Data is one of those plays a major role in research, presentations, and of course discussions (specifically when they convert into arguments) but it is the representations of data which turns actually affect the outcome. In order to put in simple words, collecting data is a different one and to present it to others is totally different. Nevertheless, Google wants to help you with its own idea, using its newly-launched data visualization tool named Data GIF Maker. Here are the details.
Google’s New Lab launched a new tool for making basic data GIF’s today. However, the Data GIF Maker is most probably geared up towards journalists, though, is a new animation tool to help your breathe life into Data, particularly allows users to set their desired parameters and effortlessly transform them into data visuals. Other ways Google wants to be the Giphy for turning boring data into awesome animated illustrations – sort of. – into cool GIFs.
Other than news reporters, anybody can use Data GIF Maker to make some halfway interesting visuals based on all kinds of data. But don’t get much excited off yet. Not only does it take of manual work to make these GIFs, the tool isn’t flexible either. While this isn’t some GIF-centric version of the Google Data Studio, rather, you can use it only to compare stats about two different topics over time (Trumph/Hillary, iPhone/Android, Samsung/Apple, etc.). It’s not going to instantly turn your next TED talk into a classic, either.
As the name itself suggests, it lets users have any data and represent it in the form of animated GIFs which make it somewhat easier for others to interpret and also takes away the dullness and boringness of looking at them. Google data editor Simon Rogers says the company behind it built the app to make it easier for journalists to rely on data when telling stories, but virtually anyone can benefit from using the tool.
The team says it typically resorts to the Google GIF Maker for visualizing competing search interest, Rogers explains the tool leaves opportunities for much wider application – including representing “polling numbers, sales figures, movie ratings” and so on. To get started, you simply need to follow these steps or instructions you care about, below:
1. Just visit the Data GIF Maker website from here: https://datagifmaker.withgoogle.com/
2. Enter two data points along with the texts. Select colors for each data entry. Add explanatory text.
3. Choose names for the points of comparison in question. For that, click on “Launch Comparisons” button to see the preview or “Download as GIF” button to download it either low or high resolution.
One thing Google unfortunately overlooked is the ability to select how the data displayed has changed over time, which in other words means, you will often have to add that additional information separately – in captions, for example. Still, hopefully this feature lands in future iterations of the app.
Using the Data GIF Maker is fairly straightforward. The tool supports up to five comparisons at a given point of time. And the tool is free to use, worth mentioning that it is a pretty basic data visualization tool. It does not offer much customization and advanced options like what we saw with Google Data Studio unveiled last year.
Finally, the GIF Maker supports only two data points which means if you have a complex data or any other data with more than two data points, you will not be able to make use of it. Surely that Google expected to release some more features to the tool in the future but for the time being, you can get your hands on the source link to check out the tool and create your own data GIFs like the one shown below.
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