Xcelsius 2008 SP4 adds some very useful features!

June 28, 2011 by: David Lai

I hope everyone has had the chance to experiment with the new features on Xcelsius 2008 SP4 as I am already using them for my current client projects.

The following features were added

  • Waterfall charts
  • Combination charts can have alerts for multiple series
  • Added alerts into the spreadsheet components
  • The new waterfall chart component saves developers the hassle of emulating one using the stacked bar chart and excel logic.  For those of you who haven’t upgraded to SP4 you can find a good example of completing waterfall charts @ http://www.femkekooij.nl/?p=325. To see how much easier and cleaner it is to create a waterfall chart using the waterfall component, check out the example @ http://myxcelsius.com/2011/06/15/xcelsius-2008-sp4-waterfall-chart/

    The other major new feature that I consider very useful, is the ability to replace the scorecard component with spreadsheet table alerts.  Please read my post @ http://myxcelsius.com/2011/06/28/xcelsius-2008-sp4-spreadsheet-alerts/ to see how you can use the spreadsheet component to accomplish what you need from a scorecard component and more!

    The combination charts having alert capabilities is also very important as we do not have to overlay multiple charts on top of each other anymore to accomplish alerting functionality.

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    One Response to “Xcelsius 2008 SP4 adds some very useful features!”
    1. Charles says:

      Hello David,

      I am an dashboard developer with some experiece in dashboard creation using Xcelsius. I was going through the internet to seek help on how to design a waterfall chart. Now that the Xceslius 2008 SP4 has introduced it, I was trying to design a waterfall chart but I got into a certain pitfall which is stopping my development work. Is is possible to represent an immediate value in a waterfall chart? Can you suggest any work around to that?

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