide support for LINQ queries. The data received from LINQ is automatically formed as objects ready to use by your charting component allowing your .NET applications to connect to databases without bothering much about columns and rows.

In-depth details simplified
A single SQL statement is all that is needed to allow Master-Detail Data, Drilldown, Views and Enhanced Tooltips, as a developer you can manipulate data fields passed to Chart FX 8 in any way you want regardless of whether those fields are displayed in the chart!

New API, Full backward compatibility!*
The Chart FX 8 API and object model has been vastly improved from version 7 in order to make it more powerful, accessible and intuitive. At the same time, we appreciate the importance of backwards compatibility and the effect this has in many of our loyal customers. In order to ease the migration path, we have made sure the Chart FX 7 API is also fully supported in Chart FX 8!
* Chart FX 7 API is 99% supported. Some minor changes may be required when migrating.

Bar Charts
Bar charts are the most common type of business chart and are especially useful for comparative analysis. You can use a bar chart to illustrate comparisons among individual items. Bar charts are also useful for comparing classes or groups of data.
Area Charts
Area charts are particularly useful for emphasizing the magnitude of change over time. This sample shows several variations of area charts that can be done with Chart FX.
Lines and Stripes Charts
Line charts show trends in data at equal intervals and are effective for comparing highs and lows in a continuum. This sample shows different line charts supported by Chart FX.
Bubble Charts
The following sample shows how to use Bubble charts as a very effective investment tool as it is very easy to see which companies have better rank and strentgh and a lower PE. The color cue also helps in finding those markers with a low PE ratio.
Pie and Doughnut Charts
Pie charts are used to show classes or groups of data in proportion to the whole data set. The entire pie represents all the data, while each slice represents a different class or group within the whole.
Scatter Plots
Scatter Plots (also called scatter diagrams or XY charts) are used to investigate the possible relationship between two variables that both relate to the same event.
Pareto Charts
This sample shows how to use Pareto charts with Chart FX.
Surface and Contour Plots
A surface plot is a 3D chart displaying data plotted over a surface area. A contour chart is normally a 2D representation of a surface chart. Surface and contour charts are suitable for comparing two groups of data combinations.
Radar and Polar Charts
This sample shows different options available with Radar and Polar charts.
Series and Points
This sample shows the basic concepts of series and points in Chart FX.
Per-Series Attributes
This sample illustrates different settings that can be applied to individual series in the chart.
Combination Charts
Combination charts combine some of the strengths of all chart types available in the product.
Handling Fonts and Titles
This sample illustrates the use of titles, labels and fonts in different sections of the chart.
Axes Scaling
This sample shows different options to customize axes scales in Chart FX.
With transparency, you can make chart elements completely invisible in the chart area, such as background pictures and gradients that apply to the entire chart area.
Manipulating Dates and Times
This sample demonstrates the use of dates in the X axis. When dates are present they are passed as XValues allowing you to automatically display labels in weeks, months, quarters or years using the Axis Step property.
Positioning Axes
The most common position for labels in numerical and categorical axes is at the left and bottom portion of the chart, respectively. Nevertheless, you could run into situations where axes must be tilted, inverted or positioned in different areas of the chart.
Axis Labeling
This sample illustrates how to customise labels in both numerical and categorical axes.
Axis Scrolling
This sample shows how to configure Chart FX to handle axis scrolling.
Creating Additional Axes
This sample illustrates how additional axes can be created to better display data in the chart, both in X and Y axes.
Gridlines and TickMarks
This sample shows various customizations of gridlines and tick marks to help ease the chart's readability.
Axis Sections
This sample illustrates the use of Axis Sections. There are 3 clearly identified sections that you can set attributes for.
Custom Grid Lines
This sample shows how Custom Gridlines can be used to highlight important events and thresholds in your chart.
Axis Panes
Panes are among the most useful features to plot data with different datasets, with panes you can have different chart sections with independent axis, scales and visual attributes.
Per Point Attributes
This sample shows how individual points can be customized to highlight a specific feature in the data. It also includes a sample that shows how to customize the markers to show images.
This sample shows how to add annotation objects to a chart programmatically. Some of the annotation objects are attached to a particular point and value, so they will scroll with the data. We also show an annotation picture located on a fixed position. The logo can be moved and text can be edited. We also show how to enable the Annotation toolbar.
Conditional Attributes
This sample illustrates the use of conditional attributes. Based on the point's value, developers can control the way a markers look and callout conditions in the chart with minimal programming effort.
A legend is a visual guide to show the viewer additional information regarding the values being displayed without convoluting the chart itself with additional overlaid data.

Plus many more chart types!



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