ChartGo is an online chart building tool that lets users create and download functional charts. The application provides users with a number of simple customization options. The user can choose from bar, pie, line or area charts and toggle between 2D and 3D dimensions. Size settings provide greater control along with vertical and horizontal orientation. Users can customize their chart with a unique title, sub title and titles for X and Y elements. An “Examples” link on the ChartGo homepage helps users discover the various layouts available to them when using the application. After creating a chart, the user can download it to their desktop. ChartGo also provides links to share the chart or embed it on a website or blog.
ChartGo’s creator, simply named “Leo,” came up with the idea in 2006 while working on projects that required the creation of numerous charts. The application was designed to make it much easier to create a functional chart for any purpose. The creator waited to make the application available online because he wasn’t sure if there would be any demand for this type of tool. So far ChartGo hasn’t received significant attention but it has helped many educators and students.
As far as chart builders go, ChartGo is relatively basic. Some users may appreciate that because it allows almost anyone to build a chart quickly. The application also provides users with a way to download or share charts online. None of these features are cutting edge or unique, but they are practical. The service may not offer any extravagant bells and whistles, but it gets the job done.
ChartGo is relatively easy to navigate but has a rather cumbersome feel to it. Users interested in a streamlined interface should look elsewhere. The application works using simple check boxes, drop down boxes and other basic data fields. The user is given access to all options on the homepage. The chart data entry form consist of three boxes, but might take some getting used to for users who are not accustomed to working with charts on a regular basis. The user must enter the data then generate the chart. It would be much more convenient to be able to actually see the chart in progress as the user makes changes.
ChartGo is a basic chart builder that keeps things as simple as possible. No registration is required for users to access the application’s features. The user can dive right into chart building by completing the form found at the center of the ChartGo homepage. The user must choose settings that determine the visual appearance of the chart, such as titles, size, orientation and dimension. The second portion of the form asks for the actual data. After submitting the form, the application generates the chart and shows it to the user with the option to download it, embed it or share it with a link.
ChartGo offers its services to all users at no cost. This is very appealing to users who need a budget-friendly way to build charts on a regular basis. The service doesn’t come with any fancy extras, and the user must work with a rather restrictive interface. ChartGo does what it is supposed to do, but nothing more. The free price is perfect considering the basic features offered by the application.
ChartGo is a great resource for anyone who needs to build charts regularly. Professionals who need a simple chart can put one together quickly while educators, students and non-profit organizations can present data without paying to do so. Individuals who need more detail and customization options may not find the application as appealing as those who need a straightforward, simple data display.