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[nycphp-talk] re: Graph creation software for PHP

Rob Marscher rmarscher at beaffinitive.com
Mon Jan 8 17:09:36 EST 2007


I remember when that got recommended before...  I use JpGraph and was 
going to switch to it, but it got shot down when I realized that people 
using the charts often cut and paste the graph into a Word doc or 
something like that.  The PHP/SWF Charts FAQ says this about exporting 
to image files: "Currently, the only way to do this is manually. Grab a 
screen shot of the chart and convert it to other file formats. If your 
platform supports printing to pdf, use the *_link's 
<http://www.maani.us/charts/index.php?menu=Reference&submenu=link>_* 
print feature to print it to a PDF file." So we stuck with JpGraph 
because it generates image files.

Something to consider.
Cheers,
Rob

Jon Baer wrote:
> I must say that someone else on this list recommend this package a 
> while back + it is a gem ...
>
> http://www.maani.us/charts/index.php
>
> Well worth a look.
>
> - Jon
>
> On Jan 8, 2007, at 7:54 AM, R. Mariotti wrote:
>
>> > Message: 4
>> > Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2007 17:11:02 -0500
>> > From: "Cliff Hirsch" <cliff at pinestream.com>
>> > Subject: [nycphp-talk] Seeking image graph software suggestions
>> > To: <talk at lists.nyphp.org>
>> > Message-ID: <000001c732a8$b81f6bf0$12a8a8c0 at HirschLaptop>
>> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>> >
>> > I currently use PHP's image functions and the GD library to create bar
>> > charts. Now I want to move on to line and x-y charts. My time is
>> > probably better spent elsewhere than reinventing the wheel again.
>> >
>> > Does anyone have suggestions for good graphing software?  Some
>> > possibilities I'm exploring:
>> >
>> > JpGraph
>> > Jpowered
>> > ChartDirector
>> > PEAR Image_Graph
>> >
>> > I don't need anything fancy, but would rather not spend the time
>> > figuring out how to squeeze an arbitrary number of data points into a
>> > few hundred pixels.
>> >
>> > Happy New Year,
>> > Cliff Hirsch
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>>
>> Cliff;
>>
>> I've used ChartDirector in multiple projects and it has always 
>> delivered very well.  It's reasonably quick; the charts are 
>> reasonably well resolved; they're completely configurable; the 
>> support is reasonable and the cost is pretty cheap compared to 
>> "re-inventing the wheel".
>>
>> That's just my $0.02 worth..  YMMV
>>
>> bobmct
>>
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