Grapher 11

2D Graphing and Data Analysis Application



Grapher is an easy to understand technical graphing package for anyone who needs to create publication-quality graphs quickly and easily.

Create any graph you want in Grapher! Edit it quickly and easily with the always-available Property Inspector.

Create one of nearly 40 unique 2D or 3D graph types in Grapher. Customise any portion of any graph to make the graph completely unique to your situation.

There are four different types of 2D graphs that can be created in Grapher:

  • Linear
  • Bar
  • Polar
  • Speciality graphs

In addition,many of these graph types are available with a 3D aspect. If you need an extra variable plotted on your graph, try one of the 3D XYZ or 3D XYY graphs.


Linear graphs Bar graphs Polar graphs Specialty graphs 3D aspect graphs 3D XYZ graphs
Line plots Bar charts Polar plots (line/scatter) Hi-low-close graphs Ribbon/wall plots 3D line/scatter plots
Scatter plots Floating bar charts Polar bar plots Pie charts Step plots 3D bar charts
Step plots Histograms Polar function
Ternary diagrams Function plots 3D bubble plots
Function plots   Rose diagrams Box-whisker plots Bar charts  
    Wind charts Bubble plots Floating bar chart  
        Pie charts  

Create your own custom graphs by using the easy to follow Graph Wizard. Add legends, curve fits, annotations, and drawing objects to complete the graph. Organize your objects in the improved Object Manager and edit your graphs in the new Property Inspector. Create templates to use the same graph settings with multiple data files. Save the graphs in earlier Grapher formats to make sharing documents between colleagues easier than ever. Automate the graphing process with the included Scripter program. Export graphs for use in presentations and publications in one of Grapher's many export formats, including PDF and EPS


Graph Types


Display your data as one of nearly 40 different graph types in Grapher. Combine multiple graph types to present your data in a completely new way. Alter any property of any of the graph types to create compelling, eye-catching, and informative new graphs.

  • Line and Scatter plots display data as a line or symbols. Combine line and symbols or use only the line or only symbols. Display the data as a traditional 2D line/scatter graph.
  • Ribbon/wall plots are similar to line plots, but are shown in 3D.
  • 3D Line/Scatter plots are used to display the location of points with three variables. Display the data as lines and symbols and add plot labels.
  • Step plots display data as vertical and horizontal lines. Display your step plot as either 2D or 3D.
  • Bubble plots display data with varying sized symbols. The size of the symbol is dependent on a third variable. Change the bubble to any symbol from the symbol gallery. In Grapher, you can use a 2D bubble plot that displays three variables or a 3D bubble plot that shows the change in four variables.
  • Bar Charts display data as adjacent or stacked bars. Choose to have vertical or horizontal bars. Bar charts can be displayed as 2D or 3D!
  • Floating Bar Charts display the difference between two variables. Choose to have vertical or horizontal bars. Choose between 2D and 3D floating bar charts.
  • Function Plots display mathematical functions. Plot Y as a function of X, or plot a parametric equation where X and Y are a function of a third variable, T. Function plots can be shown in a 2D or 3D orientation.
  • Hi-Low-Close Graphs display a range of Y values at each X value. These plots are commonly used to display the high, low, opening and closing of stock values, though Hi-Low-Close graphs are also used for many other purposes. Grapher introduces a new variation on the hi-low-close graph, the candlestick graph.
  • Polar Graphs display degree, radian or grad data versus a radial distance. The degree, radian or grad data are displayed on a circular angle axis. The second axis is a radial axis showing the distance from the center of the circle.
  • Polar Function Graphs display mathematical functions. Plot radius as a function of angle, or plot a parametric equation where both the radius and the angle are a function of a third variable, T. The angle axis can be in degrees, radians or grads.
  • Polar Bar Charts allow direct comparison of two variables in polar coordinates. Similar to a regular bar chart, the polar bar charts allow you to determine which variable to compare against the angular axis. Display in degrees, radians or grads.
  • Rose Diagrams display degree, radian or grad data versus a radial axis. Like histograms, Rose Diagrams display statistical data, showing the number of occurrences of an event that fall within a specific angular region. Bins are fully customisable in rose diagrams.
  • Wind Charts graph frequency vs. wind direction. Bins are created according to the wind speed. The frequency can be viewed as counts, relative frequency, or as percentages of relative frequency. Bins are fully customisable.
  • Pie Charts show data as proportional slices of a circle. Each data value is divided by the sum of the data to determine the size of the slice. Display pie charts in 2D or 3D.
  • Ternary diagrams show the relative proportions of three variables on three axes. Choose to show the relative proportions as percentages or as fractions. Add lines to connect the points on the ternary diagram. Display any column for the labels or show relative proportions for labels.
  • Histograms display data separated into groups or bins. Add labels, a Gaussian fit, and display the Y axis as relative frequency to change the display of this graph. Display histograms in either 2D or 3D.
  • Box-Whisker plots are commonly used to show the min, max, median, and lower and upper quartiles for a particular group. The caps at the end of each box indicate the extreme values (min and max).

