9 Free & Simple Tools to Help You in Data Visualization

03/07/2017
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Data visualization has become an integral part of your content strategy. Whether you’re writing a blog post, making a presentation, or working on a full-length report, using data is a must.

It helps enhance your views by making your writing more convincing. It helps provide support for your statements. When data is present in your content, it’s more credible and reliable.

Here, we’ve rounded up 9 best data visualization tools available on the web.

#1 Plotly

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Plotly is a great way to make visuals and share them with other people. It is a web-based data analysis and graphing tool. It supports a good collection of chart types with built-in social sharing features. You can make charts, presentations and dashboards with this flexible software.

You can perform your analysis using JavaScript, Python, R, Matlab, Jupyter or Excel, and there are several options for importing data.

Pricing

Free/ Subscription

#2 ChartBlocks

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ChartBlocks is an online chart builder that is well designed. It lets you build basic charts very quickly.

With its free version, you can make up to 30 charts, export the charts as PNG files (no vector graphics in this version), and get up to 5,000 monthly views.

It lets you pull in data from multiple external sources like spreadsheets and databases. And, you can export it via SVG or PNG, embed it in your website or share it on social media.

Pricing

Free/ Subscription

#3 Datawrapper

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Datawrapper is an online tool for making interactive charts. When you upload the data from CSV file or paste it directly into the field, it will generate a bar, line or any other related visualization.

Many reporters and news companies use Datawrapper to embed live charts into their articles. It is very easy to use and produces effective graphics. It’s also optimized for mobile devices.

Pricing

Free/ Subscription

#4 Tableau

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Tableau is the king of data visualization software. By connecting with other data tools like Excel, Tableau makes converting your raw data into stunning visuals really easy. It’s a powerful, sophisticated and expensive tool meant for companies that are working with lots of raw, big data all the time.

Pricing

Free Trial/ Subscription

#5 Dygraphs

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Dygraphs is an open-source JavaScript charting library for handling huge data sets. It’s fast, flexible and highly customizable that allows users to explore and interpret dense data sets. It works in all major browsers and has an active community.  Take a look at the example gallery to learn more about its capabilities.

Pricing

Free

#6 ZingChart

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ZingChart is a JavaScript charting library and feature-rich API set that lets you build interactive Flash or HTML5 charts. It gives you a full library of different types of charts, graphs, and maps that you can animate and use to create awesome visuals for your website and blog posts. It is flexible and adaptable in capabilities. All of their charts have a responsive design, and make sure that your charts will look great on any screen.

Pricing

Subscription (one-time fee)

#7 Tableau Public

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Tableau public is a popular data visualization tool that’s completely free. It is packed with graphs, charts, maps and more. Users can easily drag and drop data into the system and watch it update in real-time, plus they can team up with other team members for speedy project turnaround.

It is also optimized for tablets and mobile devices.  They have a nice gallery which displays visualizations created via Tableau.

Pricing

Free

#8 Timeline

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Timelines are a great way to display your data by looking at changes or events over time.  It helps you create beautiful timelines without writing any code. It is a free, open-source tool and makes easy to create slideshow-based timelines to embed on your website or blog.  It’s a very easy to follow a four-step process to create your timeline which is explained here.

Pricing

Free

#9 Infogram

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Infogram enables you to create both charts and Infographic online. Infographics are a great way to interpret your data in a visual and memorable story. You can use charts, graphs, maps, images, and icons to really spice up your data and make it visually appealing. If you have little to no design experience, Infogram is a great tool for you.

Pricing

Free/ Subscription

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