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Re: Book for Scientific data Analysis

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  • Subject: [mg57167] Re: Book for Scientific data Analysis
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 03:09:16 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <> <d6drdm$ibb$> <> <dot-1805050940580001@>
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In article <dot-1805050940580001 at>, dot at (AG) wrote:

> A.G.
> WaveMetrics, Inc.
> Makers of IGOR Pro

OT, out of curiousity, and following up on recent threads about graphics 
output from Mathematica in comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica:

Have you guys at WaveMetrics ever thought about making an add-on package 
for Mathematica that would grab the output produced by executing many of 
Mathematica's standard graphics commands -- for example, the list of internal 
data points that a Mathematica Plot[--] command generates, along with 
outputs from ListPlot[--], LogPlot[--], and as many others as possibly 
-- and convert and export this info into a ready-to-run Igor plot, which 
could also be touched up and further edited by the user in Igor? 

I used to own and use Igor, way back, and loved it (though I did find 
the interface had a somewhat steep learning curve).

A little later on I even wrote some primitive routines that exported 
numbers calculated in Mathematica to files in a format that Igor could open and 

But as Mathematica's graphics capabilities got better and better (and faster and 
faster) it just wasn't reasonable any more to try to learn Igor's more 
limited numerical calculation capabilities, just to take advantage of 
its graphics power.  So, I dropped away from Igor and went primarily to 
exporting graphics output from Mathematica directly into EPS, and touching this 
up where necessary with Illustrator.  

If you guys made it easy enough to calculate (and view) graphics in 
Mathematica as usual, using all or most of the standard built-in Mathematica 
graphics capabilities, but then export the same graphic results in _one_ 
simple step to Igor for touch-up and polishing, you might pick up some 
additional customers . . ???

(Apologies if you've already done this and I just don't know about it.]

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