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Statistics Charts for WordPress Blogs

Yesterday I read post How to create statistics chart for your blog on Flash’y’mania blog and I was fascinated with the animated Flash chart displaying blog visitors statistics. And of course, I want such a chart for my blog. But, as you probably know, WordPress doesn’t support Flash. I was angry with them about this many times and this chart was one more reason to be disappointed with WordPress limitations. Nevertheless, there is no sense in being angry, so I began to think what can I do to place chart like this on my blog. I’ve found the only solution – to create static chart and save it as image so that it can be published to WordPress.

Of course, I lose some advantages by replacing flash graph with a static image graph. Charts in Flash format are animated, interactive and even can display dynamic data.聽 But having no alternatives here on WordPress, I still tried to create image chart. I used the same software as the Flash’y’mania author did – Animated Chart. Animated Chart tool can save charts both as Flash and as images. What’s great – Animated Chart lets save template charts, so when I decide to replace chart to display the newer data, I won’t have to create its design from the very beginning, I’ll only need to open a template file and replace chart data with a newer one. Besides, data import from file helps to enter even a large amount of data in minutes. So, image chart is rather handy too.

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This is the chart I created, but what I really want is Flash support at WordPress. Still, I know this is much harder to get than a nice blog stats chart 馃檪

April 3, 2009 Posted by | blogs, Charts and Graphs, Flash, web design, Wordpress | , , , , , | 1 Comment

What was hot in IT world 2008

This is a guest post from Helen Grigorieva. She is a tech writer, an author of Flash’y’mania – blog about everything concerning Flash, an assistant marketing director of international software development company, a person interested in tech and Web news and a very nice girl 馃檪

The last week of the year is the best time to resume everything that happened in the tech world during the year. So, let’s look at some statistics represented as flash charts to learn what was at the top this year.

Top websites 2008
What are the most popular places of the Web world? The most popular websites according to Alexa ranking and their daily reach (% of global internet users who visit the sites):

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Top search engines 2008
Search is an integral part of the Web. Search engines are the integral parts of our life. What search engines were used the most this year?

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Top web browsers 2008
Thing which opens the Web for us is a web-browser. Which is the most popular this year?

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Top software 2008
Top software of this year is evidently various anti-virus programs. What else was in greatest demand this year?

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Top PC games 2008
Of course, computer world can’t be imagined without games. Leaders of this year among the PC games are below:

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That鈥檚 how computer world lived this year.

Charts are created with Animated Chart software.

Merry Christmas!


December 25, 2008 Posted by | Browsers, Charts and Graphs, games, search engines, Software | 1 Comment

My top 4 flash charting tools

Flash charting software is a tool for easy creating and publishing charts in flash.

As I often need to create dynamic flash charts and publish them to Web, I’ve tried almost every flash chart maker I’ve come across. And now I want to offer you reviews of four of my favorite softwares for creating animated flash graphs.

I won’t grade their features. Also, I won’t say what charting program is better or worse. I just want you to know what I like or don’t like about each of 聽these programs for flash graphing so that you can make your choice easier.

# 1 is Animated Chart

A powerful tool for creating static or dynamic flash charts.

What’s great:

路 Every chart element can be modified directly from the main program window: there are menus for choosing element, customizing it, editing data source. These menus are always active but they aren’t interfering with the perception of chart preview. If it’s easier for you to modify chart using toolbar, you can close the menus to see only the chart preview stretched to the size of the program window

路 Chart type can be changed easily on every stage of chart making

路 Each item is fully customizable

路 Intuitive GUI

路 The value of each column appears when the user moves the mouse over the column

路 Source data can be imported directly from text or data files or entered manually

路 Chart can be saved as image, SWF, HTML or Projector file

路 Data can be exported to CLV or XML

What’s especial:

路 Radar chart type

What can be better:

路 When choosing preset color scheme to load, you can’t see its preview and can only guess what scheme it is

#2 is rChart

Tool for easy and rapid creation of nice-looking flash graphs and charts.

What’s great:

路 Plenty of ready-to-use chart styles and ability to customize these styles to your liking

路 Chart type can be changed on every stage of chart making

路 Data can be imported from any ODBC data source, from a text file, from Windows clipboard, and from .fcd files

路 Chart properties sheet allows to adjust any chart item directly in the main program window

路 Chart can be saved as an image file, SWF, HTML

路 Chart can be added to PowerPoint slide directly from the program

What’s especial:

路 You can import audio to add background sound of voice explanations

路 You can assign URL to your chart elements to generate web content easily

What can be better:

路 In horizontal bar charts, 3D effect makes bars look as if they begin at -1 point instead of 0 point

#3 is AmiChart

User friendly and easy to use charting software.

What’s great:

路 Wizard-based interface are the friendliest for novices in chart making

路 Each chart style is fully customizable

路 Source data can be imported from text or data files, copy-pasted from spreadsheets or entered by hand

路 The value of each column appears when the user moves the mouse over the column

路 Chart can be saved as SWF and HTML

What’s especial:

路 You can preview your chart in a browser

What can be better:

路 The number of available chart types is miserable in comparison with other graphing programs – line, bar and pie charts

路 Chart can’t be saved as an image file

#4 is Swiff Chart

Smart design tool for creating charts in flash.

What’s great:

路 A huge collection of available chart styles which are easy customizable

路 Chart type can be changed on every stage of chart making

路 Intuitive and friendly GUI

路 Source data can be imported from text or Excel files or typed manually

路 Chart can be saved as a Flash movie or as an image

What’s especial:

路 A nifty combination of step-by-step chart making and handy menus on the main window’s size

路 Chart can be previewed in a browser on every stage of chart creation

What can be better:

路 Chart can’t be saved as a HTML file

So, choose what you like the most, visualize your data with one of these great flash charting softwares and publish your swf chart to make your website more attractive and eye catching.

Happy chart making! 馃檪

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Charts and Graphs, Flash, Software, web design | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments