March 2011

What Vector Drawing Packages Are Available? [Ask AstroBetter]

by saurav March 28, 2011

Matthew K. sent in a question for our Ask AstroBetter series: What vector graphics drawing package do you use for your figures? I’ve been using xfig for all my “hand drawn” plots, but I wonder if anyone has successfully moved on to more recent drawing packages … [a package] to draw simple figures like optical […]

{ 9 comments }

Read more →

What’s the best tool to annotate PDFs?

by Jane March 23, 2011

We all know the workflow:  a collaborator sends a draft proposal or paper; we carefully read it; bleed all over it; and send it back.  I admit that until last year, I used a Big Red Pen on hardcopy, which I then returned to the lead author by scanning with the xerox machine. Recently I […]

{ 47 comments }

Read more →

Introducing Coyote Graphics: The New Old Graphics System for IDL

by Guest March 22, 2011

This is a guest post by David “Coyote” Fanning. The Coyote is familiar to many of us since his web page, Coyote’s Guide to IDL Programming, is the most informative web page on IDL. He has been working with IDL software for nearly 25 years. He developed the first IDL training course and became the […]

{ 7 comments }

Read more →

What Changes with XCode 4 Not Being Free Anymore?

by saurav March 10, 2011

Marcos talked about the Mac App Store and the advantages it brings to Mac users.  While I was (and am) excited about the App Store and the numerous applications I now have easy access to, my one big fear is coming true: previously-free applications now need to be paid for. With the App Store handling […]

{ 30 comments }

Read more →