Common chart properties

Below you will find in-depth user information about each property, what it does and how it can be applied

Common properties are properties that appear in most chart types. They are bundled in one single article for your reference and convenience.


 

 

GENERAL

1 Position and Size

1.1 Position Chart Area

1.2 Position Plot Area

2 Appearance

2.1 Chart Background

2.2 Plot Background

3 Legend

3.1 Background

4 Symbol

5 Labels

5.1 Number Format

5.2 Character

5.3 Paragraph

5.4 Shadow

5.5 Background

6 Axes and Grid

6.1 Line

6.2 Ticks and Grid

6.3 Major Ticks and Grid

6.4 Minor Ticks and Grid

6.5 Categorical Axis

6.6 Numerical Axis

6.7 Datetime Axis

 

 

 

Position and Size >

 

 


POSITION CHART AREA

Position

Datylon for Illustrator only. 
Displays the position of the chart on the artboard. Changing position should be done with Illustrator controls.

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Size Displays the size of the chart area. Disabled. Changing the size of the chart should be done by dragging the chart box controls or via the illustrator controls.

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POSITION PLOT AREA

Fixed Position > Margins

Chart area = Plot Area + Margins

Margins set the position of the Plot Area within the Chart Area.

You can change all sides in on go, or set each side separately by clicking the cogwheel first.

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Auto-Fit > Spacing

Chart area = Plot Area + Labels + Spacing

Auto-fit takes into account labels, ticks, or other chart elements that fall out of the plot area. 

Click on the cogwheel to set each side separately.

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Appearance >

 

 


CHART BACKGROUND

Color Sets the color of the Chart Area background. All color properties like Opacity or Gradient can be applied.  Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Appearence-Chart_Background-Color
Stroke

Sets the stroke color and weight around the Chart Area.

You can apply a dashed stroke by clicking the cogwheel.

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Corner Radius

Applies rounded corners to the Chart Background.

Separate settings for each corner can be applied by clicking the cogwheel.

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PLOT BACKGROUND

Color

Sets the color of the Plot Area background.

All color properties like Opacity or Gradient can be applied. 

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Stroke

Sets the stroke color and weight around the Plot Area.

You can apply a dashed stroke by clicking the cogwheel.

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Corner Radius

Applies rounded corners to the Plot Background.

Separate settings for each corner can be applied by clicking the cogwheel.

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Legend >

 

Allow Overlap With Chart When Allow Overlap is enabled,  the legend can be placed on top of the chart; When the checkbox is "off" and the "Autofit" option is selected under Position and Size > Plot Area, the chart will be scaled to avoid overlap with the chart. 
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Position Sets the X and Y position of the left upper corner of the legend relative to the left upper corner of the Chart Area. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Legend-Position
Distribution

Sets the direction of the legend elements (one element =  the symbol + the label), distributed into rows or columns.

Columns, Rows

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Reverse order

Reverses the order of the series in the legend list.

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Columns/ Rows Sets the number of rows or columns Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Legend-Columns_and_Rows

Horizontal Spacing

Applies horizontal spacing between the legend elements. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Legend-Horizontal_Spacing
Vertical Spacing Applies vertical spacing between the legend elements. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Legend-Vertical_spacing

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BACKGROUND

Padding

The default legend background is set by the outer boundaries of the elements.

Padding applies extra space around the legend background.

Padding for each side separately can be applied by clicking the cogwheel.

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Color

Sets the color of the legend background.

All color properties like Opacity or Gradient can be applied. 

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Stroke

Sets a stroke color and weight around the legend background.

You can apply a dashed stroke by clicking the cogwheel.

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Corner Radius

Applies rounded corners to the legend background.

Separate settings for each corner can be applied by clicking the cogwheel.

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Symbols >

 

Icon

Sets the icon type. Available options:

Circle Solid, Circle Outline, Hexagon Solid, Hexagon Outline, 

Star Solid, Star Outline, Man, Woman, 

Square Solid, Square Outline, Triangle Solid, Triangle Outline, 

Wye Solid, Wye Outline, Cross Solid, Cross Outline, 

Diamond Solid, Diamond Outline.

Values in brackets after the icon type indicate the original ratio of each icon.

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Color

Sets the color of the icon. 

Depending on the function of the icon different color link options can be applied. 

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Stroke

Sets the stroke color and weight of the icon. You can apply a dashed stroke by clicking the cogwheel.

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Size

Sets the Width and Height of the icon.

The width and height ratio is maintained when a link is enabled.

