Friday, December 15

Adding Charts And Maps to Reports

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If your report compares the sales of different bike shops in a particular city, for example, it might be helpful to see in a Visual representation which store generates the most sales. While a report showing only the numbers is no less accurate, a graph can have a stronger impact on the reader of the report.

In the same way a map might add insight to a report if it showed the-density of bike stops in cities across a region, or showed and compared sales in differ­ent regions. Like a chart, this map could be in addition to the details in the

•report, simply another way to look at the same data.

In this chapter, you will learn how to create charts and maps with the Chart Expert and’Map Expert, and how to customize them using the Chart or Map Analyzer.

You can add a chart or map to a report with the Chart and Map Experts. After you’ve created the chart or map and placed it on your report, you can adjust it either by going back to the appropriate Expert or by using the Chart

•or Map Analyzer. The Analyzer tools for both charts and maps provide many advanced formatting and configuration options.

Using the Chart Expert

The Chart Expert guides you through creating a chart to be placed on your report. With the Chart Expert, you can add any of the following types of charts: ^

•   Bar.     ‘ “Line

•   Area.

•   Pie.

• Doughnut

• 3D Riser

• 3D Surface

• XY Scatter

• Radar

• Bubble

• Stock

Most of these chart types can be displayed one of several ways. The chart type format buttons to the right of the list on the Chart Expert allow you tc1 select the format for the chart type you choose. A description of each format appears in the text box below the buttons. The Chart Analyzer makes many more formatting options available. This chapter covers these options a bit later once you know how to insert a chart onto a report.

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