Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 09:32:45 EDT 2008

On Aug 13, 2008, at 8:33 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 13.08.2008 um 06:57 schrieb Jean-Claude DE SOZA:
>> You need to build QGFE from sources; in order to you must have Qt  
>> (version >= 3.1 and < 4.0) installed as mentioned here ( http:// 
>> www.xm1math.net/qgfe/ )
> In Mac OS X AquaTerm is the graphical interface to Gnuplot. Here it  
> is: http://aquaterm.sourceforge.net. Nokia/Trolltech's Qt is still  
> restricted to X11 on the Mac (although recently another alpha  
> version of Qt 4.5 for Mac OS X was released, 64-bit only).
> I simply used Fink to install AquaTerm and Gnuplot.

Both can be simply installed from .pkg but, as I wrote, I then get

dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libaquaterm.1.0.0.dylib
   Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/gnuplot
   Reason: image not found
Trace/BPT trap

which stops me cold.

The mere mention of Fink sends me running without even looking back.  
Even with the GUI.

> OTOH, is Gnuplot really needed?

You are right: I don't need anything that fancy: right now, I need to  
plot for my "kindergarden" students, say, x^-3, x^-2, x^-1, x^0, x^1,  
x^2, x^3, x^4, say between -5 and +5.

What happened is that I had a working Qgfe, gnuplot, AquaTerm  
installation under 10.3 and so, a year after I got under 10.4, I  
automatically tried to re-install what I had had.

> Can't PSTricks/PDFtricks or PGF/TikZ, maybe in LaTeXiT, provide  
> what is needed?

Absolutely! BUT:

—While I have been long intrigued by PGF/TikZ (I even read half of  
the manual) … another soft to learn …

—As for Pstricks, I was very tempted by Pstplus, by Brachet who also  
did Qgfe, the front end for gnuplot that I had used. See


I am going to try to go that way but, for some vague reason, I  
thought that Pstricks was going the way of the dodo. What do you think?


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