What's new in think-cell

think-cell 10

Our CEO Markus Hannebauer walks you through the most important new features of think-cell 10 in the following short video. See below for further details.

Now on macOS

After several years of development, we have achieved what no other company has done before – we have ported a complex Windows Office add-in to Office for Mac without sacrificing functionality! Your license for think-cell on Windows is also valid for macOS. think-cell 10 works with Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac version 16.8.171111 or later, running on OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later.

With think-cell 10, you can now choose your favorite working environment and have the same great user experience. The interface is exactly the same and all features are available.

User Interface

With think-cell now branching across multiple platforms we took the opportunity to refresh the user interface. Icons in the Elements menu and context menu have a fresh new look.

Context toolbar with row of chart type icons

With one click, you can change the chart type from this row of icons.

Context toolbar with row of chart type icons

In the Data Links dialog you can now also easily select all charts linked to a specific Excel source file, and update them with one click. (learn more)

Data Links dialog

New buttons in the contextual toolbar help you easily update and revert, as well as switch to automatic updates for a chart.

Context toolbar with row of excel link icons

Selecting a series in the legend of a scatter or bubble chart highlights all points or bubbles of the series.

Bubble chart with one series highlighted

Same scale and axes

Setting charts to the same scale is now persistent. If the scale changes in one chart, all charts with the same scale will be updated. You can set charts to the same scale even when their axes are not displayed. (learn more)

Using the same scale for multiple charts also works with axis breaks. Setting the same scale does not remove existing breaks, and adding an axis break to one chart will automatically add it to other charts using the same scale.

Two charts set to the same scale with an axis break

The X axes can also be set to same scale if they are value-based or date-based. For example, you can easily set two line charts to show the same years, even when the date range covered by the data is different. (learn more)

Two line charts set to the same scale

Scatter and bubble charts now support same scale. You independently choose whether the X- or Y-axis should use the same scale.

Two scatter charts set to the same scale

Value axes support a reversed axis. Scatter and bubble charts support a numerically reversed axis. Column, clustered and area charts simply flip the chart. In a line chart with two axes, you can set one to a reversed order to highlight negative correlations. (learn more)

Line chart with one reversed axis

Save and send slides

On Windows, you can use Gmail when sending slides instead of Outlook. To enable this, you set "think-cell Send With Gmail" as the default email program. (learn more)

Default progams dialog with think-cell Send With Gmail selected

The Save Slides command uses a dialog which includes your Quick Access folders. At the bottom of the dialog, you can choose which slides to include and whether date and time should be added to the filename.

Save slides dialog with options to choose included slides and append date and time to filename

When using "Save Slides..." and "Send Slides...", the filename better represents your choices: If you choose to send the entire presentation, for example, the file name does not contain slides numbers.

Color and style

The font color of text in labels can be chosen and is not reset, even if the label background changes. (learn more)

Chart with colored labels and font color control

The Load Style File command makes it easy to load previously used and default style files. Initially, it contains all styles included with think-cell for easy selection.

List of recently used files for Load Style File command

The color scheme for new charts is always taken from the think-cell style. The most recently used color scheme is now irrelevant when inserting a new chart. You can use a style file to set your preferred color scheme as the default. (learn more)

Chart decorations

In the scatter chart, trendlines based on a power law, exponential or logarithmic relationship can be fitted to your data. (learn more)

Scatter chart with power law trendline and trendline type control

You can represent the numerical scale of your chart with only grid lines instead of an axis line, instead of showing both. (learn more)

Stacked chart with grid lines and axis handles

JSON

Create slides with text content based on JSON input while using the full power and flexibility of smart text fields. The new named text fields serve as placeholders in your automation templates. (learn more)

Named Text Field element in Elements menu
  • You can run the JSON automation as a server. (learn more)
  • You can call the JSON automation process from the command line. (learn more)

think-cell 9

Our CEO Markus Hannebauer shows you around and presents the most important new features of think-cell 9 in this nice short video. You can find further details below.

