6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 1, 2014 8:08 PM by Suresh

    Pivot Graph in FMP12



      Pivot Graph in FMP12




      Just want to ask if FMP capable of doing similar to MS excel/Access Pivot graph?

      I'm looking for a feature wherein I can just drag and drop any fields in my database and automatically graph in window inside  FMP?

      Do i need additional plug-in to do this which is free?


      Thanks in advance.


        • 1. Re: Pivot Graph in FMP12

          I believe there are plug-ins that add a similar feature, but why not do the analysis in Excel?  You can make the whole thing seamless, or re-introduce as many checks along the way as you want.  Export the data from FM as a merge file.  Create an Excel sheet and pivot it the way you want. Set the speadsheet to refresh on open, no dialogue.  Then:

          Create a script that exports the data and opens that spreadsheet for the data and pivot.  As far as the user is concerned they just click a button in FM and next thing they are looking at a pivot table.

          • 2. Re: Pivot Graph in FMP12

            Hi Thanks for reply.

            Do you know what plug-in is that definitely not the CC pivot since i tried that already.

            Are you saying MS Excel or Access is much better than FMP in this part?

            I have some VBA programs already that can do that in Excel, I'm just thinking to jump in FMP fully  but If I will depend on Excel, then FMP will be useless and not an option for me anymore.

            • 3. Re: Pivot Graph in FMP12

              It may well have been the CC Plug in I used.  I remembered it as being very good, but we didn't continue with it because we realised we were simply trying to replicate in FM what already existed perfectly in Excel, so we linked it the way I suggested.  We also embedded the Excel sheet as an object in a container field and viewed it by double-clicking the field.  It seemed a brilliant 'discovery', but no-one in FM would help us get round some of the bugs.  In the end it didn't matter - the 'auto-linking' works for us.

              FM can draw graphs, if that's all you want, but pivots are another matter.  Presumably you have already experienced some limitations with the existing VBA programs, hence you looked to FM.  It's not clear to me why exploiting the strengths of FM and then adding the integration with Excel's tools wouldn't be reasonable, but obviously you know best.

              • 4. Re: Pivot Graph in FMP12


                Seems what you said is quite interesting to try.  No worry I will explore on this auto-link feature you just mention.



                Perhaps pivot is complicated.

                The concept I just want to do is to create a graph in FMP wherein instead of selecting the fields for X or Y axis, I'm thinking to create a form wherein i can just select and drag it inside the ready made graph in FMP. But seems like impossible to do it in FMP.

                • 5. Re: Pivot Graph in FMP12

                  If a graph, even a 'variable' graph is what you want then there are other possibilities.  Lets say you want to flexibly graph:

                  - Date of order
                  - Date shipped
                  - Date paid


                  - Cost
                  - Sales value
                  - Quantity ordered
                  - Quantity shipped

                  You could specify 4 new fields:

                  - gXAxisChoice (global, text)
                  - gYAvisChoice (global, text)
                  - XAxisValue = calculation:

                  Case (
                  gXAxisChoice = "Date of Order" ; DateOfOrderField ;
                  gXAxisChoice = "Date shipped" ; DateOfShippingField ;
                  gXAxisChoice = "Date paid" ; DateOfPaymentField

                  - Similarly for the YAxisValue field.

                  Then draw a graph using the XAxisValue and YAxisValue fields, and choose the pair you want from a pop-down list.

                  • 6. Re: Pivot Graph in FMP12
                    Hi Admin & Friends,
                    I'm Beginner for FileMaker Pro12, will you please guide me the procedure to prepare & import a pivot table concept on FMP12.