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Software to plot high quality figures

  1. Aug 17, 2011 #1
    What are the softwares that people usually use to create high quality schematic figures (both in 2D and 3D) suitable for publication?
    For example Fig 1) in http://arxiv.org/abs/1105.1787
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  3. Aug 18, 2011 #2
    I use gnuplot to produce .eps figures. It's chief benefit is that it is free.
  4. Aug 18, 2011 #3
    Thanks for the reply. I have used it to plot data in both 2D and 3D. But can we draw schematic 3D figures using it, like in the reference quoted in my previous post?
  5. Aug 20, 2011 #4
    any more help would be greatly appreciated!
  6. Aug 20, 2011 #5
    You could aswell use: TikZ
    - Examples: http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/tag/3d/
    However that is not a drawing program :).

    If drawing is more your interest:
    2D-Vectordrawing: CorelDraw, Inkscape, Illustrator ( im pretty sure you could draw the simple 3d-picture of the paper you linked to in any of those aswell )
    3D-Modelling: Blender, Cinema4D, 3dsmax ...

    For graphs there are specialized tools aswell: Origin, SciDavis, Gnuplot
  7. Aug 21, 2011 #6
    thanks a lot!
    that was exactly what I was looking for
  8. Aug 21, 2011 #7
    So which of the programs mentioned do you use now?
  9. Aug 21, 2011 #8


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    We've used SigmaPlot, particularly for 3D surface plots, but it seems to be rather limited.

    I'd like to be able to look through the surfaces.

    We've also used Gnuplot, but it has limitations.

    There's also Ensight - http://www.ensight.com/ - but it's expensive, and Paraview - http://www.paraview.org/.
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  10. Aug 22, 2011 #9
    I have started looking at coreldraw and illustrator.
    By the way, some of the 'pseudo' 3d drawing can also be done with gimp, which is free.
  11. Aug 22, 2011 #10
    Inkscape is free too and does the same as coreldraw and illustrator
  12. Aug 23, 2011 #11
    inkscape looks really good too!
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