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Highcharts review by Hussein S.
Hussein S.
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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 Craig N.
Craig N.
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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.

What Data Visualization solution do you use?

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Highcharts review by User in Graphic Design
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 Krzysztof H.
Krzysztof H.
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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 Paulo C.
Paulo C.
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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 Shilpashree P.
Shilpashree P.
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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.

Highcharts review by User in Computer Software
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"A timeseries walks into a bar .. graph."

What do you like best?

I love the sheer power Highcharts affords to the implementing developer. With a vast amount of configuration, you can create any standard data visualization one could think of (or be directed to do) and in those instances where the vanilla offering of Highcharts (or Highstock) does not suffice, the library is extensible so you can write a custom plugin to do exactly what you want. Not only is the system extensible, but it's pretty easy to hook into the library internals to do some really fancy things on the plot or chart area. Furthermore, because it's SVG based you get a lot of cool performance and functionality benefits, one thing to mention is per-element eventing, so interactivity is enhanced.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the learning curve going from novice Highcharts user to advanced Highcharts user. A lot of the knowledge about higher orders of functionality that is possible using Highcharts is squirreled away in one of many StackOverflow posts or in an obscure blog post linked somewhere on the 10th page of search results.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your due diligence. If you have no need for interactivity or pure SVG charting, then you could use another library. However, Highcharts does non-interactive just as well, so there's really no need to look at different libraries. Just sayin'

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

We needed an efficient, developer-friendly way of implementing data visualization of timeseries data from dynamic sources. Furthermore, there was an explicit customer need for interactivity with these visualizations.

Highcharts review by Administrator in Defense & Space
Administrator in Defense & Space
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"Excellent library for plotting charts."

What do you like best?

The number of charts you're able to plot using this library is overwhelming. Ranging from normal line graph to 3D scatter graph, you'll never run out of reasons not to use this library.

The usage is fairly simple. List down all your values and throw them into any predefined graph you like and the library will take care of everything. Furthermore, it's highly customizable with multiple demos for you to look through and learn from.

What do you dislike?

The documentation is confusing, at least for me. You do have to click and open up multiple webpages to view the configuration of a single type of graph as some graphs have configurations that other graphs are using.

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

We were doing a sales-based site where we have to display sales for the past few days/weeks/months for customers to visualize the trend for that period of time.

Highcharts review by Ivan P.
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"Good looking, easy to use"

What do you like best?

It's free for non-commercial use and it has plethora of chart types. Charts are interactive and looks nice. I also like possibility to export charts to different formats. Feature that I find very useful is possibility to drilldown in details.

What do you dislike?

From technical side - we really need official support of HighCharts on AngularJS. One more thing that I want to mention is that I find it a bit pricey for single developer use, but I guess that's just me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

HighCharts are written in JavaScript and are easy to use. Since I first time used HC they added tons of things and new chart types, so that's clear sign that they have plans for future and that they are improving their product constantly. There are lots of charting systems out there but HC is my favorite since I first time used it. I did tried other charting systems, some of them are good, some are OK, but when someone asks me for my favorite, I always recommend HC. I also always mention that there is no official support for use in AngularJS but there are some unofficial solutions that work fine.

This is my personal experience with HighCharts as I only used it in several private, non-commercial projects.

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

I mainly solve UI and UX problems. Highcharts have all that I need out of the box (I used it for personal, non-commercial projects only), all I need to do is to forward data to it and it works which cuts down development time tremendously.

Highcharts review by McCourt C.
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"Highcharts - Really Easy Javascript & Json Based CHarting"

What do you like best?

Easy of config.

It's as simple as a script reference in your HTML and then you start building.

The api and examples are very good.

JSON chart config is both familiar and standards based.

The range of charts is awesome and the ability to draw custom charts and overlays works really well.

What do you dislike?

Some of the nested config is a little confusing at times and could be done better imo.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It by far the easiest and quickest to setup above all other JS charting libraries.

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

Rapid prototyping for clients is helping us both win new contracts and add value to existing one's.

We managed to reproduce over 40 legacy Jasper Reports based charts in under a month. Including the custom decorators we had developed in Java for Jasper. Obviously there is not need to extend Higjcharts in the same way as it's all built right in.

Highcharts review by Iain N.
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"Highchairs makes professional looking charts easy on webpages for anyone"

What do you like best?

How the javascript APIs make good looking charts easy and are well maintained, unlike many competitors. Additionally, thoughtful visual effects and animations are great to easily show your website viewer that the data being presented is there yet is elegant and not distracting.

What do you dislike?

