Spice up your Pie Chart by setting the PieDrawingStyle property

This article we will describe how to enhance a Pie Chart by using the SoftEdge or Concave value, using SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. These values are available only on a 2D Pie Chart. The image below illustrates both SoftEdge and Concave styles, respectively. We will be using Report Builder 3.0 for this example.

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This article assumes the following:

  • SQL Server 2008 and Reporting Services installed
  • Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) or Report Builder 3.0
  • AdventureWorks database
  • Experience working with Reporting Services

Set the PieDrawingStyle Property

1) Insert a Pie or Doughnut chart to your desgin surface.

2) Click on the Series section of the Chart. You should see the Series properties on the right Properties Pane.

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3) From within the Properties Pane, scroll down to the General section and expand Custom Attributes.

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4) Select the property PieDrawingStyle and select the SoftEdge value from the dropdown list.

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Your chart should look similar to the image below

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5) Try changing the PieDrawingStyle to Concave to test other styles.

That's it!

Cheers!  

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