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The IAN Symbol Libraries has reached a major milestone of 2,500 vector symbols with the release of v6.0.

The highlights of this release are:Symbol Library examples
  • 1,000 new symbols
  • custom search and download options
  • tagging with keywords and other metadata
  • revised category/album structure
  • many broken/poorly drawn symbols recreated
  • individual and palette structure options
  • vector (AI, SVG) and raster (PNG) versions
  • project specific collections
  • free online vector diagram creator

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Custom search and download builder with lightbox feature.
Custom download builder
Our custom download builder allows users to download the entire package, or select albums, project-related collections, new symbols since their last download, or search by keywords. They can also browse and choose from the most popular symbols. The new lightbox feature allows creation of a custom symbol package. Alternatively, users can search by keywords, browse, and download individual symbols via our image library.
Symbol preview and PDF catalog make symbol browsing and searching easy.
Thumbnail preview and PDF catalog
The symbol libraries website offers several searching and preview options. Additionally, a fully indexed and searchable symbol catalog (PDF) hyperlinks each thumbnail to the symbol in our image library. A great symbol locator tool!
Online and Excel spreadsheets offer another way to search the symbols.
Online and Excel spreadsheets
An interactive online spreadsheet (and Excel version) provides a searchable interface with details of all the symbols in our library, including category and album location, title, thumbnail, keywords, and a direct link to each symbol in the IAN Image Library for quick symbol download or online editing.
Online Diagram Creator
Creating a conceptual diagram with our online diagram creator.
Online vector diagram creator
Our online vector diagram creator has direct access to the IAN symbols, allowing you to create conceptual diagrams in your browser for free without the need for specialized vector software. Your diagrams can be saved in vector (SVG) and raster (PNG) formats.

The IAN Symbol Libraries already have over 60,000 users from almost every country in the world. We hope that with this release we have provided a science communication tool that is even more useful and will truly make them a standard resource for scientists, resource managers, community groups, and environmentalists worldwide. This release puts us one step closer to our goal of creating a global symbol language for science communication.

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Further information: ian.umces.edu
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