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Nevron Chart for SSRS Features

General Features

Support for SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008R2, 2012 and 2014 editions

Nevron Chart for SQL Server Reporting Services introduces a new level of data visualization, designed to enhance your reports within SSRS 2005, 2008, 2008R2, 2012 (SQL 2012 SSDT and SSDT-BI for VS2012) and 2014 (SSDT-BI for VS2013) editions.

Support for Multiple Charting Areas

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services has support for unlimited number of charting areas. Each charting area has its own charting type and can be rendered in 2D or 3D mode. Charting areas can be automatically or manually arranged.

Support for Multiple Legends

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services has support for unlimited number of legends. Each values data grouping can be assigned to a different legend. Legends can be manually positioned or docked to chart, chart areas and plot areas.

Support for Multiple Titles

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services has support for unlimited number of titles. Titles can be manually positioned or docked to chart, chart areas and plot areas.

Support for Chart Templates

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services has support for saving and loading templates. Save the chart state from the designer to XML and then import it in in a different report item. The state generated by the VS2005, VS2008 and VS2010 report items is compatible meaning you can easily convert reports generated with different versions of Visual Studio.

Support for Code Customization

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services supports customization through C# code, which allows you to use the full Nevron Chart for .NET API in SSRS.

Support for Unlimited Number of Chart Series

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services has support for unlimited number of chart series.

Support for Unlimited Number of Data Points

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services has support for unlimited number of data points in the chart series.

Multiple Image Formats

With Nevron Chart for Reporting Services you can render charts as BMP, PNG, JPEG, TIFF and GIF.

Charting Types

Nevron Chart for SQL Server Reporting Services includes complete and unrivaled set of 2D and 3D charting types with many customization options. This ensures that you have a superior set of data visualization methods "out of the box". Additionally each charting area can display a different chart type, thus allowing you to create multiple charts inside a single report item. Following is a list of the currently supported charting types:

Bar Charts (Horizontal and Vertical) - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Bar & Column Chart type displays a sequence of horizontal or vertical bars (shapes) of lengths proportional to the value that they represent. Bar charts are usually used for comparing two or more values or representing the contribution of each value to a total (stacks).

Area and Smooth Area Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Area Chart type displays a sequence of filled areas between the axis (or an origin line) and the value line. Area charts are usually used for comparing two or more values or representing the contribution of each value to a total (stacks), usually over time or other X measurement.

Smooth Area charts are similar to Standard Area charts, the difference being that the successive data points are connected with cubic spline segments instead of straight lines.

Line, Smooth and Step Line Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Line Chart type displays a sequence of line segments that are sequentially connected. Line charts are usually used to show a trend or how a value contributes to a trend total (stacks), usually over time or other X measurement.

The Smooth Line Charts are similar to Line charts, the difference being that the successive data points are connected with cubic spline segments instead of straight lines.

The Step Line charts are similar to Line charts, the difference being that the successive data points are connected with horizontal and vertical segments instead of straight lines.

Pie Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Pie Chart type is a circular chart divided into sectors, where the arc length of each sector is proportional to the quantity it represents. Pie Charts support the following labeling modes - Center, Rim, Spider and Non-Overlapping.

Point Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Point charts display 1, 2 or 3-dimensional data as points in a Cartesian coordinate system. They are often used for XY and XYZ scatter plots especially when a large number of data points need to be displayed.

Bubble Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Bubble charts display multi dimensional data as points in a Cartesian coordinate system. The size of each point is determined by an additional size value. The actual size of the bubble is interpolated to be in the MinSize - MaxSize range.

Float Bar Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Floating Bar charts displays a sequence of vertical bars, each bar representing a one-dimensional value range. A Floating Bar chart can be used as a Gantt chart, if the Y axis is in date-time scale mode. Gantt charts are popular in project management for planning the use of resources over time.

High Low Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS High-Low charts displays a sequence of data points, each representing a one-dimensional value range. The begin values of consecutive data points are connected with a "low" line. The end values are connected with a "high" line. The area between these two lines is filled with different colors, depending on whether the "high" line runs above or below the "low" line.

