UE Plugin Installation

How to install and configure the Unreal Engine Plugins

Step By Step Guide: How to install and configure the Unreal Engine Plugins

How to install and configure the Unreal Engine Plugins. Installation folder and where to find our sample data

Copy/Extract the 'Idonix' folder into the UE Engine folder, into the 'Plugins' folder

1 Copy/Extract the 'Idonix' folder into the UE Engine folder, into the 'Plugins' folder

2 In the video at 3:14 it explains that the link for downloading a zip file with some JSON sample data to use with the plugins can be found at the bottom of the
idonix.com/support/unreal-plugins webpage. It can now be found at the top of the
idonix.com/support/unreal-plugins/ue-plugin-schemas
webpage. Here - Download now - you need it later Take the time to look at the schema for each plugin, they explain the possabilities for each chart. Also note that we now have sample data for our 'Screen' plugin.


Step By Step Guide: Enable the plugins

Steps to find the plugins and enable them. Once enabled, you need to restart!

UE - Edit - Plugins

1 In Unreal, click Edit, select Plugins.
Next you can use 'search, type in Idonix (which will show the plugins) or you could select Idonix from the left-hand navigation.

You can use 'search, type in Idonix or you select Idonix from the left navigation. Enable the plugins.

2 Now enable the plugins. Once enabled, you need to restart!
NOTE: This video only shosw the Core, Column, Pie & Line charts. There is also a 'Screen' plugin in later versions.


Step By Step Guide: Using the Idonix Actors

Steps to add the Idonix Actors to the scene and connect them. Using the column chart, some steps to add JSON and animate.

The Column Chart has already been dragged into the empty scene. Next drag in the 'Column Chart Preview'.

1 Below 'Place Actors' you will now have the Idonix category. From within that select and drag into the 3D Viewport the Column Chart and then the Column Chart Preview JSON Controller (this will appear as a white sphere - it is a blueprint).

In World Outliner: BP_ColumnChartJSONController, in Details, below Graphic Control 'Column Chart', select ' IX_ColumnChart1

2 Ensure the BP_ColumnChartJSONController is selected in World Outliner, then in Details, below Graphic Control, using the dropdown for 'Column Chart', select the Column Chart you added - IX_ColumnChart1

From the sample data you downloaded earlier - navigate to Column Data - and open the 'Detailed_1' JSON

3 Open the sample data downloaded earlier. From the 'Column Data' folder open the 'Detailed_1' JSON file and copy.

Copy the JSON from the 'Detailed_1' file into Details, below 'Graphic Control' into the field adjacent to 'JSON Data.

4 Copy the JSON from the 'Detailed_1' file into Details, below 'Graphic Data' into the field adjacent to 'JSON Data'.

Ensure 'BP_ColumnChart_PreviewController' is selected, below Graphic Control, Click 'Animate'.

5 Now lets animate the chart. Click 'Play' from the top navigation bar. First ensure 'BP_ColumnChart_PreviewController' is selected in World Outliner, then within Details, below Graphic Control, Click 'Animate'.

Changing the

6 The video shows that by editing the JSON within 'Graphic Data' and clicking 'Animate' again (in 'Graphic Control'), that the chart that is in 'play' can be manipulated directly. In this instance changing the "PlinthLabelText" to "test here".

7 The video the copies some other JSON data (the 'Detailed_2' file) and replaces the JSON in 'Graphic Data. Before once again clicking 'Animate'.
NOTE: The chart does not completely animate out, the title changes but its background remains and the plinth remains. The pie chart does not animate out, the size of the sections simply changes.


Step By Step Guide: Repeating the process used with the Column Chart, but using a Pie Chart

Using the pie chart, some steps to add JSON and animate.

The video takes the same steps as above, i.e.:

1 Drag in the Pie Chart and the Pie Chart Preview Controller

2 Ensure the blueprint is selcted, selct the pie chart in Details

3 Find the pie chart sample data folder, then select and copy 'Detailed_1'

4 Copy the JSON into 'JSON Data'

5 Click 'Animate'

6 Edit the JSON below 'Graphic Data' - again click 'Animate'

7 Copy some new JSON into 'JSON Data' ('Detailed_2') and 'Animate'


Step By Step Guide: Why did the chart not completely animate out? Due to the function of the "DataSetID"

If two JSON files have the same "DataSetID" the animation of the column chart and the pie chart will behave like this.

1 At 5:54 the video starts to look at the "DataSetID" functionality. First looking at different section values but the same ID.

2 At 6:22 the video then changes from "DATA SET A" to "DATA SET B".
The values of the sections are also changed, however, the tiltle is left the same.
When the chart is animated the plinth and title (including background reamin), however, the pie chart animates out and back in with the new values for the second data set.