Time Series Axis

The Time Series Axis displays only time values.

Time Axis Window

Time Format

This is the format in which all time values must be entered into this window. It is also the format that will be used in the plot itself. Set this first before entering values into this window.


Draw Axis?

To draw the axis and any associated grid and tick marks, check this box.  To disable all axis features for this axis, uncheck this box.


This sets the color of the axis and tick marks.

Minimum and Maximum

Enter time values here to specify the axis minimum and maximum range. These must be in the same format as the Time Format at the top of the screen.


This is the label that describes the axis. It will normally appear below or next to the axis.  You may enter text and allow the Analysis Engine to format it by typing in the text box.  Press the Edit button to edit font and positioning features of the axis text.

Positioning Algorithm

This specifies the method that the Analysis Engine will use to position the axis. The default behavior is to place the X axis at the bottom of the plot and the Y axis on the left side of the plot.  Other positioning methods are:


The grid is a set of lines that are drawn all the way across the plot. They allow you to read you data values from the plot more accurately.

Draw Grid?

To draw the grid, check this box. To turn off all grid drawing, uncheck this box.


The color to use for the grid lines.

Line Style

The type of line to use for the grid lines. There are seven line styles including a blank line.

Enable Grid Tick Marks?

This feature only works with the Log Scale enabled.  Set the Grid Line Style to a blank line to see this feature. It will draw tick marks facing into the plot along the axis at each grid point.

Grid Tick Mark Length

This is the relative length of the grid tick marks. The default size is 1.0.  A value of 0.5 makes a line half as long. A value of 2.0 makes a line twice as long.

Grid Bounds

This defines where the grid starts and stops.  You can choose to draw the grid only on part of the axis.


The default behavior is to draw the grid all of the way across the axis.


With the Increment method for grid spacing, you must specify an Initial Point in the coordinates of the axis. Then you must specify an Increment in hours. You may optionally choose to specify a Final Point where grid drawing should stop.  For example, to draw a grid from Jan. 1, 1990 to Jan. 5, 1990 with a grid line at each day mark, enter 01/01/1990 for the Initial Point, 01/05/1990 for the Final Point and 24 for the Increment.


With the Divisions method of grid spacing, you must enter an Initial and Final Point where the grid will start and stop. In addition, you must specify the number of divisions (as an integer) to place between the Initial and Final Point. For example, if you wish to draw a grid between Jan. 1, 1990 and Jan. 5, 1990 with 10 evenly spaced divisions, enter 1.0 for the Initial point, 2.0 for the Final Point and 10 for the Divisions.

Tick Marks

Tick Marks are the small ticks that are placed along the axis to indicate where values lie.

Draw Tick Marks?

Check this box to draw tick marks. Uncheck it to turn of tick mark drawing.

Draw Tick Mark Labels?

Check this box to draw the tick mark labels.  Uncheck this to disable all tick mark label features.

Label Color

This sets the tick mark label color.

Font Style

This sets the font style for the tick mark labels (plain, bold, italic or bold/italic).

Draw Tick Marks Perpendicular to Axis?

Check this box if you would like the tick marks to appear perpendicular to the axis. This is used on the X axis when you have long tick mark labels or on the Y axis to set the tick mark labels horizontal.


This is the width of the tick marks in pixels.