Stock Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Stock charts are used to plot stock data, usually over time. Stock charts use color coding to distinguish between stock prices, which went up or down when the stock closed.

Funnel Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Funnel chart is similar to a Stacked Percent Bar Chart with only one category. It represents 100% of the summary values for the data items included in the chart. Funnel Charts are often used to represent stages in a sales process and show the amount of potential revenue for each stage. This type of chart can also be useful in identifying potential problem areas in an organization's sales processes.

Radar Charts - available only in 2D
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The Chart for SSRS Radar chart plots the values of each category along a separate axis that radiates from the center of the chart and ends on the outer ring. A line connects all the values from the same series and optionally the area enclosed by the line can be filled.

Polar Charts - available only in 2D
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The Chart for SSRS Polar charts display 2-dimensional data points in a polar coordinate system. The position of a point is specified by its distance from the center and a rotation angle. The points are connected by a line and optionally the area enclosed by the line can be filled.

Surface Charts - available only in 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Surface charts display a surface connecting the adjacent data points. Options for zone filling, zone outlining and palette generation are available.

Error Bar Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Error Bar charts are often used to indicate estimated error in a measurement. The chart type includes Series, XY Scatter and XYZ Scatter subtypes with options whether to display X, Y or Z errors.

Box And Whiskers Charts - available only in 2D
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The Chart for SSRS Box And Whiskers charts are very helpful in interpreting the distribution of data.

Vector Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Vector charts display arrows in 2D or 3D space and are often used to display force fields.

Range Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Range charts display 2D or 3D boxes defined by begin - end values. They can be used for the display of histograms, bars with custom sizes, 3D ranges etc.

Kagi Charts - available only in 2D
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The Chart for SSRS Kagi charts display series of vertical lines to illustrate general levels of supply and demand for certain assets.

Renko Charts - available only in 2D
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The Chart for SSRS Renko charts display series of white and black boxes (bricks) to illustrate general price movement and trend reversals.

Three Line Break Charts - available only in 2D
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The Chart for SSRS Three Line Break charts display a series of vertical boxes ("lines") that are based on changes in prices.

Point And Figure Charts - available only in 2D
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The Chart for SSRS Point and Figure charts display series of columns that are made up of 'X' or 'O' signs.

Tree Map Chart - available only in 2D

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Tree maps display hierarchical (tree-structured) data as a set of nested rectangles. Tree maps allow you to easily see patterns that would be difficult to spot in other ways, such as if a certain color is particularly relevant. A second advantage of tree maps is that, by construction, they make efficient use of space. As a result, they can legibly display thousands of items on the screen simultaneously.

Combo Charts - available in 2D and 3D
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The Chart for SSRS Combo charts are used to combine certain series types within the same chart area. Series types are specified per values data groupings. There are many per series type options. You can combine the following series types: Bar, Area, Smooth Area, Line, Smooth Line, Step Line, Point, Bubble, High Low, Stock, Error Bar, Box and Whiskers, Vector, Range and Float Bar.

Axis-Related Features

Complete set of axis-related features designed to target even the most compelling charting requirements. The axes are largely automatic, allowing you to focus on your project, but if needed you can customize every aspect of their appearance and behavior.

Primary and Secondary X and Y Axes

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services supports Primary and Secondary X and Y Axes. You can specify the X and Y axes on which each values data grouping (chart series) is scaled. Advanced settings allow you to make use of axis crossings, docking and percent positioning.

Depth Axis

In 3D charting, the axis model is extended with an additional depth (Z) axis. The Z axis allows data to be plotted along the depth of the chart. It automatically scales in Numeric or Categorical scale mode, allowing the creation of XYZ scatters and XZ-plane categorical plots.

Special Radar and Polar Axes

Special Radar and Polar axes are exposed for Radar and Polar charting types. These aim to provide advanced settings for complex requirements related to these charting types.

Numeric Scale

The Numeric Scale is automatically selected, depending on the respective chart dimension type. The following sub-modes are available:
- Number scale - displays any data in numeric format (profit, sales, percentages etc.)
- Angular scale - displays angular data in degrees, radians or grads (used in polar charts).
- DateTime scale - suitable for display of date-time data.
- ValueTimeline scale - advanced date-time scale, widely used in financial charts.
- RangeTimeline scale - advanced date-time scale, widely used in financial and project management charts.

