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Why not just insert images? Edit

In many cases an image with the graphics is enough and easier to produce. With data visualization scripts the graphics are generated or changed dynamically, when the user clicks a button for example. In this analysis we will compare some selected data visualization tools. The main purpose is to select tools to be used in the launch of the Portuguese, Spanish and French Ranking in April 2010.


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What to analyse when choosing a data visualization solution: Edit

Results Edit

  • Price: (Year for non-commercial purposes)
  • Freedom: Free for all, free for non-commercial, non-free
  • Easy to use: All computer users, webbies, programmers
  • Documentation: Are their clear manuals, and documented examples for all features?
  • Type of graphics: Bar, line, pie-chart, time-line, others...
  • Accuracy: How reliable is the tool?
  • Flexibility: Size, colours, fonts, number of elements
  • Browser compatibility: Check for IE7+, Firefox2+, Safari/Chrome and Opera

Technology Edit

  • Output: SVG, Canvas, VML, flash, html, html tables, images, imagemaps ...
  • Input: html, xml, json, JavaScript, csv, Excel...
  • Needs server side scripts?: Php, Java, Pearl, Python... We are just looking at scripts that don't need server scripting
  • Depends on external servers?: Very important. If it depends the display of the graphics will depend on the longevity of the company/product and speed will depend on their servers.
  • License: Proprietary, MIT, GPL...

Screenshots Edit

Do they look good? Do they fit in GP design?

Other links Edit

  • Link to main website
  • Link to demos


Solutions Edit

Template (name & link here) Edit

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  • Price:
  • Freedom:
  • Easy to use:
  • Documentation:
  • Type of graphics:
  • Accuracy:
  • Flexibility:
  • Browser compatibility:

Technology Edit

  • Output:
  • Input:
  • Needs server side scripts?:
  • Depends on external servers?:
  • License:

Other links Edit

  • Website
  • Demo

jQuery Visualize Edit

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Results Edit

  • Price: 0€
  • Freedom: Free for all uses
  • Easy to use: Webbie
  • Documentation: Ok
  • Type of graphics: Bar, area, line, pie
  • Accuracy:
  • Flexibility: Quite configurable
  • Browser compatibility: IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox 2, Firefox 3.5, Safari 3 and 4, Opera 9.

Technology Edit

  • Output: Canvas, VML in IE
  • Input: Html table on the page
  • Needs server side scripts?: No
  • Depends on external servers?: No
  • License: MIT

Other links Edit

Highcharts Edit

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And more...

Results Edit

  • Price: Free for non-commercial, except governmental organizations
  • Freedom: You can redistribute in non-commercial packages, you can't change
  • Easy to use: Webbie
  • Documentation: Ok
  • Type of graphics: Many types
  • Accuracy:
  • Flexibility:
  • Browser compatibility: All modern browsers, incl IE

Technology Edit

  • Output: Canvas, VML
  • Input: Javascript
  • Needs server side scripts?: No
  • Depends on external servers?: No
  • License: Proprietary

Other links Edit


jqPlot Edit

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Results Edit

  • Price: 0€
  • Freedom: Free for all uses
  • Easy to use: Webbie (you have to study the manual to configure new graphics). Modifying the model is more or less easy
  • Documentation: OK
  • Type of graphics: Line, pie, bar and other
  • Accuracy:
  • Flexibility: Quite configurable, many models and variations
  • Browser compatibility: IE 6, IE 7, IE 8, Firefox, Safari, and Opera

Technology Edit

  • Output: Canvas and VML
  • Input: Javascript
  • Needs server side scripts?: No
  • Depends on external servers?: No
  • License: MIT and GPL

Important: Plug-ins can extend it's functionality.

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Fusioncharts Edit

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And more...

Results Edit

  • Price: Free
  • Freedom: Free for all
  • Easy to use: Webbie
  • Documentation: Example based
  • Type of graphics: Many bar, line, area, stacked, combination, funel and gant charts
  • Accuracy:
  • Flexibility:
  • Browser compatibility: Any browser with flash

Technology Edit

  • Output: Flash
  • Input: XML
  • Needs server side scripts?: No
  • Depends on external servers?: No
  • License: MIT + GPL

Other links Edit


Google API based Edit

Some apps to help you create Google Charts:

Screenshots Edit

Results Edit

  • Price: Free
  • Freedom: Use as it is for all purposes
  • Easy to use: Usually all computer users
  • Documentation: Ok,
  • Type of graphics: Line charts, Bar charts, Pie charts Updated, Venn diagrams, Scatter plots, Radar charts, Maps, Google-o-meters, QR codes
  • Accuracy:
  • Flexibility: Good, but resolution limited to 300.000px
  • Browser compatibility: Excellent PNG files

Technology Edit

  • Output: PNG image
  • Input: Data in online form
  • Needs server side scripts?: No
  • Depends on external servers?: Yes, Google Chart API
  • License: Google TOS
  • Note: Images can be made interactive trough image maps and javascript. Easy to do with bar charts

Other links Edit