Best graphing software?
- I need your recommendations for good graphing software (GraphPad, Prism,
SigmaPlot, Stata, whatever) for the PC platform. I want software that will
allow successful transfer of its graphics to Powerpoint for further
manipulation for a slideshow or a figure in a publication.
Up until now I have used Excel, then pasted the graphics into Powerpoint for
taking apart and cleaning up. This approach worked well in Office 2003, but
in Office 2007 and 2010 you get various kinds of corruption when you ungroup
the graphics. For this and other reasons I kept Office 2003 along with 2007,
but now my institution is moving to the Windows 2007 platform and the IT
people can't or won't get a license to keep supporting Office 2003. In any
case, I can't go on using 2003 forever, and Excel is pretty basic even in
the 2007 version. So I am turning my back on the Excel+Powerpoint combo.
I have tried the OpenOffice equivalent of Powerpoint as a possible solution,
but I have found it to be quite klunky and too different from Powerpoint to
be worth persevering with. Also, I would have to copy slides into Powerpoint
for taking to conferences and workshops, and I found too many problems with
I have discovered that I can copy from Excel 2003 to Powerpoint 2007 with an
acceptably low level of problems. (If it worked going from Excel 2007 to
Powerpoint 2007, I wouldn't be sending this message.) I did it by
pasting-special into Powerpoint as an enhanced or Windows metafile, then
ungrouping. This finding gives me hope that other graphing packages will
produce graphics that don't get too corrupted when pasted into Powerpoint
2007. Can you please check whether your graphing package allows you to paste
into Powerpoint in this manner without turning the graph into a shambles
when it is ungrouped?
As always, I will post a summary. This one might also be worth writing up
as an in-brief item at Sportscience.
Will G Hopkins, PhD FACSM
Contact info: http://sportsci.org/will
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