The Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) are an open source collection of about 60 tools for manipulating geographic and Cartesian data sets (including filtering, trend fitting, gridding, projecting, etc.) and producing Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS) illustrations ranging from simple x-y plots via contour maps to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3-D perspective views.

ParaView is an open-source, multiplatform data analysis and visualization application. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques.

VAPOR is the Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers. It provides an interactive 3D visualization environment that can also produce animations and still frame images.

Gnuplot is a command-driven interactive function and data plotting program for 2D and 3D graphics.

Grace is a WYSIWYG 2D plotting tool for the X Window System and M*tif. Grace is the successor to ACE/gr, also known as Xmgr.

RasMol is a molecular graphics program intended for the visualisation of proteins, nucleic acids and small molecules.


IDL (Interactive Data Language) is the trusted scientific programming language used across disciplines to extract meaningful visualizations from complex numerical data. IDL's interactive, high-level language can help you interpret your data, expedite discoveries, and deliver powerful applications to market.

The Blockbuster high-resolution movie player displays very large images and movies on cluster displays. Blockbuster can take a movie with high resolution and many frames (e.g., 4000 x 3000 pixels and 10,000 frames) and play this efficiently on a display cluster.

The SM Tools are a set of tools developed to create and edit streaming movie files (sm).