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Charts Pro 1.5

Despite its hefty price tag, Charts Pro 1.0 was hard to beat for generating stunning 2-D and 3-D charts with a minimum of effort ( Reviews , February 1999). Charts Pro 1.5 adds the ability to create animated charts for Web-based and other electronic presentations, though some will still find the price prohibitive.

Four new chart animations top the list of enhancements. The most innovative effect, Forecasting, lets you create charts that morph from one data set to another. However, you have to save the values that determine the animation's ending point in a tab-delimited text file; whenever the data changes, you must reselect the file.

New graphic elements include axes with variable thickness and optional "walls." You can now display the numeric values associated with data markers, and you can choose symbols to represent data points in 2-D line charts. Charts Pro 1.5 supports text rotation at any angle, and it lets you export charts in several new file formats.

Inside Walls: Photographs add pizzazz to a 3-D chart created with Charts Pro 1.5.
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