Drawing software for biology
September 30, 2005 6:06 PM Subscribe
Drawing program: Can anyone recommend a drawing program, not
Photoshop, for manipulating and editing figures?
posted by state fxn to Technology (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a biology lab. My PI wants a program to draw figures, such as cartoons of genes, cells, including their receptors and internal biochemical pathways, interactions with other cells, nothing too fancy. Also to put pictures, titles, captions on graphs imported from a program that's not Excel. Etc.
Sorry, I know the wording is really ambiguous. I'm trying to not get into the technicals. She just wants a basic text and figures editor and creator. Photoshop doesn't work for her because it's more of a manipulation of photographs (which we don't have) and I think it's also a bit too fancy (I've personally never really worked with Photoshop...*gasp* I know I know). She currently uses Powerpoint, but that doesn't really suit her needs either. It's too simple. A lot of times, when she pastes several figures together from another program (FlowJo, if it means anything), she tries deleting some parts of the graphs, like axis labels and legends to create a collective one, PowerPoint still retains the old stuff.
I've heard that there's something called ChemDraw for chemistry presentations. Is there anything like that for biology?
Any suggestions will be much appreciated. And if anyone needs clarification, I'll try to answer the best I can.