In my email yesterday I received a note announcing the release of Processing 1.0. It's very exciting to see this project release to the world. There have been many beta versions leading up to this release (162 versions in fact), but for those interested in creating your own infographics this is big news. What is Processing, you ask?
Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.Some of the infographics I have highlighted here on Cool Infographics have been created with the earlier versions of Processing, and I'm hoping for more to come.
Processing is free to download and available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.