The user interface:
Very very easy, you fill in your data and automatically makes a chart. This chart you can adjust the way you want (next to the huge ammount of already existing examples).
Tutorials / Instructions:
useful / helpful : 5
clear : 5
quick and easy to understand : 5
What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)
Title; Great UX and value proposition, some customization options are limited
What do you like best?
It just works. Publishing graphical data sets in the past was tedious (many steps to create a "portable" chart, exporting, uploading, inserting, adjusting, etc) and static (in a way that would not adapt gracefully to different screen sizes and resolutions, such as large Retina monitor versus a smartphone). However, Google Charts removes all these frictions and creates beautiful, transportable charts that look good everywhere. Also, if you need to modify the underlying data, it is made easy and straightforward.
What do you dislike?
Some advanced options that are available in desktop productivity suites have deeper options to customize almost any parameter of the chart. In particular, I miss the ability to change the attributes of a single data point (like setting a different market color, size, and/or shape). I normally do this when I want to highlight a particular section of the data.
Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)
What would/could a designer use this tool for?
Make it more easy to make charts, and apply them on your website, get easy an html example of the charts.
Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?
[For instance – you don’t have to pay for it, but it’s keeping track of your surf behaviour, and pushing advertising towards you, is it then free
Please add any additional comments below:
It's nice, but Illustrator is still the better way to make charts.
*As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*
Marleen van Zalm, 11/09/2017