Bubble Chart Pro™ Software Updates

Latest Version 7.3

The current version of Bubble Chart Pro™ 7 is 7.3. This update is free to all current 7.x licensees. Note: You must have a previously installed version of version 7.x to use these updaters.

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What's new in Version 7.3:

User-Interface Changes:

  • Users can now select to use identical data columns in all chart data using the chart axes label pop-up menus.
  • When selecting to change the displayed data on a chart using the chart axes label pop-up menus, the new data is automatically loaded and saved using the default data limits.

Illustration of a chart axis label pop-up menu:

Bug Fixes:

  • Under some circumstances, setting non-default chart axis limits in 3D Bubble Charts did not draw the chart as the user intended. This has been fixed in Version 7.3.
  • Date-formatted column data was offered as a selection in the pop-up menus for bubble size in charts. This has been fixed in Version 7.3.
  • Date-formatted column data was excluded as a selection in the pop-up menus for the vertical axis in 3D bubble charts. This has been fixed in Version 7.3.

What's new in Version 7.21:

User-Interface Changes:

  • Categorical data column categories are now saved when the Column Preferences are saved. In earlier versions, column categories were saved independently of the Column Preferences.
  • The Add Category and Edit Category forms have been modified and are now documented in the Help Files.
  • The Column Category listbox columns are now sortable by clicking the column headers in the Column Preferences form.
  • Error messages are now displayed when an incorrect or invalid date is created for a project. The user is prompted to fix the invalid date before the data can be saved.

Bug Fixes:

  • A bug causing chart categories not to save properly or display in the specified order in the charts has been fixed.
  • A bug causing chart categories not to draw correctly after moving on a bubble chart has been fixed.
  • A bug causing the "undo" menu edit item not to work correctly has been fixed.

What's new in Version 7.11:

Bug Fixes:

  • A bug causing chart exports to create an empty file has been fixed.

Version 6 and previous version updates:

The current version of Bubble Chart Pro™ 6 applications is 6.92. This update is free to all current 6.x licensees. Please note that license registration codes for previous versions will not work for Version 6.

For screenshots and descriptions of what's new in version 6, click here.

Last Version 6 Update: Version 6.92

What's new in Version 6.92:

Bug Fixes:

  • A bug causing an error message to be displayed when a project is modified and saved has been fixed.

What's new in Version 6.91:

User-Interface Change:

  • The first 10 Attributes are now made active (available for display in charts) by default.

What's new in Version 6.9:

New Features:

  • Portfolio printing code has been completely re-written to yield a more attractive output.
  • Ability to print the attribute list form separately or with the portfolio form has been added.

User-Interface Changes:

  • The Chart Size from has been modifed so that the slider moves left-to-right to move from smaller chart sizes to larger.
  • The automatic opening of the drawing tools when a chart is opened has been discontinued. The drawing tools are now opened from the Charts menu.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed bug in 3D charts that caused non-default data range settings on the vertical (z-axis) not to export or print correctly.
  • Fixed bug that caused non-default Date range settings on all 3D chart axis not to export or print correctly.
  • Fixed bug that caused the [Weight] checkbox for the z-axis in the 3D chart preference form to become non-enterable.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a font size of "0" for the bubble-size label font in ranking charts.

What's new in Version 6.81:

New Features:

  • Splitter added between Project list and Attribute list in Portfolio form so that the two lists can be resized independently.
  • On start-up, checks font types and replaces platform specific fonts with platform default fonts, allowing sharing of data files between Mac and Windows machines.

User-Interface Changes:

  • Changed the Optimization Button Symbol
  • Added filters for preventing the use of “\” and ”/" characters in the attribute category names because they cause display problems in the form pop-up menus.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed bug that caused “00/00/0000” dates not to appear correctly in forms.
  • Fixed bug that caused “00/00/0000” dates to prevent Project Forms from saving
  • Fixed a bug that disabled the [Save] button when modifying a Category unless the category name was modified.
  • In the “Modify Selection” form, set the default colors to black.

What's new in Version 6.7:

Version 6.7 is primarily a code re-factoring update in preparation for making the Bubble Chart Pro product line compatible with Windows 10 and Mac El Capitan operating systems. It includes some changes to control logic as well as some improvements to printing and exporting charts.

