IGOR Pro
IGOR Pro 6.3.4
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Scientific graphing and data analysis, demo available.   Demo ($595.00)
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IGOR Pro is an extraordinarily powerful and extensible graphing, data analysis, and programming tool for scientists and engineers.
  • Journal-quality scientific graphs
  • 3D and volume visualization
  • Flexible image display
  • Handles large data sets very quickly
  • Extensive scientific and engineering data analysis
  • Curve fitting, peak fitting
  • Signal processing
  • Image processing and image analysis
  • Special support for evenly spaced data
  • Completely programmable and customizable
The IGOR scientific graphing and data
What's New
Version 6.3.4:

New Features

  • Added a "Use alternate cursors" checkbox to the Miscellaneous Settings dialog's Compatibility tab. Enable this if the crosshair, box with x, circle with plus, or question cursors are hard to see or disappear. The alternate cursors do not rely on inverting colors, which apparently isn't implemented correctly for some computers using OS X 10.8 and later.
  • Added DoIgorMenu "Help", item, where item is one of: "Getting Started", "Igor Help Browser", "Help Topics", "Shortcuts", "Command Help", "Manual", "Support", "Show Igor Pro Folder", "Show Igor Pro User Files", "License", "WaveMetrics Home Page", "Support Web Page", "IgorExchange", "About Igor", or "Updates". Item can also be "Igor Tips" to toggle the state of Igor Tips.
  • The title bars of the command window and file-based windows can be Command-clicked to reveal their location on disk.
View the complete release notes.

Version 6.3.4:

New Features

  • Added a "Use alternate cursors" checkbox to the Miscellaneous Settings dialog's Compatibility tab. Enable this if the crosshair, box with x, circle with plus, or question cursors are hard to see or disappear. The alternate cursors do not rely on inverting colors, which apparently isn't implemented correctly for some computers using OS X 10.8 more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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IGOR Pro User Discussion (Write a Review)
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+9

Walki-Talki.com reviewed on 12 Apr 2014
It is difficult to describe how powerful IGOR Pro is, but it might suffice to say it has built-in capabilities to do just about anything (certainly, to match the capabilities of any of the other packages that cost three times as much). If by some miracle you find something it cannot do, you can write your own code to achieve it. The main selling points for me are:
1. Supremely robust architecture on both Windows and Mac. You get both platforms for one purchase price.
2. Price. IGOR licenses are easily 1/3 the price of other leading data processing software.
3. Liberal license. Unlike other software vendors, IGOR does not require that you jump through ten hoops and to validate a license via the internet to use your license. It operates mostly on the honor system, and it does not hamper the user's access to the software. You paid for it, you use it!
4. Superb documentation. IGOR's documentation is unrivaled in thoroughness and clarity.
5. Responsive developers. Wavemetrics stands behind IGOR completely. They answer all user queries immediately and constantly improve IGOR.
6. The best community support on the planet. With the IGOR email list, any question is usually answered within minutes even if it is as trivial yet convoluted as ordering pizza (see comment below).

IGOR Pro is by far the best value in data processing software.

I am biased. I have worked for the company, and I have been using it for over a decade, but I am certain that no one will reach any other conclusion after giving it a sincere try.
[Version 6.3.4]


burypromote

+88
Iliketrash commented on 20 Jan 2010
"I've yet to find anything that Igor cannot do. Get me a coffee maker with a USB socket, and I'll get it to make coffee!"

One of the best things about Igor Pro is its user mailing list. Absolutely amazing support from the Wavemetrics people as well as other users, not only for Igor-specific things but for domain-specific problems in the technical fields.

I once complained, tongue-in-cheek, that Igor couldn't automatically order pizza. The very next day, a user posted a small program that did exactly that, ordering at a preset time from Papa John's.
[Version 6.12]


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+7
zeba commented on 02 Sep 2008
How does this compare to Pro Fit lately?
[Version 6.04]


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+2

AtrainDD reviewed on 05 Sep 2007
Amazing software at a very fair price. I came from a background of C++ and found Igor was very simple to pick up and extremely flexible. The support is great and the manual is extremely thorough, walking you through using the GUI and through advanced programming.
[Version 6.01]


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tomalyzer reviewed on 24 Apr 2007
I've been using this software for about six months now, and I'm yet to find fault with it.

The hybrid interface is fantastic, it lets you see exactly what the program is doing, to the extent that you can easily replicate any sequence of operations from the GUI in a procedure - without the unreliable and awkward script-recording found in other programs.

The interface (on both Mac and Windows) is blazing fast, clear and well designed. Graphs are almost publication-quality out of the box, and can be tweaked with extreme precision. It is sufficiently fast to run well on older computers.

I've yet to find anything that Igor cannot do. Get me a coffee maker with a USB socket, and I'll get it to make coffee!

Igor is insanely under priced and undiscovered considering it's capabilities and quality.

The one thing I found necessary was to spend some time building a set of procedures to do some fairly basic stuff that could be done out of the box. The way I work involves manipulating windows full of waves, and I had to write a couple of scripts to manipulate everything in a window at once - I don't think it would be too hard to include this kind of thing in the main distribution. Also, it's worth bearing in mind that if you want to deal with external hardware you'll need Igor's XOP toolkit extension, which I thought to be a little over-priced.
[Version 6.0]


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+3

Dominikhoffmann reviewed on 23 Apr 2007
I can wholeheartedly second every aspect of Toryalai Heart's review.

In addition, Igor is the only graphing package I am aware of that allows me to fine-tune the layout of a graph presenting scientific data to journal-quality standards. Unfortunately, because of the prevalence of Excel, a lot of data these days gets presented in aesthetically displeasing laid-out graphs. Igor, however, gives the same control back to the user scientists had back in the day when they would send data to specialized graphic artists, before submitting to a journal.

My rating of five for "Ease of Use" has to be understood in context. This does not mean that the program is easy to use by someone who has never done any data analysis or built a graph from given data. Rather, it represents the logical, makes-sense, connection between the way Igor uses the dialogs of the OS's GUI to build the commands of its programming language. Once one has built those commands, they are easy to tweak on the language level and then re-executed, which saves a lot of time over having to re-specify parameters modified only slightly, via the GUI.
[Version 6.0]


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doppy1988 rated on 03 Aug 2012

[Version 6.2.2.2]


Downloads:19,072
Version Downloads:4,751
Type:Education : Mathematics
License:Demo
Date:04 Dec 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $595.00
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IGOR Pro is an extraordinarily powerful and extensible graphing, data analysis, and programming tool for scientists and engineers.
  • Journal-quality scientific graphs
  • 3D and volume visualization
  • Flexible image display
  • Handles large data sets very quickly
  • Extensive scientific and engineering data analysis
  • Curve fitting, peak fitting
  • Signal processing
  • Image processing and image analysis
  • Special support for evenly spaced data
  • Completely programmable and customizable
The IGOR scientific graphing and data analysis program has been in active development since its introduction on Mac in 1988.

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