Plot.ly Launches Public Beta for Graphing and Analytics Platform

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New Startup Offers Powerful, Intuitive Site for Analyzing Data and Creating Beautiful Graphs With Others

Plotly, an online graphing and analytics startup, has launched a public beta (https://plot.ly). Plotly allows users to collaboratively analyze and beautifully visualize data. In short, Plotly has created a delightful product for collaboratively accessing the power of scientific computing.

The beta has been enthusiastically adopted and reviewed, already amassing 23K Facebook Likes, and 12K users for a 5-star rated Chrome App. The Beta is free, and Plotly will always have a free version available.

One Place to Analyze Data, Create Beautiful Graphs, and Collaborate

Plotly is different for two reasons. First, it allows users to import, analyze, visualize and share data. Normally, this process would happen offline, requiring different software tools, files, and emails to share the results. Using Plotly, users can do it all in one place, and all online. Second, Plotly allows users to share files and graphs to edit together. And, Plotly always pairs data and graphs so others can run their own analysis of a data set or suggest additions to the owner. That means anyone can analyze, code, visualize, and collaborate entirely online, entirely in Plotly.

Flexible, Powerful, and Intuitive

To get started, users can analyze demo data, copy and paste data, or import files from their computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive. With a few keystrokes, you can can apply custom functions, statistical tests, fits, and more. Then it’s easy to make bar charts, scatter plots, histograms, and more, controlling colors, fonts, and everything about the graph. Plotly also offers Python in the browser for styling and data analysis. Graph in hand, users can share to Facebook or Twitter, share with others to collaborate, download and export graphs, or embed interactive graphs in other websites.

Uses in Technical Computing, Education, and More

Plotly compliments their online platform with plotting libraries for Python, R, MATLAB, Perl, Julia, Arduino, and REST (https://plot.ly/api). Users can stream data to Plotly with these tools. Plotly “Apps for Education” are on Edmodo and Google Chrome. Plotly.js is a Javascript library for creating dashboards (https://plot.ly/developers).

Positive Reviews from NASA Affiliates and Washington Post Writers

Professor Carl Brandon of Vermont Technical College said “Plotly was key for getting NASA approval to launch a CubeSat for space exploration.” Dr. Michael Frank, a 2011 Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching notes: “I am using the Plotly Chrome App to teach high school students how scientists really analyze and present data.” And Dylan Matthews, a Columnist at The Washington Post says: “Plotly is my absolute favorite way to communicate data and complex ideas to my readers.”

Plotly was called “revolutionary” and “game-changing” by venture capitalists, and featured in “startup row” at PyCon 2013. This week, Plotly was positively reviewed by Computer World (“Beauty and brains: Plotly combines dataviz and serious statistical analysis”) and the Arduino Blog (“Create Interactive Graphs Logging Arduino Data With Plotly”).

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