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How do I create a tri-colored arc in Inkscape?

Start by drawing a circle using the Circle tool, whilst holding down Ctrl Turn on "Snap to object centre" & "Snap to rotation centre" and create guides that snap to the centre of the circle With ...
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How to create a line graph around a circle

Put this into a file called CircularLinegraph.eps. You can then open it in any editor that understand EPS like illustrator, ghostscript, TEX, etc. %!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0 %%BoundingBox: 0 0 200 200 %%...
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How to Make a Beautiful Stacked 3D Plot

This type of graph is called a 'Waterfall Plot' It can be used to plot arbitrary data in three axes (as in your example), but it is most commonly used to plot the results of a time-frequency analysis....
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Textual ways to represent percentage without numbers?

Your progress bar idea will work, but you need to find two characters with the same width: one filled, one blank. There are sites, like this one, that may give you some ideas for what characters you ...
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Create a bar chart within a table in InDesign?

The cool way There's a font for this called FF Chartwell (no affiliation), which I have personally used for different annual reports and white papers. All the data is editable as numbers via the ...
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What software can create and annotate a 3D model's outline?

Well that image isn't very hard to draw*. But that seems to me a bit premature. I would first start by answering following questions: Would you know how to draw that by hand. If yes then use a vector ...
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Is there an automatic tool that can crawl a live site and generate both a visual sitemap and single-page screenshots?

If you're not afraid of coding you can do this with Python: import gtk.gdk w = gtk.gdk.get_default_root_window() sz = w.get_size() print "The size of the window is %d x %d" % sz pb = gtk.gdk.Pixbuf(...
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How to create a customized color cycle picture?

With Gimp: Step 1 with Blend tool: Mode: Normal (default) Gradient: Full saturation spectrum CW Shape: Conical (asym) Drag horizontally from center. Step 2 with Blend tool too: Mode: Multiply ...
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What is this type of graph/plot called?

It is called a Radar chart (wikipedia) although thats not necessarily super well known or a high consensus name. Thus people have come with different names over time. I've seen it called a spider web ...
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What software can create and annotate a 3D model's outline?

My option regarding the free software is pretty simple. For a real 3D model Blender https://www.blender.org/ For the anotations Inkscape https://inkscape.org/ You also could use for example Sketchup*...
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What is the name of this chart element?

A little late to this party, but in my neck of the woods, it is called a plotband.
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How to Make a Beautiful Stacked 3D Plot

%!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0 %%BoundingBox: 0 0 400 400 %%Title: Isometric Graph Drawing %%Creator: Janne Ojala %%CreationDate: 2019-04-17 %%EndComments /up {dup translate} def /down {neg up} def /...
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Two colors whose shades are perceived as equally dark?

Let us imagine that the numbers (100) are the number of photons shooting out of the screen into your eyes. By simply comparing the values of color (100,100,100) vs (0,0,100) we see that the screen is ...
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Illustrator data-driven maps

Doing this is pretty simple. All you need is: A data file in a CSV form with names and values. Each region shape to be filled annotated by the name. Then all you do is a loop over each column, ...
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How would you make something like this using illustrator?

You could use a polar grid, and a grid of vertical lines snapped to the edge of each circle, then use the shape builder, delete the outer vertical lines, and fill in the chequered pattern. For example ...
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What is the "unambiguously correct" pictogram for database storage?

Well, from what I know the most used icon for data storage is: [ image source ] [ image source ] [ image source ] You could possibly get away with a cloud storage icon: [ image source ] ..or a ...
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Illustrator data-driven maps

From a purely level-of-effort perspective, consider trying Tableau. I'm pretty sure you can pick it up faster than a script can be written. You can also export your charts/maps to PDF for fine tuning ...
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Should graphs and charts be reversed for RTL-reading audiences?

There's no concrete rule. But here are some points to consider: Most icons and such are positioned to the right and the text to the left on RTL websites. Standardized graphs such as timelines and ...
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How to create an array of circles within a circle?

Particle System My approach would be using a particle generator. But the only ones I know are for 3D images. So I would use Blender, where you can define the number of particles. As you need to change ...
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Create a bar chart within a table in InDesign?

Imho, I would use Illustrator graph tool. Now, let's have some fun and bring some magic into INDD using GREP. The idea is to create character styles that would apply a strike-through to space after ...
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Extracting vertex data of a 3D Model using 3D Modelling software

Yes its possible. That is after all what save does, writes down the positions of each vertex, normal information and connectivuty information to disk. So if we simplify the problem a bit and take a ...
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Extracting vertex data of a 3D Model using 3D Modelling software

If you want to do some processing with the mesh data or format it to your taste, you can access it directly in blender through the python API, either using the CLI to run a python script in the ...
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How to vectorize a graph from a raster image

To get the blue line I would use Image Trace with setting High Fidelity Photo. After Tracing expand and upgroup the object. The blue line may have survived the tracing intact and clean. In that case ...
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How to vectorize a graph from a raster image

It's faster, in my experience, to grab the Pen Tool and trace, the graph manually. I've dealt with this issue for nearly 20 years. Nothing beats manual tracing unless you have the actual data amounts ...
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What is the name of visual technic to draw line showing both velocity and accleration in 3d animation software

I dont think the technique has a name as such. As with most things visual having a name for everything is impossible simply because written language is limited in scope. However the pulsating points ...
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Color of an object as a Variable in Illustrator

Please see my LinkedIn article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/illustrator-variable-data-advanced-techniques-recoloring-vasily-hall/ It describes the usage of a menu-item script in the batch ...
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How many different colours can I have in a data visualisation?

This may not be the kind of answer you look for, but this is an answer from my experience. It is hard to pinpoint the exact usable number exactly, but for example, common data visualization tool ...
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