HTML5 and JS Based Visualization Library, CanvasJS Upgrades – Is Retina Ready and Supports IE6+

CanvasJS, the HTML5 & JavaScript based Data Visualization library that runs across devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, Desktops etc has launched V1.3 of the product. The new upgrade is a significant improvement and is retina ready (HI-DPI Device Support ) and also supports IE6+ versions.

CanvasJS: HTML5 Interactive Charts
CanvasJS: HTML5 Interactive Charts

Why support IE6+ versions?

Developer Sunil Urs shares some of the key learnings:

Though Version 1.0 worked on all modern devices, it did not support IE8 and below. During the development of v1.0 it did not make much sense to support IE8- given that the user base is very less and the effort level required was high. But after the launch I have come to realize that many companies still prefer to support IE7 & 8 users. Given that CanvasJS is an enterprise product meant to be used by its developers, I decided to support IE8-.

As of now, the library has received around 9000 downloads and has got a few paying customers as well. The team claims that CanvasJS is 10x faster than SVG & Flash based Solutions even when rendering 10,000 data-points and above.

Interestingly, FusionCharts today announced that it will not be supporting Flash anymore.

“Eleven years ago, a charting component was born. Its name was FusionCharts and it was written in Adobe Flash (then Macromedia Flash). Flash was a pretty cool technology back then but now that we’re in 2013, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye.

While we introduced our JavaScript (HTML5) version back in 2010 itself, we kept working on our Flash version alongside, spending equal time and effort on it, for two reasons. Firstly, we wanted to make sure that users could access the chart even on smartphones that didn’t have modern browsers – these browsers didn’t support HTML5 back then but supported Flash alright. Secondly, we had over 20,000 organizations and half a million developers using our products and not all of them could make the transition overnight. They shouldn’t have to. But that should’t keep them from having the latest in charting. So we worked on both the JavaScript (HTML5) and Flash versions simultaneously for 3 long years.

But today, an overwhelming majority of smartphones have modern browsers and most of our customers have made the transition. It is time to leave legacy issues behind and break through the shackles. It is time to say our final goodbye to Flash.

Goodbye Flash — thanks for everything you have done for us. Hello JavaScript — we have things to do and places to go.”

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