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  • helps you create complex waterfall charts with dozens of visual annotations
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Overcome PowerPoint's weaknesses with think-cell's automatic waterfall charts

Creating waterfalls in PowerPoint is time-consuming and error-prone. You either push basic shapes around or use a hidden data row that supports floating segments. Hence, any data change implies many manual calculations and adjustments.

In think-cell, positive data values in waterfalls build up, negative values build down. This works automatically, even for stacked segments. Segments can cross the baseline and build upon segments in any category – not only the previous one.

  • Column & bar waterfall chart
  • Build-down & build-up
  • Calculation-oriented data entry
  • Excel link
  • Column & bar totals
  • Auto-placed segment labels
  • Absolute values & percentages
  • Any number of connectors
  • Segments crossing the baseline
  • Two types of column & bar breaks
  • Baseline gaps & breaks
  • Difference arrows
  • Value lines
  • Automatic category sorting

See how think-cell addresses your other PowerPoint pain points

think-cell helps you create stunning charts in minutes, boosts your slide layout and automates your regular reports. And all this with a single PowerPoint add-in. Here are some of its most awe-inspiring features.

Calendar-based Gantt charts

Ever tried to import a Gantt chart from Microsoft Visio or Project into PowerPoint? If yes, you know that this doesn't work very well. If not, you might still use basic boxes and lines to draw them yourself.

think-cell puts an end to these tedious best practices. You create and update calendar-based Gantt charts directly in PowerPoint. Features such as 5- or 7-day work weeks, remark and responsibility labels or time span brackets make sure that your work time on Gantts reduces to a few minutes instead of hours.

Data-driven visual annotations

Whether it be total labels, percentages, averages, breaks, difference arrows or CAGRs – think-cell will help you to tell the story behind your data by offering dozens of data-driven visual annotations.

And what is even better: All calculations and placements are done automatically. Your derived data will always be correct and labels or arrows will never overlap.

Mekko charts for complex analyses

Want to show market share for different competitors and different product categories at the same time? Why not add a second dimension to your data visualization? A Mekko (also known as Marimekko) is the perfect chart for this job.

think-cell's Mekko chart is a two-dimensional 100% chart or stacked chart. Column widths are calculated automatically or can be provided by you. Values can be ordered by size and small values can be hidden in an "other" series.

Smart text boxes

When it comes to slide layout in PowerPoint, all your options entail unsatisfactory compromises: You may use an inflexible PowerPoint table, combine standard text boxes and face many tedious manual adjustments, or you may use a template from PowerPoint's SmartArt or your own library and soon bump into its limitations.

Using think-cell's smart text boxes, you can quickly build up complex slides like this one. When adding text and other elements, the slide layout is continuously optimized automatically. Meaningful actions like snapping together, aligning and moving elements define a smart grid so that you never need to place or resize shapes manually.

Flexible process flows

Have you ever tried building a simple process chain in PowerPoint? Are you still struggling with the right positioning of basic shapes or trying to combine weird SmartArt objects that never align correctly and fall apart after a few interactions?

Then meet our process flow. With it you create and change simple flows in minutes. But since it is based on a powerful generic layout engine, you are completely flexible and can build any conceptual slide based on pentagons, chevrons and text boxes.

Automated data visualization

You spend hours and hours on updating charts in your reports every month? Cut down these hours to a few minutes!

With think-cell's data links, every chart in your presentation can be linked to Excel and updated either manually or automatically. think-cell programmatic interfaces offer even more automation. Once set up, they will create entire slide decks from your chart templates and designated data. Periodic reporting couldn't be easier.

Data extraction from any column chart image

Have you recently seen a chart on a web site or in a PDF report that you would have liked to use in your presentation? Using copy & paste in this situation yields good visual results, but makes changes impossible. On the other hand, guessing and retyping the data underlying the chart is time-consuming and error-prone.

Using think-cell, you simply drag a transparent window over any image of a column chart on your screen, hit the import button and let our software do the rest. It will not only correctly extract the data, but also the category labels and put them into your Excel sheet. From there, a think-cell chart in PowerPoint is only one click away.

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More information on waterfall charts

What is a waterfall chart?

A waterfall chart — sometimes also called a bridge chart or a flying bricks chart — is most frequently used to illustrate how different positive and/or negatives values, such as income and costs, contribute to a total, for example, a company's profit. Total and intermediate values are typically arranged in relation to value categories, and sometimes in relation to time.

A typical waterfall shows a calculation from left to right. It starts with an initial value, rendered as a column sitting on the chart's baseline. From there, positive values build up, negative values build down, both represented by floating columns to the right of the initial value and connected to their reference value by a dashed or dotted line. Total and intermediate values can be stacked if they belong to the same value category or time. Often, the final column represents the total sum of the preceding calculation and its column goes down back to the chart's baseline, forming a stair of columns. Learn more

Why are waterfall charts so useful?

Popularized by management consulting firms, such as McKinsey & Company, waterfall charts are frequently used in business presentations. They are extremely useful in financial analyses to focus the audience's attention on individual contributions of important value categories to an overall bigger picture, for example on how specific cost values contribute to a company's bottom line results derived from a top line revenue value.

A waterfall chart can be used in virtually any application scenario where something is quantifiable. This diagram type is helpful in planning the inventory of a sales company, and in managing human resources. In research-related contexts, waterfall graphs can, for example, track how the demographic of a society changes over a period of time or how the CO2 level in the atmosphere develops.

Why should I use think-cell for waterfall charts in PowerPoint?

Microsoft PowerPoint is by far the most frequently used program when it comes to creating presentation slides. Unfortunately, it is not that easy to generate compelling waterfall charts with PowerPoint. Creating charts in PowerPoint usually requires a lot of manual clicking and dragging.

This is why think-cell has developed a waterfall add-in for PowerPoint. This add-in allows users to automatically create waterfall charts in minutes from within their PowerPoint environment and insert them directly onto their presentation slides.

Waterfall charts are just one of more than 40 types of diagrams and graphs think-cell adds to PowerPoint. Every chart comes with a wide selection of features. Chart creation has never been easier and less time consuming!

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