About Datylon

From data to change. Supercharge your communications with captivating chart designs and boost your dataviz workflow and create engaging charts to make an impact with data. Create and share beautiful charts with the Datylon online chart maker or the Datylon plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. Full design freedom, no coding skills required. Datylon believe that carefully designed charts are essential to make an impact with data. Datylon gives you a chart design tool with powerful styling properties equal to none. Datylon for Illustrator gives you the ease and comfort of staying in Illustrator for your entire workflow.


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13 Reviews of Datylon

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.54 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

3.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.0

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October 2021

See-ming from SML Universe Limited

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

October 2021

Game Changer for making charts in Adobe Illustrator

I am mostly using Datylon to visualize analytics data about games, to be used inside data reports and also as part of marketing materials to communicate the results to our users. I used to have to pre-visualize this in some type of charting software and then redraw everything in Illustrator to make them presentable (given our poorly the native chart implementation is). So I jumped on to Datylon after finding out about it! Making charts is no longer a pain after that.

Pros

Natively design charts using easy-to-use panels. Being able to import any CSVs and select the columns intended for different fields, together with a huge collection of charts, makes it easy to create charts that can be used for final delivery. What makes things extra nice is that the color palettes can use swatches directly from the Illustrator Swatch Library — so it means that it’s possible to set a global color in Illustrator and have it reflected in multiple places. This makes organizing and editing complex charts easier.

Cons

When the chart has many data points (e.g. scatter plot with thousands of values), performance can suffer a bit (both in the render and the UI). This might have to do with the UI not being native and so a lot of things are done behind the scene to render the advanced layout. It doesn’t affect most of the charts I create though so I’m still happy with it. But if this can be improved, I would use it on a lore more charts with complex visualizations.

Response from Datylon

Replied October 2021

Hi See-ming, Thanks for the extensive and useful feedback! Performance is important so do not hesitate to contact our support team via getsupport@datylon.com and send us some samples for benchmarking. It might help us to optimize the performance. The Datylon Team.

August 2021

Emily from New Frontier Data

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Market Research

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

August 2021

Great addition to Illustrator

Overall I love this plugin and will keep using it. Makes charts in Illustrator easier to create, easier to adjust and better looking overall,

Pros

Been looking for a better way to do charts/graphs in Illustrator - Datylon fits the bill. Easy to install as a plugin, great options for chart design and really easy to import/insert data. SOOOO much better than Illustrators outdated charts tool - easy to resize (yes!).

Cons

Downsides - because you can customize nearly everything, it takes quite a few clicks to style a simple chart. I wish I had more control over the default font (why can't I set my own?) and the way colors are handled with swatches takes a little getting used to. Only thing missing really is more heat map options - geographic heatmaps would be an amazing addition to this tool.

Reasons for Choosing Datylon

The other products were either too data analysis centric, or didn't have enough styling options. I use Datylon as a designer, not as an analyst, so I really care about ease of creation, ease of editing and the overall look.

Reasons for Switching to Datylon

B/C Illustrators inherit ability to create and edit charts is terrible and very outdated.

Response from Datylon

Replied August 2021

Hi Emily, Thanks for the review and the nice comments. Your suggestions for improvement are very valid. Although it might take a while to develop, we'll certainly put it on our roadmap! Kind Regards, The Datylon Team

August 2021

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

August 2021

a beginnings perspective

I'm still a beginner and learning every time. but I am glad that such a tool exists and recommend it to colleagues.

Pros

the ability to adjust data live and adjust the size afterwards.

Cons

if you make the data visualization you can't ungroup it to adjust something small that doesn't belong

Response from Datylon

Replied August 2021

Thanks for the review! The tool requires indeed a bit of a learning curve but we are working to improve on that. Please note it is possible to ungroup a Datylon chart. See this article in our Help Center: https://help.datylon.com/tutorials/ungroup-charts-in-illustrator And if you have other questions, do not hesitate to chat with us on our website or even book a session with one of our experts for more tips & tricks.

August 2021

Alexandros from Pop Com Studio

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Design

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

4.0

August 2021

Must have for data visualisation

Datylon saved my day with big report documents, obtaining excellent results; yet, the learning curve is steep and you have to be creative sometimes to get always what you want from your graphs.

Pros

Note: I’m a Datylon user in Adobe Illustrator environment. Datylon is great for big report projects: once you have set up your graph, you can apply it to several sets of data without any annoying “reset” issues from the Illustrator Graph tool.

Cons

The software lacks in consistency of features among the several graph types, especially the “Data label” feature, available only for Line graphs. I’ve been able to work this out by applying a Line graph w/data labels over Candle graphs, but it meant losing a lot of time in setting up both spreadsheets and Datylon graphs; some easy tweaks are not available (i.e.: in Data Labels, it will automatically delete leading zeros, even if the source data is set as text, and you can’t switch it off); in order to solve these issues, you need a good knowledge in both spreadsheet and Illustrator softwares.

Reasons for Choosing Datylon

Because of its integration with Adobe Illustrator, its graphic precision and customisation

Response from Datylon

Replied August 2021

Hi Alexandros, Great to read you classify us as a "must have". But we acknowledge there is always room for improvement. We do have data labels on all our charts. But we are eager to hear what does not work for you so we can fix it. Don't hesitate to contact us via chat on our website or via getsupport@datylon.com The Datylon Team

August 2021

Anneka from PRB

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Non-Profit Organization Management

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

August 2021

A powerful tool with a learning curve

Overall, Datylon has been a great tool for us to make static data visualizations for print products and the occasional web product as well. Once you understand how to import and format data and learn about all the customizable data options, it's not overly difficult to use and has a great variety of charts to choose from.

Pros

The best thing about Datylon is the incredible level of customization that is possible for every chart. It's great that you can manually adjust the size of a chart and the entire chart will automatically resize, it's easy to change colors, font sizing, data point positioning, labels, etc. Occasionally you get to a point where you need to expand the chart and manually adjust something, but if you put the time in, you can usually find an option to adjust almost anything in your chart.

Cons

There are a few things that could be improved. The first is the constant updates of Datylon that are not incredibly well communicated to users. My colleague and I often find that Datylon will stop working (usually the editor will not appear or function) and we realize that there has been an update that we need to install and then restart our computers to activate. Fewer updates and better communication would be appreciated. I would also love to see a choropleth option! I work for a company that deals with a lot of demographic data and we are often needing to make choropleths of the world or states/counties/regions within countries. Even just starting with a world option would be great. There is also a big learning curve for this software. For me, the first time I used Datylon it took me several hours to try and understand how to format the data. Importing was easy, but the data was not arranged correctly and I didn't understand how the binding worked or that I would need to adjust the highest numbers that the axes would reach. I think there is probably a way to improve this. More video tutorials would also be helpful.

Reasons for Switching to Datylon

Datylon is much more powerful and customizable than Illustrator's chart making software

Response from Datylon

Replied August 2021

Dear Anneke, Thanks for the nice review and constructive comments! Regarding the frequent updates, we are always (overly?) eager to release new features and some users are waiting on specific fixes, hence the frequent updates. But we'll keep it in mind. Regarding the communication, we send out service emails to all our users about the updates. So we need to investigate how to improve there. Feel free to contact us about that on getsupport@datylon.com. Ease of use and maps are definitely on our mid term roadmap. The Datylon Team.