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RE: Drawing Trees

What you really need is the free download of TreeView

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D. 
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology 
and Chief Preparator 
Department of Earth Sciences 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
2001 Colorado Blvd. 
Denver, CO 80205 USA

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Graydon
> Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:25 PM
> To: Mike Taylor
> Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Drawing Trees
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 12:09:05PM +0100, Mike Taylor scripsit:
> > Does anyone know of any good software for drawing 
> publication-quality 
> > figures of phylogenetic trees?  I need something that runs 
> on Linux, 
> > but I don't really know where to start.  Many thanks in advance.
> Assuming HP Holtz is correct (seems likely :) and that all 
> you need is a vector drawing program, Open Office (which very 
> likely comes with your Linux distro) has a Draw component.  
> It's a bit more general-purpose than Illustrator or Corel 
> Draw, but it's entirely serviceable and has (unlike the other 
> two) standards-compliant SVG export.
> Sodipodi is a native-SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) drawing 
> application.
> xfig (and companion transfig) are venerable, but extremely 
> reliable as a 2D vector drawing application.
> There are a passel of KDE apps for this purpose, and at least 
> one GNOME one, and the two Visio clones-of-function, too.
> If it was up to me, I'd be going with Draw; OASIS standard 
> file formats, excellent postscript and SVG output, and 
> (unless the journal is making you use LaTeX) you can probably 
> do the whole paper in OpenOffice.