to be boring, but not for all the time. Adding attractive form of visual appeal
to raw data can make it easily comprehensible and instantly understandable.
In the interest
1. Making your data
more user-friendly and
Not boring the
eyes out of anyone who sees your work, picking a trusty data visualization tool
is a must.
many tools available, it can be a boring task to select a right one, which is
best suited for your specific needs. On reading this article you will know which
factors to consider when choosing your perfect data visualization tool.
consists of over 90 charts and around 960+ maps which can serve the full range
of needs of developers and professional data visualization experts. There hardly
an issue over browser’s compatibility as it support all the way back to the old
is device/platform-agnostic and works easily with both JSON and XML data
FusionCharts is slightly heavier on the pocket as compared to some of the other
tools in this list, but before you decide to purchase it lets you to try all
the charts without any costs.
D3.js is the
most prominent data visualization library today. It often times, is
called as D3.
developers the ability to create even the most complex charts and graphs. It
uses open web technologies — HTML, SVG, and CSS — which is great if you care
about cross-platform support (because iOS/Android apps, desktop apps, web
browsers, and other such platforms can all run these web technologies).
D3 is designed for modern browsers. It won’t work with old browsers–anything
before IE9, and you might have browser compatibility issues. Another thing to
consider is that working with D3 will require you to invest some time into
learning the D3 API. However, once you learn how to use it, D3 can be an
insanely powerful data visualization tool.
D3 is an open
source project. Be sure to check out this gallery of D3 examples.
the tools tested, Charted has one of the simplest and cleanest user interfaces
amongst all the charting tools. It’s extremely easy to use as well. All you
have to do is upload a CSV file, or a Google Sheets link, and it’ll present the
generated chart in front of you. Additionally, it refreshes your chart every 30
minutes, so your chart’s data source remains fairly up-to-date.
Charted service is available free of cost, and if you would like to run it on
your own web server, its source code is also freely available.
Public is another tool that is much capable, easy to use, and also free. A
full- fledged tool with a large cluster of maps, graphs, and charts, it is a
firm favorite for the non-developer audience.
version of Tableau comes with a big footer attachment of Tableau branding in
your generated charts; may be it will be OK for non-commercial customers, but
if you aren’t or do not like that, you can get the cleaner, brand-free versions
of the same charts by purchasing it.
has a charting library that is easy-to-use and provides very elegant charts and
graphs. It allows advanced user-interactions like panning, zooming, resizing,
switching a data series on and off, and more.
Flot has a
wide range of other user-created plugins available from the community for
everything, from new plot types to advanced labels.
Charts is user-friendly and compatible with all browsers and platforms. It
covers a wide range of data visualization types — from simple line and bar
graphs to complex hierarchical tree maps — making Google charts suitable for
almost any project.
big name in the data visualization domain is Highcharts that offers you a wide range
of charts and maps to select. They offer many plugins that allow you to
experience all of its powerful features without needing to deal with
is free for non-commercial purposes.
got to give a look at Chartist, if you’re moving from Excel and looking for
something that doesn’t seem so old-school. It is created like all good products
and out of frustration with the status bar, it includes a large array of charts
that are responsive, animated, and rendered beautifully.
other bloated apps, Chartist is a small JS library weighing in at 10kb with no
dependencies. And yes, it’s also free.