We are excited to announce the release of Grapher 12. Introduced in 1986, Grapher is a leading competitor in graphing software. Designed for scientists, engineers, and business professionals, Grapher converts data from a variety of file formats into more than 70 fully customizable graph types. Practically every component of Grapher’s plot is customizable allowing anyone to quickly and easily create publication-quality graphs.
“Grapher really is one of the easiest graphing programs to use,” says Grapher Product Manager, Sabrina Pearson. “Every aspect of the graph can be customized, and you can quickly make changes so your graph meets your expectations.”
The most popular new features in Grapher 12 are three new graph types: function plot where X is a function of Y, ternary bubble plot, and horizontal box-whisker plot. The new iteration of the software allows users to create 2D or 3D function plots in the form of X = F(Y) to create straight vertical lines or any function where the X value is the independent variable. The ternary bubble plot adds a fourth variable to the ternary plot by using bubble size or bubble color, and statistical data is displayed with either horizontal or vertical box-whisker plots.
|Include vertical lines to highlight important information with the new X function plots!||Display bubbles of varying sizes on your ternary diagrams to add additional details.|
Grapher 12 also features new grouped bar charts. This highly requested feature allows users to group bar charts and arrange the groups either adjacent to or overlapping one another. Now different sub-groups of the main category can be clearly displayed. Check out the Iowa Caucus Results blog to see this in action.
Group multiple stacked bar charts adjacent to each other to quickly compare options.
Plot legend improvements are another in demand enhancement. You can now move legend labels and titles anywhere on the page with a simple command, flip the order of the entries in a legend, display legend entries only for visible plots, and change the order of legend entries via automated script. “I personally think the enhanced legend options are exciting because they result in significant time savings for Grapher users,” notes Pearson.
Additional features include enhancements updated icons and dialogs in the user interface, new and improved import and export formats, added flexibility for date/time formats including a new date/time format builder and the automatic recognition of the Windows country/language and date/time settings, and Worksheet command enhancements including faster querying speeds and expanded copy/paste controls.
When asked about the most interesting uses of Grapher, Pearson replied, “I’m always impressed how a simple line/scatter plot can represent everything from oil viscosity to amount of light seen through a human iris to daily temperature readings. This graph type represents so many different things to different people.”
Image courtesy of Igor Yashayaev of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Grapher’s lead developer, Paul Weissler, was asked about the overall development process, and he replied, “With the internal processes and procedures we have in place, and the support of an excellent team, Grapher 12’s development went very smooth. We were able to avoid undesirable surprises and any obstacles encountered were quickly overcome.”