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New in 6.0: Graphics & Visualization Options
Mathematica has long set the standard for high-end technical graphics and visualization. Version 6.0 added many innovative options that brought automated aesthetics to a new level, introducing powerful new programmatic parametrizations of visual presentation, and allowing new forms of high-level control over the visualization pipeline.
New General Visualization Options
RegionFunction arbitrary 2D and 3D plotting regions
Filling, FillingStyle filling under curves, surfaces, points
Mesh (modified), MeshFunctions general meshing for curves and surfaces
ColorFunction general coloring based on coordinates, parameters, etc.
ContourLabels (modified) automatic contour labels
ClippingStyle  ▪ MeshShading  ▪ BoundaryStyle  ▪ ContourStyle (modified)
New in Function Visualization
Exclusions, ExclusionsStyle symbolic control of discontinuities
MaxRecursion (modified) full adaptivity in 3D, contour, density plots
EvaluationMonitor ongoing monitoring of function sampling
PerformanceGoal whether to try to optimize for speed, quality, etc.
NormalsFunction full control over 3D surface normals
New in Data Visualization
PlotMarkers automatic distinctive rendering of points
InterpolationOrder smoothing or stepping between data values in 2D and 3D
Joined points versus lines separately selectable for each dataset
VertexColors, VertexNormals automatically interpolated color and normals data
MaxPlotPoints (modified)  ▪ DataReversed
New Graphics Options
Lighting (modified) extended to new types of light sources
ImageSize (modified) generalized to allow flexible constraints, relative sizes, etc.
ImagePadding padding to allow for labels etc.
ViewRange, ViewVector, ViewAngle new 3D view/"camera" controls
Tooltip add tooltips to any plot or data element
Mouseover  ▪ StatusArea  ▪ PopupWindow  ▪ ...