Highcharts

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Highcharts is a charting library written in pure JavaScript, offering intuitive, interactive charts to your web site or web application.

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Highcharts review by <span>Hussein S.</span>
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A very powerful and advanced JavaScript charting library

What do you like best?

Highcharts is very powerful and has a rich API, which is well documented and there are a lot of examples that you can play around. This makes the library very customizable. Some of its best features include the ability to create interactive charts, real-time charts and its extensive documentation.

Highcharts supports a wide variety of charts out of the box including maps (using the HighMaps add-on) and offers lots of customization to the developers so that any type of visualization can be created.

Although it is a JavaScript library, it can easily be used to create charts on the server.

What do you dislike?

Although it is free for non-commercial use, its license is quite expensive. Also, the extensive API can be confusing at first.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highcharts is very powerful. I would suggest reading the documentation and trying out the examples that are within the documentation. The JS Fiddle links are very useful because they allow you to change the options easily to test the library.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Highcharts allows us to produce rich and beautiful reports rapidly. As it is written in JavaScript, it is something that we already know, which makes it very easy for us to use.

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Highcharts review by <span>Craig N.</span>
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An easy to use, powerful, and versatile charting system

What do you like best?

Highcharts has a lot of things going for it, including being entirely written in javascript, which makes integrating with it a breeze, along with modifying anything as it is an open license. SInce it is written in javascript, it naturally compatible with almost any web browser, making it an excellent choice when you need to include charting capabilities on your site. Highcharts also has a wide variety of different charts, allowing you to expand your creativity with your site design.

What do you dislike?

HighCharts only has a few drawbacks, but they are easy to remedy. The main issue I find is that text tends to overlap the chart lines, making it hard to read, while looking a bit amateurish. It is also a bit difficult if you are using custom graphics, as support is pretty much non-existent.. Regardless of having a few problems, this is very pleasant to work with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a chance, and it will quickly become one of the first components you think of when designing any site.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am providing multiple features to my site, allowing people to easily understand and be drawn to the data that I am providing, while having the peace of mind that it will be compatible, regardless of the browser in use. I also have a wide range of capabilities, and can easily customize anything I need, as it is provided in an open-license. Highcharts also has a lot of documentation and examples on its site.

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Highcharts review by User in Graphic Design
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Highcharts is the best among a poor selection. It is an unsatisfactory implementation of a good idea

What do you like best?

The charts are nicely responsive. I can alter the data and other aspects on the fly -- no need to upload or embed again. Plays well with the rest of the website. Highcharts shows potential for future development.

What do you dislike?

For anything beyond the basic templates and slight variations on them, you have to write code. In today's world, this is not visual chart making -- it is coding with quick view of the results. Much coding is a waste of my time. I expect that it will be a long time before Highcharts catches up with the graphic design world's needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's the best among a poor selection. Be prepared to write an annoying amount of code.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Responsive charts. Changing on the fly. Easy interaction with the rest of the website. Everything else in Highcharts sacrifices quality or time for these aspects.

Highcharts review by <span>Krzysztof H.</span>
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The single most advanced JavaScript Library for Charts

What do you like best?

It's featured almost everywhere in commercial products. Tons of examples and documentation. Easy to customize to fit any kind of design.

I particularly like the export abilities, since writing them yourself often is out of questions if the charts are not the main feature of an app.

What do you dislike?

It's pricey. Angular bindings could use some work, but this might be a problem with Angular2 just being around the corner when I've last used it.

At first, I was under the impression that customer support was top notch, but recently I've found out that they aren't responding to questions on StackOverflow. It used to be standard practice for library devs, but now it's not that popular.

Examples are much more useful than documentation, so if you have problems first look there. Mixing the two (more interactive documentation) could be helpful for users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Head to examples page, most of the important features are there.

Also check out CSS styling in 5.x series as it looks promising compared to what I was using with 4.x.

It is also a little bit miscategorized here on g2crowd. It's a charting library, not business intelligence tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Implementing various types of charts and graphs. Fits perfectly for a dashboard and any kind of analytics apps.

Included it so far in:

- Google Analytics data drill down app

- Various sources analytics aggregation app

- Game based on stats from project management tools

- Cryptocurrency exchange

- Recruitment support tool

It's very versatile and easy to customize to fit most kind of layouts and color schemes.

Highcharts review by <span>Paulo C.</span>
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Beautiful graphics, very easy to use

What do you like best?

- Very easy to use

- Produces beautiful, interactive graphics

- Supports lots of customization options, but has sensible defaults for almost everything

- Lots of plugins available for pretty much anything.

- You can extend Highcharts with your own plugins.

- The developers are very friendly with user contributions

What do you dislike?

I really love Highcharts, there isn't much to dislike.

The only issue I've had is on 3D charts support - It could use some love from the developers.I've submitted a few patches for the larger issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need something which is not immediately available, look at the plugin section of their website -- There are lots of good stuff there.

If you are trying to create a non-standard or highly customized chart, D3 is also worth looking at - But using D3 requires much effort compared with Highcharts

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using it to visualize regressions in multiple dimensions, including error ranges.

Highcharts review by <span>Shilpashree P.</span>
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Great charts and easy to use

What do you like best?

easy to edit codes, real time chart generation

What do you dislike?

Huge fan of drill down charts, need more like that with different data fields

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Problems:

In our organization, pictures and images carry a huge value and creating graphs was time consuming prior to high charts

Huge benefit of using this tool is that - we are able to generate chart, graphs on the fly and often the editing or updating is equally easy too. By far, his tool has been extremely helpful in gathering requirements.

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