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Macro menu

Macro → Insert image

The Insert bitmap option in the Macros menu lets the user choose an image file and creates cell code that represents an image and chooses the image cell renderer.

Macro → Insert chart

The Macros → Insert chart... option provides an easy way of generating matplotlib figures. They generate multi-line code. The last line is an expression that yields a matplotlib.figure.Figure object.

Chart dialog

The dialog comprises a toolbar with several chart types, an editor on the left and a chart preview on the right side.

Clicking on a chart button inserts code for the respective chart at the current cursor position. The code is meant as template for users, who want to quickly create and edit common chart types. However, any matplotlib chart can be created in the editor.

The preview is updated when pressing the Apply button. If an exception occurs of if no Figure object could be retrieved then an error message is displayed.

Pressing the Ok button puts the code in the editor in the current cell and activates the matplotlib renderer.

For further reference on how to create charts, the matplotlib web site is recommended.


With the upcoming Python 3 version of pyspread (i.e. v. 1.99.0+), the chart dialog has been completely rewritten.

For easier transition from previous versions of pyspread, the special class charts.ChartFigure is provided. This class subclasses the matplotlib Figure class. The subclass takes matplotlib arguments and creates a figure in one step. It is recommended to replace code that uses this class.

© Martin Manns and the pyspread team