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Shadow

Available in Datylon web app only.

Adds shadow for the given element. ColorX and Y offset and Blur are available for editing.

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Labels >

 

Anchor Point (only available in the Bar chart)

Can only be applied only if Smart labels are turned off.

Sets the reference point for label alignment and offset properties. There are 5 options available:

1. Start

2. Center

3. End

4. Positive Side

5. Negative Side

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Data Mark Anchor (available in certain charts) Sets the reference point for all label alignment and offset properties Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Data_Label-Data_Mark_Anchor_Point
Layering (available in certain charts) Places labels either on the top of all data marks or groups them with the data mark it is related to. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Data_Mark-Layering
Horizontal Alignment Aligns the label left, centered, or right relative to the data point or relative to the data mark anchor if data marks are shown. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Labels-Horizontal_Alignment
Vertical Alignment Aligns the label top, center, or bottom relative to the data point or relative to the data mark anchor if data marks are shown. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Labels-Vertical_Alignment
Horizontal Offset Sets the position of the label horizontally. Enter a positive value to move to the right. Enter a negative value to move to the left. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Labels-Horizontal_offset
Vertical Offset Sets the position of the label vertically. Enter a positive value to move up. Enter a negative value to move down. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Labels-Vertical_Offset
Rotation

Rotates the label around the anchor point.

A positive value rotates counterclockwise. A negative value clockwise.

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Prefix

Adds a prefix to all legend labels.

Consecutive spaces are ignored. 

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Suffix

Adds a suffix to all legend labels.

Consecutive spaces are ignored. 

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NUMBER FORMAT

Decimal Separator Sets the sign that will be used as a decimal separator. By default, it is set to “.” Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Number_Format-Decimal_Separator
Thousand Separator Sets the sign that will be used as a thousand separator. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Number_Format-Thousand_separator
Short Notation

Converts the label using metric suffixes:

Nano, Micro, Milli, Kilo, Mega, Giga

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Precision

Sets the number of digits or decimals that will be shown after the decimal separator.

If omitted the number of digits will be shown as it is represented in the data.

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Minus sign

Sets a character for a minus sign: 
1) Minus sign (U+2212) that is used in Unicode standard
2) Hyphen minus character that originates from ASCII standard

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Add Plus Adds a plus or minus sign in front of positive values. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Number_Format-Add_plus
Absolute Values Converts any value to a positive value. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Number_Format-Absolute_Values

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CHARACTER

Typeface

Sets the font typeface. When clicking the cogwheel one has two text decoration options: crossed text and underlined text.

See more on fonts here.

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Color

Sets the color of the font. There are several available options. They can vary depending on the label function and chart used:

1. None: the font disappears if selected

2. Link: the color of the font is linked to the color of the relevant axis line.
For the Y-Axis labels of the bar chart, it is possible to link to the color of the categories of the first series.

3. Solid: the color is selected directly from the color picker.

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Size

Sets the size of the font.

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Tracking

Sets the amount of tracking in the labels.

Tracking is the spacing between characters in the label text.

The value can either be positive or negative. "0" is the default tracking value. 

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PARAGRAPH

Width Sets the maximum paragraph width. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Paragraph-Width
Horizontal Align Aligns the paragraph on the left, centered, or on the right. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Paragraph-Horizontal_align
Justify Aligns all the text with both edges excluding the last line. Helpcenter-Properties-Shared-Paragraph-Justify
Leading

Sets the spacing between adjacent lines of text.

"0" will make the lines fall on top of each other. "1" is the default leading. 

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Max Number of Lines

The maximum number of lines allowed in a paragraph. If the text is cut off, it ends with an ellipsis. 

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SHADOW

Shadow

Available in Datylon web app only.

Adds shadow to a given element. ColorX and Y offset and Blur are available for editing.

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BACKGROUND

Size

Sets the size of the label background.

If omitted, the size of the boundaries of the label text is taken by default.

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Padding

Adds padding to the label background.

Padding for each side separately can be applied by clicking the cogwheel.

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Color

Sets the color of the background rectangle. 

All color properties like Opacity or Gradient can be applied.

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Stroke

Sets the stroke color and weight around the label background.

You can apply a dashed stroke by clicking the cogwheel.

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Corner Radius

Applies rounded corners to the label background.

Separate settings for each corner can be applied by clicking the cogwheel.

