The Xcelsius image component is the key to creating a professional and good looking dashboard that will appeal to users and make them BI Happy.
Creating elaborate graphics with complex software such as adobe or gimp can be time consuming and complex (not to mention expensive in the case of adobe, gimp is free). One technique you can use to save time, effort and quickly and effectively create nice looking graphics is leveraging Power Point.
If you use MS Power Point 2007 (and let’s face it, who doesn’t have access to it?), you can create nice smooth image, with transparent background to incorporate into your Xcelsius dashboard in minutes.
First, pick your image from Power Point extensive image library. You can use the Insert menu to insert a SmartArt image, a Shape, or anything else such as a Clip Art image. After you insert the image into the slide, simply right click on it and select Save As Picture…
At this point you will be prompted to save the image. Notice the image will be saved into .png file format. This file format allows for transparent backgrounds, so you will be able to integrate the new image smoothly into your existing background, or components. Round corners and all.
Enjoy your professional looking dashboard..