Using the 2D View

Use the 2D view to get a 2D graph of your data in a full window. This graph is an enlarged version of the 2D graph in the Selection view. You can select a row or column from the Selection view's 3D image and use the 2D view to inspect the relative sizes of graph objects more closely.

The enlarged 2D image also provides more space for displaying text labels. This is particularly useful when you want to use the Alternative Text option (in the 2D Options menu) to place labels inside the graph rather than outside it.

For information on 2D graph types and other 2D formatting options, see the section Setting 2D Options. The following figure contains a 2D view (with graph type Triangles).

Creating a 2D Graph for Particular Input Values

When you want to display part, but not all, of your data in a 2D graph, you must tell the system which values you want to see. You do this by specifying the row or column (and page, if there is more than one) of the desired values. Perform the following steps:

  1. Switch to the Selection view, using the Goto menu in the menu bar.
  2. If the input data contains multiple pages, you may need to change to a new page. (The current page is displayed as part of the graph's title.) To do this, use the Page up and Page down buttons to flip through the graphs for successive pages. As you do this, the graph's title changes for each page.
  3. To specify a given row for example, click on the selection bar containing the relevant row name. If the selection bars contain the names of columns at the moment, you must read in the rows before you can select one. To do this, click on the left side border of the 3D graph floor. (Click on the right side, of course, if you need to read column names into the selection bars.) A 2D graph is generated for the row (or column) you have requested.

Using the 2D View Pushbuttons

The 2D view contains the following pushbuttons:

  • Selection

Go to Selection view.

  • Page up

Scroll forward through the items (rows or columns) in the selection bars. A new 2D graph is generated for each selection bar change.

This button does not appear unless the input data contains multiple pages.

  • Page down

Scroll backward through the items (rows or columns) in the selection bars. A new 2D graph is generated for each selection bar change.

This button does not appear unless the input data contains multiple pages.