Categorical Scale

The Categorical Scale is automatically selected, depending on the respective chart dimension type. It has the following advanced features:
- Supports unlimited grouping levels.
- Grouped and single-row labels.
- Multiple presets for groupings appearance and layout.

Advanced Axis Positioning Options

Axes can be docked to the chart sides (or polar rim) or crossed with another axis (at value or percent). In addition, axes can share a single chart edge.

Axis Title

Full control over the appearance, position and angle of the axis titles. The axis titles text supports advanced rich-text formatting.

Ruler

Control over begin and end ruler caps appearance and shape. Options to highlight scale breaks on the ruler.

Axis Range

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services provides control over the axis range. Ability to inflate that range in several modes.

Gridlines

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services supports major and minor gridlines, with full appearance customization and control over the walls on which they are displayed.

Ticks

Support for major and minor ticks with control over their appearance and position.

Axis Stripes

Axis Stripes highlight repeating ranges of data on the chart walls, with a controllable show/hide pattern.

Axis Sections

Axis Sections conditionally modify the appearance of axis ticks, gridlines and labels, provided they are within a user-specified data range(s). This feature helps you to highlight important ranges of data along the axis.

Const Lines

Const Lines show constant lines (reference lines) at user-specified value(s). The Chart Const Lines supports text annotation. In 3D mode they are displayed as planes perpendicular to their owner axis.

Const Ranges

Const Ranges allow you to visually highlight important axis ranges. The Chart supports range annotation of the plot area with controllable begin/end values and text.

Scale Breaks

Axis Scale Breaks skip a range of values on the axis. They are used to increase the readability of the chart, in cases when the data is clustered in distant data ranges (for example: half the data points are around 100 and the other half are around 1,000,000). Without scale breaks, such data cannot be visually compared. Nevron Chart for Reporting Services provides support for manual and automatic scale breaks with full control over appearance and behavior. X and Y scale breaks can be crossed. Scale breaks are also displayed in 3D Mode (unique feature).

Label Layout

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services provides advanced axis-label layout options, which let you resolve very complex axis-label overlapping cases.

Label Formatting

Label Formatting controls the formatting of values along numeric scales. Many advanced options for currency, percentage, scientific and date time label formatting are available.

Calculated Series (Trend Lines)

Nevron Chart for SSRS comes with enhanced support for calculated series (trend lines), for the quick and easy creation of sophisticated data analysis in your reports.

Calculated Chart Series help end-users to analyze data, identify the nature of a sequence of observations, and to predict future values using historical observations. Calculated series are attached to a master series and display a trendline or formula that is based on the master series values.

Nevron Chart for SSRS features more than 40 calculated series, including:

  • Min
  • Max
  • Median
  • Cumulative
  • Sum
  • Average
  • Linear Regression
  • Linear Regression
  • Polynomial Regression
  • Exponential Average
  • Root Mean Square
  • Standard Deviation
  • Bollinger Bands
  • Envelopes
  • Simple Moving Average
  • Weighted Moving Average
  • Exponential Moving Average
  • Modified Moving Average
  • Median Price
  • Typical Price
  • Weighted Close
  • Positive Direction Indicator
  • Directional Movement
  • Negative Direction Indicator
  • Index
  • Average Directional Movement
  • Average True Range
  • Chaikins Volatility
  • Commodity Channel Index
  • Detrended Price Oscillator
  • Mass Index
  • Momentum
  • Momentum Division
  • Moving Average Convergence Divergence
  • Performance
  • Rate Of Change
  • Relative Strength Index
  • Stochastic Oscillator
  • TRIX
  • True Range
  • Williams % R

The calculated series also feature full control over their appearance, chart area, display on axes, data labels, data labels layout, markers, action and formula specific parameters.

