ActionScript 3.0

Introducing Axiis… Open Source Data Visualization

Up to this point there has been only four more or less serious alternatives when it came to employing advanced Data Visualization in your Flex Apps, but not with Axiis another alternative has emerged.

Up to ths point we could either…

  1. Use the data visualization library native to the Flex SDK.
  2. Use Ilog Elixir.
  3. Use on of the the more or less unserious smaller contributions available out there typically limited to a single visualization.
  4. Write it ourselves.

Axiis, the 5. option now available, is an open source data visualization framework designed for beginner and expert developers alike.
Whether you are building elegant charts for executive briefings or exploring the boundaries of advanced data visualization research, Axiis has something for you.
Axiis provides both pre-built visualization components as well as abstract layout patterns and rendering classes that allow you to create your own unique visualizations.
Axiis is built upon the Degrafa graphics framework and Adobe Flex 3…

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Check it out…
http://www.axiis.org/

…thx to the always well informed Paw Suddergaard for initially pointing me to this great contribution to the preferred library of open source projects…

Adobe Flex

Adobe Flex Data Visualization Watermark

Once in a while even the most professional individual finds themselves forced into a corner by circumstances over which they don’t have control… and on rare occasions it happens even though the individual do everything right…

…one such situation recently happened to me when I had to deploy an Adobe Flex solution using undigested Runtime Shared Libraries, Flex Modules and Data Visualization in one cool cocktail… after having been unable to rid myself and the solution for the annoying Flex watermark declaring that the chart was shown with a graph compiled with non-registered version of the Adobe Flex SDK, I consulted good ol’ Uncle Google for an answer…

If you don’t know what I am talking about… this is the watermark I am talking about… displayed in grayed out letters displaying “Flex Data Visualization Trial”…

Quickly I came to the JIRA entry for the problem stating that it was not a bug if you remembered to load the Framework RSL prior to loading the Visualization RSL…
http://bugs.adobe.com/jira/browse/FLEXDMV-1756

However, this didn’t change a thing as I was already loading the framework prior to data visualization – I did however try, and yes, it wasn’t the solution…

Left with no official solution and a deadline I didn’t want to break for no one, I quickly had to become innovative and ingenious… I therefore dived down into the source code of the Adobe Flex SDK and eventually found my way to the sources for the data visualization components… once I had created an Adobe Flex Class library for the sources, compiling a SWC and referencing it from my application was easy.

To my great satisfaction, the homebrewed SWC proved to have no watermark when loaded as undigested RSL from a Flex module !

This solution not only solves the problem with the watermark, but it also allows me full control of which classes to include in the library allowing me to effectively cut the size of the visualization library in half based on the classes necessary for this particular application.

I have read the EULA from Adobe, and I don’t think I am in conflict when doing this… however, if anyone at Adobe reads this, please advice otherwise in case.

Please don’t hesitate to write me if you problems getting this solution to work for you…

PS… off course I have a licensed edition of Adobe Flex Builder, so this is not the issue here.

Adobe Flex

Adobe Flex 3.0: ILOG Elixir

Adobe announced that it plans to resell ILOG Elixir, a new advanced data visualization component set for Flex 3 including org charts, gantt display, geo maps for dashboards, treemap charts for analyzing large data sets, 3D charts, and 2D chart extensions with radar charts.

ILOG elixir is a new component library for the Adobe 3.0 platform. Its currently in Beta, however its release is planned to coincide with the final release of Flex 3.0 currently scheduled for early 2008.

Built specifically for the Adobe Flex 3.0 platform. ILOG Elixir provides advanced capabilities for:
– 2D chart extensions with radar charts (also named spider charts)
– Full 3D charts including bar/column, area, line and pie
– Treemap charts, for analyzing large data sets
– Planning and scheduling displays, such as Gantt charts
– Organizational charts
– Maps for creating interactive dashboards

ILOG Elixir:
http://www.ilog.com/