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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> Graphing Software
Graphing Software      (July 2007)

Graphing software is used by students and professionals to plot both data and equations, including 2D and 3D images.

Review Results
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following application for your graphing needs:

  • DPGraph
    This program has been around for years and has been licensed to over 1,000,000 users. It's one of the most impressive, fastest graphing tools I've ever seen.

    DPGraph sells for $10, but major price reductions are available for site/group licenses.

Graphing Software Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from graphing software. Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they implement these features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.

  1. Ease of use
  2. Surfaces (color/font/texture)
  3. Plot from data or equations
  4. 2D/3D images
  5. Rotation
  6. Animation
  7. Visual options (colors, background, images)
  8. Equation entering aides

Candidate Programs
These are the programs included in this review.

FreewareCommercial
  1. 3D Graph Explorer
  2. 3D Grapher
  3. 3D-XplorMath
  4. Aepryus
  5. Analysis
  6. Archim
  7. DeadLine
  8. Equation Grapher
  9. EquationPotter
  10. FNGraph
  11. gbPlot
  12. gbData
  13. GRAPES
  14. GraphCalc
  15. Graphmatica
  16. Graphviz
  17. Graph Explorer
  18. Locus
  19. MathGV
  20. Plot3d
  21. RJS Graph
  22. WinPlot
  1. 2D3D Engineering Scientific Calculator $30
  2. 3D Graph Generator $40
  3. 3D Grapher $25
  4. 3D Math Explorer $45
  5. A&G Grapher $30
  6. Advanced Grapher $30
  7. Analyzer $15
  8. Autograph $165
  9. Complex Grapher $20
  10. DataFit $229
  11. Derive $81
  12. DPGraph $10
  13. DPlot $45
  14. Dr. Hanley's Science Graphs $995
  15. Equation Illustrator $30
  16. EqPlot $15
  17. FindGraph $50
  18. Function Grapher $35
  19. FX Graph $30
  20. Grapher $300
  21. Graphing Calculator $100
  22. GraphEq $60
  23. Graphis $280
  24. GraphSight $30
  25. IGOR Pro $550
  26. KaleidaGraph $200
  27. LiveMath $149
  28. MathCalc $24
  29. MathGrapher $29
  30. Math Studio $25
  31. MultyGraphiX $30
  32. Omnigraph $62
  33. Origin $700
  34. PSI-Plot $300
  35. SigmaPlot $700
  36. Visual Data $64
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other graphing programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.