Datawrapper is a simple open source tool that allows any user to create embeddable charts in a few minutes. 

A simple open source tool that allows any user to create embeddable charts in a few minutes. 

A simple open source tool that allows any user to create embeddable charts in a few minutes. 

WHAT IT'S BEST FOR

  • Making interactive charts, easy enough for a total novice to use.
  • User-friendly functionality, for example, when entering data you can choose to prepend any symbol to your numbers (dollar sign and so on) as well as append characters like "%" or "M." And, when visualising, there's a one-click "transpose the data" option to change how data are grouped into series.
  • Changing the chart embed code's width and height actually alters the size of your chart preview in real time, which helps you decide whether a certain size makes visual sense.
  • You can also choose to "highlight" one specific data point if the purpose of your visualisation is to spotlight a specific number.
  • With some of the paid for options you can also have in-chart annotations. 

WHERE IT FALLS DOWN 

  • The free version is fairly limited to just five chart types, bar, column, donut, line and pie charts (unless you pay for a subscription or the custom service).
  • With the free version, you also will need to download manually and upload charts yourself to a blog or website.
  • Datawrapper offers a few different options for colours and data grouping, but overall there's not much customisation available if you’re not proficient in editing the code yourself.
  • The free service has a few usability bugs – such as timing out issues and lack of English help advice. 

COSTS* 

Datawrapper basic: free

Datawrapper single: 12 euros for 30 days

Datawrapper team: 100 euros per month

Datawrapper also offer a bespoke service, Datawrapper Pro, which allows organisations to request fully customised designs and features for a custom fee. 

* Costs are correct at time of publication. Please always refer to original website for current pricing.

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