ChartDirector 6.0 (C++ Edition)

3D Shadow Mode


This example demonstrates an alternative 3D drawing method that uses shadows.

The standard way to draw a pie chart in 3D is to view the chart from an inclined angle. Using this method, the surface of a 3D pie will become an ellipse.

ChartDirector supports an alternative way to draw a pie chart in 3D - to draw the 3D portion like a shadow. The 3D pie will remain perfectly circular, and the sector areas will correctly reflect its percentages.

The 3D drawing method is configured using PieChart.set3D.

Source Code Listing

[The following code is available in "cppdemo/shadowpie". 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"
#include <stdio.h>

void createChart(int chartIndex, const char *filename)
    char buffer[256];

    // the tilt angle of the pie
    int angle = chartIndex * 90 + 45;

    // The data for the pie chart
    double data[] = {25, 18, 15, 12, 8, 30, 35};

    // Create a PieChart object of size 110 x 110 pixels
    PieChart *c = new PieChart(110, 110);

    // Set the center of the pie at (50, 55) and the radius to 36 pixels
    c->setPieSize(55, 55, 36);

    // Set the depth, tilt angle and 3D mode of the 3D pie (-1 means auto depth, "true" means the 3D
    // effect is in shadow mode)
    c->set3D(-1, angle, true);

    // Add a title showing the shadow angle
    sprintf(buffer, "Shadow @ %d deg", angle);
    c->addTitle(buffer, "arial.ttf", 8);

    // Set the pie data
    c->setData(DoubleArray(data, (int)(sizeof(data) / sizeof(data[0]))));

    // Disable the sector labels by setting the color to Transparent
    c->setLabelStyle("", 8, Chart::Transparent);

    // Output the chart

    //free up resources
    delete c;

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    createChart(0, "shadowpie0.png");
    createChart(1, "shadowpie1.png");
    createChart(2, "shadowpie2.png");
    createChart(3, "shadowpie3.png");
    return 0;