Introducing Client-side Chart Export

If you have been using FusionCharts, then only way to export your charts into image, PDF or SVG till now was to use a server. Either FusionCharts export server or the one you setup on your own. We realised this was not the best way and we have made something to make your job faster and easier – client-side export.

Why do you need client-side export feature?

You’ve received quotations from vendors for a critical project that you are working on and, courtesy FusionCharts, you’ve created some good-looking, information-rich charts that compare the pros and cons of each vendor as well as their price and deadline figures.

The senior management asks for a presentation and you can’t wait to show them what you have. You decide to use our server-side export feature that comes out of the box to export your charts as JPEGs and add them to your presentation.

But wait. Won’t this data classify as confidential information? Would it be okay then if you used a publicly hosted server to export and download the chart? We don’t think so. This is where client-side export comes into picture.

While we have an established server-side exporting feature, common concerns with this feature include:

  • Availability of a good internet connection to send to and receive data from the server.
  • Confidentiality concerns around using the publicly hosted export server.  We do provide programs to set up the export server at a your end, but this requires you to have a knowledge about configuring and using servers. This, again, is a downside.

The primary need for coming up with the client-side export feature  was to eliminate the need of a server for exporting, thus bringing down the turnaround time it takes for a download, as well as to to address the data confidentiality issues. The client-side export feature removes the round-trip involved in exporting from a  server and eliminating the difficulties involved in setting up one, with the proper dependencies.

How to make use of it?

To enable the client-side export feature for your application, all you need to do is set the exportEnabled and the exportAtClientSide (since v3.8.0) attributes to 1 and you are good to go. You can test it live here.

For more details on how to use this feature you can check out our developer center article on client-side export.

Note: This feature is currently supported in latest versions of Chrome and Firefox only. Our team is working hard to roll it out for other browsers in coming weeks.

Have any questions?

We hope you give client-side export feature a try in your next project! If you are ever stuck or have any questions, feel free to drop a line at [email protected]. Our team will be happy to help!

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