[OS X TeX] Re: plotting Software

Denis Chabot chabotd at globetrotter.net
Tue Mar 7 20:43:25 EST 2006


I used to make all my graphs with KaleidaGraph. I was a beta tester a  
couple of times, but became discouraged at how slowly my suggestions  
were taken (and the near absence of any progress at all) since they  
paused the Mac version to work on a Windows version. Progress has  
been slow or non-existent ever since. Happened to EndNote too, and to  
Panorama, two programs I used to like a lot (for references and  
databases, respectively). I pretty much dropped all three in recent  
years, but I still use KG occasionally.

I now do most of my plots in R (free, details already provided in  
previous posts to this thread). I also purchased Aabel. It has a lot  
of graphic types that KG does not have and that would take me a while  
to produce in R. It has a different "philosophy" but it is a rather  
nice program. And the company is responsive. I suggested a graph type  
it could not make, and within a couple of months was contacted for  
more details. The new graph type quickly became available in a free  
upgrade. Both R and Aabel produce pdf plots by default.

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