Curve Fits

Curve fitting routines help depict trends in your data. Select pre-defined fits or define a custom fit to add to the graph. Display fits for Line and Scatter Graphs, Step Plots, Polar Graphs and Histograms. There are 11 pre-defined curve-fitting algorithms in Grapher:

  • Linear
  • Logarithmic
  • Exponential
  • Power
  • Spline Smoothing
  • Polynomial Regression
  • Orthogonal Polynomial Regression
  • Linear through Origin
  • Running Average
  • Weighted Average
  • Gaussian (available only for histograms)

Associate any number of fits with a single curve. Change the line style, colour and width for each fit. Applicable statistics are available for each fit. The resulting statistics are copied to the clipboard or displayed in a report window. Export fit curve data to a worksheet to calculate additional statistics. Change the range of data used to create the fit curve and the range of values to display the fit curves individually.


Template Graphs

Create a graph with the desired colours, number formats, tick mark spacing, legend styles, etc., and save it as a template graph for use with multiple data sets.


Project Files

Create a graph with the desired worksheet and save it as a project file. Project files save the data used inside the file. After the graph is created and saved as a project file, the external worksheet can be deleted.



Grapher has four axis scales: linear, logarithmic (base 10), natural logarithmic, and probability. Use Grapher's default settings or specify custom settings for all axis parameters. Set the axis scale, change the axis length and starting position, add additional or duplicate axes, change axis limits, enter an axis title, add grid lines, break the axis, or hide the axis on your graph. On each axis, you control the major and minor tick frequency and spacing or you can use Grapher's default settings. If the data uses date and time as one of the data columns, axis labels are automatically generated using dates and times. In addition, manual date/time labels can be created or labels can be read from a worksheet, allowing you to use any type of tick labeling.


Date and Time Compatibility

Use date and time entries in the worksheet as a data column in Grapher. Grapher will automatically use date and time labels on the axis. Clip the curve, limit the axis minimum and maximum using date and time values. Set axis tick marks based on a calendar frequency such as once per month, twice per year, or once per every four hours.


Error Bars

Error Bars are displayed on Line and Symbol Graphs and on Bar Charts. Display error bars for the average value, sample standard deviation, population standard deviation, or standard error of the mean. Or, calculate custom error bars in the worksheet and display them on the graph.


Labels and Curve Filling

Labels can be added to most graph types. All properties of the labels can be changed easily, including numeric format, adding bold or italics, changing the font size or style, or changing the label colour. In addition, labels can be moved so that neighboring labels do not overlap. Grapher adds the ability to quickly move labels for most graph types with the mouse. Select only the label you want to move and effortlessly drag it to a new location. Labels can also be moved with the keyboard for finer adjustments.

Most graph types also support curve filling. Fill can be defined between two curves or by using a single curve. With a single curve, fill above, below, to the left, or to the right of the curve. Choose to fill to the axis minimum or maximum or to a customised data value.


Text Editor

Easily add text objects to graphs using Grapher's text editor. Select any typeface, font size and colour for individual characters within the text block. Add superscripts, subscripts and symbols to your text. Automatically enter current dates and times. Create complex mathematical equations and include them in your graph.


