RStudio is Very Useful but Needs Improvements
December 23, 2021

RStudio is Very Useful but Needs Improvements

Paul Pulley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with RStudio

I use RStudio to manipulate, munge, analyze data for ad hoc projects, and create visualizations. [My main use for the platform] is for projects that are too big or slow for Excel.
  • good visual design environment
  • Allows you to quickly see your data set in tabular form
  • Manages package list/download well
  • When rendering a plot, there are several issues bringing it more smoothly to copy/paste it to a slide deck, etc. It is very frustrating that the aspect ratio, etc. visual quality is not consistent from when you originally render to when copy/paste or downloading as a file to later be put in a slide.
  • My resolution changes between laptop mode and desktop mode (plugging into external monitors). In desktop mode I literally have to shut RStudio down and restart/reload/rerun to continue my project. HOW DO I fix this? Is there a way. I've seen a toggle that says it can bounce back and forth depending on device type but it doesn't seem to work!
  • When a program hangs, there is a red stop sign ( I think) in console corner to end the process. This requires, however that I need to complete restart RStudio and restart/reload/rerun etc. Can't it just start but keep all packages, datasets, variables in memory?
  • Brings to light the data that cannot be managed/visualized by Excel. This helps decision making using data.
  • Learning curve in R is steep. Using Tidyverse packages is a HUGE help.
I understand the Jupyter notebook is supposed to be good like RStudio, and I've been exposed to it a little bit. But my experience using it has been very little.
I have not. I enjoy the free nature of RStudio and depend on StackOverflow and other websites for a resolution to issues.
I love open source because I like things being free and open to those who can develop and release packages that help the entire community.

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I like the user-friendliness and RStudio's ability to accommodate the use of R. For scenarios where it is less appropriate, see my comment above about rendering a plot to copy/paste to a slide deck, and the resolution that changes between laptop-mode and desktop mode. I can't figure out how to fix this! There is also the issue I mentioned above where when a program hangs, the red stop sign in the console process not only ends the process running, but also kills the whole RStudio program. [As a result], I need to completely restart and reload all the packages, variables, datasets, etc. into memory.

RStudio Feature Ratings

Connect to Multiple Data Sources
Extend Existing Data Sources
Automatic Data Format Detection
Interactive Data Analysis
Interactive Data Cleaning and Enrichment
Data Transformations
Multiple Model Development Languages and Tools
Not Rated
Single platform for multiple model development
Not Rated
Self-Service Model Delivery
Not Rated
Flexible Model Publishing Options
Not Rated
Security, Governance, and Cost Controls
Not Rated