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GrapherTM Quick Start Guide 2D and 3D Graphing Software for Scientists, Engineers, and Business Professionals Golden Software, Inc.
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July 2014 Quick Start Guide Table of Contents Introduction to Grapher
A Note about the Documentation
Example Grapher Files
Line Scatter Plot.gpj
Floating Bar Chart.grf
Creating Graphs in the Plot Window
Example Script Files
Grapher User Interface
Changing the Window Layout
Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
Customizing the Keyboard
Customizing the Ribbon
Minimizing the Ribbon
Ribbon Bar Commands
Grapher.GPJ Project Files
Grapher.GRT Template Files
Use Caution when Saving Excel Files!
Retaining Excel Information
Contour Surface Plots
Creating Graphs with the Graphs Create Commands
Creating Graphs with the Graphs Create Commands in a Worksheet
Creating Graphs with the Graph Wizard
Creating Graphs from a Template File
To Create a Template
To Create a Plot From a Template
Script Recorder Exercise
Tutorial Lesson Overview
Using the Tutorial with the Demo Version
Lesson 1 - Viewing and Editing Data
Opening an Existing Data File
Calculating Statistics on the Data
Creating a New Data File
Saving the Data File
Lesson 2 - Creating a Graph
Lesson 3 - Modifying Plot Properties
Selecting the Line/Scatter Plot
Changing the Line/Scatter Plot Properties
Changing the Line Plot to a Scatter Plot
Displaying Plot Labels
Lesson 4 - Editing Axes
Selecting the Axis
Adding an Axis Title
Changing the Tick Mark Spacing
Changing the Tick Labels
ii Quick Start Guide Adding Grid Lines
Lesson 5 - Adding Additional Plots to the Graph
Adding a New Plot to an Existing Graph
Changing the Plot Type
Adding Semi-Transparent Fill to the Line Plot
Lesson 6 - Editing Graph Properties
Adding a Graph Title
Setting Background Fill and Line Properties
Lesson 7 - Adding and Editing a Legend
Adding a Legend
Moving the Legend
Editing the Legend Title
Editing the Plot Names
Changing the Number of Symbols
Changing the Symbol Size
Changing the Line Length
Adding a Drop Shadow
Creating Multiple Columns in the Legend
Lesson 8 - Working with the Script Recorder
Opening the Script Manager
Opening a New Plot Window
Creating a Line Plot
Changing the X Axis Date/Time Limits
Changing the X Axis Date/Time Tick Mark Spacing
Changing the X Axis Date/Time Tick Label Format
Adding X Axis Grid Lines
Adding Linked Text to the Graph Title
Exporting the Graph
Stopping and Saving the Script
Running Scripts within Grapher
Running Scripts from Scripter
Printing the Online Help
Introduction to Grapher Welcome to Grapher, the easy to use technical graphing package for scientists, engineers, business professionals, or anyone who needs to generate graphs quickly and easily.
Grapher is a sophisticated graphing program that transforms your data into any plot type you desire. Grapher creates over 60 different plot types, including 2D and 3D line, scatter, class scatter, bubble, step, function plots, and vector plots; 2D and 3D bar and floating bar charts; 2D and 3D histograms, pie charts, doughnut plots; boxwhisker plots and Q-Q plots; polar line, scatter, class scatter, vector, function, bar, rose, and wind chart plots; ternary line, scatter, or class plots; stiff plots; high-lowclose plots; radar plots; contour plots; and surface plots. Combine plot types to reveal information about your data. Add fit curves, confidence intervals, or display statistical information for your data. Grapher allows you to produce the finest publication quality graphs available.
Creating graphs is as easy as choosing the graph type, selecting the data file, and clicking the Open button. Grapher automatically selects reasonable default settings for each new graph. Changing the default settings for all future graphs is easy, allowing you to make the graph you want the first time, every time. All graphs allow quick and easy customization of all graph, axis, and plot settings. For example, you can change tick mark spacing, tick labels, axis title, axis length, grid lines, line colors, symbol styles, fill opacity, and more. You can add legends, images, fit curves, and drawing objects to the graph. You can import title blocks and company logos to create the final graph right in Grapher. To apply the same custom settings to several graphs, you can create a Grapher template containing the preferred styles. Once the graph is complete, you can export it in a variety of formats for use in all your presentations and publications.
The Scripter program, included with Grapher, is useful for creating, editing, and running script files that automate Grapher procedures. By writing and running script files, simple mundane tasks or complex system integration tasks can be performed precisely and repetitively without direct interaction. Grapher also supports Active X automation using any compatible client, such as Visual BASIC. These two automation capabilities allow Grapher to be used as a graph program for all your scientific, engineering, or business needs.
