IDL 8.0 is a scientific programming language used to easily create high-quality, meaningful visualizations out of complex numerical data. It is used by scientists, researchers, engineers, and professionals across disciplines to create a range of data analysis and visualization solutions from small analysis programs to widely deployed software applications. The system allows users to produce meaningful, presentation quality graphics, such as 2D and 3D plots, graphs and maps, from virtually any type of numerical data. The system is both interactive and dynamic, and provides the capability to quickly make on-the-fly adjustments to individual graphic elements, which saves significant time and effort. The system is powered by language syntax that saves time and effort by requiring fewer lines of code to produce high quality graphics. The streamlined workbench development environment makes it easy to access advanced, modern programming tools while creating on-the-fly visualizations, or feature-rich scientific applications to distribute commercially or to colleagues.