Aimy Charts Data Importer PRO allows to import data from CSV files to display diagrams easily.
Create Diagrams from CSV Files
This Joomla! editor plugin extends Aimy Charts so you can import your data from CSV files to generate diagrams. An additional button is placed under the editor that opens a dialog for the import so you can directly use it within an article or module. For details on different types of charts and styling options please have a look at Aimy Charts.
Aimy Charts Data Importer is easy to use and customize and you will get automatic updates on new releases (per domain(s) for one year - 15 months on renewal).
The Joomla! plugin Aimy Charts Data Importer allows you to import and process your data from CSV files easily. A new button is displayed below your editor within Joomla! that lets you import your data to display diagrams with a few clicks.
Data from Microsoft Excel™ or OpenOffice.org's Calc that is exported to CSV can be used as well.
This manual guides you through all steps necessary to install and use the plugin.
In order to make use of the imported chart data, Aimy Charts has to be both installed and enabled. Have a look at our website for further information and to download the software:
For the use in the backend Aimy Charts Data Importer requires a current browser that supports the FileReader API. Therefore, only the following browsers and versions are supported:
- Firefox, 3.6 or above
- Chrome, 7 or above
- Internet Explorer, 10 or above
- Safari, 6.0.2 or above
- Opera, 12.02 or above
The installation of the extension follows the common Joomla! procedures.
In case you are not familiar with these procedures, proceed as follows:
- Download the extension's ZIP archive
- Log into your Joomla! backend as "Super User"
- From the menu, choose "Extensions" → "Extensions Manager"
- Click on the "Browse" button and select the ZIP archive
- Click on the "Upload & Install" button
The extension's archive will be uploaded and installed afterwards.
For further information, please have a look at the Joomla! documentation Installing an Extension.
NOTE: All plugins are disabled by Joomla! when installed for the first time. To enable Aimy Charts Data Importer, proceed and configure the plugin.
After a fresh installation, click on the "Configure plugin now" button on the installation report page.
At any time, you can configure the Aimy Charts Data Importer plugin using Joomla!'s Plugin Manager by choosing "Extensions" → "Plugin Manager" from the menu. Locate the plugin and click on its name in the "Plugin Name" column of the plugin listing.
Enabling the Plugin
In order to use the plugin's functionality, you have to enable it first.
To do so, change the plugin's status from "Disabled" to "Enabled" and apply your changes by clicking on either the "Save" or "Save & Close" button in the toolbar.
Setting Default Options for CSV Import
Aimy Charts Data Importer allows you to set default values for the CSV data import.
Default Chart Type
Allows you to set the default chart type that should be pre-selected in the data import dialog.
Allows you to set the default separator that should be pre-selected in the data import dialog.
Importing Data from CSV
Supported Input Formats
Aimy Charts Data Importer supports the import of data in CSV format.
This format is both plain text and is supported by a wide range of applications, making it a good choice for data exchange.
NOTE: The CSV file has to be encoded in UTF-8.
Workflow to import data from CSV
The workflow used to import your data from CSV for an Aimy Charts definition that will be shown as a nice diagram in your frontend is a simple and intuitive one:
- Open the resource you would like to import your CSV data into. This may, for example, be an article or a module. Focus your editor and place the cursor on the position you would like to import to.
- Locate the "Import Chart Data" button below your editor and click it.
- A dialog opens as an overlay and provides all settings required to import your data to display a diagram.
The settings for "Chart Type" or "Separator" are initially set to the defaults you set in the plugin's configuration. Adjust these settings if necessary.
- Click on the button that allows you to select a local file from your disk,
usually labeled "Browse..." or alike.
Select the CSV file you would like to import.
- A sample of the file will be shown in the dialog,
which presents the first three lines of your file.
Have a look at the sample and the fields it provides and decide which ones should be imported.
Pie and Doughnut charts require two fields, while Line and Bar charts require three fields. All chart types allow one optional, last field which may be used to specify the color that shall be used for the data set. Have a look at Aimy Charts' user manual for details.
If you need to select only a set of particular fields, enter their numbers in the input field labeled "Select Fields" and separated them with commas, i.e. "
- Click the "Import" button.
Aimy Charts Data Importer will then process each line of your file and generate a complete chart definition for Aimy Charts which will be inserted to your editor and the dialog window will close.
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