ChartDirector 6.0 (C++ Edition)

Background and Wallpaper


This example demonstrates some of the background effects supported by ChartDirector.

ChartDirector supports using an image file as the wallpaper of the chart image background with BaseChart.setWallpaper, and as the plot area background with PlotArea.setBackground2.

In addition to wallpapers, ChartDirector supports alternating plot area background colors using PlotArea.setBackground and PlotArea.setAltBgColor.

You can switch the default colors to using a dark background with white lines and text in one step by changing the color palette to a whiteOnBlackPalette using BaseChart.setColors.

Source Code Listing

[The following code is available in "cppdemo/background". A MFC version of the code is available in "mfcdemo/mfcdemo" (Windows edition only). A QT version of the code is available in "qtdemo/qtdemo".]
#include "chartdir.h"

void createChart(int chartIndex, const char *filename)
    // The data for the chart
    double data[] = {85, 156, 179.5, 211, 123};
    const char *labels[] = {"Mon", "Tue", "Wed", "Thu", "Fri"};

    // Create a XYChart object of size 270 x 270 pixels
    XYChart *c = new XYChart(270, 270);

    // Set the plot area at (40, 32) and of size 200 x 200 pixels
    PlotArea *plotarea = c->setPlotArea(40, 32, 200, 200);

    // Set the background style based on the input parameter
    if (chartIndex == 0) {
        // Has wallpaper image
    } else if (chartIndex == 1) {
        // Use a background image as the plot area background
    } else if (chartIndex == 2) {
        // Use white (0xffffff) and grey (0xe0e0e0) as two alternate plotarea background colors
        plotarea->setBackground(0xffffff, 0xe0e0e0);
    } else {
        // Use a dark background palette

    // Set the labels on the x axis
    c->xAxis()->setLabels(StringArray(labels, (int)(sizeof(labels) / sizeof(labels[0]))));

    // Add a color bar layer using the given data. Use a 1 pixel 3D border for the bars.
    c->addBarLayer(DoubleArray(data, (int)(sizeof(data) / sizeof(data[0]))), IntArray(0, 0)
        )->setBorderColor(-1, 1);

    // Output the chart

    //free up resources
    delete c;

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    createChart(0, "background0.png");
    createChart(1, "background1.png");
    createChart(2, "background2.png");
    createChart(3, "background3.png");
    return 0;