A good chart can take an elusive concept and clarify it in a visually appealing manner.Â This ingenious XKCD strip uses a pie chart, a bar chart and a recursive scatter plot, to demonstrate the concept ofÂ self description.
Whether you need a simple line chart, anÂ interactive Geo Map
or a complexÂ Motion Chart
, Google can help you add live charts to your web page using ourÂ Chart
andÂ Visualization APIs
. Both of these APIs are free and simple to use, however they each have distinct advantages:
1. The Chart API
providesÂ Image Charts
which are rendered by a Google chart server in response to a simple URL request. Image Charts are fast to render and can be easily emailed and printed. In addition to the extensiveÂ gallery of charts
, this server now also providesÂ dynamic icons
,Â QR codes
, andÂ math formulas
2. The Visualization API
providesÂ Interactive charts
, this tool can also read live data from a variety of data sources such as Oracle PL/SQL or Google spreadsheets.
We have discovered that developers occasionally need some help in navigating between the many options and distinct advantages of Image Charts and Interactive Charts, and therefore decided to bring the two APIs under one new framework which we call theÂ “Google Chart Tools“
. We’ve accordingly renamed the APIs toImage Charts API
andÂ Interactive Charts API
and created a simpleÂ side-by-side comparison page
which you might find useful in choosing which chart tool is better for you.
Image Chart: Oceans of the world
Interactive Chart: Oceans of the world