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I was searching for some graphing, charting and data visualization libraries and I thought it might be helpful to share my finds and my favorite. Enjoy!
High Charts – Best looking, easiest to use and by far has the most features. The downside… it’s also the most expensive. A developer license will run you around $400 and an unlimited developer license is $3,600. They also have a stock ticker version. Nice stuff and my first choice if you can afford it.
jqPlot – is the best freeware, open source library out there in my opinion. It allows you to customize the colors and axis labels and has support for bar, scatter, bubble, pie and area graphs. It’s not as easy to use but it will get the job done if need be.
InfoVis – provides tools for creating Interactive Data Visualizations for the Web. Freeware.
Visualization Free – an easy-to-use, no software download Web-based charting and visualization application. Not for commercial use.
Timeline – Interactive widget for visualizing temporal data. Freeware.
MilkChart – This library will generate a graph similar to Microsoft Excel. Freeware.
Canvas 3D Graph – this is the only 3D graphing software I could find. Freeware.
TufteGraph – make graphs using jQuery. Configuration is by dynamic functions, allowing for a really compact API (very few options). Non-core layout is done via CSS rather than code. Freeware.
MooChart – is a mooTools plugin to draw bubble graphs on the canvas.
Protovis – Protovis composes custom views of data with bars and dots. Protovis defines marks through dynamic properties that encode data, allowing inheritance, scales and layouts to simplify construction. Freeware.
Google Charts – not exactly perfect but sometimes the KIS (keep it simple) rule works best.
Protochart – open source library using Prototype and Canvas to create good looking charts. This library is highly motivated by Flot, Flotr and PlotKit libraries.