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Hey @geoff.byron - glad it’s working for you so far.

  1. %'s are a touch fiddly. They are definitely upcoming, perhaps not the next release but likely the one after. Releases are approx. monthly.
  2. The last release brought date improvements and date format is now on the Next list, likely doable for the next release.
  3. Yep, definitely. I’m not sure I’ll go as far as I did with the amCharts elements (8, I think)… but next calling point will be four. This is an easy upgrade to make and I’m planning on bringing it to the next release. Also upcoming next time is horizontal bar charts.


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I have just pushed some upgrades and features to Chart Tools. Take a look below, there is a link included to the documentation after each.

In Version 3.4.0
New with Chart Tools elements:

  • Horizontal bar graph added: Just select horizontal bar from the Graph Type dropdown in Series 1 of a Bar/line chart. Note: it’s not possible to add horizontal line graphs to a horizontal chart. Reference
  • Four Series now available. Bar / line charts can now contain up to four series in any combination of bar or line graphs. These are compatible with Bubble’s :group by feature and run additional filtering to ensure data is coherent. Reference
  • Legend & Tooltip label upgrades: You now have finer control over the labels shown within tooltips (hover labels) and legends. This includes displaying % values @geoff.byron. Currently these upgrades are in pie only but will come to bar/line soon. Reference
  • Ensure a pie segment is always first: Sometimes you will want to insist that a specific pie segment is drawn first - this is common when creating Apple Watch Activity-style doughnut charts. Sometimes you can use filters to manage this, but it’s not always possible (@andrew.illingworth91). This behaviour can now be forced to ensure the correct pie segment is positioned at the top of the chart. Reference

Please email suspected bugs to [email protected] or PM me on the forum.


Hi @edwardbutcher

Loving the updates!

A feature suggestion: if we can have more control over the legend position so at the moment it wraps as in the attached, it would be good to say have it always shown on the left - for example, or at least have it so there is no overlap.


Thanks @StevenM - glad they’re useful!

On legend layout this is mostly a product of the dimensions of your element - when the legend runs out of height it wraps to a second column. This is a good behaviour, unless - as above - there isn’t the width available to accommodate both.

In the example below I added only 7px of height to the second instance to remove the second column. I know you’re tight for space, but this is likely your best route for now.

I have added font sizing to the roadmap. Once live, this will allow you to pack more legend into the same space and will be another option for you.


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Thanks @edwardbutcher this fixed it!

As another feature suggestion, if you could expand the option for colours to specify a particular colour for a particular label.

So at the moment it keeps the colours consistent, but you could have the colour for one label different from another if the options are different.

So if you look at the attached I am using the same scale options but because some answers do not have a particular label it seems to assign the colour to the next in the list.

A feature request would be like the label at the 12 o’clock position but for colours where an additional option would say assign this colour to this label, this colour to this label etc…

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Yep good call on colour mapping - added to roadmap. It’s available with the amCharts elements… I will port it over for the next update.

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@edwardbutcher Hey i am having a problem where when ever i add any kind of nested labels the charts totally vanish and do not work

Hi Ryan. If you drop me a PM with a link to your app (and open up access in Settings > General) I’ll take a look.
Thanks, Ed

I’m having trouble using this plugin. I was able to use the amCharts plugin just fine, but when I upgraded to the $5/month subscription plan (so I could go beyond a 2 series chart) it pointed me to the chart tools plugins and now the same expressions I was using for amChart do not work with Chart Tools.

Admittedly, I am a novice bubble user but I was really hoping the fundamentals wouldn’t change in the premium version. My chart doesn’t load, rather I just get a “spinning icon”.

I have read the documentation but can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.

Hey @Kamp - when you upgrade to Chart Tools you get access to a premium version of amCharts which allows you to build out multi-series charts, AND (slightly confusingly) you get access to two additional ‘Chart Tools’ elements. So you will have four elements to chose from, plus the original two free amCharts elements - although you’ll stop using them now and should remove them.

