Create advanced graphs and charts inside Indesign
We really need a good and advanced tool for creating graphs and charts inside InDesign. A tool where we can edit what the X and Y axis contain and the ability to custom design of every part of the graph/chart. Maybe also make it work and link with illustrator, because the Illustrator graphs and charts tools REALLY needs updating. It's like these features have been completely neglected for years.
I use DeltaGraph for graphs, then export to then import into InDesign. What is a better way? I need the graphs for classroom lessons (bar, pie graphs). DeltaGraph is getting out of date. I looked at Numbers -- does not do graphs for page layout. What to do? I do not use Illustrator at all. Does Illustrator have graph design? Is it complicated? DeltaGraph is very easy!
I would love it if InDesign had a simple graph feature. It would be fine if it wasn't as robust as one in Illustrator, but it would really help with page design. Especially when you just need something simple.
Lindsey Thomas Martin commented
As noted by Neat, support for improving the feature in Illustrator (Improve Graph / Chart tool) is growing and Adobe's engineers have been asking questions. I would suggest supporting the request for improvement in Illustrator or for a stand-alone app on that forum rather than pushing its inclusion in InDesign. With the improvements requested, linking and updating in InDesign wil be much easier.
Momentum seems to be picking up for this over on the Illustrator feature request forum; there's conversation about whether to include it as part of Illustrator or whether it's better to make it a standalone app.
Frankly, I'm a fan of the latter. Charting is a complex enough arena that it could easily encompass an entire program. I think folding it into another program (whether Illustrator or InDesign) leaves it vulnerable to neglect in favor of core features, which is why we've gone years without any updates to the current Illustrator functionality.