Infoactive garnered considerable attention from the visualization community as a result of its highly successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised $55,109 (more that quadrupling its $12,000 target) from 1,448 backers. The promotional video clip is shown below.
I was one of those backers, which granted me early access to the Infoactive beta program.What follows are my impressions of the tool after a few hours experimenting with it.
At the outset, it's important to stress that at the time of writing Infoactive is in beta. I did encounter several problems that made working with the tool difficult. So, if you're expecting to start using Infoactive and be immediately productive then you're going to be somewhat disappointed.
With that out of the way let's focus on what you can do with Infoactive. The tool is very easy to use. A panel on the left-hand side of the page holds a palette of graphical elements that you can drag-and-drop onto your infographic canvas.
Two features that distinguish Infoactive from its rivals are
- Connect to live data sources: you can provide the URL of a public Google Drive spreadsheet to serve as your data source. If the data changes then so too does the Infographic connected to it.
- Infographics created with Infoactive are interactive: this includes filtering and details on mouse-over events.
DataTwo types of data source can be used: public Google Drive spreadsheets or CSV files uploaded to Infoactive. You can specify multiple data sources for each infographic, with each chart connected to a specific source. An editor is provided that allows you to modify cell values in each data source.
ChartsSeveral chart types are provided:
- Line and area charts
- Horizontal and vertical column charts
- Pie and donut charts