[OS X TeX] XY plots (probably OT)
maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Tue May 25 13:12:53 EDT 2004
On 25 mei 2004, at 18:26, Thomas Schröder wrote:
> So, these are some of the features I'd like:
> - handling of big data files (10-12 columns, >10000 lines)
> - support for 4 Y axes
> - good output quality
> - direct output of EPS and/or PDF
> - decent support for user defined diagram types
> - some basic math support (greek symbols, fractions, subscripts and
> - support for Lucida Bright and maybe Latin Modern fonts
Not free, good quality: Igor Pro. Demo available.
Can use many axes for both x and y. Can handle huge data-sets, all
other requirements are fulfilled, AFAICS.
You might need to tweak a bit to get Lucida Bright or the LM fonts (if
you only have the pfb fonts).
GNUplot. Not very user-friendly, will probably work. I've never used it.
Metapost. Not user friendly, you will need to re-format the data-files
(max 4096 lines at a time, two columns at once). Interfaces nicely with
TeX, so axes and labels will be formatted beyond belief. You have it
installed already. I use this all the time. Sample file can be found at
http://www.nat.vu.nl/~sneep/tex/. In some ways this is easier than what
you want (more than 2 axis requires some more thought, although the
state indicators are special.
For the analysis of scientific data, I'd recommend Igor (and it does
_really_ nice graphics too). The data-analysis alone is worth it over
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