The script recorder records all commands as you make them in Grapher. When the script is run, Grapher performs the steps for you. This is ideal for users that need to perform repetitive tasks but are unfamiliar with automation, for advanced users who do not want to manually enter all of the syntax, or for average users having difficulty with syntax.
New features of Grapher 11 are summarized:
• Online at: www.GoldenSoftware.com/products/Grapher#what-s-new In the program: click the Home | Help | Contents command and click on the • New Features page in the Introduction book System Requirements
The minimum system requirements for Grapher are:
• Windows XP SP2 or higher, Vista, 7, 8, or higher • 512 MB RAM minimum for simple data sets, 1 GB RAM recommended
• At least 500 MB of free disk space • 1024 x 768 or higher monitor resolution with a minimum of 16-bit color depth Installation Directions Installing Grapher 11 requires logging onto the computer with an account that has Administrator rights. Golden Software does not recommend installing Grapher 11 over any previous version of Grapher. Grapher 11 can coexist with older versions (i.e. Grapher 10) as long as they are installed in different directories, which is the default. For detailed installation directions, see the Readme.rtf file.
To install Grapher from a CD:
1. Insert the Grapher CD into the CD-ROM drive. The installation program automatically begins on most computers. If the installation does not begin automatically, double-click the Autorun.exe file located on the Grapher CD.
Click Install Grapher from the Grapher Auto Setup dialog to begin the 2.
To install Grapher from a download:
Download Grapher according to the directions you received.
2. Double-click on the downloaded file to begin the installation process.
Updating Grapher To update Grapher, open the program and click the File | Online | Check for Update command. This will launch the Internet Update program which will check Golden Software's servers for any updates. If there is an update for your version of Grapher (i.e. Grapher 11.0 to Grapher 11.1), you will be prompted to download the update.
Uninstalling Grapher Windows XP: To uninstall Grapher, go to the Windows Control Panel and doubleclick Add/Remove Programs. Select Grapher 11 from the list of installed applications.
Click the Remove button to uninstall Grapher 11.
Windows Vista: To uninstall Grapher when using the Regular Control Panel Home, click the Uninstall a program link. Select Grapher 11 from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Grapher 11.
To uninstall Grapher when using the Classic View Control Panel, double-click Programs and Features. Select Grapher 11 from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Grapher 11.
Windows 7: To uninstall Grapher, go to the Windows Control Panel and click the Uninstall a program link. Select Grapher 11 from the list of installed applications.
Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Grapher 11.
Windows 8: From the Start screen, right-click the Grapher 11 tile and click the Uninstall button at the bottom of the screen. Alternatively, right-click anywhere on the Start screen and click All apps at the bottom of the screen. Right-click the Grapher 11 tile and click Uninstall at the bottom of the screen.
A Note about the Documentation The Grapher documentation includes this quick start guide and the online help.
General information is included in the quick start guide. Detailed information about each command and feature of Grapher is included in the online help. Click the Home
| Help | Contents command or click the in the top right corner ofthe Grapher program to open the online help. In the event the information you need cannot be located in the online help, other sources of Grapher help include our support forum, knowledge base, FAQs, newsletters, blog, videos, and contacting our technical support engineers.
You can purchase the full PDF user’s guide that includes all of the documentation for the program. This PDF user’s guide can be printed by the user, if desired. The guide can be purchased on the Golden Software website at www.GoldenSoftware.com.
Various font styles are used throughout the Grapher documentation. Bold text indicates command names, dialog names, and page names. Italic text indicates item properties in the Property Manager or items within a dialog such as group names, Grapher options, and field names. For example, the Save As dialog contains a Save as type list. Bold and italic text also may be used occasionally for emphasis.
In addition, commands appear as Home | Clipboard | Copy. This means, "click or scroll to the Home tab at the top of the document, then click the Copy command in the Clipboard group." The first word is always the ribbon tab name, followed by the group name(s), and the last word is always the specific command.
Three-Minute Tour We have included several example files with Grapher so that you can quickly see some of Grapher’s capabilities. Only a few example files are discussed here, and these examples do not include all of Grapher’s many plot types and features. The Object Manager is a good source of information as to what is included in each file.
Example Grapher Files
To view the example Grapher files:
Click the File | Open command.
3. Click on a.GRF file or.GPJ file located in the Samples folder. By default, the Grapher Samples folder is located in C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Grapher 11\Samples.
4. Click Open and the file opens.