Business Objects has released a free, lightweight version of its spreadsheet visualization software Crystal Xcelsius. Called CX NOW, it’s a Windows desktop application that connects with Excel, Powerpoint and Word to offer an interface for creating dynamic graphs and charts based on spreadsheet data.
A good way to start is to goto DataPig Technologies - Xcelsius. They've got videos tips and tricks, like how to create your own maps.
Crystal Xcelsius also has some tips and templates: Password protections, CX-templates, Xcelsius - Best Practices, Show cases, 2. I just found Xcelsius online Help + Discussion Forum