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IAN Symbol Libraries Update

The IAN Symbol Libraries has just completed a major update and the total number of symbols has increased from 1000+ to 1500+. The libraries remain completely free for all users!

The IAN Symbol Libraries are designed specifically for enhancing science communication skills. Diagrammatic representations of complex processes can be developed easily with minimal graphical skills. Their aim is to make them a standard resource for scientists, resource managers, community groups and environmentalists worldwide -- but they make great idea starters or resource material for graphic artists and designers as well.

If you have previously registered to download the symbol libraries, simply use the 'Download (Registered Users)' button. You will be required to enter the email you used during registration. New users can register by clicking on the 'New User Registration' button.

To logon as an existing user using your email address, or to register as a new user, go to: ian.umces.edu/symbols

Don't Have Illustrator 10 or CS?

IAN has also released an eps version for users with previous versions of Illustrator or any other vector illustration package which supports the eps format. Please note that although this version includes all the symbols contained in the normal version, they cannot be accessed through the symbol libraries interface, thereby reducing convenience, but not the ultimate functionality of the symbols.

New Symbols

For complete details, see the What's New page

Symbol Libraries Index

We have updatedthe PDF Symbol Index to include all 1500+ symbols.This is an excellent reference for browsing all the symbols. The index will be installed on your computer when you download the symbol libraries (Full version only).

Symbol Creation Service

Need a symbol we don't already have? Photos and descriptions of objects can be posted on the IAN discussion forum at and they will create a symbol which will be posted back to the forum and also incorporated into the IAN Symbol Libraries in future updates. All requestors of symbols will receive credit for their contributions.

The IAN discussion forum also includes several boards dedicated to the Illustrator Symbol Libraries; 'Technical Assistance', 'Symbol Creation Service', 'Symbol Contributions' & 'Conceptual Diagrams Posted for Review'. Please use this as your first resource for help with the symbol libraries.

Download Symbols (http://ian.umces.edu/symbols)

The IAN Symbol Libraries Team

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