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Today I'd like to announce the new product coming to WPF Studio and Silverlight Studio's 2012.1 versions: Micro Charts! Micro Charts will also be brought to WinRT, and should be available around the time Windows 8 ships. All three platform implementations share a similar codebase, so code can be easily reused.
We'll be doing a series of blog posts over the next couple weeks getting into detail on what is included in the new product:
UPDATE: Micro Charts are now live for WPF and Silverlight with the release of version 2012.1! And check out the new blog series on building heat maps.
Micro charts are a special form of chart that are meant to be used in small spaces, to help visualize quantitative data. They are often found in dashboards, reports, and grids. I'm sure you've heard the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words", and micro charts certainly paint a pretty picture.
Since micro charts are designed to typically be very short in height, we've taken great care to make sure that our charts render with clear, exact pixel precision so that they are easy on your eyes and accurately relate the data being presented.
Let's see a gallery of example usages. All of the screens below are from one of our many samples that will ship with the product. In this particular sample, we show multiple ways to compare sales data between two stores via the use of micro charts. All these examples present the same data.
This example shows basic line charts where the axis is displayed. The high/low markers are made visible as well.
This example shows two area charts. The areas are given different appearances to differentiate them.
This example shows bar charts, with the high/low bars highlighted.
This example shows bar charts again, however the axis has been moved to a target sales value appropriate to each series. Values that fall under the target sales value appear under the axis. And special highlighting has been activated to render negative bars differently from positive bars.
This example shows another type of bar chart, called a win/loss chart. In win/loss charts, all bars render at full height above and below the axis. They give an absolute sense of positive or negative values.
This example shows a scatter series, where markers are plotted for each data point. The data is presented in a single chart. Hot tracking (to be described more in a subsequent post) can be enabled, allowing for mouse overs to display a tooltip indicating the values of each series under the mouse. Hot tracking is available for any micro chart.
This example shows two line series in a single chart.
This example shows two area series, stacked in a single chart. Bar series can also be stacked together.
This example shows two 100% stacked bar series. The same 100% option is available for stacked area series.
This last example shows the combination of two series kinds. A bar series is in the back with a line series on top of it, markers displayed.
You can see from the gallery above that there are many ways to use our robust micro charts product. And we're just scratching the surface. In follow-up posts, we'll go into more detail on features.
Micro Charts will be available in the 2012.1 version of our WPF and Silverlight controls, coming in the next several weeks.
UPDATE: Micro Charts are now live for WPF and Silverlight with the release of version 2012.1!
April 30, 2012 at 01:36
Could you shown an example data source?How does it scale? Could I embed it in a data grid with 500 rows?How about Windows Phone?Looks great. Chad
April 30, 2012 at 01:52
Data sources can really be anything. You could have it bind to a simple enumerable of numbers or you could bind to more complex view models, in which case you can specify XPath and YPath values indicating which property on the view model to bind to. By default, the x-axis values bind to the index of the data in the ItemsSource.
For sizing, you set the width/height you'd like it to render to and we scale the rendering appropriately. Yes, these sorts of charts are specially designed to be used in things like grids since they can have a similar height to other text in the grid row and still render clearly.
As for Windows Phone, we don't have it ported there at this time.
Bill Henning (Actipro)
July 2, 2012 at 04:07
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