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    Dear Netters,

    Thanks for all the responses regarding graphing software.
    Here is a compilation of the responses:

    >From Tue Sep 14 15:51 EDT 1993

    We have found that AXUM works great. We've tried a number of data graphics
    programs and found this to be the best for DOS machines.
    Good Luck,

    >From Wed Sep 15 00:20 EDT 1993

    I currently prepare my graphs in a variety of packages, depending on
    the nature of the graphics material. For functions of time, I have found
    that Draw Perfect (WordPerfect Presentations now) is excellent
    because you have excellent control over the fonts, line types and
    thickness, axes, etc. The one drawback of the version that I have (1.1)
    is that I cannot control the ticks on the X-axis. Perhaps this has been
    corrected in the later release. A great feature of this program is that
    you can design a template and then import a series of data from ASCII
    files to produce a number of similar graphs very quickly.

    For bar graphs and line graphs where SDs are important, I use
    CricketGraph. The latest information that I received from Borland
    International indicates that QuattroPro for Windows (latest release - I
    can't remember what number) is very good and has many built in
    statistical functions too (ANOVA, Covariance, Regression, etc.)

    I would be interested in hearing what others use too.


    Robert Neal, PhD

    Dear Paul,

    I use Sigmaplot for Windows with a Laserjet postscript printer to
    produce graphs which have been accepted by many journals. Unfortunately
    I haven't produced an article to accompany graphs which would be accepted
    by Journal of Biomechanics yet!

    Jandel Scientific supply the Sigmaplot software. [I can supply their
    address if you're interested.] I find the software very easy to use
    and is able to do everything I've asked of it.


    Michael Lee
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of Sydney


    >From Wed Sep 15 07:46 EDT 1993

    I am using Drawperfect (the graphic package by WordPerfect corp.),
    in a IBM compatible PC.

    I also found that the graphics program which comes with Microsoft
    Word for Windows is nice, and the graph capability of Microsoft EXcel
    are still nicer. However, I didn't find yet a program which is able
    to perform all what I need efficiently. For example, Drawperfect has
    a very good set of advanced commands for draawing, but is somewhat limited in
    the options for producing graphs. The contrary is true for Excel.

    Please, post a summary to the list. I think the topic is interesting
    for everybody.

    >From Tue Sep 14 21:08 EDT 1993


    I use Microsoft Excell to handle my data and produce the graphs. This is
    not as sophisticated as other packages but I already know how to use it.
    If I need to draw error bars on a graph then I use Sigma Plot. I wouldn't
    really recommend this as it is unnecessarily difficult to use.

    Peter Sinclair
    The University of Sydney

    >From ATRNH@ACVAX.INRE.ASU.EDU Wed Sep 15 18:50 EDT 1993


    My students and I use Quattro Pro for Windows on a PC for most of our graphs.
    We also use Origin (another Windows program) when more sophisticated graphs
    are required. Quattro Pro is fairly inexpensive (From CRISCO@BIOMED.MED.YALE.EDU Thu Sep 16 08:08 EDT 1993


    There are no standrads for JOB - as long as the grahs are clear, weel
    organized and acurate. Which software you choice is termed by what type of
    data you want to present (i.e. 2D, 3D, bar, etc.) and what type of computer
    you are using. We use Macs for our graphics output. If your interested I
    could describe which programs we use for which graphic outputs.

    Trey Crisco
    Yale Orthopaedic Research


    I use MATLAB on a macinotsh for graphing. It is quite nice.

    Bob Scheidt

    Biomedical Engineering
    Sensory Motor Performance Program
    Northwestern University