What's new in Version 6.65:

User-Interface Changes:

  • Disabled the Display X-Axis Uncertainty Bars if the "Weight" charting checkbox option is checked or the X-axis because "Weight" uncertainty cannot be charted.
  • Disabled the Display Y-Axis Uncertainty Bars if the "Weight" charting checkbox option is checked for the Y-axis because "Weight" uncertainty cannot be charted.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed several bugs that prevented dashboard charts displaying uncertainty bars from loading properly.
  • Fixed a bug that added symbols to "Weight" axis-tick labels. (Attribute weight is dimensionless.)

What's new in Version 6.64:

New Features:

  • Removed and replaced the "Display Uncertainty Bars" preference checkbox with X-Axis and Y-Axis checkboxes so the display of uncertainty bars can be controlled independently. (OPTIMAL Version only)

User-Interface Changes:

  • The "Weight" charting checkbox option for Categorical attributes has been disabled so it cannot be selected.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that caused bubbles to be drawn outside the chart area when boundries were selected that were smaller than the default boundries. (Fixed in 6.63)
  • Fixed a bug that caused uncertainty bars not to print properly. (Fixed in 6.64)
  • Fixed a bug that caused axis limits to be different in printed and exported charts than the displayed chart. (Fixed in 6.64)

What's new in Version 6.6:

New Features:

  • Re-designed and improved the Portfolio Query Form for performing multi-line queries on your data, including a new "saved queries" feature so you don't need to re-enter your multi-line queries each time you want to run them.
  • Re-designed and improved the Portfolio Sort Form for performing multi-line sorts on your portfolio data, including a new "saved sorts" feature so you don't need to re-enter your multi-line sorts each time you want to run them.
  • Sorting on categorical data is now done by category value first and category name second. This allows ordering of categorical data even when assigned values between multiple categories is identical

User-Interface Changes:

  • Added a pop-up menu in the Query Form to more easily select categories.
  • Increased the height of the portfolio column headers.

Data Processing Changes:

  • Improved speed of the sort and query algorithms

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented dragged bubbles in bubble charts from being moved correctly. (fixed in 6.62)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the new Attribute list from updating when open after an attribute was modified.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed a Categorical attribute to be incorrectly saved with the "Lower Attribute Values are Better" check box checked.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the number of decimal places selected in the portfolio preferences form from displaying properly in the form after modification and saving.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the first line of the portfolio form not to display properly after a complex sort.

What's new in Version 6.5:

New Features:

  • Added an Attribute Summary table that toggles open at the bottom of the Portfolio and Dashboard forms. This allows you to easily see a summary of the rankings, weights, and parameter settings for all the Attributes. (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • Added capability of editing the Attribute "Weight" directly in the Attribute Summary table (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • Added a button and double-click functionality to open an Attribute from the summary table. (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • Added a new column in the Portfolio List form to indicate if Uncertainty Tracking is on or off for each portfolio. (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • Modified the 3D Bubble Chart “Display Drop Lines” preference so that vertical and horizontal drop lines can now be displayed independently or together. (ALL)
  • An option to export uncertainty data to an external spreadsheet in portfolios in which tracking uncertainty has been activated. (OPTIMAL)

User-Interface Changes:

  • Moved the button bar from the bottom of the Dashboard to the top of the Dashboard, and modified the button order. (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • Project color-pattern previews are now displayed as circles in the list forms. (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • Removed the Attribute pie chart from the Dashboard. (This data can be more easily evaluated using the bar charts.) (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • The [Modify] and [Open] buttons for Dashboard Charts have been moved into the chart areas and are hidden until the mouse cursor enters the chart area. (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • Increased the height of the Portfolio data listbox to display the Weight and “Active” status of each attribute. (ALL)
  • Modified the button order in the Portfolio button bar. (ALL)
  • User-assigned currency and percent symbols are now displayed with the data in the Project form. (ALL)
  • When dragging a bubble in bubble charts, any corresponding displayed data (bubble labels, unselected marks, and uncertainty bars) are hidden during the drag and re-displayed after the drag.(ALL)
  • The “Value Score” is now described as the SMART Score. (SMART: Simple Multi-Attribute Ranking Technique). (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • The “Show Legend” and “Hide Legend” button icons in chart forms have been improved.
  • Only show EULA on initial start-up in Demo mode.
  • Re-designed and updated the Help pages

Data Processing Changes:

