Custom Grid Drawing in Charting for JavaScript

In this blog post we will look in short at the steps to build this JavaScript area chart with custom grid:

The line chart uses DateTimeSeries for the data and a standard GridType for the major grid lines. The auxiliary grid lines among them are made with custom drawing: we will discuss in details the code for that.

The sample uses MindFusion Charting library for JavaScript, which also supports TypeScript.

You can see the sample online at

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ASP.NET Bar Chart with Custom Labels

In this blog post we will look on how to build a bar chart with multiple series, custom X-labels and inner labels using MindFusion.Charting for ASP.NET control.

1. General Appearance of the Chart

We want to show three data series and we want to show the first values of each series in a cluster, then second cluster with the second values of each series etc. In order to render the bars in this order we set the BarType property to BarType.Clustered3D. We correct the Depth3D to make the bars less thick and increase the distance between each series with DistBtwBars. We make the bars wider, setting BarWidth to 30.

    //general appearance
    BarChart1.BarType = MindFusion.Charting.BarType.Clustered3D;
    BarChart1.BarWidth = 30f;        
    BarChart1.Depth3D = 15f;
    BarChart1.DistBtwBars = 10f;

2. Grid

Our bars are vertical e.g. it is a column chart, so we would like to have a horizontal grid. We set the GridType property to GridType.HorScale and we set the AltGridBrush and GridBruh to different gray colors to give us nice alternating grid stripes. For the outlining of the whole plot area we use the PlotAreaOutlinePen.

    //grid settings
    BarChart1.GridBrush= new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(242, 239, 224));
    BarChart1.GridPen= new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(204, 196, 185));
    BarChart1.GridType = MindFusion.Charting.GridType.HorScale;
    BarChart1.PlotAreaOutlinePen = new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(204, 196, 185));

3. Labels Inside Bars

The labels inside bars show the data of each bar – this is done by setting the InnerLabelType property to LabelType.Data. We use a white LabelBrush to draw the labels and set their InnerLabelBorder to Border.RoundedRect. The background of the inner labels is set to gray.

    //inner labels settings
    BarChart1.InnerLabelBackground = new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(112, 128, 144));
    BarChart1.InnerLabelBorder = MindFusion.Charting.Border.RoundedRect;
    BarChart1.InnerLabelType = MindFusion.Charting.LabelType.Data; 
    BarChart1.LabelBrush = new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(255, 255, 255));

4. Title

We want not only title but also second title – or a subtitle. That’s why we use both the TitleText and SubTitleText properties. We leave no distance between them – we set SubTitleOffset to 0. But we would like the two titles to be well above the plot area, that’s why we set bigger TitleOffset.

    //title and subtitle
    BarChart1.SubTitleOffset = 30;
    BarChart1.SubTitleText = "all major continents";
    BarChart1.TitleOffset = 0;
    BarChart1.TitleText = "Sales";

5. Labels at the Axes

The X-labels are custom text – we set them with XLabels. The title of the Y-axis is rotated, so we use LabelOrientation.BottomToTop.

    //axes labels settings
    BarChart1.XAxisSettings.LabelSeriesIndex = 1;
    BarChart1.XLabels.Add(new List(){ "Europe", "Asia", "North America", "South America"});
    BarChart1.YAxisSettings.TitleLabel = "in mlns. USD";
    BarChart1.YAxisSettings.TitleLabelOrientation = MindFusion.Charting.LabelOrientation.BottomToTop;

Here is a screenshot of the final chart:

ASP.NET Bar Chart with Custom Labels

ASP.NET Bar Chart with Custom Labels

The sample can be downloaded from here:

Download ASP.NET Bar Chart with Labels Sample

The trial version of MindFusion.Charting for ASP.NET can be downloaded directly from the link below. It contains many more samples and tutorials:

Download MindFusion.Charting for WebForms Trial Version

About MindFusion.Charting for WebForms: A powerful WebForms control that lets programmers add compelling charts in any ASP.NET application. With the component you can design and create any bar, column, line, area, scatter, bubble, radar, polar, doughnut and pie chart. Its elegant API includes data binding, themes, hit-testing, zoom, drill-down, wizards and many more.

The control takes advantage of the rich capabilities of Microsoft WebForms but its functionality does not bring excess complexity. The API is very easy to understand, all the features are duly documented. Numerous samples and step-by-step tutorials let you learn quickly how to tailor the tool in order to meet best your needs.

