Why FusionCharts Free?

How many times have you Googled for a free charting component, found one, downloaded it and deployed it only to find out that the “free” charts have watermarks all over the place, which are visible from light years away? While we agree that people are free to choose whatever meaning of “free” suits them best, we do not believe in wrongly exploiting the meaning of this word. And going by that, we would like to state that FusionCharts Free is not your regular “free” charting component. It is what it claims to be…original, no-gimmick, FREE flash charts – no watermarks, no 30-day trial periods, no right-click context menus talking about FusionCharts, only neat and crisp charts intended to impress your audience.

So, why should you use FusionCharts Free? They say the best things in life are free. Lately, Adobe Flash charts have been spreading like Paris Hilton videos on the web (P.S. we are only talking about her music videos). A lot of big and small companies have been using Flash charts to deliver eye catching and snazzy graphics out of boring data tables. So why do you want to feel like outcasts? At FusionCharts, we want you to be a part of this band wagon and relish the fluid beauty of Flash charts.

Now, if you are a research/individual/commercial user and need to use charts in your application or website but would rather spend your hard-earned moolah on other really important stuff, we at FusionCharts totally understand and appreciate that. We offer you 22 fully functional, animated and interactive charts which you can deploy in your applications the way you like. It offers most of the features that you would normally need.

Additionally, to help you integrate FusionCharts with your scripting language, we offer you XML building APIs and Chart Inclusion APIs. XML Building APIs are currently available for PHP and allow you to build the XML data for the charts even if you know nothing about XML. Chart Inclusion APIs are exactly what the name suggests – they allow you to easily include FusionCharts in your pages, without having to worry about HTML or JavaScript codes. Chart Inclusion APIs are currently available for ASP.NET (VB.NET and C#), ASP, PHP and Ruby on Rails. All of these are explained elaborately with enough code samples and examples in our documentation ensuring that you never face any integration issues. In case you do, you can always post your queries in the Online Forum – there’s a wonderful bunch of helpful people out there; or email it to us – right after we are done with the paid-version support, we are ready to sort out the world for you.

If you want other users like you to be able to take advantage of FusionCharts Free, you can always post a small link some where in your website/product. And if you are really happy with it, write entire blog posts or articles about how you used FusionCharts Free and how it changed your life, or your product’s at least. And then please do send us a link to the article – it’s really heartwarming to read them. Or even better, drop us an email at support@fusioncharts.com if you want us to feature an entire case study on it – don’t worry, we will help you write it if you are not genetically inclined to do so. And we can post the same on our website thus sending in some really good and meaningful traffic to your site.

If you are an ISV, FusionCharts Free can also be redistributed with your free or commercial software, irrespective of whether they are open-source or closed-source. All we ask for is a link to the FusionCharts website from either your product or relevant documentation and that you let your users know FusionCharts is copyrighted by InfoSoft Global.

If the features in free version satisfy your requirements, you end up spending zilch for your charting requirements. But if you need advanced options like gradients, 3D lighting (shadow, blur effect, glow effect and bevel), export as image functionality, custom animations, in-built debuggers, more chart types, enhanced AJAX support, data-driven flash maps, loading into other Flash movies, personalized implementation support etc., then you will have to go for the paid version. A comparison chart between FusionCharts v3 and FusionCharts Free can be found here.

All in all, our aim with FusionCharts Free is to throw boring lifeless data out of the window and convert them into exciting, easy to grasp charts, no matter who you are and where you want to use them. We hope to re-define “Free Flash charts”.

  • anonymous web developer January 25, 2009, 5:14 am

    We’ve been using FusionCharts Free for many months now and I am extremely pleased with them. You’ve made a very good product. The charts are easy to use, automating the building of them wasn’t difficult at all.
    The charts are easy to look at and configure. And they are free.
    Just like you say, most “free” stuff comes with a catch, but not FusionCharts Free.
    Thank you for your hard work and your contribution to a better world.
    It will sound cheesy when I say it, but you should be proud of what you’ve created here. I hope you are. I appreciate the product immensely.
    Sincerely,
    web developer

  • Nathan Owen September 5, 2009, 4:48 pm

    Just a little utility made specifically for Fusion Charts, if you want to convert CSV files into Fusion Chart XML files, you can download it from here: http://www.mad-monkey.co.uk/cgi-bin/default.pl?21,parsecsv.exe

  • d November 6, 2009, 9:12 pm

    Very nice product. In my opinion documentation to be improved a bit.
    Appreciate your good work..

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