International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
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Image editing tools

Which tool you choose to prepare your images depends on the type of figure you want to produce:

  • For graphs and charts, use spreadsheet applications (e.g. MS Excel).
  • For diagrams, use drawing tools like MS Visio.

MS PowerPoint can also be used for simple line drawings; it allows exporting drawings to other formats.


When creating drawings in Word, do not use textboxes !


Whenever possible, avoid using tools that do not offer to save files in one of the accepted file formats, as we will not be able to edit these images.


If you use specialised software, for instance to create graphs from an instrument you are working with, please ensure the resulting files correspond to our specifications on image quality and image file size.