Your original expressions will work in the premium amCharts elements but they will need tweaking for the ‘Chart Tools’ elements. This is because grouping / aggregation functions work a little differently across both pairs of elements.

I’m going to get back to you via your DM so we can get you on the right tracks.

I have just pushed some upgrades and features to Chart Tools. Take a look below, there is a link included to an Editor window example and documentation after each.

In Version 3.5.0
New with Chart Tools elements:

  • Stacked charts added : Series can now be ‘stacked’ vertically… Just pick Stacked chart within Data Properties. Demo chart | Reference

  • Control date formats : Dates can be presented in five ways: Jan, Jan 1, Jan 2018, 2018, 1 Jan 2018. So, summary charts (by month or year) can now have matching labels. Demo chart | Reference

  • Improved unit controls : Units of measurement can now be positioned left or right of axis values. Demo chart | Reference

  • Use points or commas : Numbers that have decimal points can now be separated out using either a Point (.) or a Comma (,) - . Reference

  • Padding added : You may sometimes need to pad small charts if you need to be fully Internet Explorer compliant - you can now do this. By default these will be zero but small corrections (in px) will fix any issues you are seeing in IE 11.

Please email suspected bugs to [email protected] or PM me on the forum.


I have an interesting use case for Chart Tools (current subscriber) I was hoping the community could help solve. I want to trend metrics against a benchmark. So I want the chart to be able to show 12 months of trended metric data in one series (that will have changed over time) up against a second 12 month series of a flat line metric benchmark. I’ve been solving this by creating duplicate benchmark data entries for every month in the chart, but wonder if there is a better way to do this?

Some very small changes to update you on… Details below.
Some further updates in the pipeline based on features requested by users. And a very big update coming in early 2019 :man_office_worker::woman_office_worker:

In Version 3.5.3
Chart Tools and amCharts elements:

  • Documentation now in property editor : I have now brought over the plugin documentation from here to the Property Editor.

  • Bug fix : Have also applied a fix to a behaviour with multi-series charts that had crept with some background code changes.

If you need further support, or think you have spotted a bug just get in touch with me at [email protected] or PM me on the forum.


HI @edwardbutcher Happy new year! I have a future request to help format the x axis labels on charts. At the moment there are occasions where x axis labels are not shown on some charts and it appears to be that it doesn’t know what to do with the labels at certain number/sizes - keep horizontal or swap to inclined / x degrees.

It would be good if this was either fixed or we had more control of the axis labels.

See below the last chart option.


Hi @StevenM and HNY!

I have a raft of changes upcoming, I could add in a control that would allow you to set the max. angle of rotation, including preventing it from rotating at all. Would that achieve what you are looking for?

Yes that would be perfect!

Hi @edwardbutcher Hello everyone, I am using the paid plugin of chart tools to create a new chart that contains multiple series. so I find some problem in manipulation and extract data from the database to draw an important chart in my project.
so if anyone who works in this plugin can give us some helps to find a solution to build this chart with chart tools.
pictures down below contain all needed information. thanks


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It looks as though you posted this twice? I have replied to you here.

Hi @edwardbutcher I’m using some of your charttools graphs in my app and they are great.

I was wondering if you were planning to add the ability to execute actions when clicking on chart elements and allow the passing of data to the workflow?

For example, I have a pie chart showing the count of a thing based on a few different properties (i.e. 7 blue, 3 red, etc). When the user clicks on the portion of the chart for that property, I want to redirect them to a page with a list (repeating group), filtered by that property (e.g. have a repeating group of the thing filtered for red).

I can think of lots of other use cases for this which would be really cool!


Hi @edwardbutcher, could you add the ability to go to another page from the chart and send data?

For instance, if I’m showing task data based on priority, then I want to be able to click on one of the priorities (e.g. High priority) and have it go to the Task page and display only the records with the priority that was clicked in a repeating group.

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