Showing posts with label Charting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charting. Show all posts

Monday, December 18, 2017

Guidelines For Choosing the Best Flash Charting Tool

Guidelines For Choosing the Best Flash Charting Tool

These days, Flash based interactive charts are deployed on wide variety of websites such as sports portals, corporate websites and personal weblogs. Hence, it is obvious that a Flash charting tool is an essential component of a webmaster's toolkit. So, if you are in the web development business and you still don't have a tool for creating interactive charts, then you are certainly under-equipped.


Sourcing a Flash charting tool can be a tricky business, since a wide variety of such products are sold on the internet. In order to help you make an informed decision, I have identified some vital features which should be present in a good charting tool. 


Most interactive charting tools are XML based, which means that they use custom XML language, through which data and settings are configured. Hence, it is essential that the custom XML language be intuitive and easy to learn. So, you'd have to skim through the product documentation in order to learn about the XML and also about implementation of the product. It is also essential that the charting tool work with both static and dynamic data as you would want to implement it on both static and dynamic websites. And, it should be versatile enough to integrate with all server-side scripts.


A charting tool should offer high degree of customizability so that, the chart can be made to blend in with overall design of a website. This is only possible if aesthetic properties of every chart element can be customized. Furthermore, a charting tool must offer functionalities such as custom scaling, trendlines and v-lines.


If the charts are being put up on academic sites or on corporate PR sites, then visitors might want to save snapshots of a charts. Hence, the Flash charting tool must permit this. Additionally, it must also permit client-side retrieval of chart data as this feature would be of immense help to researchers who might be interested in critical analysis of the data. Finally, you should inspect the list of chart types offered and ensure that the list is extensive. This makes sure that you don't have to make-do with charts that are not suitable for a particular purpose. For example, there is no point using a pie chart for a rating system. A speedometer chart or a linear gauge would come in much more useful here.


If a charting tool you are evaluating has the above features, then you can be rest assured that it will satisfy most of your charting needs.



FusionCharts is a feature rich Flash charting tool supporting all the features mentioned above and can be used for creating charts for websites, dashboards, reporting applications and more.




Related Sitemap Xml Articles