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I am somewhat disappointed with Excel charts and short of building my own with a vector graphics too, is there something really awesome for charts?

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Just so we know what we're looking for in terms of demands, could you explain in what way Excel dissapointed you when it comes to building chards ? –  ldigas Mar 31 '10 at 19:50
    
What Operating System? –  Bobby Mar 31 '10 at 19:53
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The fact that he mentions Excel means he probably uses Windows. –  ldigas Apr 1 '10 at 0:59
    
I am good with Linux & Windows –  Konrads Apr 1 '10 at 17:19
    
Excel does not allow to customize in sufficient detail location of labels, styles of legend, etc. The basic pie/chart is agreeable –  Konrads Apr 1 '10 at 17:21

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Numbers (part of iWork of Apple) beats Excel graphs and pies hands down every day of the week.

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For high end stuff you can use gnuplot, R, or scilab. Will have a steep learning curve, but the end results are generally better for technical publications.

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gnuplot is actually better at plots, but for charts I'd go for Excel anyday. ... I haven't used R or scilab, so cal't judge those. –  ldigas Apr 1 '10 at 2:54
    
R is generally used for statistical analysis and the graphics to go with it. r-project.org Scilab is much similar to Mathematica. scilab.org –  spowers Apr 2 '10 at 3:17

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