Smart text boxes

think-cell's text boxes have been given a boost of intelligence. You can now use them to create complex slide layouts without manually moving or resizing any elements (learn more). Watch the video to see how it works.

Doughnut charts

Make your pie charts stand out even more by converting them to our newest chart type, the doughnut chart. And yes, doughnut charts look just like they sound. They’re essentially pie charts with a hole in the middle. This new chart design helps to accentuate the data slices and provides a place to highlight additional information. Learn more.

Doughnut chart with labels and title

Enhanced chart rendering

For better visual quality and faster editing, think-cell 9 uses PowerPoint's native chart component to render charts instead of the legacy MS Graph component. This also removes several other limits, e.g., scatter and line charts can now contain more than 4,000 data points. think-cell's user interface itself is not changed at all by the new rendering back-end. You will just notice the improved visual quality and better compatibility.

Automation with JSON

In addition to Excel, you can now use JSON data to automatically create and update periodic reports (learn more). This new enhancement allows you to:

  • Create presentations automatically by merging template charts with JSON data.
  • Build a web service that creates think-cell charts.
  • Export your business intelligence reports as PowerPoint slides.

More new charting features

The new "Flat" agenda style uses background fills instead of rectangles. Learn more.

Agenda slide flat visual style

Tooltips now show labels and numeric values for individual datapoints.

Chart labels and numeric values tooltip

Chart types can now be switched between absolute and percentage, even when there's no axis. Learn more.

Absolute and percentage-based charts

The sort order of slices can now be easily changed for pie and doughnut charts.

Pie and doughnut chart sort order

In waterfall charts, category sort options such as "Categories First Up, Then Down, Including Start" ensure that sum columns stay in their position.

Waterfall chart category sort options
The baseline weight can now be changed. Baseline weight options

Changes to existing charting features

In previous versions you adjusted the column width by changing the gap width between columns. In think-cell 9, you instead adjust the column width directly by using the following handles: Learn more.

Change column width with a handle

Label rotation was changed by dragging a handle in previous version, while other properties like font size and number format were set using the floating toolbar. In think-cell 9, you also set label rotation in the floating toolbar. Learn more.

Set label rotation in the floating toolbar

In previous versions, milestones where shaped as a triangle or diamond and you switched between them with a button in the milestone's context menu. In think-cell 9, additional shapes were added. Therefore, you choose the milestone shape with a control in the floating toolbar, which shows a list of choices. Learn more.

Choose milestone shape from the floating toolbar

New tools to make you more productive

Quickly switch the decimal symbol (e.g., German to US format) for labels on all or selected slides. Learn more.

Change decimal symbol on PowerPoint slides

Remove animations from all or selected slides. Learn more.

Remove PowerPoint animations from slides

Quickly choose custom colors with the new eyedropper tool. Learn more.

Choose custom colors with eyedropper tool

New keyboard shortcuts:

  • Multi-select labels with Ctrl+Alt+Shift+ .
  • Duplicate elements, e.g., in tables and process flows, with Ctrl+Alt+ .

Additional customization options

  • Control agenda placement through a custom layout that can also contain more shapes for agenda slides. Learn more.
  • Define theme color shades as a base color plus brightness. Learn more.
  • Specify checkboxes with more options: non-square images, e.g., traffic lights, and all Unicode characters. Learn more.
  • For a color scheme, specify that it is not remembered as the default for subsequent charts. Learn more.

Improved Sharepoint support

think-cell fully supports the new user interface for conflict resolution in PowerPoint 2016 that is based on whole slides. Concurrent editing in SharePoint/PowerPoint 2013 is also improved.

think-cell 8

Process flow

think-cell 8 greatly expands the slide layout functionality of our software by introducing the pentagon/chevron and textbox as new think-cell elements. Show project steps with accompanying bullet points by creating the basic structure very quickly out of building blocks, and use flexible single-click duplication to add additional steps. The following video shows this in action.

