Charts for every use!
September 16, 2014

Charts for every use!

Nicole Markee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

It's actually called "visualizations" now - "charts" is an older product.

Modules Used

  • charts: tree, bar, column, line, pie, radar, histogram; tables

Overall Satisfaction with Google Charts

We are using it for an internal dashboard product. We display sales, inventory, profit & loss labor management data using various charts and tables. Development is very rapid, and virtually no training is necessary for our dashboard - these are the problems that were solved.
  • Very quick to develop charts and graphs. Jquery, javascript, AJAX all of it works.
  • Sortable tables, again, very easy to develop
  • Can handle a ton of data - I've brought in every item for at an entire store sorted by department and section into a tree map - works great.
  • It's impossible to freeze a column in a table. You can freeze the header titles, but not the leftmost column. If you have a very wide table, this is a problem.
  • You cannot put NA in a cell if it's a number - this is a big problem that I had to solve with CSS by making a certain range of numbers have the same cell background and font so that it would appear blank. This is not a great solution, but it's more accurate than a zero
  • Cells cannot be sized as small as I would like - the minimum is something like 26px wide and 20px tall. I can't imagine why this is.
  • GD,GIFGraph,ImageMajik
The basic configuration will take you a very long way. Rolling your own charts with GD and GIFGraph is very very cumbersome.
It's the best solution available right now, and we are pretty dependent on it.
I'm not really sure where it wouldn't work - if you're trying to display data, there's probably an option for the way you'd like to do it. No data is sent back to Google - it's all right in the users browser, so that's not an issue for anybody.