In response to a recent Facebook request I just added the option to offset tip labels in the phytools functions contMap and densityMap. This is simple. Because plot.contMap and plot.densityMap (the plotting methods for objects returned by each function) use plotSimmap internally, all I had to do was migrate that option to plotSimmap. To get this functionally, users will have to update phytools to a version >=0.4-03 (e.g., here). As of writing, this is not on CRAN.
Here's a quick demo using contMap:
Loading required package: phytools
Loading required package: ape
Loading required package: maps
Loading required package: rgl
OK, now say I'm unhappy with the spacing of my tip labels. I can now do:
adjusting offset until satisfied. Cool.
Note that although the offset is adjusted, the x-axis limits are not. This could create a problem for a large offset, & I will fix this in future so that xlim is under user control; however, plot.contMap and plot.densityMap already allow a fairly generous space to the right of tip labels anyway.
Finally, this will not work for type="fan". This is the same as in plotSimmap, so addressing this will take a little more effort than I'm willing to invest at this precise moment in time.