More infographic software

May 25, 2012  |  Online Applications  |  Kim Rees

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Recently there's been a spate of infographic tools popping up (e.g., easel.ly, venngage, and infogr.am). Okay, I'm not sure if 3 qualifies as a spate, but it sure seemed like a lot in a short period of time. I gave Infogr.am a whirl, and it appears to be the front runner in terms of capabilities. Unlike easel.ly, you can *actually input data* into your infographic! What a novel concept. Venngage was hit and miss in terms of it accepting the data I entered. Infogr.am also has a bug in that you can't have the number 0 in your data. Go figure.

I took Nathan's data for Rambo kill counts and used a bit of it for my example image. These are the number of kills in the various Rambo movies where Rambo was wearing a shirt, wasn't wearing a shirt, and the sum of both. You can check out the live version to see it in all its animated glory. Unfortunately, you can't change how ginormous everything is.

Like the other tools, it lets you select from a few templates to get you started. It also lets you create just an animated chart if you don't want to go the full infographic route. Right now there are only 5 chart types (including one very odd frog chart), but they've been very actively updating the tool in the last couple of days.

It's still a bit buggy, but worth keeping in your bookmarks for future reference if you're a beginner or non-programmer.

[via infosthetics]

6 Comments

  • Fascinating: Rambo killed only one bad guy in First Blood? I dislike that I had to go to the data table to find out if Rambo had his shirt on or off for that single first kill.

  • Can’t use infogr.am as you can only sign in with Facebook or Twitter, it seems.

  • upe vantonni June 2, 2012 at 6:49 am

    can anything from these sites be exported as a jpg or png? something that can be put into print? or is it web only?

  • John John Wilson, The Cerebral Maniac August 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Is there any decent OFFLINE tool dedicated to infographics? I’m sick of webware and all the “share your brilliant infographics with the WORLD!!1″ buzz. I just want to make some graphically decent infographics that feature very specific themes that don’t appeal to broad audience; I don’t wanna share it with a bunch of people I don’t know. Non-dedicated monsters like Photoshop don’t work for me either: their charting tools are way too lame.

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