A picture speaks a thousand words. A video clip demonstrating the use of software is even better. This short 7.5 minute clip demonstrates the use of DatPlot to create a strip chart plot from raw data. It also demonstrates the Data Source Swap feature to quickly create charts using similar source data.
Here is a full feature listing of DatPlot:
- Data Source Swap
This feature allows swapping of source data for the current plot. You set up your plot with your desired parameters, format and look once and then simply swap the source data file with a different one that contains the same parameter names, yet different numeric data. The plot is then updated to reflect the new source data, allowing the user to rapidly generate multiple strip chart plots or scatter plots from a group of similar data.
- Event Line Placement
For time series plots, it is often helpful to mark important events on the plot. DatPlot allows the user to place Event Lines to mark such events. These lines can be named, moved and deleted. Furthermore, the event line intersection with data curve points are automatically called out and labeled on the plot. The point values can be exported to a text file, allowing the user to rapidly and precisely extract the important data values for their defined events.
- Dynamic Zooming and Panning
Unlike spreadsheet tools, DatPlot allows dynamic zooming and panning using the mouse or laptop track pad. Box zoom, X-axis zoom, Y-axis zoom and mouse wheel zoom are all supported.
- Strip Chart Format
DatPlot is set up to generate strip chart formatted plots when multiple graph panes are added. All X-axis are automatically synchronized for the vertically stacked graph panes. No more messing with any setup options or custom code to create strip chart plots!
- Support for Left and Right Y-Axis Plotting and Logarithmic Scales
When adding a data curve to a graph pane, you have the option of plotting the curve against the left Y axis or right right Y2 axis. This allows plotting differently scaled parameters in the same graph pane. You can also set any of the three axis (X, Y and Y2) to show logarithmic scales.
- X-Axis Parameter Change
Once a plot is set up, you can change the X-axis parameter against which the data is plotted in one easy step to view your data from a new point of view.
- Graph Pane and Curve Formatting
Graph pane formatting options include background color as well as color gradient to give your plots that unique looking you are looking for. Data curves can be displayed with and without symbols, using various line styles, line thicknesses and colors.
- Text Annotation and Line Drawing
Annotate your plots with the text annotation tool. Annotations can be formatted, rotated and moved as desired. An additional line drawing tool allows you to draw straight lines or arrows to indicate slopes and point at important features of your plot.
- Plot Export
The finished plot can be exported into your report using a number of image formats (PNG, GIF, JPG, TIF, BMP, EMF), copied directly to the clipboard for pasting into your report or printed to a printer for a paper copy.
- Plot Saving
You can also save your in-work or finished plot to a DPM (DatPlot Master) file, which allows you to reload your plot at a later point in time.
- Copy and Paste New Data
Add blank columns to the data table and paste external data from the clipboard into DatPlot for plotting.