- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471779105
- ISBN-13: 978-0471779100
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,534,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Build cool interactive dashboards to explain your data
Create charts, maps, and gauges, slice data into various views, and more — easily!
Crystal Xcelsius is like a rocket-booster that lets you turn your Excel spreadsheets into professional-looking dashboards, scorecards, "what if" visualizations, even highly polished PowerPoint presentations. And here's the know-how you need to use it! Build simple to sophisticated dashboards, add buttons, refresh your data, create a visual model with style, and much more.
Discover how to
- Create basic dashboards with gauges and sliders
- Build in interactivity
- Use color to explain data
- Add menus and selectors
- Work with dynamic visibility
- Format and distribute your dashboards
About the Author
Michael Alexander is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) with over 14 years of experience developing office solutions and consulting. He currently works as a Senior Program Manager for EDS.
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Having read another book by Michael Alexander on data analysis with Microsoft Access, I confidently purchased Crystal Xcelsius for Dummies. While I'm no where near a power user after going through this book, I do feel empowered to use the application.
It is importat that you consider this book your initiation to after be a PRO using more complex dashboards (with the practice I mean!)
Xcelsius specializes in what they call dashboards. That is, the data is diaplayed in the form of gauges (speedometer, gas gauge, they even have what they call 'alerts' that are close to idiot lights). You can also design inputs in the form of sliders, buttons, again, not unlike an automobile dashboard.
In addition to dashboards there are other features such a maps, enhanced charts, pictures -- all kinds of things to ehnance the visual experience of a presentation.
Technically, Xcelsius compiles your visual model into a Flash (.swf) file and creates an HTML file that calls the .swf file. The HTML file is of course presented using a web browser, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, Microsoft Outlook, or Plumtree.
As in most 'For Dummies' books, this one starts slow, builds on the base, and by the end of the book you have a pretty good idea about the whole thing.
In chapter 15, the 'real world examples,' none of the Excel models are shown. A big omission. It would have been so easy to add the 15 excel files to the 'Bonus material.'