Knowledge base KB0022

Can I animate think-cell charts in PowerPoint?

Simple animation of the entire chart

Place a rectangle in background color on top of the chart and add an Exit or Entrance animation such as Fade to make the chart appear or disappear, respectively.

Complex animation (e.g., build up by series)

think-cell has no built-in support for animation. Simply use PowerPoint as usual to animate the chart components, as described below.

PowerPoint 2010 and later versions contain a bug which removes complex animation (e.g., per series or per category) from the Microsoft Graph object when reopening the file. As a workaround, save the presentation as a ppt-file before following the animation steps below. Please check your files carefully after converting them to ppt, some unsupported features might be missing. Our next major version, think-cell 9, will not use Microsoft Graph anymore and hence the problem will go away.

Warning: The animation may break after changing the chart, e.g., by modifying the data or adding rows or columns.

  1. Insert a stacked column chart with think-cell.
  2. Deactivate think-cell as described in our manual.
  3. Animate the basic Microsoft Graph chart:
    1. Go to PowerPoint → Animations and enable the animation pane.
    2. Select the Microsoft Graph object and add an animation.
    3. To make chart segments appear one after another, right-click the entry in the animation pane and choose Effect optionsChart Animation.
    4. To display each step of the Graph animation, click the little downward-pointing double arrow animation double arrow just below the chart entry.
  4. Animate additional PowerPoint shapes:
    1. Select any set of PowerPoint shapes that should be animated together with the Graph object and add an animation.
    2. Repeat as needed, e.g., for series labels, total labels, or difference arrows.
  5. In PowerPoint's animation pane, drag each animation entry and place it in the correct order. E.g., labels should typically appear together with the data they belong to, and the total labels should appear last. To make an animation start automatically, right-click its entry in the animation pane and change it from Start On Click to Start With Previous.

The screenshot below shows an example chart that is animated by series, along with the animation information. You can download the ppt version of this sample file.

PowerPoint screenshot animated stacked chart