What are bubble charts?

How does the SMART prioritizer work?

Why can't I just make bubble charts in Microsoft Excel?

Is Bubble Chart Pro™ intuitive?

What about exporting and importing data to and from Microsoft Excel?

What about exporting charts?

What are the system requirements?

Can Bubble Chart Pro™ create animations?

Do I have to register over the internet?

Is their an enterprise version available?

Is the data proportional to the area or the radius of the bubble ?

What are bubble charts?

Bubble charts or bubble graphs are extremely useful graphs for comparing the relationships between data objects in 3 numeric-data dimensions: the X-axis data, the Y-axis data, and data represented by the bubble size. Essentially, bubble charts are like XY scatter graphs except that each point on the scatter graph has an additional data value associated with it that is represented by the size of a circle or “bubble” centered around the XY point.

Read more about bubble charts and their uses by clicking here.

How does the SMART prioritizer work?

The SMART prioritizer works by objectively ranking projects based on a set of weighted attributes. You select what attibutes you want to use and what weight you want to assign to each attribute. Once you have your attributes weighted, the SMART prioritizer instantly ranks your projects in a way that is rigorous, understandable, and defensible.

Click here to see an example of using the SMART prioritizer and learn about a logical 3-step system for weighting your attibutes.

Why can't I just make bubble charts in Microsoft Excel?

Excel is good at making scatter charts with a series of data, and then adding a third variable to vary the size of the bubble in the series. It is not good at creating bubble charts like the kind that Bubble Chart Pro™ creates, where each bubble represents a single discrete project represented by a unique color-pattern combination.

Click here to learn more about making bubble charts in Excel versus making them using Bubble Chart Pro™.

Bubble Chart Pro™ has been designed as a decision support tool, and is great for business leaders and teams to both visualize and drill-down into the data. With Excel, you don't get the high-performance interactivity such as the ability to drag and drop the bubbles to change the data, the ability to open projects directly from the chart, zoom boxes, and easy customization.

And with Bubble Chart Pro™ PLUS, you get an easy-to-use built-in SMART prioritization engine of the type that you'd expect to find in software costing thousands of dollars more.

Is Bubble Chart Pro™ intuitive?

No, it isn’t immediately intuitive to most people, but it is easy to learn and use.

Bubble Chart Pro™ is not a spreadsheet application or a slide presentation application or other commonly-used application that people are generally familiar with. Bubble Chart Pro™ is a database-driven application specifically designed to perform some powerful business analyses, such as strategic project prioritization and optimization, quickly and easily.

These analyses aren't generally intuitive to most people.

So even if Bubble Chart Pro™ isn’t immediately “intuitive” to you, you will find it easy to learn if you just take a few minutes to scan the Quick Start Guide to learn how to create a portfolio, how to enter projects, and how to make a bubble chart.

Click here to view or download the Quick Start Guide.

If you get stuck, each form has a yellow help button in the lower left corner. Simply click on that button to open a detailed description of the form and its functions in your web browser.

If you take the small amount of time necessary to learn how to use Bubble Chart Pro™, you will quickly find it to be an indispensable tool for saving time and money in your business, just like our many satisified business customers have.

What about exporting and importing data to and from Microsoft Excel?

Bubble Chart Pro™ makes importing and exporting really easy. After you set up you columns in Bubble Chart Pro™, you simply create an export template in a few clicks to export all your data as a tab-delimited text file (.txt) that you can open in Excel or other spreadsheet programs. When your ready to import the data back into Bubble Chart Pro™, you save the spreadsheet as a text file, and then import the data in your portfolio in just a few clicks.

What about exporting charts?

You can easily export your charts to include in presentations and reports. Simply select the "Export..." menu item under the "File" menu, and you can export your bubble charts in many popular graphics file formats such as .jpg, .png, and .gif formats.

What are the system requirements?

Click here to see the system requirements.

Can Bubble Chart Pro™ create animations?

Currently, it cannot.

Do I have to register over the internet?

You can register over the internet or by using e-mail. In either case, we will send you a registration code that is unique to you and your computer. If you want to move Bubble Chart Pro™ to a different computer, you will need to get a new registration code.

Is their an enterprise version available?

Not at this time.

Is the data proportional to the area or the radius of the bubble?

You can set the bubble size to be proportional to the data using either the radius or the area. In Bubble Chart Pro™, the default relationship is that the data has a linear relationship to bubble area. However, making the bubble area proportional to the radius so that it has an exponential relationship is an option in the preferences. Either way, the relationship being used is clearly displayed at the bottom of the chart.

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