Chart and graph tools

Blender

A free download. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Chart Gizmo

Create charts and place them on a website.

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Chart Tool

Allows creation of several types of graphs and charts, which can be downloaded in .png, .jpg, .pdf  or .csv format. Fairly intuitive with several options for changing the look of the chart. One drawback: It doesn’t allow creation of summaries or drawing of arrows or other boxes on the chart canvas.

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Cacoo

An online tool for creating diagrams. It allow several people to work on the same document at once. Once a diagram is complete, it can be embedded, linked or saved as a .png file. Requires registration, but it’s free.

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FlyCharts

A free download, but not for commercial use.

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Freebase

 

An open creative commons that allows users to share data.

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FusionCharts

A free download.

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Gliffy

Allows creation of diagrams, flow charts and technical drawings.

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Google Public Data Explorer

Most useful for the data Google already has loaded. You can upload your own data, but it must be formatted in dataset publishing language. Google has a forum to help if you want to give it a go.

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Hohli

An easy online chart builder.

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Lovely charts

Allows creation of diagrams, flow charts, organizational charts and the like. Saves files in .jpg or .png format. Requires registration, but it’s free.

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Many Eyes

Part of IBM, Many Eyes offers tools for creating maps, charts and diagrams, and for analyzing text (word clouds and tag clouds, for example). It offers many examples of how to turn data into visual information. You can input data or upload it, but you will have to register first. (It’s free.)

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Open Flash Chart

A free download.

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StatPlanet

Create interactive maps and charts. Free downloads of map-making software and graph-making software. Also has a free download of software with statistical data about countries. The tools are powerful (and will require time to learn), but the charts can also become overly complicated if you aren’t careful.

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Tableau Public

A free download. Allows creation of interactive graphs and charts. ____________________________________________________________

Scribus

Open-source desktop publishing software roughly equivalent to InDesign or Quark. Works with Windows, Mac, Linux and other operating systems.

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Other resources

Data for dummies: 6 data analysis tools anyone can use

A useful list from GigaOM.

The 20 best tools for data visualization

A good list, but you’ll need some programming or web development skills to use most of these tools.

The top 20 data visualization tools

This includes many tools for those seriously interested in data visualization. Many require some coding ability.

 

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Doug Ward is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas.
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