Error bars & presentation graphics

Leonard N. Bloksberg bloksber at pilot.msu.edu
Tue Dec 14 22:26:00 EST 1993


In Article <2ekvke$ot8 at usenet.INS.CWRU.Edu> "evw2 at po.CWRU.Edu (Eric V. Wong)" says:
> 
> Does anyone have a macro or something set up to graph
> error bars automatically (or heck, even manually) in
> Excel? I'd be most grateful for a few pointers.
> 
> Eric
> 
I have drawn them in manually with the line drawing functions in excel, or
I transfer my data to SlideWrite.  SW is a presentation graphics program 
designed for the accedemic market, and has excellent data handling functions,
including error bars, split y axis, dual y axis, statistics, curve fitting,
and more.  I recomend looking into it.  Last year I reviewed MS Powerpoint
(very smooth and easy, but no advanced features), WP Presentations (excelent
text handling, but otherwise nothing special), Harvard Graphics (a total dog),
Lotus Freelance (overall, very nice, but not great in any catagory), Correl
Draw (Great Draw functions, but a system hog.  I don't have a machine that
can run it properly),  Micrographics designer (nice draw functions, but not
much else), Aldus persuasion (fantastic on screen presentations, but not much
else), Sigma Plot (A waste of my time), and Slidewrite (a small company 
program with a few bugs still, ok draw and text functions, great output 
capacity (more important than you might realize until you try to print), and
exceptional data handling functions).  Since I am a scientist, and most of
my slides are to present data, the data handling functions are most important
to me.  I realize that I will probably draw lots of flames from people who
like all the other programs that I mentioned, they all have their strong 
suits.  I don't mean to say that any of the others is no good, just that
their focus is not what I want.  SlideWrite is.
	BTW, SW will import exel data very smoothly, no need to re-enter it.
SW runs only on IBM, no Mac version.  There is a windows version, and a full
function DOS version that will run on an XT!  I think it's the only one that
will.  The company that makes SW can be reached at:
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	Advanced Graphics Software
	5825 Avenida Encinas
	Suite 105
	Carlsbad, CA  92008
	619-931-1919	phone
	619-931-9313	fax
	800-795-4754	free phone
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I have no connection to AGS, I just use their products
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	Leonard N. Bloksberg
	bloksber at pilot.msu.edu
	Dept. of Crop and Soil Science
	Michigan State University
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