I downloaded a chart from the Government of Manitoba today and thought to check what software created it.
That’s a release from 2011/2012. It costs ~$20 per month per user… I wonder how many users they have. Hundreds? Thousands? Everyone? That’s a lot of taxpayers’ money going to waste when they could create PDFs just fine with LibreOffice, say, or a bunch of other applications in Debian GNU/Linux, like GNUmeric for $0 for as many users as they want.
I liked the LibreOffice output best, it was almost perfect. I had to rotate the Y-axis label 90Âº with Inkscape after exporting this SVG but printing as PDF worked directly.
I used GIMP to match the colours of the green columns but the red I chose randomly seemed close enough. I certainly don’t see any need to use M$’s OS or Adobe’s applications. Of course, they defined PDF… but taxpayers deserve better use of funds than paying above the market price for software. This exercise was done on Debian GNU/Linux operating system and included the necessary applications for one low price, $0.