Charts
How do I change the order of charts in a document?
I want my charts to have a different default layout than Chartsmith provides - how can I do this?
I have charts that have transparency in them, but the transparency is lost in printing. What do I do?

Images
How can I export charts to my report/presentation?
Which image format should I use?
When I copy a chart, then paste it into another application, what image format is used?
If I drag an image to the chart and drop it, where does it get rendered?

Series
How do I change a series from one series type to another?
I see mention of 3D chart types in the documentation but I don't see these chart types in the menus?
I see mention of Horizontal chart types in the documentation but I don't see these chart types in the menus?
How do I change the drawing order of series, so one series is drawn before/after another series?

Data View
What is the function of the Series Palette in the Data View window?
Why does the content of the Series Palette change from one chart to the next?
I see in the documentation that Chartsmith can import data from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, but using the "Open" menu item doesn't allow me to open an Excel document.

AppleScript
How do I set the attributes of my charts through the AppleScript interface?

Licensing
Can I get an evaluation license, and how?
How many licenses do I need to purchase?
What is the difference between a Network license, a Computer license and a Individual license?


Answers


Charts
    How do I change the order of charts in a document?
    To reorder the charts in a document, simply press the Control key down while you click and drag a chart's thumbnail image in the Navigator to a new position.

    I want my charts to have a different default layout than Chartsmith provides - how can I do this?
    When a chart is created in Chartsmith, it has attributes for all the chart elements, e.g. the background color, the title font, the size of the chart, etc. Chartsmith provides the means to change the initial format of all chart elements. This is done by creating a template that holds the attributes that you would like to see in your charts. Then, within Preferences, set the New-Chart Template for each chart type that you would like to have this new format. Let's say that all you want is to have the background color be white in every chart you create. To do this, create a chart and make its background while. Then save the chart as a template, but only store the Background attributes (this is done in the Template save panel). Then set this chart as your New-Chart Template for every chart type in the Templates tab of Chartsmith's Preferences.

    I have charts that have transparency in them, but the transparency is lost in printing. What do I do?
    By default, Chartsmith prints charts in PDF format. And since PDF does not support transparency, it is lost upon printing. However, Chartsmith provides the option of printing in TIFF format, which does support transparency. To do this, select Print from the File menu. Then choose the Chartsmith item in the popup on the print panel that reads Copies & Pages. The controls that are then revealed allow you to set the format to PDF or TIFF, and to set the chart to be sized to fit the paper.



Images
    How can I export charts to my report/presentation?
    If you wish the exported image to be in TIFF or PDF format, then you can simply drag the image out of the Chart View. To drag a TIFF image, hold down the Option key, then click and drag the chart from the Chart Window. For a PDF image, use the Command key.

    Which image format should I use?
    The answer to this question is not a simple one, but there are some guidelines. If you are putting the chart image into a report or presentation, and the chart does not use any partially-transparent colors, then PDF is often the best choice. If you do have partially-transparent colors, then the TIFF format is a good bet, particularly if you can use a high image resolution, say 300 dpi. If the chart image is being published to a web site, then JPEG is best. The other image formats have their advantages, but these three image formats are the most popular.

    When I copy a chart, then paste it into another application, what image format is used?
    With the Export function, you have the option of chosing from a whole set of image formats, but that's not the case with copy and paste. Copy and paste only allows two different formats, PDF and TIFF. What image format is placed onto the Pasteboard can be set in Chartsmith's Preferences. If both TIFF and PDF are chosen in Preferences, then the application that the image is being pasted to will decide which format, PDF or TIFF, it prefers.

    If I drag an image to the chart and drop it, where does it get rendered?
    Chartsmith can render images in several places: the chart background; bar, histogram, bubble and area series; and Box/Image annotations. An image can be dragged and dropped to any of these. For Image annotations, a Box/Image annotation must first be added to the chart before the image is dragged onto the annotation to set its image.


Series
    How do I change a series from one series type to another?
    The Series Palette, in the Data View window, is used to change the series type of a series in a chart. To change the type of a series in a chart, drag a series icon from the Series Palette onto the header of a series column and drop it there. This will change the series type of the column that the icon is dropped upon.

