9.3.6.2 Customizing Waterfall Graphs

The Origin Waterfall graph plots one or more Y columns, or a range from one or more Y columns, as a series of line plots that "recede" into the page. Such graphs are effective for comparing datasets collected under conditions where some parameter is varied incrementally. Origin supports both 2D waterfall graph and 3D waterfall graph:

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GDI-based 2D Waterfall graph OpenGL-based 3D Waterfall graph

Change the view of graph

2D Waterfall: Resizing the plot and changing the plot viewing angle

There are two modes for graphical manipulation of waterfall plots:

  • Click once on the graph and square handles appear at the layer corners.
  • Click a second time on the graph and triangular handles appear at the layer corners.

The first click edit mode (square handles) allows you to move the layer's position on the page, to resize the layer and to change the viewing angle. When the cursor is a double-headed arrow, the graph's origin is fixed but you can change the layer dimensions and internal angles that define the edit box surrounding the waterfall plot. When the cursor is a four-headed arrow, you can move the layer on the page.

The second click edit mode (triangular handles) allows you to drag one of the triangular handles to skew the viewing angle without altering the length or position of the X axis (note that if you fail to place the cursor on a handle, then drag with your mouse, you will move the layer). Skewing of the plot can also be accomplished by editing the X Offset and Y Offset boxes on the Waterfall tab of the Plot Details dialog box (Format: Layer).

3D Waterfall: Rotating, Resizing, Stretching and Skewing the plot

3D waterfall is a specific 3D wall graph with wall width = 0. You can rotate, resize, stretch and skew the graph as other 3D graphs.

Control the view of Axis labels&Tick Labels&Ticks

For a 2D waterfall, specify whether to display the Z axis title and Z tick labels in the axis plane. See details on the Waterfall tab of Plot Details dialog.

For a 3D waterfall, you can control the orientation of Axis labels&Tick Labels&Ticks in the Axis tab of Plot Details dialog.

Color Map the Lines

For both 2D waterfall and 3D waterfall, the lines in the graph can be color mapped along the Y or Z direction. To create a color mapping waterfall graph, please refer to 2D Waterfall Y Color Mapping, 2D Waterfall Z Color Mapping, 3D Waterfall Y Color Mapping and 3D Waterfall Z Color Mapping.

Once you have created the color mapped waterfall graph, you can customize the mapping levels and colors. You can set the number of levels, color for each level, Theme for the color map, etc. Though the color mapping settings are the same, Y color mapping is for Y values and Z color mapping is for Z values, the former can make the color different for different Y values and the latter can make the color different for different Z values.

For more details on color mapping in waterfall graphs, please refer to this page.

Adding Symbols, and Line Connection Type

For 3D waterfall, Symbols can be added on each line. To create a 3D waterfall with Line + Scatter, please edit the Symbol properties in Symbol tab in Plot Properties dialog of the 3D Waterfall graph. You should set the Symbol size as nonzero (default size is zero), then specify the Symbol Type and Color, Click Apply to apply the settings.

To specify a line connection type (straight, spline, Bezier, Akima, etc.), click Format: Plot Properties and on the Pattern tab, set the Connect drop-down.

Set Z Value Source

For both 2D waterfall and 3D waterfall, the offsets of the lines can be controlled by values in a worksheet Labels row, including Long Name, Comments, Units, Sampling Interval and Parameter, whose values are numeric only. Select a label row from the Z Value Source drop-down list to specify the worksheet Z value source row. For 2D waterfall, this is drop-down list is located on the Waterfall tab of Plot Details dialog; for 3D waterfall, this drop-down list is located on the Miscellaneous tab of Plot Details dialog.

Reverse Drawing Order

You can reverse the plotting order so the waterfall graph is drawn back to front:

  1. From the menu, choose Format: Axes: Z-axis.
  2. Reverse the Scale tab From and To settings.

Show Hidden Lines

For 2D Waterfall graph, there is a check box Show Hidden Lines in the Waterfall tab of Plot Details dialog which is used to specify whether or not show lines hidden by plots in the foreground.

For 3D Waterfall, you can set the Transparency of fill area or change the Fill Color to None in the Pattern tab of Plot Details dialog to show the hidden lines.