Announcing the Peltier Tech Advanced Chart Utility
I’m happy to announce the release of the Advanced Edition of the Peltier Tech Chart Utility on Thursday, 12 June 2014.
Why the 12th?
Am I superstitious? Am I avoiding Friday the 13th?
June 12th is my birthday, and this is my present to myself.
Also, the ten days between now and then should give me almost enough time to ready the utility for release. In the days between now and then I will finish up the last couple of features, perform a little testing, and write about some of the new (and old) features here.
In September 2008 I introduced the Peltier Tech Waterfall Chart Utility. This was much more popular than I would have expected, and soon it became my primary activity. From this modest beginning five and a half years ago, I grew the product line into a series of small chart utilities, each having a single function: create a non-native chart in Excel with a click of a button. This set of utilities was popular, but it made addition of new charts and features hard to accomplish. A whole new product just for that little thing?
A bit over a year ago I released the Peltier Tech Chart Utility, which combined most of the smaller individual program into one grand utility. The individual utilities were upgraded (and enhancements are continually being made), and were combined with several useful charting features. Now I have a place for new features, and my customers can get all of the goodies in one simple program.
A month ago I came out with a Mac version of the Standard Utility, with all of the features of the Windows version, and that has been twice as popular as I had expected.
Of course, I had loads of other ideas for my utility, but I didn’t have time to get everything into the final product. So I released what I had into the Standard Edition of the tool. In the meantime I worked on these additional features.
These additional features are being incorporated into this new Advanced Edition, which includes everything from the Standard Edition and a whole lot more.
In the grid below you can see that the Standard Chart Utility has quite a lot of custom charts, including the popular Waterfall, Cluster-Stack, and Box and Whisker charts. The Advanced Edition includes a few more variations on waterfall charts, a Diverging Stacked Bar Chart useful for plotting survey results, Histograms (two types) and Pareto Diagrams, and Cycle Plots.
The following grid shows the extensive lineup of features of the Standard and Advanced Chart Utilities. In addition to functions that easily edit the series formula, handle labeling of series so the legend isn’t needed, opening the folder in which the active sheet is stored, and exporting a chart as an image file, the Advanced Edition can also export a range as an image file, export one or more charts into PowerPoint or Word in several formats, switch various X and Y aspects of a chart (data, axis scales, and/or axis titles).
In addition, new charts and features under development will be added to the Advanced Chart Utility, and anyone with a valid license can simply email me to request a link to the update.
Is there an Advanced Chart Utility for the Mac?
Will there be an Advanced Chart Utility for the Mac?
Of course. It will take a little time to develop, because Mac and Microsoft do not exactly spell compatibility. But plans are to have it available by the end of June.
The Peltier Tech Advanced Chart Utility will be available on Thursday, 12 June 2014. Anyone who has a valid license for the Standard Edition before this release date can upgrade to the Advanced Edition for free. You simply need to email me asking for a coupon code for a free upgrade between now and 11:59 pm EDT, Friday, 13 June 2014.
The Peltier Tech Advanced Chart Utility will retail for $99 US (the Standard Edition is $79). On Thursday and Friday, 12-13 June 2014, you can get the Advanced Edition for the same $79 price as the Standard Edition. There will be a coupon code for this discount right next to the Add to Cart button on the Peltier Tech Chart Utility web page.
As always, users of the older versions of the Peltier Tech Utilities can email me to get a coupon code for a 50% discount.