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The Visualization World

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Data visualization is about how to present your data, to the right people, at the right time, in order to enable them to gain insights most effectively. Here is a list of best Data Visualization tools available for the job.

 

Plotly
Plotly’s a great way to make visuals and share them with other people. You can design not only charts, but dashboards and presentations, too. Plotly offers libraries and toolboxes for R, Python, Matlab and Javascript.

 

Google Charts

Google Charts renders charts in HTML5/SVG to provide cross-browser compatibility and cross-platform portability to iPhones and Android. It also includes VML for supporting older IE versions. It offers a decent number of charts which covers the most commonly used chart types like bar, area, pie and gauges. It is flexible and user friendly. You can view this gallery to get an idea of various charts and the type of interactions to expect.

 

Datawrapper 

Datawrapper is an online tool for making interactive charts. Once you upload the data from CSV file or paste it directly into the field, Datawrapper will generate a bar, line or any other related visualization. Many reporters and news organizations use Datawrapper to embed live charts into their articles. It is very easy to use and produces effective graphics. 

 

ChartBlocks 

ChartBlocks is another online chart builder that is well designed and allows you to build basic charts very quickly. It has a limited number of chart types, but that will not be a problem as most common chart types are covered. It allows you to pull in data from multiple external sources like spreadsheets and databases. After you have made the chart, you can either export it via SVG or PNG, embed it in your website or share it on social media.

 

Tableau
Tableau Public is perhaps the most popular visualization tool which supports a wide variety of charts, graphs, maps and other graphics. It is a completely free tool and the charts you make with it can be easily embedded in any web page. They have a nice gallery which displays visualizations created via Tableau.

 

Cube
If you are comfortable with MongoDB, Node and D3, you’ll appreciate Square’s Cube system for deriving metrics from time-stamped data. It’ is primarily used for adding real-time visualizations of aggregate metrics to dashboards.

 

Gliffy
Business managers prefer Gliffy for its simple flowcharts, org charts and wireframe models. This is where it truly shines compared to other free data visualization tools. It runs on HTML5, which means it is fast and ideal for mobile/social projects.

 

PowerBI
PowerBI is Microsoft’s suite of data visualization tools. You can start with a free trial if you want to play around with it.