Charts - Bullet

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Bullet Charts in general work a lot like Gauges, but were designed in a way to suit dashboards very well. Due to their dimensions, one can place several Bullets in a dashboard close to one other. They look similar to Bar Charts and can be oriented horizontally. The main purpose of these charts is to show a value surrounded by parameters such as limits, target values and context.

A Bullet chart consists of the following groups:


The General tab is used to define the layout of a table as well as the default period display and which indicators to display by default. The General tab consists of Chart, Title and Period.



The Chart section has the following properties:

  • Back Color
This sets the colour of the background area that surrounds the table. The default is the “Windows” theme color.
  • Left
This sets the padding to the left of the chart. The the default value is 0.
  • Right
This sets the padding to the right of the chart. The default value is 0.
  • Top
This sets the padding to the top of the chart. The default value is 0.
  • Bottom
This sets the padding to the top of the chart. The default value is 0.

The figure below shows the effect of updating the above properties for a Bullet chart. The properties are annotated to demonstrate the effect of each of the properties on the chart.



Refer to the general “Title” chart properties section for more information.


Refer to the general “Period” chart properties section for more information.



Series are used to group related information together by the means of creating stacks to “Stack” groups of measures on top of one another. The Series tab is used to configure these stacks. Stacks can be added, removed and reordered in the Series tab. Stacks have the following properties:


  • Title
This sets the section’s title text.
  • Font Color
This sets the font color of the section’s title text.
  • Font Size
This sets the size of the section’s title text.
  • Font Bold
This sets whether the text in the title cell is bold.
  • Font Italic
This sets whether the text in the title is italicized.
  • Alignment
This sets whether the text in the title is aligned left, center or to the right.
  • Scale
This sets whether a fixed scale is applied, or the scale is automatically calculated by looking at the maximum and minimum values of the measures configured on the chart.


Measures that have the same interval type as the chart can be added to a section by dragging it from the Model View on to a stack. Multiple stacks can be configured and added. Measure layout configuration on the chart are defined by the following sections:



The General section is used to set the title of the measure’s row as well as if the row uses bold text or if the row is italicized. The default title for the row is set to the measure’s name and can be overwritten.


The Limit section is used to configure which measure limit is used to be indicated on the chart. It is also used to display the limit colors if a limit color provider is used on the chart.



The Context section is used to configure additional context to display on a measure row. This context is linked to an event scheme that is configured on the measure itself. Each event attribute measure value will be displayed on its own bullet chart.


The color of each bar will be based on the color associated to the different attribute values.


The Color section is used to configure the measure’s data cell colors and behavior. The base color can be set when clicking on the Color item. Base color is a static color used to color the cell background. Opacity sets the opacity of the cells. This defaults to 0, which means that all cells appear the same color as the table’s background color. It is possible to add the following color providers:

  • Limit
This color provider will change the cell’s font and background color based on the configured Limit’s settings, this option is only available if the row is associated with a Limit.

UI Interaction

Additional functionality available in a Table report includes:

  • Bar “Drilldown”
Clicking an individual bar will open a Drilldown overlay providing details of that measure value (calculation inputs, comments and versions).
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