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Axes and Grid >

 

LINE

Stroke Sets the color, weight, and dashed line properties of line stroke.
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TICKS AND GRID (Categorical axis type)

Custom Ticks > Starting Tick Sets the starting tick and corresponding grid. An actual category name should be typed into the field
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Custom Ticks > Ticks Interval Sets the interval between neighbor ticks and grids.
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Ticks > Between Places the ticks around the labels corresponding to data points.
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Ticks > Length Sets the length of ticks.
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Ticks > Offset Sets the space between the line and the start of the tick.
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Ticks > Stroke Sets the color, weight, and dashed line properties of the tick stroke.
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Gridlines > Above Places the gridline above the chart.
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Gridlines > Between Places the gridline in the middle between data points.
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Gridlines > Stroke Sets the color, weight, and dashed line properties of the gridline stroke.
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MAJOR TICKS AND GRID (Numerical and Datetime axis type)

Add Extra Tick Extends the axis up to an extra axis tick above the highest and below the lowest value in your data
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Custom Ticks Amount > Ticks Interval Sets the interval between neighbour ticks and grids.
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Custom Ticks Amount > Starting Tick Sets the starting tick and corresponding grid.
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Ticks > Length Sets the length of ticks
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Ticks > Offset Sets the space between the line and the start of the tick.
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Ticks > Stroke Sets the color, weight, and dashed line properties of the tick stroke.
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Gridlines > Above Places the gridline above the chart.
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Gridlines > Stroke Sets the color, weight, and dashed line properties of the gridline stroke.
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MINOR TICKS AND GRID (Numerical and Datetime axis type)

Amount Sets the number of minor ticks that will be placed between major ticks.
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Ticks > Length Sets the length of ticks.
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Ticks > Offset Sets the space between the line and the start of the tick.
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Ticks > Stroke Sets the color, weight, and dashed line properties of the tick stroke.
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Gridlines > Above Places the gridline above the chart.
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Gridlines > Stroke Sets the color, weight, and dashed line properties of the gridline stroke.
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CATEGORICAL AXIS

Locate at Zero Places the axis on the zero position of the other axis.
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Flip Location Moves the axis to the other side of the chart area. From bottom to top or from right to left.
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Offset Moves the axis away from the plot area.
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Outer Padding Adds outer padding on both sides of the chart. The chart is squashed inside.
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Axis Above Places axis above or below chart elements (bars, lines, marks, etc.)
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Jitter (available in Scatter Plot) Diffuses data marks randomly at a distance between 0 and the selected value
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Sorting (available in certain charts) Sorts axis in a certain order:
None, Ascending, Descending, Reverse
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NUMERICAL AXIS

Locate at Zero

(available in certain charts)

Places the axis on the zero position of the other axis.

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Flip Location Moves the axis to the other side of the chart area. From bottom to top, from right to left.
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Offset Moves the axis away from the plot area.
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Scale

(available in certain charts)

Sets the scale of the axis:

Linear or Logarithmic.

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Constant

(available in certain charts)

For logarithmic scaled axes only.

A true logarithmic scale goes infinite near zero. To avoid this we use a function called symlog which allows to set a range, or constant, around zero where the axis will be linear instead of logarithmic. 

The larger the constant, the closer the axis is to a linear scale. 

When omitted, the constant is equal to the lowest value on the axis. 

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Reverse Sorts axis values either ascending if the checkbox is off or descending if the checkbox is on.
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Min Value Sets the minimum shown value on the axis. Should be smaller than the minimum value from the data.
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Max Value Sets the maximum shown value on the axis. Should be bigger than the maximum value from the data.
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Hide Zero Hide Ticks, Gridlines, and Labels that are connected with 0 on the axis.
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Axis Above Places axis above or below chart elements (bars, lines, marks, etc.)
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DATETIME AXIS

Locate at zero Places the axis on the level of 0 of the other axis.
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Flip Location Moves the axis to the other side of the chart area. From bottom to top, from right to left, and vice versa.
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Offset Moves the axis away from the plot area.
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Reverse Sorts axis values either ascending if the checkbox is off or descending if the checkbox is on.
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Min DateTime Sets the minimum shown value on the axis. Should be smaller than the minimum value from the data.
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Max DateTime Sets the maximum shown value on the axis. Should be bigger than the maximum value from the data.
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DateTime Format Set the format of date representation. For all the details about time format options see https://help.datylon.com/date
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Locale Allows selecting locale settings in 31 different languages for Datetime label formatting e.g. (abbreviated) weekday names, (abbreviated) month names, etc. 
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Axis Above Places axis above or below chart elements (bars, lines, marks, etc.)
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