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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Create Great Infographics Using 10 Free Tools

Many people out there blog and write net articles as a hobby or as a profession. There are many topics which are covered on the internet. These include health and fitness, food and beverages, travel and lifestyle and soon. Whatever the category or topic is, you always need something like a picture or a video to enhance your write up’s readability. However, if you are writing on subjects like finance, economics or social media, you will need something more than pictures and videos. These topics involve a lot of statistics and nothing expresses statistics like an infographic. Apart from this, an infographic also add a fun touch to your write up, drawing more readers to your site. Furthermore, you can create your very own infographic to get your idea across in its truest form. However, to do this, you need tools and here, we will talk about 10 of the best free tools which can help you create your very own infographics. Let’s start one by one.

1. OmniGraffle:

We all know that the devil is in the details, and if details are what you’re looking for, the OmniGraffle is the tool for you. It is a desktop software which is highly user friendly and customizable. It also has a lot of downloadable extensions which can make your experience all the richer. However, there is a downside to using this tool. It is available for the Macbook only.

2. Tableau:

Tableau is a free offline tool which is available for Windows only. You can create many interactive visualizations using this tool such as Venn diagrams, heat maps, pie charts, graphs and so on.


3. Balsamiq:

Balsamiq is a wire framing tool can be used to create mobile as well as web interface diagrams. You can use its free web demo version which is enough if you are looking to create simple diagrams.

4. Piktochart:

This is, by far, one of the most popular infographic creating tools on the internet. It is a web based tool which has half a dozen free themes which help you create simple diagrams. Piktochart offers versatile customization which can help you control the quality and format of the images you create. However, the free version creates images with a small watermark at the bottom.

5. Infogr.am:

Infogr.am allows you to create infographics with real time data. It is free and web based. It offers 31 chart options which are cool, fun and trendy. Infogr.am also allows you to use your own images and videos. It also allows you to embed your creation on your own website or upload it on their site.

6. Easel.ly:

This one is a free web based tool that specializes in ‘storytelling’. With great visual themes and a nice user interface, this tool allows you to create eye catching visualizations. You can also upload your own images and control their quality.

7. Visual.ly:

Visual.ly is one of the few tools which is integrated with social networks, thus enabling the user to use data from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Another unique feature of Visual.ly is the market place, where users can connect with other users to gain creative inspiration. This tool, however, does not offer customization.

8. Present.me:

This is a unique tool which allows you to create interesting slide shows where you can add videos of yourself explaining the slides. This might be the best tool for long distance presentations.

9. TimelineJS:

As the same suggests, this tool helps you create timelines with the help of social media platforms. You can also use this tool to present information chronologically.

10. Many Eyes:

This tool, created by IBM, allows you to have discussions on visualizations. This flexible and versatile tool also allows you to display structured as well as unstructured data effectively. 

Author Bio: Wes is a web designer who is in charge of all the infographic in his SEO Company India. He feels that infographics are powerful tools which help you get your idea across.
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