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    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    Please share your thoughts on the following:

    1. Would it make sense to have a separate desktop app, just to create charts, and bring them inside Illustrator or InDesign? It may not be on cloud.

    2. Or would you rather have us work on building it within Illustrator?

    Thanks
    Yogesh

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    There's no doubt that d3 and javascript can be a steep learning curve. But the templates were born out of our graphics department and predominantly coded by our designers, myself included. They are created to get you 90% of the way there in terms of generating the chart and are self-contained in terms of being able to run them locally on your machine, so the data (excel spreadsheet) stays on the machine where the chart is being created. When the data is updated the chart automatically updates. We then use SVG crowbar to export the chat and open it in illustrator for minor tweaks. They are born out of a need for a flexible design tool to reliably generate charts. We've been asking Adobe to re-write the chart engine for illustrator and make it scriptable since 2003. They even paid us a visit back then when we showed them just how valuable this would be. But eventually gave up and created our own.

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    Scott Wallace, you might like to take a look at the FT Visual Vocabulary. https://github.com/ft-interactive/chart-doctor/tree/master/visual-vocabulary. This is backed by a series of d3 templates that allows publication in a series of styles depending on the publication medium (web, print, social etc)

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