Advice on graphics software for scientists

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Ishnu, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Ishnu macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2010
    I'm looking for suggestions on what graphics software would be the best fit for my research group. Our primary use will be creating charts and diagrams for publication. We would prefer something similar to Canvas, and simpler than Illustrator.

  2. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
    I highly recommend Illustrator. I've been using it for years to produce publication-quality scientific figures. Incorporating jpeg or tiff images is simple, aligning elements is straightforward, and .ai files are natively recognized by Acrobat, for submission-quality pdfs.
  3. flrazor macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2004
    Saint Paul, MN
    If simple charting is what you're looking for, I would recommend OmniGraffle. Great for flow charts and process diagrams, very simple drag & drop interface (though sometimes the formatting is a bit hard to locate until you know where to look). If you're looking for something more robust for generating technical drawings or schematics, Canvas isn't a bad way to go either.

    You can use the Print dialogue to get simple PDFs or export as postscript for later PDF creation, work closely with anyone who would eventually print anything for more specific info on output.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    If only it were so, .... ACDSee dropped development of Canvas for the Mac after Canvas X. Canvas 11 is Windows-only. If the company's website is any indication, then Canvas 11 is ACDSee's red-headed stepchild. I do not believe that we will ever see Canvas 12.
  5. unscriptable macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2008

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