Details about the various features of the control are provided here. The online demo will give you an overview of the control’s rich capabilities. Licenses, prices and discounts are listed at the buy page.

Line Chart with a Separator in WinForms

In today’s post we’ll show how to build a line chart with several line series and a separator line. The separator line is drawn at a given height and divides the chart into two halves.

The Line Series

The line series are three, so we must add three lists with data to the XData and YData properties. We can do this in three ways: type the values in design time, write them in code or use data binding. In design time we use the built-in collection editors of the control:

The Series collection editor

The Series collection editor

In code we make lists with the data and add them to XData or YData:

lineChart1.YData.Add(new List { 45, 64, 38.2, 33.03, 56, 68, 39, 42 });
lineChart1.YData.Add(new List { 34, 42, 28, 42, 35, 31, 62, 55 });
lineChart1.YData.Add(new List { 22, 19, 32, 28, 17, 25, 31, 36 });

If you want to use data binding then set DataSource to the name of the data source, DataMember to specify the name of the table which will supply the data and XDataFields/YDataFields to provide the name(s) of the fields. In this case we will require three data base columns for each of the three series – separate the names with a comma e.g.

lineChart1.YDataFields = "Sales1,Sales2,Sales3";

For XData we use the same list because we want the series to appear exactly under each other:

lineChart1.XData.Add(new List { 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 });
lineChart1.XData.Add(new List { 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 });
lineChart1.XData.Add(new List { 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 });

The Series

We set LineType to Line and Scatter because we want to show scatters at data points:

lineChart1.LineType = MindFusion.Charting.LineTypes.Line |  

The LineTypes enumeration allows bit wise combining of its members. We use ChartPens to set the pens for the line series. ShapesPens and ShapeBrushes set the pens for the outline and the brushes for filling the scatters:

lineChart1.ChartPens.Add(new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(Color.FromArgb(102, 205, 170), 6));
lineChart1.ShapePens.Add(new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(Color.FromArgb(102, 205, 170), 2));   

The pens for the series are thicker than the pens for the scatters. The fill brush is slightly lighter:

lineChart1.ShapeBrushes.Add(new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(175, 251, 175)));

Finally – we set the size of the shapes and their type:


The Separator

There are two ways to draw the separator line.

The first is to add a custom summary value. In this case the separator line will be drawn from the
smallest X-data value to the biggest one, parallel to the axes.

lineChart1.AddCustomSummary(40.0, "");

The summary line is drawn with shapes at both ends, but we can hide them by setting their size to 0:

lineChart1.SummaryBrushes.Add(new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(Color.Gray));

The second way to draw the separator line is to add it as a 4th series in the XData and YData lists and add a pen for it in the ChartPens list. The advantage is that we can make the line as long as we want, in our case – as long as the length of the X-axis:

lineChart1.XData.Add(new List { 0, 90 });

The Legend

We use LegendLabels to add the labels for the line series:

lineChart1.LegendLabels = new List() { "2010", "2011", "2012" };

We set the background of the legend, but we don’t have to add any brushes or shapes for the legend items – they are taken automatically from the line series settings:

lineChart1.LegendBackgroundBrush = new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(253, 253,  

The Grid

The GridType is GridType.HorScale. We use GridBrush, AltGridBrush and GridPen to set the colors for the grid.

lineChart1.GridPen = new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(Color.FromArgb(200, 200, 200));
lineChart1.GridPen.DashStyle = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.DashStyle.Dash;
lineChart1.GridType = MindFusion.Charting.GridType.HorScale;

If you make the changes to the chart in code, don’t forget to call UpdateChart() to make sure the
control knows changes have happened and the chart must be updated.

Here is the final chart:

A line chart with a separator line.

A line chart with a separator line.

The sample is available for download from here:

Download Line Chart with Separator Line Sample

You can download the trial version of the component with extensive documentation and many other samples from here:

Download MindFusion.Charting for WinForms Trial Version

Line Chart with DateTime Data in ASP.NET

In this post we demonstrate how to use MindFusion.Charting for ASP.NET component to create a line chart that shows the number of unique visitors to a store/website in a period of 6 weeks.


