PlotPanel is a component for Lazarus to replace (more or less) the TChart component. With some modification it can also be used with Kylix, Delphi 5, 6 or 7.
With PlotPanel you can draw line- , dot- and bar-graphs. Animated graphs are also possible.
This software is presented as is, without any written warranty. So use the software at your own risk.
To Install the PlotPanel component in Lazarus you have to do the following:
- Download the PlotPanelpackage (plotpanel.zip) from: http://members.home.nl/mvanwesten/en_lazarus.html or from Lazarus CCR SourceForge site.
- Unzip plotpanel.zip in a directory of your choice.
- Start Lazarus
- Perform the necessairy actions to intall the package (see Install Packages).
After you have done that all, there must be a new Tab in the component palet with the name "Extra". You can use the Plotpanel now
Run the PlotPanelDemo to explore the features of PlotPanel. N.B. You can try PlotPanel without installing the component by running TryPlotPanel!
There seems to be a problem with the LRS file in the TryPlotpanelDemo in Lazarus 0.9.26. On my website or Lazarus CCR (see above) you can find the updated version: PlotPanel_0.95
Description of the PlotPanel component
This is a very rude description of the component. See the examples for an explanation of how to use the component. The PlotPanel component is derived from the TCustomPanel-component. To this Panel plotting capabilities are added.
Properties inherited from TCustomPanel
- Align, Anchors, Autosize, BevelInner / Outer / Width
- Borderspacing, BorderStyle, Borderwidth
- Color is the color of the border of the plot
- Constraints, Cursor, Dragmode, Enabled
- Font is the font of the title of the plot
- Height, HelpContext, HelpKeyword, HelpType, Hint
- Left, Name, ParenColor, Parentfont, ParentShowHint
- PopupMenu, ShowHint, TabOrder, TabStop
- Tag, Top, Visible, Width
The following properties are added
- BackColor This is the background color of the plotting area
- GridColor When you make this the same as Backcolor, the grid is invisible
- LayerOption For easy plotting of a single layer this can be set to False. It is not possible to set this to True directly (see methods)
- Margin The width of the border of the plot in pixels
- PlotMode Three plotmodes are possible: pmBar, pmLine and pmDot
- PlotPen Properties of the plotting pen. If LayerOption is False, then all sub-properties can be set. If LayerOption is True, then information about the plotting pen is transferred via the LayerOptions method (methods)
- Title The Title is at the top center of the plot and uses the Font property
- PlotBMP This is a bitmap holding the whole graph (see demo for its use)
The X-axis properties:
- XMarks When True, the X-axis has marks
- XMarksFont Font used for the XMarks
- XMarksInterval Interval between to lines in the grid (applies for linear scales only)
- XMax Maximum value of X that is visible
- XMin Minimal value of X that is visible
- XScaleLog When TRUE the scale is logarithmic (the interval is determined by the component)
For the Y-axis the same applies.
AddXY(X,Y:Extended) With this method you can add points (or lines) to the plot Example for i:= -10 to 10 do PlotPanel1.AddXY(i,i*i) This plots a parbola .The line is plotted with the PlotPen properties Note you can only plot a single layer.
AddXY(X,Y:Extended, Color:Tcolor,Layer:Integer) With this method it is possible to plot up to 8 lines in different colors, plotmodes and penwidths (see LayerOptions how to set linewidth and plotmodes)
LayerOptions(Layer:Integer;PlotMode:TPlotMode;PenWidth:Integer) Every Layer can use a different Plotmode and PenWidth When you call this method LayerOPtion will be set TRUE. When you want to use a single Layer again you have to set LayerOption False! Autoscale(Layer:Integer) With this method you can adjust the size of the plot automaticly
ClearData Clears the data on the plot.
ConvertS2W(x,y: Extended; var WX,WY : Extended) Converts the screen-coordinates in X,Y to the real coordinates WX,WY. When X and Y are out of bounds, the function returns False, otherwise True
Freeze(Boolean) When Freeze(True) is executed all plotting is done on a invisible bitmap. After a Freeze(False) the whole plot is displayed. This produces flicker-free animations.
HideLayer(Layer:Integer) Use this to hide a single layer in the plot
UnHideLayer(Layer:Integer) Shows the hidden layer again N.B. When you add points to a hidden layer, the old layer is deleted and the new points are the only points in this layer!
Paint Repaints the whole Graph (is done automaticly by the system when necessairy)
Marien van Westen