In recent years, more and more people started using infographics on blogs and websites related to completely different subjects. Experienced webmasters and marketers understood that the picture is much louder than words.
Infographics are a visualization of the data, or (more simply) – the art to convey the statistics, information, data and knowledge with graphics.
Three important things you should know about the infographics:
- More than 45% of users click on the link, if it leads to the infographic
- 30% of users share this infographics even if it does not carry important information
- Visual information is more informative for our brain than any other kind of information.
In this article, we would like to present you 10 tools, created to make the process of data visualization easier and more comfortable:
Creately allows you to create charts and diagrams of more than 50 types. No registration required for demo version. The paid version is available for $ 75 and has some additional features (e.g. to use the program without internet connection, to synchronize your diagrams on various devices etc.).
Tableau Public is a free online analytical tool to create diagrams and infographics. The service allows you to import data from MS Excel, MS Access, various text formats and server databases.
Visual materials, created in Tableau can be shared in social networks or downloaded to your computer. What is important – the user must save created image to Tableau server and only then, he/she can download the picture to the local drive.
There is also a premium version for organizations and enterprises, which provides the ability to restrict access to created materials.
OmniGraffle program is designed to create charts and diagrams, mobile prototypes and web interfaces. There are more than 30 templates, sorted by tabs, allowing you to immediately find the group you need to start your work. Also able to work in a Blank mode, i.e. without templates.
The standard version is available for $ 99, and the advanced version – for $ 199. In addition, the 14-day trial period is available for free. The program works for Mac OS only.
Piktochart is positioned as a simple and convenient tool for creating images.
Registration is easy – you just need to fill in a few fields. After registration, you will be asked to choose your Piktochart version:
- free (limited number of templates, unlimited creations, full editor functions, access to all icons and images, built-in social sharing buttons)
- $ 15 monthly (all templates, image upload limit 100 mb + all the features available in free version);
- $ 25 monthly (all templates, image upload limit 400 mb, pdf exports, piktochart watermark removal, integrated export platforms + all the features available in free version.
Pros of this tool: templates, training videos, and the ability to save infographics as HTML.
Easel.ly is a free online service to create infographics. To get started, you will be asked to register, however, you can create your project without registration and save it with a screenshot.
When registered, you can set up the picture mode and:
- specify a public or private viewing;
- download image in JPEG format;,
- view full size in a browser window;
- put image into a blog referring to the publication in the service.
In Easel.ly you can work with a template, and also in a blank more. All saved works are displayed in user’s personal account. The service also allows you to edit an existing project.
Picmonkey Editor allows you to edit the image, change the background, add the the desired elements to image, make collage artwork on Facebook and more. The creators of the service oriented it to users who do not have design skills.
The user can save the processed image to the computer with the possibility of changing the size and save the result as JPEG. Created image can be easily shared through social networks.
PicMonkey editor is free, however, there are several commercial functions.
Infogr.am is a free online service for creating charts, graphs and maps with the ability to upload videos and photos. The number of templates – 31.
The principle of operation: the data for the future infographics is entered into a special table to form the project. You can then save the image on Infogr.am site, take the code to post it to your blog or share through social networks.
The paid version with some additional features is also available.
ShareAsImage is a service to superimpose text on any image, including personal photos, and change the image with fill effects, gradient, change the background. The user can also change the font size and color.
Sisense position themselves as a solution to prepare, analyze, visualize and share any kind of data. Pricing plans start at $ 50 per month. Free trial version is also available.
Bime is good for being a cross-platform solution.The platform also allows you to interact with a wide range of data sources, such as Excel, Google Analytics, and any other databases. Both paid and free trial versions are available. The pricing for the base plan is $ 600 per month per team, the advanced plan is $ 800 per month per team.
There are plenty of other tools for you to visualize you data and share it with your prospective customers. We tried to collect 10 solutions with different functionality and both free and paid.
Please, share with us your insights on using visual data for your business.