PHP graphic software--FusionCharts
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|FusionCharts is a set of Macromedia Flash (SWF) files that
helps you to create eye-catching animated charts. It makes full use of the
fluid beauty of Macromedia Flash to create compact, interactive and visually-arresting
charts. FusionCharts reflects our philosophy of believing in the notion
of blending multiple ingredients without compromising or limiting the possibilities.
Imagine having a charting
component, that doesn’t need any installation, works with any scripting
language you could think of, runs on a majority of browsers, is interactive,
is completely scalable & flexible, and creates stunning animated charts.
Imagine your data being morphed into beautiful shapes un-bounded by the
limits of time, space and the web. Imagine the essence of your presentations
with life infused in them. FusionCharts just helps you realize all your
Until now, whenever the phrase "online real-time
charts" came to your mind, you started fancying about some Active-X
Controls or compact Assemblies to render image based charts dynamically
generated on the server side. But, have you ever considered a few points
before you begin with them:
- Installation Affairs: Firstly, you need to install
them on the server, insert some keys in the registry and so on. Just
check out with your server provider if they allow you to do so and what
is the charge for the same.
- Efficiency Factor: Secondly, although these components
render sophisticated looking charts, they consume a lot of server resources.
In a solution that needs to provide charts to hundreds of concurrent
users, loading bulky Active-X objects into the memory puts a tremendous
strain on the server and doesn't scale well.
- Versatile and Flexible: Do you get sleek looking
animated and interactive charts? Do they offer you options like hover
captions, animation patterns, hot spots and a lot more?
- Dynamic Charts: Whenever you need to show a new chart
to your visitors, you need to refresh the page and reload the entire
chart. Is it sensible to have the user wait so much and reload the entire
page just to refresh a chart?
And, looking to positive side of things, you get the following salient
features with FusionCharts:
- No need for an Active-X or external Component:
One does not need to install any external Active-X control or component
to render charts. So even on those servers which do not have the components
installed or do not allow installation of new components, FusionCharts
can run smoothly. All you need to do is upload the core SWF files to
the server and configure them via XML data files.
- Animated Charts add to aesthetics of the site:
The charts made by Active-X controls or components are static GIF or
JPEG files. But, the charts made by FusionCharts are slick looking animated
charts whose looks and additional properties can easily be customized
by the data XML file.
- Reduces Load on the Server:
FusionCharts reduces the load on the server to quite an extent as the
processing work is done on the client-side. The client just needs to
have Macromedia Flash 6 player, which is very common nowadays. It is
also shipped with the newer versions of the browsers.
- Small Sized Component and therefore suitable for narrow bands:
The file size of the component is very small and therefore it is very
suitable for the narrow band connections also.
- Compatible with many scripting languages:
FusionCharts is compatible with many scripting languages like ASP, ASP.NET,
JSP, PHP, Perl, CGI, CF etc. As the processing is done on the client-side,
it does not matter which scripting language is passing the data to the
component. The component can also be customized to take data from text
files and so it can work on a static server too (where text files or
XML files containing data can be updated frequently).
- Client Side Dynamic Data Changing: You can manipulate
FusionCharts with very few lines of client side scripts - i.e., you
can build a completely new chart on the client side itself, without
having to reload the page and the chart.
- Many Additional features over other charts:
FusionCharts offers you a plethora of customization options like setting
transparency, color themes, hotspots, hover captions etc. The best thing
is that you can do most of the customizations via the data XML File