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'PLplot' is a library of C functions for making scientific plots from C, C++, Fortran, Octave, Python, or Tcl/Tk programs. It creates standard x-y plots, semi-log plots, log-log plots, contour plots, 3D plots, shade (gray-scale and color) plots, mesh plots, bar charts, and pie charts. It can place multiple graphs (same or different size) on a single page, with multiple lines in each graph, while supporting different line styles, widths, and colors and using a virtually infinite number of distinct area fill patterns. 'PLplot's' extended character set has almost 1,000 characters, including four different fonts, the Greek alphabet, and various mathematical, musical, and other symbols. Fonts can be scaled as desired. It supports various output devices and file formats, including a metafile format which can be rendered to any device or file. Users add new devices and file formats by writing a driver routine.


Download version 5.3.0 (stable)
released on 1 February 2004

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LGPLv2orlaterJanet Casey19 May 2004

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Geoffrey Furnish Contributor
Rafael Laboissiere Contributor
Alan W. Irwin Maintainer

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 May 2004.


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