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Google Chart plugin (53 posts)

  1. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Is there a good Google Chart (http://code.google.com/apis/chart/) plugin available?

    So far all I've found are plugins that are discontinued, not working or severely limited.

    Ideally, such a plugin would:
    1. Like Contact Form 7, creates multiple tabs by way of different charts.
    2. Also like Contact Form 7, each individual tab (chart) shall have a unique shortcode (eg. [google-chart-1]) that allows embedding into any page/post.
    3. Allow data-entry into a table within admin options (somewhat like Google Docs)
    4. Allow all of Google's different chart types: Pie, Scatter, Guage, Geo, Table, Tree map, Combo, Line, Bar, Column, Area, Candlestick, Annotated timeline, Intensity map, Motion chart,
    5. Allow selection of colors (use default if unselected)
    6. Allow labeling of plot points

  2. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Would be great if it allows for a live stream of dynamic data, but that's not a must have in v1

  3. JABŁOŃSKI
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    +1

  4. Kuldeep Singh
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This will be very useful for me

  5. Barbulescu Catalin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, please...need this badly.

  6. Hancock
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    +1

  7. coderguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hey just saw this request and it sounds like an interesting project.

    Can you elaborate on the live stream of data requirement, please?

    Thanks,
    Mike

  8. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Live stream refers to hooking up with a data source and refreshing data frequently.

    Applications may include stock or commodity prices or currency exchange rates or temperatures or wind speeds or number of visits to the site..etc etc

  9. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    or results from an online poll

  10. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    But as I said in OP, a plugin would be massively useful even without a live data feed.

  11. coderguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'll look into this over the next week. The live data will be tricky since the source format would be different depending on where it comes from.

    The other stuff doesn't seem too difficult at all!

  12. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'll look into this over the next week.

    The other stuff doesn't seem too difficult at all!

    Brilliant! Fingers crossed. Breath bated.

    The live data will be tricky since the source format would be different depending on where it comes from.

    True! I was thinking more along the lines of the plugin defining a format and then if someone wants to use the function, they ensure that they supply data in that format...

    In my mind I had the image of a simple csv (pretty straightforward, even standard) or xml (defined by the plugin)

    But again, I think 95% of the benefit can be achieved with probably something like 50% of the work, i.e. creation of the plugin without the live data complication, and I for one would be a very enthusiastic recipient

  13. Hancock
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    coderguy, you are awesome!

  14. Joyce
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    That would be great, coderguy! Can barely wait!

  15. coderguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Lots of interest- awesome! I'll let you know when I have an alpha version to test out.

  16. coderguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

  17. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have. It is one of the severely limited plugins I referred to in OP. It had potential but was last updated in June 2009, and is not updated or supported anymore.

    Several issues with the Google Chart Generator:
    1. One chart per WP installation...no more...that's just crazy.
    2. Instead of returning a Google Chart, it outputs an image.
    3. Very few chart types
    4. Limited to 8 data points
    5. Sucky UI
    6. No shortcode
    etc

  18. coderguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok got it, just making sure. Thanks!

  19. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    For #1, I like the approach used by
    Contact Form 7 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/
    and WordPress Simple Survey http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-simple-survey/

    In their settings, they basically create a new tab for each new form/survey (and a new shortcode). The number of forms/surveys is not limited. This approach is simple, direct, easy to manage, and by no means limited to these 2 plugins.

  20. coderguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'll look at those plugins.

    I'm reviewing the Google Charts API and I'm absolutely amazed by how detailed this is. I understand now why nobody else has created anything remotely close to what you are looking for. I take back my statement, "The other stuff doesn't seem too difficult at all!"

    How do you currently insert charts into your posts? Do you create graphics using the ChartTool and just insert the JavaScript code or image provided?

  21. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It is not a couple of hours' job, I know :-)

    But it would be great if you could try it in a phased manner. I am happy to help with the testing etc.

    I am not sure, but I think ChartTool creates images (I think it uses Chart Images API http://code.google.com/apis/chart/image/ as opposed to Google Chats API). I prefer the interactive charts..they seem more...alive! e.g. the pie chart on the API page http://code.google.com/apis/chart/ mouseovers on data points reveal additional info...at the bottom of the box you can select other types of charts to see how this works with other types...

  22. coderguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Phased sounds good.

    After posting that last message, I realized that the generated JS* only creates images.

    I'll keep researching and get back to you soon.

    * from the ChartTool

  23. coderguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Guys, I have been way to busy to work on the plugin over the last week, and it won't change for at least few more. Maybe after that I'll have time? If not, hopefully someone else will see this thread and have a head start with the requirements gathering.

    My apologies. :(

  24. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Fingers crossed.

    Good luck with your project...hopefully you are able to wrap them up more easily/quickly than anticipated...

  25. raviraj
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sounds good.

    May be I can try. Wish I am able to manage time for this.

  26. OC2PS
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Good luck Ravi. I smack my lips in anticipation.

  27. JABŁOŃSKI
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Any progress raviraj?

  28. cetacea
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, am looking for an easy way to embed google-motions charts in to wordpress. I believe "custom-fields" plugins will allow me to do this but I need a demo or guideline to show me the process? The plugin makers FAQ's assume more knowledge than I have....

  29. raviraj
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Jablonski sorry I was little occupied with other work. I will update in one week for this. Sorry.

  30. neologan
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    keeping an eye on this post to see what comes up.

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