Release History

TinkerPlots was first released in 2004. Summarized below is the major functionality that was included in each new release.

New in TinkerPlots 3.0

  • Completely re-written from scratch.
  • Works on macOS 10.15 and beyond.
  • Uses the same licenses as version 2.3.
  • New save file format (.tp3).

New in TinkerPlots 2.3

  • Now published by Learn Troop.
  • Bug fix to make Import from URL compatible with Mac OS 10.9 to 10.14.
  • Bug fix to show mode symbol correctly on Mac OS 10.9 to 10.14.
  • New license system (activation codes from version 2.1 and older will not work).
  • Tested and found to be compatible with Windows XP to Windows 10 and Mac OS 10.6 to 10.14.

New in TinkerPlots 2.2

  • Action Logging has been added to the standard edition, so there is no longer a need for a separate Research Edition.
  • Fixed a crashing bug when dragging the bin lines, and the mean is visible, and moving from bins to a fully separated plot.
  • Fixed a crashing bug when pasting text into the Find Case window.
  • Publisher is now SRRI at UMass Amherst; remove old Key Curriculum Press (KCP) support and publishing contacts.
  • Replaced KCP's License/Authorization Code with a fixed expiration date.
  • Tested and found to be compatible with Windows 8 and MacOS 10.9 (Mavericks).

New in TinkerPlots 2.1

  • Stacked dot plots now include a vertical frequency axis.
  • Reference lines and dividers can be set either by dragging or by typing in exact values.
  • Percent and number values are no longer obscured by data.
  • Ruler tool allows for collection of additional statistics.
  • Many sample data sets have been updated.
  • Overall stability is greatly improved.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 8 and MacOS 10.8 (Mountain Lion).

New in TinkerPlots 2.0

  • A Sampler Engine allows the user to design and run probability simulations. The sampler can include mixer, a spinner, stacks, bars, a curve, or counter devices. These options allow the user to set up events and the probability of events in different ways. Users can then plot the results, giving a visual representation of the outcomes over many samples. This adds flexibility to the program, expanding its focus from data and statistics to incorporate probability.
  • Users can now collect measures (or statistics) from sampler data runs. For example, suppose you have just collected 100 repetitions of 4 flips of a coin, and observe that h, h, h, h occurred 8% of the time. You want to know how this percentage may vary if you repeat the collection of data. The history measure tool allows you to collect data regarding how often this outcome occurs when you repeat the run of the sampler.
  • Dates are now recognized as numbers and can be plotted on an axis.
  • Users can now paste images into the plot background, allowing them to see locations plotted on a map.
  • A new icon style called Value Circle displays icons sized proportionally to their values.
  • Users can now use the Ruler tool to measure distances between two values, including measures of center. You can lock the ruler onto some values to automatically calculate the difference for each sample that is taken.
  • Auto-Tile Layout makes all objects visible in a single, non-scrolling window. Objects make room for one another rather than overlap. Users can switch to Scrolling-Overlap Layout if they need more space.
  • Sixteen new activities - in addition to seven updated activities - incorporating TinkerPlots version 2 functionality have been written to enhance a dynamic study of probability, data, and statistics.
  • Four new tutorials, two focused on data and statistics and two focused on probability, help teachers and students learn how to use TinkerPlots features.
  • Sixteen new data sets (in addition to the previous 40) give teachers even more interesting and relevant data to explore with their students.
  • New help videos introduce teachers to the new features of TinkerPlots, and demonstrate how to use them effectively.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7 and MacOS 10.7 (Lion).
  • What's New in version 2 video (below).

New in TinkerPlots 1.0 - 1.1

  • The TinkerPlot: an innovative new way to build a wide variety of plots using operations already familiar to students and teachers: stack, order, separate, label, etc.
  • Data Cards to view or enter your own data.
  • Data Tables to view or enter your own data.
  • Import and export of tabular data from HTML, text, CSV, etc.
  • Sliders, Text, and Pictures which can be saved with a TinkerPlots document.
  • Release at the end of 2004 after 5 years of development.
  • Compatible with Windows 95-XP, MacOS 9 and 10.