The data for the X-axis are DateTime values. We create an array with the DateTime values that we’ll use and add it to the XData property of our chart. Before that we have to delete the predefined array that is added when the control is dropped at the form:

DateTime dt1 = new DateTime(2013, 6, 14);
DateTime dt2 = new DateTime(2013, 6, 7);
DateTime dt3 = new DateTime(2013, 5, 31);
DateTime dt4 = new DateTime(2013, 5, 24);
DateTime dt5 = new DateTime(2013, 5, 17);
DateTime dt6 = new DateTime(2013, 5, 10);

ArrayList data = new ArrayList() { dt1, dt2, dt3, dt4, dt5, dt6 };

Next, we must make some adjustments in the settings for the X-axis to tell the control that DateTime data is used. We set the DataFormat property to DateTime and we specify the time range for the axis. This is how we do this:

LineChart1.XAxisSettings.DataFormat = MindFusion.Charting.DataFormat.DateTime;

LineChart1.XAxisSettings.StartDateTime = new DateTime(2013, 5, 3);
LineChart1.XAxisSettings.EndDateTime = new DateTime(2013, 6, 20);
//set the interval to one week - 7 days
LineChart1.XAxisSettings.TimeSpan = new TimeSpan(7, 0, 0, 0);

The data for the Y-axis are numbers. We can set them through the property grid or set them in code.

ArrayList data1 = new ArrayList() { 56, 13, 45, 17, 82, 22 };

The X-axis

First, we must change the LabelType property of XAxisSettings from “ChartData”, which is the default to “AutoScale”. This will make the axis show the time range we’ve set in code above. Then, we change how the DateTime values will be formatted. The Default DateTimeFormat shows the full time and date and is not suitable. We change it to “LongDate”, which does not draw any time.

XAxisSettings-DrawTicksUniformly="False" XAxisSettings-DrawZero="True" 
XAxisSettings-LabelBrush="s:#FF696969" XAxisSettings-LabelOffset="10" 
XAxisSettings-LabelType="AutoScale" XAxisSettings-TitleLabel="Week" 
XAxisSettings-TitleLabelBrush="s:#FF696969" XAxisSettings-TitleLabelOffset="10"

We type “Week” as TitleLabel for the axis and set the DrawZero property to true to show the first label, which is otherwise omitted.

Upon preview we notice that the labels are too close to the axis, that’s why we use LabelOffset and TitleLabelOffset to add some space before them. Finally, we change the color of the labels, to make them dark gray rather than black.

The Y-axis

Customizing the Y-axis is rather simple. We change the interval with AxisDelta to 5 and increase the MaxValue to 100. We don’t need decimal fractions for the labels, that’s why we change the NumberFormat. We add a TitleLabel and change its orientation with TitleLabelOrientation. Finally we use LabelBrush and TitleLabelBrush to change the colors of the labels – we use the same brushes as for the X-axis.

YAxisSettings-MaxValue="100" YAxisSettings-NumberFormat="Fixed_point_0Digits" 
YAxisSettings-TitleLabel="Unique Visitors" 

The Grid

Initially the chart shows no grid – but we want to show a grid. That’s why we change GridType to “Crossed” and set a GridPen. The dark gray background of the plot area together with its outlining are set with PlotAreaOutlinePen and PlotAreaBrush.

GridPen="n:0/#FFE1E1E1/0/0/0//0/0/10/" GridType="Crossed" PlotAreaBrush="s:#FFC0C0C0" 

This is the code that was generated by the designer because we set the properties through the property grid. If we set them with code, it will be:

LineChart1.GridPen = new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(Color.FromArgb(225,225,225));
LineChart1.GridType = MindFusion.Charting.GridType.Crossed;
LineChart1.PlotAreaBrush = new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(192, 192, 192));
LineChart1.PlotAreaOutlinePen = new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(Color.FromArgb(120, 120, 120));

The Line Series

We want scatters at data points and we want to show labels above those scatters. The LabelType property lets us set the type to be both line and scatters:

LineChart1.LineType = MindFusion.Charting.LineTypes.Line | MindFusion.Charting.LineTypes.Scatter;

This is the default type, so you don’t need to set it if you have not changed it before. We use ShapeBrushes, ShapePens and ShapeSizes to set the brushes and size of the scatters. We can do this in the property grid or in code. Finally, we want to show labels above scatters. We use LabelType and LabelFormat to set what kind of labels are drawn and since our labels are numbers – how they are formatted.

