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OOo gives chart module a brand new look

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Want to see a dinosaur? Press the Chart button in OpenOffice.org Calc, and you will be presented with a real software relic. While other parts of OpenOffice.org have been thoroughly redesigned and updated, the features and the overall look of the chart module remain virtually untouched since version 1.0. The situation is changing, though, as a group of OpenOffice.org developers has started to work on a new chart module. The first results of their endeavors were presented on this year's OOoCon. Here is what they've done so far.

The first major improvement is the addition of a live chart preview, which allows you to view the current chart while tweaking it in the chart wizard. As you edit the chart's properties, the preview reflects these changes in real time (See Figure 1).

The chart wizard has been redesigned from ground up. It now offers a more streamlined and logical interface that makes the process of creating a chart less cumbersome. There are also a few new chart types -- most notably, Donut and Exploded Donut. When creating a chart you can choose between two 3-D look types: Simple (produces a rough chart) and Realistic (creates a more smooth-looking chart).

You can now add regression curves to any existing chart instead of creating a separate chart as in the current version. To add regression curves, open the Object Properties dialog window under the Statistics tab.

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