Introduction to Grace graphing program

This is a brief  introduction to Grace, a useful and free graphing package. Grace works well on nearly any Unix/Linux-like platform; in principle it can be run under Windows (although I have not tried this myself). For more information go to the Grace web site,   

Also see the Grace manual or (new) the Grace tutorial

Grace is difficult to run remotely, unless you set up X-windows properly.  Grace is setup on the computers in the computational lab.

To run Grace on the computational lab computers (on the Linux drive)



xmgrace &

To read in a file

Click Data --> Import --> Ascii

Choose file ( .dat is default type) and click Okay

To manipulate the presentation of the data (e.g., change color, use dashed lines, etc.)

Click Plot --> Set appearances

To manipulate the axes

Click Plot --> Axis properties

To change from linear to log see "Scale"

You can also change the range of the axis, the spacing of tick marks, etc.

To save graph

Click File --> Save (you'll have to enter a name)

To write out graph as a postscript file

Click File --> Print setup...

Choose PostScript or EPS as Device

Click on button "Print to file"

Click on Apply then Close

Go back... click File --> Print



Last modified Nov 9, 2006