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If you are interested in doing lots of statistical analysis, consider using Stata, SPSS, or SAS, which are available on the library PCs.
Painting or Design Tools
ArtRage is a great painting program available on the library mac computers. The information page for the tool has a great user forum, as well as several tutorials.
Adobe Creative Suite
The tools in the Adobe Creative Suite, available on the library computers, are excellent for creating graphic designs of any kind. Photoshop allows users to modify illustrations and photographs, while Illustrator allows the creation vector graphics.
OmniGraffle, available on the library macs, is a great tool for creating a variety of different graphs. Click on the link to learn more about its capabilities.
Tableau Public allows users to upload data and create visualizations that can be embedded on blogs and webpages. It is also compatible with Microsoft Excel. However, any data uploaded to Tableau becomes public, so make sure you only upload data you feel comfortable sharing.
Gapminder allows users to look at data sets related to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and to create information visualizations using the data.
Prefuse Data Visualization Toolkit
The Prefuse Data Visualization Toolkit allows users to create visualizations. This toolkit is more useful for people who are familiar with the Java programming language and Adoble Flash. The original prefuse toolkit provides a visualization framework for the Java programming language. T
OpenHeatMap allows users to upload any spreadsheet data that has geographical coordinates attached to it and create a heat map.
Timeflow allows users to create visual map of time-series data.
Word Cloud Generators
Wordle allows users to create word clouds in different colors, fonts, and styles. Wordles can only be downloaded or printed as pdfs.
Tagul allows you to create web-based word clouds.