3.2 will come with new chart features

Good news, openoffice 3.2 will have new chart features, the Chart module was exchanged completely on the way to 2.3 .

Here are a list of new chart features in openoffice 3.2

Task Target Status
Chart useability issues OOo 3.2 done
Filled Net Chart OOo 3.2 done
Bubble Chart OOo 3.2 done
Rotate data labels OOo 3.2 done
Asian typography for chart elements OOo 3.2 done
Display from hidden cells OOo 3.2 done

Filled Net Chart

The Filled Net Chart is similar to the regular Net Chart with lines, but the area between the lines and the origin is filled in addition.

Bubble Charts

The Bubble Chart is available as new chart type now. Bubble Charts are similar to the XY Charts, but in addition to the x-and y-value for each data point a third value is used to influence the size of the bubble.





Rotate Data Labels

The options for data labels have been extended further. It is possible now to rotate them. This is useful especially for column charts to avoid overlap between the different labels.

Display of hidden cells

Did you ever had a spreadsheet where some columns or rows are hidden? You now can decide whether those values from hidden cells should be included into a plot within a chart or not. Just set the check box in the properties dialog of the data series.

Chart Context Menu

The context menu within charts and parts of the menu have been reworked to address some usability issues.

Element Selector

A list box containing the chart elements was added to the formatting tool bar within the chart. Selecting an item in the list does select the according element within the chart. Pressing the new button named ‘Format Selection’ next to the list opens the properties dialog for the selected element and allows to manipulate the formatting


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