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Optical diagrams, what program?

  1. Jul 7, 2012 #1
    First, I hope this is posted in the correct section, and i'm sorry if it isn't.

    I am looking to create diagrams of optical setups for a technical paper. My mentor recommended using Microsoft PowerPoint, but my diagrams don't compare to those in published papers. Is there a better program, or a 'standard' for authoring these diagrams?

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  3. Jul 7, 2012 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    You'd want to make the actual diagrams using a drawing tool set up for the purpose - there are a range: like dia. I don't know that dia has a ray optics plugin - I've always used a generic drawing program as for vector graphics or just the Gimp.
  4. Jul 7, 2012 #3

    Dr Transport

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    normally, the program you are using for the optical design has an option to do a 2-d layout for presentations/publications....
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