The maps product could use more development for routes and adding simple markers, as compared to the robustness of the stocks and chart libraries. Additionally, the library sometimes becomes frustrating when you need to add custom interactivity not covered directly in the API and have to figure out somewhat how it works under the hood.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to test the loading performance and how you're embedding the charts. If you're pulling down a lot of data be careful about when the charts are rendered and scroll. This advice goes for any library, but be careful to consider you're running on a webpage, even though highcharts is quite performant, and perhaps consider turning off or delaying the initial animation.

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

It's been really easy to drop in to my current websites, but I wish the javascript runtime had more of a wizard-like interface for API calls that I need to make. One added benefit of using the library as a commercial product is how the examples are really rich. Using APIs with poor examples really can be frustrating, especially on a deadline and it's great that the examples are this extensive.

Highcharts review by Brett J.
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"Beautiful charts, perfect for financial applications"

What do you like best?

Hands down, I like its beauty the best. These charts give professional financial platforms a serious run for their money.

Highcharts is also highly performant. It can take large amounts of data without failing or slowing down the browser.

What do you dislike?

The documentation is confusing, and I often spent hours working on tiny little features that would not work while introducing new bugs. It's not always clear how to get Highcharts do what you want it to do and you can often run into really unexpected behavior. This is the point where good documentation would come in handy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look around. Highcharts, although beautiful, leaves a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to configuration. Kendo Charts isn't as snazzy looking, but is a little better when it comes to configuration.

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

This solves the problem of having a readily available charting platform to use without having to roll our own.

We've benefitted from having a charting platform that compliments our UI without much modification.

Highcharts review by Abraam F.
Abraam F.
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"Highcharts for Data visualization "

What do you like best?

Bubble Chart for 3 dimensions data analysis. I used this chart to show the relation between 3 variables and it was amazing. In addition, it can be used to show many variable in one chart.

What do you dislike?

I hope to have advanced statistical modeling

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very useful for analytics people who want to measure and add KPIs to their organizations. You can make custom dashboards with different kinds of charts and add required illustrations.

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

I built many dashboard to measure performance and reporting marketing activities. I used pie chart, vertical & horizontal bars, bubble charts and time series.

Highcharts review by Luiz Gonzaga d.
Luiz Gonzaga d.
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"Great and alive chart lib"

What do you like best?

Great documentation, filled with live examples and also quite well written. Charts perform really well too

What do you dislike?

It's a bit heavy on the page load but considering what the lib does it is understandable... But maybe some customized build would be lovely (i.e.: targenting browser with newer features and javascript implementations)

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can pay for it (or if you're an open source project) go for it!

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

We are implementing several dynamic charts with different kinds of purpose and many instances on a single webpage

Highcharts review by User in Marketing and Advertising
User in Marketing and Advertising
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"High Charts for Analytic Reporting"

What do you like best?

It is extremely easy to get up and running with Highcharts. Their API is incredibly easy to use and their documentation is very straight forward. The examples they provide are more than enough to dive in with both feet.

What do you dislike?

When you need to customize certain graphs the documentation can sometimes be a bit lacking. This is remedied almost always by finding posts online (like StackOverflow) and jsFiddles.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before attempting to roll your own javascript charts with something like D3,I highly recommend looking to see if Highcharts can fulfill your need.

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

Displaying our analytic data in an easy to understand way to our users.

Highcharts review by Calvin K.
Calvin K.
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"works very well"

What do you like best?

the design and mobility of the product and compared to other Javascript charts, it is much more dynamic than others

What do you dislike?

no much, it works very well for our use and is good for our needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

maybe have more detail in the implementing of big data.

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

it shows us the trends of stocks in different industries.

Highcharts review by Yidi K.
Yidi K.
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"highcharts review"

What do you like best?

responsive design. Amazing browser support from legacy browsers to cutting-edge browsers. clean and concise API

What do you dislike?

new versions often does not compatible with older version without deprecation warning

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

visulization

Highcharts review by Isaac Z.
Isaac Z.
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"Highcharts, Your Charts"

What do you like best?

1. easy API.

2. Pure JS.

3. Support plugins.

4. make charts is good looking.

What do you dislike?

1. Do not support 3D charts.

2. Rendering speed slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

See I liked.

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

Data visualization

Highcharts review by User
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"Beautiful Design, fulfills all my requirements "

What do you like best?

The application overall is very user friendly, it's very easy to use and produces great results.

What do you dislike?

Can be a little buggy and slow at times.

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

Great for visualizing large amounts of data

Highcharts review by User in Capital Markets
User in Capital Markets
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"Great for most client-side charting needs"

What do you like best?

Best all-around JavaScript charting package that I've used. It is cross-browser and no Flash required. It has enough of an API to make it a solid solution for real-time charting. For 90% of charting use cases, it does the job well and is very reliable.

What do you dislike?

Charting options are a little limited, and it can be a little slow with very large data sets.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A solid charting package, definitely worth the commercial price

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