  • Uncertainty calculations have been modified so that the “Likely” value of an attribute is never higher than the “Plus” value or lower than the “Minus” value. For example, if a “Likely” value is set higher than the “Plus” or or lower “Minus” value, the respective “Plus” or “Minus” value is automatically set to equal the “Likely” value, if default uncertainty is not enabled. (OPTIMAL)

Bug Fixes:

  • An alert is displayed if a user attempts to perform an optimization using only “Mean Not Greater Than” or “Mean Not Less Than” constraints. (OPTIMAL)
  • An alert is displayed if a user attempts to “Show Projects” in an Attribute form if there are less than 2 projects in the portfolio. (PLUS and OPTIMAL)
  • A bug where Categorical data can be accidentally entered in the Project and Portfolio forms has been fixed. (ALL)
  • A bug that caused the Project number column to correspond to the alphanumeric order of the projects instead of the SMART Score when the portfolio is opened has been fixed. (PLUS and OPTIMAL)

What's new in Version 6.3:

  • Completely redesigned project attribute form including two new attribute SMART value curve types (S-Type and Step). (PLUS and OPTIMAL only)

  • Added ability to see projects displayed along the SMART value curves for more precise alignment of attribute values with SMART values scores. (PLUS and OPTIMAL only)

  • Added printing and exporting of project attribute curves and data (PLUS and OPTIMAL only)

  • Added capability to print and export charts showing either the displayed subset of projects or the entire portfolio.

  • Modified uncertainty SMART value scoring calculations for attributes in which "Lower is Better." (PLUS and OPTIMAL only)

  • Fixed a bug that caused center X and Y axis not to print or export properly.

What's new in Version 6.2:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause the statistics rows to not display data for attribute columns 11 to 19.

What's new in Version 5.6:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented 3D bubble charts from being drawn correctly when an axis contained negative and positive values

  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Undo” function not to work after bubbles with zero or negative values were moved inside a bubble chart

  • Fixed a bug that made the “Undo” function unreliable for text data in the portfolio form

  • Improved performance of pop-up data entry in the project choice form

  • Tweaked the display of 3D bubble charts to improve display of axis with text data tick labels

What's new in Version 5.5:

  • A bug that caused the "Undo" function in bubble charts using Categorical (text) data not to work reliably has been fixed.

What's new in Version 5.4:

  • Different Text (categorical) data can now be assigned the same numerical value.

  • Cosmetic changes were made to 3D Bubble Charts to improve on-screen display and export/printing output.

  • A bug in how Text data is selected in Project Forms has been fixed.

What's new in Version 5.3:

  • Zoom-boxes have been added to 3D Bubble Charts. Zoom-boxes allow you to zoom-in  on a group of bubbles by drawing a rectangle around the bubbles you want to select for display

  • Legends are not printed or exported in printed and exported charts, respectively, if the legend is hidden in the on-screen displayed chart

  • A preference checkbox has been added for hiding the chart title

  • Exported bubble charts have been enlarged for higher resolution

  • Right-clicking on a bubble to open project data has been improved

What's new in Version 5.2:

Rotating 3D Bubble Charts are introduced in 5.2:

  • Allows you to plot 4 sets of data (X, Y, Z, and bubble size values) in a single chart

  • Rotate the charts horizontally and vertically to view different perspectives

  • Fully customizable 3D Bubble Chart display including grid colors and gradients

What's new in Version 5.12:

All known bugs have been fixed in version 5.12:

  • A bug that prevented drawings and annotations from moving properly in chart areas has been fixed.

  • A bug that prevented text annotations from being edited and saved properly has been fixed.

  • A bug that caused incorrect values to be assigned to Categories has been fixed.

  • A bug that cause Categories to be charted incorrectly in some cases has been fixed.

  • A bug that prevented edited changes in Categories from being saved when open from the “Edit Categories” button has been fixed.

What's new in Version 5.1:

  • Using short text values (now called "Categories") in bubble charts has become much easier and more powerful

  • You can assign values to your custom categories such as "Excellent=100, "Good=75," "Fair=50," and "Poor=0"

  • Assigned category values can be used in both the prioritizer and the optimizer

  • Category entry is made simple and elegant by using pop-up menus to select a category assignment for a project attribute

  • Several bug fixes related to importing data and using zoom boxes in bubble charts with text data values

  • "Bubble Chart Pro™" will now be called "Bubble Chart Pro™ BASIC"

What's new in Version 5:

  • Build custom legends to quickly identify and track groups of bubbles

  • Place bubble chart legends in the left, right, top, or bottom of the chart area

  • Enter text and dates in your portfolios and plot them in your bubble charts

  • Specify colors for your bubble patterns (not just black anymore!)

