We wish to collect published Hall A results and figures for re-use to
better publicize the work being done in Hall A. To this end, we have
created an archive of figures.
To have your figures included in the archive, please send them to Vince Sulkosky
figures should be in a postscript format and accompanied by a reference to
the relevant publication. If there is a difficulty in producing the figure
please forward the data-points in an ASCII-file and I will attempt to make
a corresponding plot.
Go to the Archive
To get the most impact and re-use out of a figure, attentions must be paid
to more than the raw content when creating them. Some of these
The use of color is encouraged, but care must be taken that color is not
the only distinguishing characteristic of a dataset or curve. Please
use different line-styles and symbols as well.
- the legibility of the original figure,
- the portability of the figure's format, and
- the ease with which the figure can be editted.
Postscript (ps or eps) as the Archival Figure format
For maximum portability and flexibity, I suggest creating the figures as
Level-2 Postscript (ps) and Encapsulated Postscript (eps) files. As a
vector-graphics format, the final figure can be easily rescaled and still
look fine. The 'text' in the figure should also be preserved as text in
the file as opposed to being explicitly drawn. In this way, the final
figure can be then editted using standard tools.
There are many tools available for creating postscript figures. Some of the
programs that can produce good output are
and Adobe Illustrator; this is far from an exhaustive list.
Unfortunately, while Physica can produce beautiful plots, the postscript
output is difficult to edit since it does not embed fonts but instead
renders each character.
Issues with PAW
*To have the 'true' text saved in the postscript file,
the HIGZ-Software font cannot be used. This means the changing the default
set tfon -62 ! histogram title: bold Helvetica
set gfon -72 ! global title: slanted bold Helvetica
set vfon -42 ! axis values: Helvetica
set lfon -42 ! axis labels: Helvetica
set cfon -42 ! comments: Helvetica
A reasonable set of default settings can be found in
this kumac file.
ROOT appears to produce well-behaved postscript output by default. The file
HallA_style.cxx is provided to set default
settings for a pleasant appearance.
There are also a number of programs available that are capable of directly
editting postscript. The one I'm most familiar with is
pstoedit which can convert
postscript files into a variety of other formats, including
xfig, which can be editted and exported
again into postscript. Some other utilities are
and commercial products such as
and Corel Draw (this is NOT an
endorsement). I would appreciate recommendations for other programs you
have found useful.