LabelBorder="RoundedRect" LabelBorderBackground="s:#FFFFFFE0" LabelBorderOutline="n:0/#FF787878/0/0/0//0/0/10/" LabelFormat="Fixed_point_0Digits" LabelType="Data"

In code you write:

LineChart1.LabelBorder = MindFusion.Charting.Border.RoundedRect;
LineChart1.LabelBorderBackground = new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(255, 255, 224));
LineChart1.LabelBorderOutline = new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(Color.FromArgb(120, 120,120));
LineChart1.LabelFormat = MindFusion.Charting.NumberFormat.Fixed_point_0Digits;
LineChart1.LabelType = MindFusion.Charting.LabelType.Data;

Here is the final chart:

Line chart with DateTime values in ASP.NET

Line chart with DateTime values in ASP.NET

You can download the sample from this link:

Download Line Chart for ASP.NET Sample

The trial version of the component is available from here:

MindFusion.Charting for ASP.NET Trial Version Download

Working Hours Bar Chart in WinForms

In this post we will explore how to create a bar chart that shows the weekly working hours for each
member of a team. We use MindFusion.Charting for WinForms component.

The Type of the Bar Chart

We decide to use a horizontal bar chart, which will give a clear visual representation of the data in this case. We use the BarType property to choose the bar type and set the Horizontal property:

barChart1.Horizontal = true;
barChart1.BarType = MindFusion.Charting.BarType.Single3D;

A 3D chart would look more sophisticated so we choose “Single3D” for a BarType.

The Data

We don’t need to set data for both axes – one is enough. The control automatically sets values for the
other axis to make the bars equally distributed. We can write the data by hand or use the built-in
design time collection editor:

barChart1.Data.Add(new List() { 82, 60, 73, 45, 19, 34, 58, 23, 69, 17 });

The data collection editor

The data collection editor

The Axes

The X-axis shows a scale of the total working hours for the week. We set its LabelType to “AutoScale
and set the interval to 10:

barChart1.XAxisSettings.LabelType = MindFusion.Charting.AxisLabelType.AutoScale;
barChart1.XAxisSettings.AxisDelta = 10;

This is the only axis that shows numbers on the chart, so we show the starting zero number:

barChart1.XAxisSettings.DrawZero = true;

We want to show whole numbers at the axis – no decimal fractions – and we use the NumberFormat property to set this:

barChart1.XAxisSettings.NumberFormat = MindFusion.Charting.NumberFormat.Fixed_point_0Digits;

Finally, we set the title:

barChart1.XAxisSettings.TitleLabel = "Total Weekly Hours";

For the Y-axis we want to show custom labels – the name of each employee. We use the YLabels property to specify the labels and set YAxisSettings.LabelType to the appropriate value:

barChart1.YAxisSettings.LabelType = MindFusion.Charting.AxisLabelType.CustomText;
barChart1.YLabels.Add(new List() { "Mary Johnson", "Tim Davidson", "Alan Hank", "Elisa Labate", "Boris Foster", "Tim Carnes", "Olivia Beverling", "Mark Buchanan", "Ron Callary", "Cindy Peterson" });

The Grid

A vertical grid will help us identify the value of each bar. The GridType property, together with the
GridBrush and AltGridBrush help use set the type and colors of the grid. We outline the plot area with PlotAreaOutline:

GridType = MindFusion.Charting.GridType.VertScale;
barChart1.GridBrush = new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(Color.White);
barChart1.AltGridBrush = new MindFusion.Drawing.SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(240, 240, 240));
PlotAreaOutlinePen = new MindFusion.Drawing.Pen(Color.FromArgb(220, 220, 220));

The Bar Colors

We use ChartBrushes and ChartPens to specify how our bars will be colored. Here is the final chart:

3D BarChart in .NET WinForms

3D BarChart in .NET WinForms

Scrolling the chart:

We set the ResizeType to “Scrollable“. This way we can scroll to see all data on the chart without the need to increase the size of the chart and let it take too much space.

barChart1.ResizeType = MindFusion.Charting.WinForms.ResizeType.Scrollable;

The sample is available for download from here:

Download WinForms Working Hours Bar Chart Sample

A trial version of MindFusion.Charting for WinForms is available from here:

Download MindFusion.Charting for WinForms