  • Use number and date in both U.S. and European formats

  • Assign column data formats to chart tick labels

  • Automatically "cross-out" Unselected projects in your bubble chart

Version 5 is also compatible with Windows 8 and Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and includes other improvements in speed, presentation, and display.

Previous Update: Version 4.3

Version 4.3 is available as a full updater for updating from versions 3.X and earlier or a smaller updater to update from version 4.X.

What's new in version 4.3:

  • A new button has been added to the Bubble Chart form that allows you to toggle the legend display on and off.

  • A new "Use Smart Bubble Labels" preference has been added that helps prevents bubble labels from overlapping when bubbles are close together.

  • A new "Show Chart Borders" preference has been added that allows the user to prevent the chart borders from being drawn.

  • All known and reported bugs have been fixed.

What's new in version 4.2:

  • Default slider value for adjusting the lightness and darkness of background images is now set automatically.

  • Equation editor bug that caused equation results to sometimes be placed in the wrong cells has been fixed.

  • [Select Picture] button occasionally disappeared in Windows machines. This has been fixed in version 4.2.

  • All known and reported bugs have been fixed.

What's new in version 4.1:

  • A slider has been added that lets you adjust the lightness and darkness of background images to provide better contrast for chart objects.

  • Buttons have been added to the project portfolio dashboard that let you modify the charts directly from the dashboard.

  • All known and reported bugs have been fixed.

What's new in version 4.0:

  • A new preference option that allows you to automatically display bubble labels on top of the bubbles in the chart area.

  • The capability to select and display your own graphics and pictures as backgrounds for charts.

  • The ability to set individual bubbles to blink on and off - this is a great way to track projects and project groups in different project views.

What's new in version 3.5.1.5:

  • Right mouse-button clicking on an item in the bubble chart legend displays the X, Y, and size data corresponding to the clicked item.

  • Fixes a bug that caused an error message to be displayed when a dashboard was opened and non-sequential attribute columns had been selected for display.

What's new in version 3.5.1.4:

  • Allows data entry in portfolio forms by tabbing through cells using the [Tab] key.

  • Fixes a bug that caused an empty dashboard to display on launch if the last one displayed was deleted in a prior session.

What's new in version 3.5.1.2:

  • An bug causing an erroneous error message during optimizations is fixed.

  • When the value scores are "0" or are identical for all projects, the projects numbers now reflect alphabetical order instead of value score ranking.

  • The weights of the attributes are now displayed in the exported portfolio form.

  • The Optimizer progress screen height has been adjusted to correctly expand and collapse.

  • Removes an erroneous error message occasionally displayed when registering by e-mail.

What's new in version 3.5.1:

  • The Dashboard can now be expanded both vertically and horizontally to display more portfolio project columns and rows.

  • Opening the Dashboard in smaller application windows in Windows has been improved.

  • A bug that caused the [New Chart] button on the dashboard to redraw incorrectly when the Dashboard was resized has been fixed.

What's new in version 3.5:

  • A new Dashboard form for displaying multiple charts on a single form (PLUS and OPTIMAL versions only).

  • The capability to set columns cells to custom mathematical formulas using data from other columns .

  • Several cosmetic improvements to forms.

What's new in version 3.1:

  • Increased the width of the bar chart legend text area.

  • Repositioned the buttons at the bottom of on "New Bubble Chart" form.

  • Fixed a bug where bubbles would sometimes draw outside the chart area if the axis limits were too small.

What's new in version 3.0:

  • New bar chart module for displaying your project and prioritization data in stacked bar and tornado charts. (PLUS and OPTIMAL editions only)

  • You can create 3 types of bar charts in just 3 clicks: data, normalized weighted data, and percent normalized weighted data. (PLUS and OPTIMAL editions only)

  • Full suite of display preferences for your bar charts. (PLUS and OPTIMAL editions only)

  • Improved SMART prioritizer now includes adjustable value curves so you can bias your value scores by changing the rate of return. (PLUS and OPTIMAL editions only)

  • New data column data formatting features to add symbols ($, £, €, and %) and thousands separators to column data. (All editions)

  • Unlimited “Undos” in bubble charts and portfolio forms so you can undo any bubble moves or data changes made in those forms. (All editions)

  • New form display features including displaying the attribute weight in the header of each column (PLUS and OPTIMAL editions only) and the ability to turn on and off the display of column in bar charts and popup menus. (All editions)

What's new in version 2.5:

  • Bubble charts have even faster graphics with smoother drawing.

