You can include as many charts as you like, anywhere in any article, using the Plotalot plugin.
Usage is fully documented in a rather large, but free, PDF user guide.
* Line graphs, scatter graphs, and area graphs with multiple plots
* Horizontal or vertical stacked or grouped bar charts
* 2D or 3D pie charts with or without values
* Legend at top, bottom, left, right, or none
* Optional grid
* Titles and axis labels can be simple text or SQL queries
* Axis limits can be automatic, fixed, or SQL generated
* Unlimited chart size
* SQL can include various types of variables
* Query the local site database or any other MySql database
* Can also produce tables or single items (the first column of the first row returned by your SQL)
* No libraries to install, just a component and a plugin
* Charts can be cached on your web-server to reduce database load
* Charting class can easily be built in to your own code to add powerful charting to your own components
Providing the component for free is excellent as you can try out all the features and check it does what you need before spending any money which I am about to do as I need the plug-in and the price is excellent value for money!
The documentation and support are also first rate.
I contacted Chris with a question regarding plots with no data. Within 12 hours I had a reply and an updated component that totally solved the problem. You don't get that level of response from many of the "big players"!
Keep up the good work Chris, and, for anybody who requires charts / graphs on their site - look no further!
There are plenty of functional attributes could bring more value to this component.
Unlike other component they deliver flash based charts which wouldn't function in iOS based gadgets. This components deliver charts that would across the platform which is a plus.
In addition to the great functionalities inbuilt,if they could render the charts with little animation would bring more value to this component.
As the author an others have mentioned, you do need to know how to write SQL queries. However if know how to do it or you are willing to learn the results are easy. Simply create your query in your favorite SQL query tool, copy and paste the query into a new chart or graph, select the type of graph you want to use and save. You can instantly see the results in the component. When you are done it is super easy to insert the chart / graph into an article or HTML module.
I love the fact that this is a component. Other options I looked at were plugins. To me, I would much rather have a component to create and organize with.
Did I mention that it is really a great value for the price?
If you know how to do SQL, then you won't do much better creating charts and graphs than using Plotalot. Highly recommended!
Plotalot was recommended to me as the ideal companion for Fabrik and I have to say I have not been disappointed at all.
Plotalot is easy to use and the results are just plain "beautiful" to look at. Plotalot 3 uses Google's visualisation API.
I would say that you need to be able to write mysql queries, and to be fair the author points that out clearly and gives good advice in the excellent documentation.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone looking for an easy to use and robust graphing extension.
The extension works great from minute one, and a little problem I had, due to not reading slowly the usesrs manual, was solved within hours by support. Really excellent extension.
Off course did'nt read the manual first and started trying just like that. Thought that I had a good suggestion, quick reply that it was already possible. Fast and good support, even for a free product.
Very good backend to develop what you want !
I wish I could have hyperlink in the tables so It could fire another link to another report, drill down basically. I looked at Google APi and couldn'T find it how to make this happen. It would then be erfect for me but it is still a good application worth the price for sure.
Thanks for that. Other users have made hyperlinks in tables, and we'll be adding some examples to the user guide soon, so keep an eye out for a new version.
The only minor issue, is that the graphs miss the mark a bit.
Eg. if I have a value of 3, the the barchart is going to show below the line 3, and not right up to the line.
This problem certainly isn't normal. Please contact me so that I can investigate further.
It offers three ways of displaying data on your site: charts, tables and single items.
These three combined offer great ways of enhancing your site and displaying data in a consistent way throughout your website.
* Easy to use
* Highly customisable
* Can't think of any
The manual is covering almost all features and questions.
I highly recommend this component.
Support from the author was very good when I found out my download time had expired while I was waiting for the 1.6 version.