    I see mention of 3D chart types in the documentation but I don't see these chart types in the menus?
    Chartsmith provides ultimate flexibility by enabling its 2D chart types to be converted to 3D chart types, and back (for those chart types that support 3D rendering). Let's say you want a 3D Bar chart. To do this, create a Bar chart (which by default is 2D), then select the grid and bring forward the Grid Info Panel. There you can turn on the 3D Effect for the grid, which converts the Bar series to a 3D Bar series. For 3D Pies, create a Pie chart, add your data, select a pie and bring forward the Pie Series Info Panel. There the Pie can be converted to a 3D Pie.

    I see mention of Horizontal chart types in the documentation but I don't see these chart types in the menus?
    Chartsmith provides ultimate flexibility by enabling its vertically-oriented chart types to be converted to horizontally-oriented chart types, and back (for those chart types that support horizontal rendering). Let's say you want a horizontal Bar chart. To do this, create a Bar chart (which by default is vertical), then select the grid and bring forward the Grid Info Panel. There you can change the grid's orientation to horizontal, which converts the Bar series to a horizontal Bar series.

    How do I change the drawing order of series, so one series is drawn before/after another series?
    Series are drawn in the order that they are listed in the Data View. So the series associated with leftmost series column in the Data View will be drawn first, then the second from the left, etc. To change this drawing order, you can re-order the series columns in the Data View by holding down the Control key, then dragging the series column from its header. For non-Pie charts, this can also be done by Control-dragging entries in the legend.


Data View
    What is the function of the Series Palette in the Data View window?
    The Series Palette is used to add series to a chart, or to change the series type of a series in a chart. To add a series to a chart, simply double-click on the icon that represents the series type that you want added. To change the type of a series in a chart, drag a series icon from the Series Palette onto the header of a series column and drop it there. This will change the series type of the column that the icon is dropped upon.

    Why does the content of the Series Palette change from one chart to the next?
    When a chart is added to a document, the chart is of a certain type, for example, a Bar chart. On that chart, other series types can be added as long as they are compatible with the chart type. The series types that are compatible with a given chart type are represented as icons in the Series Palette. Let's take a Bar chart as an example. When a Bar chart is created, the Series Palette is loaded with the icons for the series types that could be added to that chart, the first is the Bar series icon -it's always the case that the first icon is the icon for the chart type. After the Bar series icon comes the Line series icon, the Area series icon, etc. Any of these series types can be added to the Bar chart since they are compatible with the Bar series.

    This notion of two series being compatible simply means that the composition of all of the chart elements is the same for the two series types. The most clear example of this is Bar series and Pie series. Since a Bar series requires a grid to draw upon, and a Pie series does not, these two series types are not compatible. A more subtle example is the Scatter series type and the Intensity Scatter series type. These two are not compatible only because the legend for the Intensity Scatter chart is unique to that series, and for that reason no other series type is compatible with the Intensity Scatter series. So the Series Palette for an Intensity Scatter chart has only one icon in it - the icon for the Intensity Scatter series.

    I see in the documentation that Chartsmith can import data from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, but using the Open menu item in Chartsmith's File menu doesn't allow me to open an Excel document.
    To import data from Excel, you simply use the Import From Excel wizard that is activated from Chartsmith's Data View menu. Via this wizard, Chartsmith will import data from Excel by communicating with Excel to request the data.


AppleScript
    How do I set the attributes of my charts through the AppleScript interface?
    Rather than provide an absurdly long AppleScript vocabulary for setting each of the hundreds of attributes in a Chartsmith chart, Chartsmith handles attribute setting via the use of Templates. Once your chart is constructed, use the apply command to apply a template to the chart. See the sample AppleScript script that comes in the Chartsmith package.


Licensing
    Can I get an evaluation license, and how?
    Yes. Email chartsmith@blacksmith.com to request one.

    How many licenses do I need to purchase?
    Blacksmith licensing model for Chartsmith is fairly simple. You must purchase a license for each machine or user, whichever is less. For example, if only one person will be using Chartsmith on three different computers, he will only need to purchase one license. If an office of 5 people all want to use Chartsmith, but they only have three Macs, then they need only purchase three licenses.

    What is the difference between a Network license, a Computer license and a Individual license?
    First, when a license is purchased, the license type is not specified. So it is only at licensing time that the license type is set by the user. And the license type only sets the access to the license. If you choose to use an Individual license, then the license is stored so that only you can access that license. If you choose a Computer license, then the license is stored where anyone that uses that computer, and only that computer, can access it. If, however, you want anyone on a network to access a Chartsmith license, then the Network license will store the license where anyone on the local area network can access it.

 

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