Google Charts are a Great Way to Go in Most Cases
April 24, 2014

Google Charts are a Great Way to Go in Most Cases

Gerald Irish | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction

  • The visualizations you can create with Google Charts are attractive and clean
  • Google Charts' interactive elements are intuitive for end users
  • Customizing the output of Google Charts is easy
  • The Google Charts API is well documented
  • There are multiple methods of providing data to Google Charts
  • On occasion Google Charts are slow to load
I've only used Flot for javascript visualization and Google Charts is the richer and more mature plugin. There are a couple of other javascript visualization plugins I may try next time I need such a product because of the aforementioned drawback of having to send data to Google servers before it is rendered.
Google Charts are free, work pretty well, and is expanding in features so for some applications it's a no brainer
Google Charts are great for visualizing public data but organizations should be aware that their data is getting sent to Google so sensitive data is best left out of Google Charts, or at the very least, sent without data labels and relabeled on the client side. Google Charts is straight forward enough that it could be a valuable tool internally and in some ways is easier to implement than some other hosted products like Microsoft PerformancePoint, though PerformancePoint is more powerful.

A downside is that because the data is getting sent to Google servers to get rendered, large data sets probably won't work very well.