Getting Started » Introduction
Welcome in the collaborative pChart 2.x online documentation
The pChart project is a living one, take you‘re part in it! You‘re using pChart somewhere? Let us know! We would be happy to share some real life stories. You want to request new features, go on! The Wishes tab is yours!
What is pChart and what can it do for you?
pChart is a PHP class oriented framework designed to create anti-aliased charts. While creating this library, we‘ve focused on two key axis : quality and speed. As you may have understood, pChart is run on the webserver side, this means that an aditionnal load will be added on it. Hopefuly the pCache class is here to help! Properly configured it will prevent to compute again already rendered charts.
pChart 2.0 is a major step in this library lifecycle. The first version has been written following a personal challenge to produce eye candy graphics and then published on internet. The initial source code of this version was a bit buggy and not really object oriented, this is why we‘ve decided to restart on a strong basis with clean and fast code that would be easier to maintains. In the new features/enhancement you‘ll see :
Full support of alpha channels for transparency.
Rendering speed greatly improved.
Native support for shadows.
Enhanced axis configuration.
Barcode drawing functions.
Open classes concept that allow easy library extensions.
How to use this documentation?
On the left side of the screen you‘ll see the navigation pane. All the documentation topics are organised in a hiearchical way to ease your navigation. You can also use the search box to find text inside the database contents. The first important stop for you is the Installation section located in the "Getting Started" section, this will help you to understand the prerequisite of this library and will save you some debugging time.
An offline PDF version of this help is also available for download, you can download it from here. This document is re-generated automatically every night using the FPDF library to reflect the documentation updates.
The pChart library, pChart web site and pChart documentation have been written by Jean-Damien POGOLOTTI ( jean-damien @ pchart.net ). Please refer to the licencing topic if you intend to use this library in your commercial products.
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