The layout is continuously re-arranged and optimized automatically when the text in elements changes. Furthermore, the direction of the whole structure can be changed from left-to-right to top-to-bottom by dragging the unified rotation handle. Learn more.

Excel link for Gantt chart

You like linking charts directly to Excel and having them update automatically? With think-cell 8, Excel links also work in Gantt charts. You can link activities and milestones to dates in Excel. When the dates change, the Gantt chart is updated as well. Learn more.

Link Excel data with Gantt charts in PowerPoint

Chart to data

Sometimes source data is only available in a chart on a website or a PDF document. The new Chart to Data tool in think-cell 8 lets you work with this data. Below on the left is a chart in a PDF document. On the right, the segments were automatically detected by think-cell and the numerical data is ready for import. Learn more.

Extract data from chart images and create functional charts in Excel and PowerPoint

Chart type conversion

Would you like to change chart types after the chart has already been created? In think-cell 8, you can easily convert chart types. For example, you can change stacked columns to clustered columns, segments to lines and many more combinations.

Change think-cell chart types

More new charting features

  • Do you want the series labels in a legend to appear in a different order than in the datasheet? With think-cell 8, you can also use the chart's visual order, which may be different due to sorting, or an alphabetical order.

    Chart series labels reordering
  • Automated chart updates with think-cell's programming functions become even more automatic: The chart width remains fixed when the number of chart categories changes, minimizing necessary manual changes to the slide layout.
  • Set the numerical sign of labels independently for segments and totals.

Collaboration

Co-authoring in Microsoft Sharepoint is supported.

think-cell 7

Compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016

think-cell 7 is the first version of our software that is compatible with Microsoft Office 2016. Of course, it is compatible with all current Microsoft Windows and Office versions, including 32 and 64 bit versions. It is therefore recommended to install think-cell 7 regardless of which Windows or Office version is used.

Charting features

  • Aggregate data into a separate Other series from the segments' context menu in column, Mekko, area and combination charts. Add segments to or remove them from the Other series simply by dragging a handle. (More on this)

    Aggregate data into separate series in column, mekko, area, and combination charts
  • Sort categories by their total values directly from the chart's floating toolbar. (More on this)

    Sort chart categories by total values
  • Interactively resize data bubbles in bubble charts by dragging a bubble's handle. The other bubbles will be updated automatically, maintaining correct size ratios.

    Resize data bubbles in bubble charts Resized data bubbles in bubble charts
  • Adjust the reference size of the bubble size legend by dragging its handle.
  • Easily toggle the value axis between absolute and percent representations in stacked, 100% and area charts. (More on this)
  • To move all Gantt chart date items at once, press Ctrl+A while a bar, milestone or process is selected.

Formatting and style

  • Choose from the complete set of Microsoft Office design theme colors to style your think-cell charts. If needed, compatibility with Office 2003 and older versions can be ensured by a restricted color scheme offered in the chart's floating toolbar.
  • Customize your charts for a consistent visual identity with new options in the think-cell style file. In version 6, you could already change defaults for segment colors and color schemes. Now, in addition, you can define your own line colors and line styles, arrow bubble fills and outlines, Harvey balls and checkboxes, which may even include pictures instead of checkmark signs. (More on this)

Label content

  • Labels entered into the datasheet can now be up to 255 characters long without being truncated in the chart.
  • Create clean yet unambiguous charts by showing 4-digit year numbers on specific axis labels, while keeping 2-digit years for all others. (More on this)
  • In recognition of our growing Asian user community and its currency conventions, you can now find 104, 108 and 1012 in think-cell's magnitude dropdown box.

User interface improvements

  • Floating toolbars now open to the right of the mouse pointer, staying out of the way of selected elements.
  • Easily access cell formats from the datasheet toolbar with the new datasheet formatting button.

How to get it

think-cell 10 is available to all existing customers at no additional costs. It is also available as a full-featured free trial.

Thank you

We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all our users for their support and continued trust in our software. We hope you enjoy think-cell 10!