DataGraph is an application with a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows you to interact with your data, commands, and images. When you create a new DataGraph file by selecting File > New, the file is empty, as it contains no data or images.
Here are the general sections of the user interface:
- Menu Bar – Top of the Screen
- Toolbar Shortcuts – Across the top of the file
- Thumbnails – Below the toolbar
- Data Panel – Left side
- Data Table – Center of the Panel
- Settings & Commands – Right side
- Drawing Canvas – Bottom Right
Under View in the menu bar, there are several options for customizing the user interface. Two handy shortcuts include:
- Hide/Show the Data Panel (⌘D)
- Swap the Data Table & Commands (⇧⌘D)
Data can be entered manually, copy and pasted, or imported from files into the data table. Every column will have an entry in the data list. You can also add notes and annotations.
The data table has a built-in row counter on the left side. For example, here the row counter shows that we have 19 data records.
The Layout settings are similar to a style sheet and are divided into three sections: the Style, Canvas, and Axis settings. Using the options in these sections, you can customize overall settings such as the font, image size, and titles.
Hover the mouse over the icons or options and tool tips will pop up with the description of that item.
Content is added to the drawing canvas using Drawing Commands. For example, a plot command is added by selecting Command > Add Plot or by clicking the plot command icon in the toolbar.
This adds the drawing command below the layout settings, which is used to specify the data to plot and format the line.
Here only one command is needed to draw the following plot; however, there is no limit on the number of commands you add to a graph.
When you add multiple commands, each one is drawn to the graph in the order it is listed. By adding multiple commands, you can create more complex, custom graphics.