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Dundas Data Visualization · Technical Newsletter

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One of our developers also had time to update and improve our support article on How to use Dundas Chart with a Web Garden or Server Farm.

Dundas Consulting

Dundas Consulting

We've updated and improved our Dundas Consulting web site. The revamped site has expanded its digital dashboard offering with dynamic online demos, extended dashboard galleries, more literature in the form of white papers and articles, plus improved functionality site-wide. The new site aims to give visitors a more comprehensive taste of its services and deeper insight into the company ethos.

Check out the new Dundas Consulting web site here.

TDWI BI Executive Summit

TDWI BI Executive Summit

Come say hello to us at the TDWI BI Executive Summit in San Diego, August 18-20! We'll be exhibiting in booth # 206.

The TDWI BI Executive Summit web site has more information about this show.

Dashboarding and Business Intelligence

Dashboard Insight

Dundas continues to be a proud sponsor of Dashboard Insight, the premier online magazine for all things dashboard. At the DI website, you can find an incredibly large collection of dashboard articles written by some of the best minds in the industry, as well as daily news updates, white papers and interviews with today's business leaders. In addition, DI has recently launched an online catalog hosting information on the absolute best companies in the space.

Betas

Chart 6.2 Localization support

Dundas Chart for .NET v6.2 and the SQL Server 2008 Edition of Dundas Chart for Reporting Services v2.2 are now in beta.

Chart 6.2 brings user-interface localization to our .NET Chart as well as the usual round of bug fixes and improvements.

The new Chart for Reporting Services provides SQL Server 2008 support (note that you'll need RC0 of SQL Server 2008 to take part in this beta).

Visit the beta page for more information and to join the beta testing.

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Articles

How can I dynamically resize my Chart, Gauge or Map control so it fits inside the browser window?

Resize your controls

Create a resize() function in JavaScript to trigger the Chart, Gauge or Map callback event. In the callback handler, adjust the size of the Dundas control.

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What version of the Dundas controls for SharePoint does this add-on require?

SharePoint add-ons

Most of the Dundas Product Add-ons come with ready-to-use DLLs for SharePoint. These DLLs are compiled against a specific version of the Dundas control DLLs, and are given Assembly Version numbers matching the Dundas control version.

Read on to find out which version of the Dundas control for SharePoint an add-on was compiled with.

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OLAP Drill-through

OLAP drill-through

OLAP is great for aggregating data and hiding all of the database details. There are times when you want to know where values in some OLAP cells come from. Drill-through lets you retrieve the underlying rows in the database that give the cell its value.

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What version of the Dundas controls for Reporting Services does this add-on require?

Reporting Services add-ons

Most of the Dundas Product Add-ons come with ready-to-use DLLs for Reporting Services. These DLLs are compiled against a specific version of the Dundas control DLLs, and are given Assembly Version numbers matching the Dundas control version.

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How can I use an installed Add-on with Reporting Services?

Reporting Services add-ons

Learn how to use the Reporting Services DLL that comes with many Dundas Product Add-ons, how to rebuild the DLL if your version of the Dundas control for Reporting Service is newer, and how to reference the add-on from your Reporting Services reports.

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Chart

Get more out of Dundas Chart in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Time Series and Forecasting

The Time Series and Forecasting sample demonstrates Chart's Forecasting formula. You can find it in the Dundas Chart Samples Environment (under Financial Charting → Financial Formulas → Time Series and Forecasting).

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Featured Property

This month's feature Chart property is the SoftShadows property found on series, data point, chart area and legend objects.

The SoftShadows property lets you enable smoother "soft" shadows instead of the default "hard" shadows. The soft shadows fade from the shadow color to transparent while the hard shadows have a sharp edge and are drawn entirely with the shadow color.

To enable SmartLabels on an object, set its SoftShadows property to true.

Note that soft shadows are drawn as a gradient and can have a negative impact on your chart's performance, especially when drawing a lot of soft shadowed data points.

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Gauge

Get more out of Dundas Gauge in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Adding Gauges to the Gauge Container

The Adding Gauges to the Gauge Container sample demonstrates adding and removing circular gauges, linear gauges and numeric indicators to an existing gauge container. You can find it in the Dundas Gauge Samples Environment (under Gauge Applications → Adding Gauges).

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Featured Property

The GlassEffect property found on BackFrame objects lets you add a glass-like effect to gauges contained in the frame. This makes the gauges appear to have more depth.

The default is GlassEffect.None, but GlassEffect.Simple adds a shiny glass overlay to your gauges.

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Map

Get more out of Dundas Map in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Anti Aliasing

The Anti Aliasing sample demonstrates Dundas Map's support for anti-aliasing on text and graphics. You can find it in the Dundas Map Samples Environment (under Appearance → Anti Aliasing).

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Featured Property

In ASP.NET, the map control's Callback event lets you call any code in your page's code behind from JavaScript in the user's browser.

Create a Callback event handler, then add JavaScript to call the map control's JavaScript doCallback() method with the name of the callback event and any parameters you need to pass back to your .NET code.

This lets you develop Ajax applications that can still manipulate any aspect of the map control.

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