Comparison of Adobe Flex charts

Comparison of Adobe Flex charts

The following comparison of Adobe Flex charts provides charts classification, compares Flex chart products for different chart type availability and for different visual features like 3D versions of charts.

Prices and other information most actual on April 2010.

Degrafa framework is not included as it does not provide high-level chart components, but low-level geometry building blocks.

YUI сharts is not included also as it is not actually Flex based framework, but JavaScript based on Flash player as rendering engine.

AnyChart, FusionCharts and similar are not included as they are not actually Flex based frameworks, but Flash based with XML configuration.

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Classification

This gallery shows:

  • Bar/Column chart - uses bars/columns to show frequencies or values for different categories.
  • Line chart - two-dimensional Scatterplot of ordered observations where the observations are connected following their order.
  • Pie chart - shows percentage values as a slice of a pie.
  • Area chart - line chart which displays graphically quantitive data. The area between axis and line are commonly emphasized with colors, textures and hatchings.
  • Scatter plot - type of mathematical diagram using Cartesian coordinates to display values as collection of points for two variables for a set of data.
  • Circular charts - Radar chart (Spider chart) or Polar chart is a two-dimensional chart of three or more quantitative variables represented on axes starting from the same point.
  • Accumulation charts - Pyramid (Cone) or Funnel chart displays data that, when combined, equals 100%.
  • Tree/Heat map - chart where the areas of the rectangles correspond to values. Other dimensions can be represented with colour or hue.
  • Finance chart - stock market prices are often depicted with an open-high-low-close chart with a traditional bar chart of volume at the bottom.
  • Gauge chart – a chart which displays its data as real-world mechanical or electronic gauge does.
  • Cartogram chart is a map in which some thematic mapping variable – such as population, economic etc – is substituted for land area.
  • Gantt chart - helps in scheduling complex projects.
  • Dependency graph is a directed graph representing dependencies of several objects towards each other.
  • Nomogram - a two-dimensional diagram designed to allow the approximate graphical computation of a function: it uses a coordinate system other than Cartesian coordinates.
  • Organizational chart is a diagram that shows the structure of an organization and the relationships and relative ranks of its parts and positions/jobs.
  • Flow chart - a diagram, that represents an algorithm or process, showing the steps as boxes of various kinds, and their order by connecting these with arrows.

Flex Chart products

Chart type / Framework Adobe Flex build-in charts Axiis BirdEye Flare Flexmonster IBM ILOG Elixir Kap IT Labs yFiles amCharts
Demos Tour de Flex, Demo Demo Demo Demo Demo Demo On the web site Demo Demo
Cost Free Free Free Free Non-free

contact vendor for prices

Non-free £ 556 (for EULA),

contact vendor for OEM

Free for non-commercial,

€ 2'500 (VAT excluded) for

full 1-developer package

Non-free

contact vendor for prices

Free (with link to amCharts) link-free from €85}
License MPL MIT MIT BSD Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary
Open source Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Bar/Column charts Simple Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Stacked Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes
Floating (Range) Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Waterfall Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Layered No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes
Line charts Simple Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Spline (Curve) Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes
Step Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes
Pie charts Simple Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Doughnut (Ring) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Exploded Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No
Stacked No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No
Area charts Simple Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes
Spline (Curve) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Stacked Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes
Floating (Range) No Yes Yes No No No No No Yes
Histogram (Step) Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes
Scatter plot charts Simple Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Bubble Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes
Circular charts Radar No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
Polar No No Yes No No No No No Yes
Accumulation charts Pyramid No No No No No No No No No
Funnel No No No No No No No No No
Tree/Heat map charts Tree map No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No
Heat map No No No No No Yes No No No
Finance charts OHLC Yes No No No No No No No Yes
Candlestick Yes No No No No No No No Yes
Kagi No No No No No No No No No
Gauge charts No No No No No Yes No No No
Cartogram charts No No Yes No No Yes No No No
Gantt charts No No No No No Yes No No No
Dependency graphs No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Nomograms Smith chart No Yes No No No No No No No
Organizational charts No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Flow charts No No No No No Yes No Yes No

Flex Chart features

Feature / Framework Adobe Flex build-in charts Axiis BirdEye Flare Flexmonster IBM ILOG Elixir Kap IT Labs yFiles amCharts
3D charts No No No No No Yes No No Yes
Rotate, zoom chart in 3D No No No No No Yes No No No
Show-up & other animation effects Yes No Partial

(only for Dependency Graph)

Yes Partial

(only for Pie Chart)

Yes No Yes Yes
Interactive legend Via customization, see No No No No Via customization Yes No Yes
Show total values over the bars Yes see, see Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes
String formater for labels Yes Yes No No No Yes ? ? Yes
Ability to define custom color for each bar (chart item) Yes see, see ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? Yes
Combined charts Yes - see No Yes No No Yes No No Yes
Multiple axis Yes - see No No No No No No No Yes

See also


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