creating beautiful cladogram trees thanks to gnuclad

The commandline tool gnuclad allows creating beautiful cladogram trees and more. Application source code can be downloaded at https://launchpad.net/gnuclad and needs to be compiled before the tool is usable. When using Ubuntu (14.04) download and compilation can be done by running commands shown below in terminal:

wget https://launchpad.net/gnuclad/trunk/0.2/+download/gnuclad-0.2.4.tar.gz
tar -xvf gnuclad-0.2.4.tar.gz
cd gnuclad-0.2.4/
sh configure
make
sudo make install

Following this, the tool is usable from commandline. To render a cladogram tree data needs to be formatted as CSV file while detailed configuration options are placed in a separate configuration file. You can see an example below:

gnuclad example.csv SVG example.conf

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