FigTree for Mac

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An easy to use and straightforward software designed from the get-go to enable users to produce high-quality figures of phylogenetic trees

editor's review





FigTree is a Java based Mac OS X application that offers you the possibility to visualize phylogenetic trees. The app is able to generate graphical representations for phylogenetic trees created by the BEAST application, comes with a user friendly GUI, and enables you to make the illustrations ready for publication.

Visualize phylogenetic trees via a clean and well organized user interface that puts an accent on practicality

In ordinary terms, the FigTree app creates diagrams that show the similarities and differences between the genetic structure of various biological species in order to find a common ancestor.

The FigTree app enables you to visualize the phylogenetic trees in the center area of its main window, while a panel placed on the left side allows you to adjust the representation’s layout, structure, appearance, and so on.

Moreover, the top window toolbar offers you the possibility to rotate the tree, reroot a brach, make text annotations, change the color or highlight certain parts of the tree-chart, and so on.

Create, customize and manage phylogenetic charts and graphs with the help of this easy-to-use app

FigTree offers you the possibility to switch between different viewing modes when analyzing phylogenetic trees: rectangular, polar, or radial tree layout. Note that, within the Layout panel you can also customize the look of your diagram by tweaking the curvature, root length, expansion, magnification level, or apply a “Fish Eye” effect so your charts will better fit into FigTree’s main window.

Furthermore, users can export the tree diagrams in publication-ready formats, such as tree files, PDF documents, or image file formats such as JPG, PNG, or SVG. Also, for your convenience FigTree brings to the table a Search tool that enables you to find elements using specific tags such as: node age, branch length, taxon label, height, length and more.

Useful application designed to aid scientist who study the evolution of biological species

All in all, FigTree offers a simple, yet competent approach for the creation and management of phylogenetic trees, thus, providing a helpful solution for researchers all over the world in fields such as bioinformatics and comparative phylogenetics.

FigTree was reviewed by Vladimir Ciobica
Last updated on November 19th, 2014
FigTree - Here you can see the carnivorous tree example, when you hit on the second tab provided in the layout sidebar.FigTree - screenshot #2FigTree - You can import annotations from external files.FigTree - You can also make your own annotations, from any of the views (cascade, tree, etc.)FigTree - screenshot #5

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