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

Robert Landrigan rlandrigan at terexca.com
Mon Jan 8 23:18:25 EST 2007


I've used the Interakt MXCharts, the Manni Flash charts, JpGraph, and
currently use FusionCharts, from Infosoft.

If you have to have a easily grabbed image to put into a word doc, then,
yeah, JpGraph is about the best option. But FusionCharts(and the PowerMaps
pack) saved my life. Very nice looking flash charts, with very solid
documentation, all fed by XML feeds. I run a php 5 reporting site and the
feed back has be very positive - drill down charts with ajax refreshing made
me a hero:)

Having fought charting for a year or so, this is an area that Flash is
actually useful  - image maps are simply too limited for accurate drill-down
capabilities.


On 1/8/07 4:09 PM, "Rob Marscher" <rmarscher at beaffinitive.com> wrote:

> 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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Robert Landrigan
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