Read more about SSRS Chart Calculated Series

Additional Customizations

Following is a brief list of some of the most important additional customization options that are visually exposed by the chart designer:

Walls

  • Walls visibility
  • Walls appearance
  • Walls depth (in 3D)

Legends

  • Advanced positioning options
  • Items layout preferences
  • Control over legend marks
  • Header and Footer
  • Gridlines
  • Stripes

Per Series (Values Data Groupings) Properties

  • Series options (for combo charts)
  • Display on chart area
  • Display on X axes
  • Display on Y axes
  • Display on legend
  • Markers - control over shape, size, position and appearance
  • Legend - control over the data describing the series in the legend
  • Data Labels - control over format, appearance and layout
  • Action - jump to report, jump to bookmark, jump to URL

Data Groupings Editors

  • Edit grouping expressions
  • Edit filter expressions
  • Edit sorting expressions

Rendering

  • Support for different image formats
  • Specify resolution
  • Image sizing options
  • Gray scale rendering
  • On/off image map rendering
  • Control over the currently used culture settings. You can select a custom culture or synchronize the currently used culture with the user regional settings.

Appearance Customizations

  • Fill Style editor - helps you define the filling of an element. Provides options for solid color, gradient, image and advanced gradient fill types.
  • Stroke Style editor - helps you define the outline/stroke of an element. Provides options for line caps and joins, line pattern and color.
  • Shadow Style editor - helps you define the shadow which is casted by an element. Provides options for solid, linear, radial blur and gaussian blur shadows.
  • Text Style editor - helps you define the default appearance of a text element. Provides options for font size and type, font filling, outline, shadow, backplane etc.
  • Frame Style editor - helps you define the frame of the component and its panels. Supports artistic/image borders.

Chart Code Customization

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services supports customization through C# code, which allows you to use the full Nevron Chart for .NET API in SSRS.

Competitive Advantages

Speed

Nevron Chart for SSRS is the fastest rendering chart inside Reporting Services - in both 2D and 3D modes.

3D Charting

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services has the best layout in 3D and the most advanced feature set in 3D - including: 11 predefined lighting modes, ability to specify element materials (control the way in which elements reflect light), largest charting types set in 3D, biggest set of shapes in 3D (applicable to pies, bars, markers, areas etc.).

2D Charting

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services is the only chart for Reporting Services to provide Adobe Photoshop like image filter effects, which are applicable to all chart elements - these include bevel, emboss, lighting filters etc. When it comes to shadows it is the only chart for Reporting Services which has soft shadows (based on Gaussian and Radial blur image filters).

2D/3D Consistency

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services is consistent in 2D/3D modes. For example you can map gradients, textures to elements in both 2D and 3D. Colors specified in 2D are inherited by materials in 3D. You can mix 2D and 3D chart areas in a single chart control.

Visual Effects

- Nevron Chart for SSRS introduces numerous Lighting Models
- Orthogonal Projection with Depth Offset (perfect for creating 2D half imitation charts).
- Soft Shadows based on image filters
- Blur, Glow, Lighting, Bevel and Emboss image filters

Numerous XY and XYZ scatters

Nevron Chart for SSRS includes the industry leading support for XY and XYZ scatters inside Reporting Services.

Non-overlapping Data Labels Layout

All Cartesian Chart types support automatic non-overlapping data labels layout. The data label layout prevents labels from overlapping in both ordinal and scatter charts and works in 2D and 3D appearance modes.

XML Formatted Texts

Nevron Chart for Reporting Services supports XML Formatted Texts. This feature is applicable to all elements which display text. It allows you to mix fonts, mix bold, italic underline formatting and many other advanced features like different fill styles, shadows, image filters etc. - all inside a single label, title etc. XML formatted texts use a format similar to HTML, but with many more advanced options.

Multithreaded UI

The user interface in design time is multithreaded. This allows for very quick editing of the component, regardless of the preview complexity.

Customer Quotes:

QUOTE We needed a solution that could produce a bar graph with overlaid SEM bars. After some research, we determined that Nevron Chart for SSRS component was the right fit, allowing us to easily produce a graph such as this.

Nevron has been very helpful and responsive to our needs. We are pleased with the product and hope to expand its use in our systems in the future.
UNQUOTE

David Miller, Manager Software Development
Medical Council of Canada