Worksheet Features

  • Display, enter, edit, print and save data.
  • Double precision capabilities allow up to 15 digits without loss of precision.
  • Import data files in the following formats: XLS, SLK, WKx, WRx, CSV, TXT, DAT, BNA, and BLN.
  • Save your data files in XLS, SLK, CSV, TXT, DAT, BNA, and BLN formats.
  • Cell formatting includes background colours and cell height and width.
  • Include formatting information when copying to the worksheet.
  • Sort data using multiple columns.
  • Calculate numerous statistical functions on individual columns of data.
  • The number of data points the worksheet can handle is only limited by the amount of memory available on your computer (up to 1 billion rows x 1 billion columns).
  • View a list of all worksheets associated with a graph.
  • Export data from fit curves, function plots, histograms, rose diagrams, and wind charts to create new data files.
  • Update command allows worksheets that are edited in other programs to updated immediately in Grapher.
  • Embedded Excel window allows the use of Microsoft Excel from within Grapher.

Additional Features

  • Set multiple levels of undo.
  • Add legends to graphs.
  • Customize Grapher by selecting the default settings.
  • Control line styles, colour and width.
  • Add drawing objects to any graph such as points, lines, polygons, rectangles and ellipses.
  • Create custom colours, lines, and fill patterns.
  • Reshape polylines and polygons using the reshape tool.
  • Combine and break apart composite objects.
  • Rotate all drawn objects, imported objects and graphs.
  • View all objects using the Object Manager.
  • Edit all objects in the new Property Inspector.
  • Keep the Object Manager and Property Inspector available -- even while editing.
  • Lock the position of any object to prevent accidental movements.
  • Use the Arrange command to move objects forwards or backwards.
  • Add a variety of arrows to the ends of polylines.
  • Digitize data from a graph using a large crosshair that extends to the rulers. Write the data to a ASCII file to create new graphs.
  • Fix the digitizing process directly to the line or digitize anywhere in the plot window.
  • Display and edit detailed areas of a graph using the Zoom commands.
  • Calculate the area under a curve.
  • Switch between two different plot types. For example, change your line plot into a bar chart.


  • Automate Grapher from any Active X Automation compatible client such as Visual BASIC or use Golden Software's Scripter.
  • Embed and link Grapher into other applications.
  • Embed and link documents from other applications into Grapher.

Import/Export Options

  • Import formats include: GSB, BNA, DLG, LGO, LGS, DXF, PLT, BLN, CLP, EMF, WMF, E00, TIF, BMP, TGA, PCX, WPG, DCX, EPS, JPG, PCT, SHP, MIF, PNG, GIF, DDF, and GSI.
  • Export formats include: EMF, WMF, CLP, DXF, CGM, TIF, BMP, TGA, PCX, WPG, JPG, PCT, DCX, PNG, SHP, BNA, BLN, GSI, PDF, EPS, MIF, and GIF.

Graph Wizard

The Graph Wizard is an easy to use step by step command that creates a graph for you using default parameters. Select the type of graph, the worksheet and the columns to use and the wizard does the rest. Add curves to existing graphs or create new graphs with the wizard. After the graph is created, it can be edited by double clicking on any portion of the graph.


System Requirements



  • Suggested 100 Mb of free hard disk space.
  • Suggested 1 Gb RAM recommended.
  • Suggested 512 Mb RAM minimum.
  • 1024 X 768 x 16 bit colour minimum monitor resolution


  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8 or higher

Licensing terms


Golden Software End User License Agreement here.


Standard prices Ex. VAT Inc. VAT  
Grapher 12: Single User licence £395.00 £474.00  
UPGRADE from any previous version £137.00 £164.40  
Grapher 12: Concurrent User licence per seat £790.00 £948.00  
Convert current Single to Concurrent licence £395.00 £474.00  
Grapher + Surfer £1026.00 £1,231.20  
Educational / Academic prices Ex. VAT Inc. VAT  
Grapher 12: Single User licence £355.50 £426.60  
UPGRADE from any previous version £137.00 £164.40  
Grapher 12: Concurrent User licence per seat £711.00 £853.20  
Convert current Single to Concurrent licence £395.00 £474.00