Recommend scientific graphing packages for Windows and Mac?

David McCaskill mccaskil at mail.wsu.edu
Thu Sep 22 16:37:55 EST 1994

In article <pettsj-2209940743360001 at visigoth.demon.co.uk>,
pettsj at visigoth.demon.co.uk (James Petts) wrote:

> We are looking to more or less standardise on graphing package, mainly for
> biological data (enzyme assay results, ligand binding, cell proliferation
> etc.) and I was wondering what programs people would recommend. I have
> heard of FigP for windows, and DelteGraph Pro and Kaleidagraph for the
> Mac. Does anybody have any suggestions?

DeltaGraph Pro is the only graphing package that I know of that is
available for both the Mac and Windows. Unfortunately I think it tends to
emphasize flashy business type graphics at the expense of being able to
conveniently analyze scientific data (IMO). 

SigmaPlot is also available for both Windows and the Mac but they have
absolutely no cross-platform compatibility for exchanging files (sort of
defeats the purpose of using the same program on both platforms). Also,
Jandel seems to be letting the Mac version of SP die of neglect, they
haven't updated it in over 2 years, and it's riddled with bugs.

I don't know too much about PC graphing apps but I'm about to switch from
DeltaGraph to Kaleidagraph. I've looked at the demo of Igor Pro for the
Mac and although it looks very impressive it may be overkill for what you
need (and what I need).

David McCaskill                       mccaskil at mail.wsu.edu
Institute of Biological Chemistry
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

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