  • Bubble transparency has been added as a new user preference in the Preferences form.

  • Charts can now be resized using by dragging the lower corner of the window or using the maximize button.

  • Bubble sizing in proportion to chart size has been optimized for chart resizing.

  • The left columns of the Portfolio Data form are locked so the the projects stay visible as you scroll left-and-right through the attribute columns using the horizontal scrollbar.

  • Right-clicking the cursor on a bubble displays the corresponding name and data for that bubble.

  • After a Zoom-Box has been drawn, only the bubbles displayed in the Zoom-Box chart area are listed in the legend, and the bubbles are resized to reflect the new chart size and axis parameters.

  • Database engine has been upgraded from 4D Version 12 to 4D Version 13.

  • Mac OS system requirements have changed to Snow Leopard (10.6.8) or Lion (10.7) and higher.

  • Windows OS system requirements have changed to XP SP3, Vista, or Windows 7.

  • Magnification buttons have been removed due to redundancy with chart-resizing.

  • Several minor bug fixes.

What's new in version 2.0:

  • New graphic capabilities including options for 3D bubbles and solid and gradient colored backgrounds for the chart area, text, and legend.

  • Colors are now selected via system color-picker giving access to thousands of new colors.

  • Bubble patterns have been modified, and are now displayed in black overlays.

  • The gridline color can be now be the same as the foreground color, instead of just black or grey.

  • Customizable text boxes including color settings for fonts, backgrounds, drop-shadows, and strokes.

  • Redesigned Bubble Chart Preferences form to include "Bubbles and Colors" display tab.

  • Bubble Display Preferences have 6 options including "Display as 3D Bubbles"

  • A new "Color and Gradient Preferences" area has been added to the Bubble Chart Preferences form.

  • The option for cropping bubbles that extend outside the chart borders has been removed.

  • The button for deleting all drawings has been removed from the Preference form. This option is still available on the drawing toolbar.

  • Added bracketing squares to indicate which bubble or drawing object has been selected for editing after a "long" click (clicking the mouse on a object and holding for a fraction of a second)

  • Right-clicking the mouse when the cursor is over a bubble will display the bubbles coordinate information next to the cursor. Clicking the chart area will make it disappear.

  • After selection, bubbles and objects can now be nudged 1 pixel in any direction using the Arrow keys on the keyboard

  • Legend bubbles have been enlarged.

  • Several minor bug fixes.

What's new in version 1.5:

  • You can create exact duplicates of your bubble charts by selecting a chart in the Bubble Chart list form and using the [Duplicate] button at the top of the form.

  • Statistical data summaries have been added to the bottom of each column including sum, median, mean, standard deviation, maximum, and minimum.

  • You can now name the Projects column by clicking into the top row at the top of the column.

  • The maximum length of portfolio, bubble chart, and attribute names has been extended to 48 characters.

  • Various cosmetic changes to forms to accept longer names.

  • Bubble Chart Pro™ OPTIMAL is added to the Bubble Chart Pro™ product family.

  • Problems opening, registering, and saving preferences in some instances of Windows 7 operating system have been fixed.

  • Several minor bug fixes including an error that occurred when a user tried to create a subset in a portfolio form with the top row selected.

Mac Installation: Quit your Bubble Chart Pro™ application if it is running. Drag and drop the Bubble Chart Pro™ application icon into to your Bubble Chart Pro™ Folder in your Applications folder. Open the folder, and then double-click on the Bubble Chart Pro™ icon to launch the updated application.

Windows Installation: Close your Bubble Chart Pro™ application if it is running. Unzip the Bubble_Chart_Pro_Update_Win.zip file. Open the folder, and double-click on the Bubble_Chart_Pro_ Update_Win.exe file to begin the installation. Follow the installer instructions to complete the installation.

When the installation is complete, find and open the folder C/:Bubble Chart Pro and double-click on the Bubble Chart Pro.exe file to launch the application.