ANNOUNCE: GNU plotting utilities 2.0 released

ANNOUNCE: GNU plotting utilities 2.0 released

Post by Robert S. Mai » Wed, 04 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Release 2.0 of the GNU plotting utilities is now available at
ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/plotutils-2.0.tar.gz .  It should soon be
available via ftp from the GNU mirror sites.  A list of mirror sites is
appended below; please try them before you try ftp.gnu.org.

This is a major release.  The centerpiece of the package is now `libplot',
a function library for 2-D device-independent graphics.  Libplot is
installed as a DLL (dynamically linked library), on systems that support
DLL's.  Libplot now supports Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language (HP-GL and
HP-GL/2) output, in addition to Postscript, xfig, Tektronix, and X11 output.
So HP LaserJet and other PCL 5 printers are now supported.

Sample applications built on libplot include `graph', `plot', and
`tek2plot'.  Also included in the package are `ode', which integrates a
system of ordinary differential equations, and the GNU version of `spline'.

The chief user-visible change from version 1.x is that the separate
device-dependent versions of `graph', `plot', and `tek2plot' have been
merged.  The output format is now specified with the `-T' option.  
`graph -T ps' replaces `graph-ps', etc.  Also, the Tektronix translator
`tek2plot' is now fully documented and uses the same parser that
the X Window System Tektronix emulator uses.

The manual for the plotting utilities is now over 100 pages long.  To
install and print the documentation, be sure that you have the current
release of the GNU texinfo package (v. 3.11) installed on your system.
You may retrieve it from ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/texinfo-3.11.tar.gz .

Enjoy.

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