Today, we’re going to tell you about a new chart type – Pictorial Stacked Chart. Before we consider its creation, let’s figure out the concept.

What is a Pictorial Stacked Chart?

It’s called pictographic because it uses pictograms provided in an icon set instead of a graphic element. Stimulsoft reporting tools contain a considerable range of pictograms: from abstract icons to well-known logos. The «stacked» term means that values are analyzed within one graphical element, in this case – a pictogram or an icon. This pictogram is the sum of all values and equals 100 percent in a relative value. All chart values are grouped by their arguments, and each argument is a relative value share in the common sum of all chart values. In other words, the Pictorial Stacked Chart is an analytical chart type that allows you to display a relative value share as a part of a graphical element of a diagram. This chart type is used in reports and dashboards.

Besides, we have made a video about using the pictorial stacked chart in reports and dashboards.

Adding to a report

This chart type is added to a report and any other type. You should select the Pictorial Stacked Chart type from the Pictorial category on the Insert tab or the Toolbox in the report designer. After that, you should place the component in your report. Next, you should specify data columns of values and arguments. You can change a pictogram using the Icon property. Please note that you can add several rows to the chart. However, the icon from the first row will be used for all chart rows.

Adding to a dashboard

To use pictorial stacked charts in dashboards, you should place the Chart element in a dashboard. After, you should specify data columns for values and argument fields, and set the chart type as Pictorial Stacked. The main difference is that an icon for a chart is selected in the element editor, not in the properties panel. Also, this icon will be used for all chart rows.

In general, the process of creating this chart in reports or dashboards is similar to creating charts of other types. You should understand only the algorithm of data analysis and display the result in the chart.

Take a look at some samples of using the pictorial stacked chart in a report and dashboard.

You can find more report and dashboard samples with the pictorial stacked chart in our online storage, having requested «pictorial» in the search field. The Pictorial Stacked Chart is an excellent visualization and data analysis tool, which you can use in your reports and dashboards. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
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