13 Replies Latest reply on Sep 5, 2012 7:48 PM by datavator

    Charts in Runtime versions?

    icwmmsa

      Is it possible to create graphs/charts in a Runtime programme?

        • 1. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
          databuzz

          Hi,

           

          FileMaker native charts are not supported in runtime solutions unfortunately. You would have to use another solution, such as a plug-in or a Web Viwewer showing Google charts, in a runtime application.

           

          For more information on the differences between runtimes and FileMaker Pro have a look at "Appendix A Feature comparison of the runtime application with FileMaker Pro" in the FileMaker® Pro 11 Advanced Development Guide.

           

          HTH,

          Andrew

           

           

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          • 2. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
            Stephen Huston

            Just to clarify:

             

            You can "create" them, but, according to FileMaker's "Introduction to Charting" PDF:

             

                 "Charts will not render in a runtime solution."

             

            So, if the runtime file is opened with FM 11 instead of the Runtime engine, the chart will render again. It's the Runtime engine which lacks the necessary stuff to render the chart.

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            • 3. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
              icwmmsa

              Thanks Andrew

               

              Presently downloading FM data to Excel, charting ,then pasting back to a container field in FM.  Any clue as to a good plug-in?

               

              Ian

              • 4. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                icwmmsa

                Thanks Stephen

                 

                Will it happen in the future - Charts in Runtime?? Would be on my wish list.

                 

                Ta

                 

                Ian

                • 5. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                  databuzz

                  Hi Ian,

                   

                  I've used the xmCHART plug-in in the past:

                   

                  http://www.x2max.com/en/products/xmCHART/info.html

                   

                  You might also want to check out:

                   

                  http://www.360works.com/charts/

                  http://www.24usoftware.com/SimpleChart

                   

                  Andrew

                  • 6. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                    RayCologon

                    icwmmsa wrote:

                    Will it happen in the future - Charts in Runtime?? Would be on my wish list.

                     

                    Hi Ian,

                     

                    I believe the issue is not one of technical limitation, but relates to licensing of the code libraries used to support the charting feature - so in that respect it's a similar situation to the constraint on producing PDF output from runtimes.

                     

                    Nevertheless, if it's something you need and would like to see in the future, there would be no harm in drawing it to the attention of the key folks at FMI by submitting it as a feature request at the following URL:

                     

                    http://www.filemaker.com/company/contact/feature_request.html

                     

                    Regards,

                    Ray

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                    • 7. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                      RubenVanDenBoogaard

                      Hi,

                       

                      I recently did a project using the free FusionCharts (http://www.fusioncharts.com/extensions/filemaker/)

                      Those charts are very versatile, but not so easy to implement. (They draw Flash charts in a webviewer)

                       

                      Hope this helps,

                       

                      Best regards,

                       

                      Ruben van den Boogaard

                      Infomatics Software

                      ruben@infomatics.nl

                      • 8. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                        RayCologon

                        Ruben van den Boogaard wrote:

                        Those charts are very versatile, but not so easy to implement. (They draw Flash charts in a webviewer)

                         

                        I agree that FusionCharts are worth a mention, alongside some of the other third-party charting technologies already noted in the thread.

                         

                        As an aside - and slightly ironically - most of the charting methods that work in runtimes *don't* work in iOS, and that applies to flash-based methods such as FusionCharts and also most configurations using plug-ins.

                         

                        It's a bit of a digression from Ian's original question, but there are presently only a few charting options that work in all deployment scenarios.

                         

                        Regards,

                        Ray

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                        • 9. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                          icwmmsa

                          Thanks for the input gentlemen......

                           

                          Have downloaded the 360Works plug-in and am giving that a go at present.  Did use xmChart back at Version 2 and can still rmember a little of that but 360Works looks easier.

                          I'm delveloping my FM11  file in MAC and want this runtime version to run in Windows.  I already have it running in Windows and am wondering if I need to place the Windows plug-in in the Windows version whilst developing the FM file in MAC using the MAC plug-in - if you can get the gist of what I'm saying here. Do you reckon it will still work.

                           

                          Guess I'll soon find out when it is developed!!

                           

                          Ta to you all for your input.

                           

                          Ian

                          • 10. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                            databuzz

                            Hi Ian,

                             

                            Yes you will need to install the Windows version of any plug-in you use on the Mac into the Windows runtime's extensions folder.

                             

                            Andrew

                            • 11. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                              LeeLukehart

                              Hi Ian,

                               

                              A charting option that works fully on both iOS and FMP runtimes is using HTML and JavaScript displayed via a web viewer. You can read my article on the topic and download a fairly robust demo file from my blog, at http://www.savvydata.com/blog/2010/08/charting-fmgo-for-ipad-whats-new-in-v2/.

                               

                              The demo file is iPad friendly, and is built so that no internet connection is needed in order to function (unlike most HTML charting solutions). The web technologies demonstrated have the additional advantage of being absolutely free.

                               

                              ~ Lee

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                              • 12. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                                icwmmsa

                                Finally settled on xmCHART.  Great plug-in and is really easy after a little bit of practice. Love it

                                • 13. Re: Charts in Runtime versions?
                                  datavator

                                  I've been down this path too and tried all sorts of charting options.  I too settled on xmCHART and I think it's fantastic.  It's amazing how many other kinds of images you can create with this plug-in - not just graphs.  It's worth having a good read of the 2 main documents that come with the plug-in.