Simply put, Excel’s data graphic capabilities are among the best ever, and that’s the problem. There are too many choices and options which often blur the end result behind a wall of sophisticated but convoluted color and lines. If simple graphs are what you need you need Graph Builder.
Data In, Graph Out
The fact that Graph Builder exists in an age ruled by Microsoft’s Excel is nothing short of remarkable because charts and graphs are instant in most spreadsheets. Drop in some numbers and the graph practically builds itself.
Graph Builder isn’t exactly bare bones, either. It’s merely easy to setup and use. Options abound, including plenty of 1D, 2D, and 2D graphs in bar, column, line, area, pie, scatter, 3D perspective scatter, surface and trajectory, semi-log, x-log, log-log, and many more.
As if that’s not enough to catch your attention, Graph Builder can handle maps, employs a variety of visual skins, and can handle just about any data source you have, including web import.
Click and hover over a data point to display the value. Click on a curve segment in the graph to see an interpolated value, or click within a pie or bar chart wedge to view the amplitude.
Wait. There’s more.
There’s also Graph IDE for iPad, and it works much the same way (though with fingers, not a trackpad or mouse).
Much of what you can do with Graph Builder on the Mac can be done with Graph IDE for iPad.
Graph IDE is called an interactive design environment for visualizing and analyzing information.