Reusing Charts

Swap in New Dataset

You can swap in a new dataset into an existing Charticulator session. Clicking a icon in the Dataset Panel will display a file open dialog so that you can select a new dataset file. Note that the new file should have the same structure — the same number of columns as well as same column name and data type for every column.

Chart Output

You can reuse your chart design in six ways: (1) save it in the ‘My Charts’ list within Charticulator, (2) download it as a chart file, (3) export it as an image file, (4) export it as an HTML file, (5) export it as a Charticulator template, and (6) export it as Power BI Custom visual.

Save to My Charts

You can save chart designs to the ‘My Charts’ list. Please note that your data and your charts remains local in your browser unless you download them as a chart file.

Save to My Charts

Download as Chart

Once your chart is saved to the ‘My Charts’ list, you can open the saved chart or download it as a chart file from the list. To open a saved chart, click the icon from the main toolbar to see the ‘My Charts’ list, and then click the item from the list. To download the saved chart, click the icon at the bottom right corner of the item.

Save to My Charts

You can open the downloaded chart from a different machine. Click the Open Chart button in the Open panel to select the chart file. Please note that a downloaded chart file contains both data and chart design.

Export as Image

You can export chart designs as images in PNG, JPEG, and SVG format. For the PNG and JPEG formats, you can specify the desired DPI (Dots per inch).

Export as Image

Export as HTML

You can export chart designs as an HTML file.

Export as HTML

Charticulator Template

You can export chart designs as a Charticulator Template, which can be loaded as a chart component to create a nested chart. Once you click the “Charticulator Template” button at the bottom, a template file is created in JSON format. ( )

Export as Image

Power BI Custom Visual

You can export chart designs as a Power BI Custom Visual (.pbiviz), which can be imported into Power BI. ( ) Note that not all chart designs can be exported as a valid custom visual that can be imported into Power BI.

Export as Power BI Custom Visual

Nested Chart

Charticulaor allows you to create a small multiple, a series of similar graphs or charts using the same scale and axes, by using a nested chart (or a chart component).

You first need to select the “Group by” field of the Plot Semgment before adding the Nested Chart compenent to the Glyph Editor. For example, if you want to create a small multiples with 12 months of Boston Weather, choose the “month” from the DATE data column. Once the group by is applied, the guides layout within the Glyph Editor is updated accordingly.

Group by

To add a nested chart component to a glyph, you can drag it from the Toolbar and drop it into the Glyph Editor. Once a nested chart is added, you can edit it directly or import a Charticulator Template. Because a small multiple typically needs larger space than a single chart, it is a good idea to increase the chart size before editing the nested chart.

Nested Chart

When you click on the “Edit Nested Chart…” button, another Chaticulator will open in a new tab. Because the nested chart usually does not need as large margin as a regular chart, it is a good idea to decrease the margins of the chart before you edit the glyph. (The margin between the nested charts can be adjusted in the main Charticulator.)

Unlike the main Charticulator page, the header will have the “Save Nested Chart” button. Whenever you click this button, the main chart will be automatically updated.

Nested Chart Header

You can swtich back and forth between the main Charticualtor and the one for the nested chart.

Power BI Custom Visual

You can import the chart design, exported as a Power BI Custom Visual, into Power BI. Once its requird data fields are filled, you can see the chart within Power BI. ( ) In addition, the chart reacts to the event from other charts or slicers. For example, you can create a slicer using the Month value of the DATE value so that you can interactively choose the desired month to be shown. ( )

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