Three-Minute Tour

We have included several sample files with Grapher so that you can quickly see some of Grapher's capabilities.


Sample Grapher Files

Sample files are a great way to quickly display completed graphs made in Grapher by Golden Software. Browse the sample files to get ideas and view different graphing possibilities that Grapher has to offer. Samples can be customized and turned into templates for future use. The sample file examples include only some of Grapher's many plot types and features. The Object Manager is a good source of information as to what is included in each file. Click the following sample file name to see an image and brief description of each sample file.


To view the sample files:

  1. Open Grapher.

  2. Click the File | Open command.

  3. In the Open dialog, browse to the Grapher Samples folder. By default, the Samples folder is located in C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Grapher 12\Samples. If your version of Grapher was installed elsewhere, look in that installation folder.

  4. Select a .GRF or .GPJ file located and click the Open button. The sample file is now displayed. Repeat as necessary to see the files of interest.

  5. Click on various parts of the graph, axes, and plots in the Object Manager. View the object properties in the Property Manager.

Using Grapher

To create graphs in Grapher, you will need data. Once data exists, you can use the commands on the Graphs tab to create the graph. The Graph Wizard can be used to create a new graph in Grapher.


To progress from a data file to a finished graph:

  1. Create a data file. This file can be created in Grapher's worksheet window or outside of Grapher (using as ASCII text editor or Excel, for example).

  2. Click the Graphs tab to select a graph type directly. For instance, click the Graphs | Create | Basic | Line Plot command.

  3. In the Open Worksheet dialog, select the data file (i.e. Tutorial.dat), and click Open. The graph is created from the selected data file, using default graph properties.

  4. Adjust the graph properties using the Property Manager.

Data File

Default Line/Scatter

Cutsom Graph

The data can be created in the

The graph is created from the selected data set, using the default
graph properties.

Use the Property Manager to
customize the graph to fit your needs.

Using Scripter

Tasks can be automated in Grapher using Golden Software's Scripter program or any ActiveX Automation-compatible client, such as Visual BASIC. A script is a text file containing a series of instructions for execution when the script is run. Scripter can be used to perform almost any task in Grapher. You can do practically anything with a script that you can do manually with the mouse or your keyboard. Scripts are useful for automating repetitive tasks and consolidating a sequence of steps. Scripter is installed in the same location as Grapher. Refer to the Grapher Automation help book for more information about Scripter. We have included several example scripts so that you can quickly see some of Scripter's capabilities.


Example Script Files

A variety of free script files are available. You can run the script as is or you can customize the script.


To run a sample script in Grapher's Script Manager:

  1. Open Grapher.

  2. Check the View | Display | Script Manager command. A check mark will indicate the manager is turned on.

  3. In the Script Manager, click the Open button. In the Open dialog, select a sample .BAS file (i.e. axis properties.bas), and click Open. The script is displayed.

  4. Click the Start/Resume button, and the script is executed.

The axis properties.bas script edits all of the

properties of an axis, including the tick marks,

grid lines, and breaking the axis.

To run a sample script in Scripter:

  1. Open Scripter by navigating to the installation folder, C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Grapher 12\Scripter. Double-click on the Scripter.exe application file.

  2. Click the File | Open command and select a sample script .BAS file from the C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Grapher 12\Samples\Scripts folder.

  3. Click the Script | Run command and the script is executed.



See Also

Introduction to Grapher

Grapher User Interface

Plot Types

Introducing Scripter

Object Manager

Grapher Tutorial Introduction