AmCharts

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amCharts is a private proprietorship focusing on development on mostly developer-oriented programming tools for data visualization – charts and maps. Located in Vilnius, Lithuania, amCharts team consists of individuals living in Lithuania, Germany and United States.

amCharts is focusing all of the development around JavaScript and related technologies. As a cross-platform standard, JavaScript is supported by vast majority of devices and platforms – modern desktop and mobile browsers as well as legacy ones alike.[1]

History

The beginning of amCharts is in 2004, when Antanas Marcelionis, then working as a manager for a web development company, first created a version of interactive map which then became the first version of amMap – the predecessor of the current mapping product line.[2] Being a fan of maps and traveling, wanted to have a tool which would work like a pin-map for him. The product was created in his free time.

In 2006 Antanas left his job without any clear idea what he'll do next. With the help of some friends he deepened his programming knowledge (programming was only a hobby since he knew Basic on famous Sinclair ZX Spectrum). Doing a little of everything, he ended up creating a configurable Pie chart.It took several months to release first version of the pie chart as a product.

The first chart was featured in several articles and people started using it. After a couple of months line & area chart was introduced, and column and bar chart followed. amCharts started to gain popularity and recognition.[3]

Clients

The licensing and pricing structure allowed amCharts to cater to a wide majority of potential clients. Among those are Fortune 500 corporations like Chevron, Apple, AT&T, Verizon, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Comcast, Dow Chemical, Pfizer, Intel, Cisco Systems, major banks like J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, HSBC, government of the United States as well as organizations like NASA and various branches of military along small companies, web and application development houses and individual developers.

Dual-licensing approach

All amCharts products are available as a free download and as commercial version available for purchase. Free versions are fully functional. The only difference between their commercial counterparts is that they display a small branding link. The dual-licensing goes on par with amCharts philosophy of making their full-featured products available to everyone, even those who would not normally afford acquiring a commercial license.[4]

Products

Developer-oriented products

Developer products are mainly aimed at web and application developers, looking for a way to add data visualization capabilities to the products they are developing. These products require certain degree of knowledge of web technologies to implement.

The three products in this category is:

JavaScript charts

A programming library aimed at providing a quick way to visualize data using classic chart types like Pie, Donut, Line, Area, Column, Bar, XY, Scatter as well as more exotic types like Funnel, Bullet, Pyramid, Gauges and other.[5]

JavaScript stock chart

This product add an additional chart type – Stock Chart. It's a powerful chart type that is meant for displaying complex date/time-based data, such as financial. While it's primarily meant for displaying financial data, it can be used by any time-based data such as measuring equipment, statistics, etc. [6]

The unique features that set this product apart is the ability to draw data from multiple data sources and compare them, dynamic data point grouping, multiple / synced chart panels, charting events, period selectors, and many more.[7] [8]

JavaScript maps

JavaScript maps allows adding interactive maps to websites and applications with just a few lines of code. Out of the box it includes various versions of World maps as well as individual maps for around 100 countries.

Besides displaying simple geo-political boundaries, it also allows placing map markers, attaching rich-text descriptions to any map object, drawing lines, creating heat maps, etc. This allows JavaScript Maps to be used as a flexible engine for any map-like interface.[9]

End-user-oriented products and services

In 2014 amCharts started broadening its focus to non-developer users by introducing its Wordpress CMS plugin as well as Live Editor service.

Live editor

Live.amcharts.com is a free service that allows creating charts right there in the browser using live-edited or imported data. Users with no development knowledge whatsoever can create the charts using pre-defined chart templates, create their own, import data and publish their charts on the web, in other websites, Facebook or other publishing platforms.[10]

Wordpress plugin

This plugin adds charting capabilities to Wordpress – the most popular web publishing platform in the World. This plugin caters to both web developers and editors lacking programming knowledge. It can be used in two ways:

  • Developer/user creating chart items (posts) that can then be later inserted into the body of the page or post by any Wordpress user;
  • User can skip the process of the editing the chart in Wordpress and simply use the link from the Live Editor to directly embed the chart created there.>

The amCharts Wordpress plugin is available for free through Wordpress plugin repository.[11]

Competition

One of the major competitors in the market is FusionCharts, however this market is becoming more and more competitive as new players are coming in. There are many free as well as paid data visualisation tools avalable online [12], such as ZingChart and LucidChart.


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