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OOo gives chart module a brand new look

By Dmitri Popov on October 05, 2006 (8:00:00 AM)

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Want to see a dinosaur? Press the Chart button in Calc, and you will be presented with a real software relic. While other parts of have been thoroughly redesigned and updated, the features and the overall look of the chart module remain virtually untouched since version 1.0. The situation is changing, though, as a group of developers has started to work on a new chart module. The first results of their endeavors were presented on this year's OOoCon. Here is what they've done so far.

The first major improvement is the addition of a live chart preview, which allows you to view the current chart while tweaking it in the chart wizard. As you edit the chart's properties, the preview reflects these changes in real time (See Figure 1).

The chart wizard has been redesigned from ground up. It now offers a more streamlined and logical interface that makes the process of creating a chart less cumbersome. There are also a few new chart types -- most notably, Donut and Exploded Donut. When creating a chart you can choose between two 3-D look types: Simple (produces a rough chart) and Realistic (creates a more smooth-looking chart).

You can now add regression curves to any existing chart instead of creating a separate chart as in the current version. To add regression curves, open the Object Properties dialog window under the Statistics tab (See Figure 2).

The new chart module allows you to specify what the developers call "flexible data ranges," meaning you can easily pick data for your chart from any part of the spreadsheet using the Data Series tab in the Data Ranges dialog window (See Figure 3).

If you wish to take the new chart module for a spin, you can download the latest developer build of the entire 2.x suite. It won't interfere with your current installation as long as you install it to a different directory. It goes without saying that this alpha quality software is not suited for production use.

While the new chart module shows a lot of promise, the graphics engine still needs a serious update. You can add all the features in the world, but they won't make much of an impact if the final result looks like it was done in the mid-'90s.

The new chart module is expected to appear in 2.6 -- but unfortunately, a release schedule for 2.6 is nowhere to be found.

Dmitri Popov is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Russian, British, German, and Danish computer magazines.

Dmitri Popov is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Russian, British, US, German, and Danish computer magazines.

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Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 06, 2006 12:43 AM
Functionality lacking of the charting module have prevented adoption of of in scientific communities. It causes serious incompatibility with Excel too. I am happy that the OO team is finally tackling this issues. Kudos to the OO team!!!



Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 06, 2006 04:17 PM
What about bubble chart? still missing!


2.6 release date

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 06, 2006 08:57 AM
Releases are about every three months. The following are approximate dates.
October 06 2.0.5
December 06 2.1
March 07 2.2
June 07 2.3
September 07 2.4
December 07 2.5
March 08 2.6

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Re:2.6 release date - June 2007 (2.3)

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 06, 2006 03:07 PM
From your link, see <a href="" title=""></a> - chart2 is scheduled for 2.3, or June 2007 in that. Seems more realistic as it's a high-priority thing.


France goverment

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 07, 2006 10:09 AM
I heard that the France government is adopting the ODF (OpenDocument Format) and is encouraging other European countries todo the same.


France is one of many!

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 13, 2006 03:29 AM
I have heard that France is in fact moving over 400,000 computers from Microsoft Office to They've already completed more than half of that, in various federal government agencies.

Other countries in Europe and around the world are also adopting OpenOffice and/or ODF at a quick pace. Belgium, parts of Spain and Germany, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, India, Singapore, the US state of Massachusetts, and many many more.

See here for some more info:
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