Getting Started

DataGraph is a professional drawing and data analysis application. The program allows you to explore and analyze data, while making clean-looking graphics and animations.

The more you learn about the fundamentals, the more you can get out of the program!

Here are a few instructions to get you started.

User Interface

DataGraph has a three panel display with moving bars that adjust the size.

The left of the user interface is the data list and data table.

Create a New File

When you first open the program you see the Example file window. This is a searchable list of files that you are free to use and modify.

To create a new file, click the ‘New Document’ button on the Example files window (bottom right), or select File > New (⌘-N).

Add New Columns

DataGraph has four main column types:

  • Number – entering numeric data
  • Text – entering text or categorical data
  • Expression – performing calculations
  • Date – entering calendar dates

Hover over the icons to see a tool-tip describing each type:

Click an icon to add a column. Name the column in the list view (or click the header). Type the values in the data table.

For a quick demo on drag and drop importing see: How to Import Files.


Unlike a spreadsheet, calculations are not entered one cell at a time. Instead, column names are used in expressions.

Click the Expression column icon. Then enter the equation.

Note: Hide and unhide the list view (left) by clicking the definitions icon (top right).

Create a Graph

Across the top are another series of icons.

Click one of these icons to create a drawing command. Click the Command menu for a full list of commands.

On the commands, drop-down menus are used to select data. The order in the menu is the same as in the data definitions list.

Commands can be copied (Command-C) and pasted (Command-V). Commands can also be cloned, as shown below (Hold the Option key, Drag and Drop).

Drawing commands have three basic types: graph, analyze, and annotate. Explore the full list under the Command menu and in the Commands section of the on-line Reference Manual.

Next Steps…

In addition to reviewing the Basic Graphing articles (links below), here are some other resources:

  1. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  2. Browse the How to section of the Knowledge base.
  3. Join the community to ask a question on the Getting Started forum.

When you’re ready for more, explore our Reference Manuals.

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