OriginPro Student Version Offers Useful Enhancements
This data analysis and graphing software is a truly comprehensive software package
The learning curve when upgrading to OriginPro 8.5 is minimal, as the Workbook interface and location of the plotting features is relatively unchanged. This is helpful in adjusting to the new version without having to relearn the mechanics of the software. Overall, the enhancements made to the interface for basic plotting functions are very useful and facilitate the efficient production of publication-ready graphics.
In particular, the organization of the Plot Details window is much improved over earlier versions. The ability to customize the group formats in terms of color order and symbol order allows for more cohesive plots without having to change the defaults for the entire program. Additionally, the Theme Organizer allows for the ready conversion of bulk formatting options, such as converting all color lines and symbols to distinguishable black and white options, resizing the plot, and changing the font and tick label orientations. These theme options have the potential to save considerable amounts of time, as it is no longer necessary to modify each plot individually. Maintained from Origin 8, the customizable heading fields, which link to the axis in the plots, make data organization much simpler, and the Sparklines feature is also particularly nice, as it provides an easy way to preview the data in the Workbook form.
|Waterfall plots demonstrating amplitude-based and z-based color mapping|
|3-D surface plots demonstrating a color map from an array of z values and a transparent surface with symbols|
OriginPro 8.5 is an efficient program that far exceeds other graphing options. In particular, the improvements to the formatting options and compatibility with the Microsoft Office Suite make this upgrade especially valuable to the student user.
Note: This review was performed using the OriginPro 8.5 Student Personal Use license shortly before the arrival of version 8.5.1 which is now available and replaces version 8.5.
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Jaclyn Wiggins-Camacho is a fifth-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. Keith J. Stevenson is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. They may be reached at editor@ScientificComputing.com.