Bischof, Daniel. 2017. “New Figure Schemes for Stata: plotplain & plottig.” Stata Journal: forthcoming.

While Stata’s computational capabilities have intensively increased over the last decade, the quality of its default graphic schemes is still a matter of debate amongst users. Clearly some of the arguments speaking against Stata’s default graphic design are subject to individual taste, but others are not, such as for instance: horizontal labelling, unnecessary background tinting, missing gridlines, oversized markers. I present two new graphic schemes which attempt to address these concerns. Furthermore, the schemes presented here provide users a set of 21 colors, of which seven colors are distinguishable for people suffering from color blindness. Finally, I give an introduction how users can program their own graphic schemes.

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