[OS X TeX] Simple Illustration Program

Arun Mangalam arun_mangalam at mac.com
Wed May 22 15:27:37 CEST 2002

If you want more information about gnuplot go to:


There you can get the current source by CVS or by a tar-file. Follow the 
instructions in:


to compile and such. The above homepage also contains AquaTerm for 
gnuplot which Serge mentioned.

If I were you, I would simply install fink, and let it do it for you, 
especially if you want Octave [a nice MatLab-like package] to work 
automagically with gnuplot. If you're afraid of fink, have fun compiling 
everything yourself with the instructions in PerSquare's site.

Also, if you install the X-windows [by a OSX package or by fink], fink 
can install xfig for you. And then with OroborOSX, you can hardly tell 
X-windows is running to run programs like fink.

In summary, if I were interested in all the open-source goodies out 
there I would:

1. install fink [http://fink.sourceforge.net/]
2. run "sudo dselect" to select the packages to install, such as:
     - xwindows
     - xfig
     - Octave
     - gnuplot
3. Install AquaTerm.app [http://homepage.mac.com/persquare/]
4. install Orobor 
[ http://wrench.et.ic.ac.uk/adrian/software/oroborosx/ ]

That's it! Of course, you can install all sorts of other goodies with 
fink ... If you do the above, you get:

--> xfig: a very nice vector graphic program that can output to PDF 
among myriads of other formats [you can also download many misc object 
palettes online]
--> Octave: a very good MatLab clone, so if matrix algebra, signal 
processing, control algorithms, or just convenient  array and vector 
routines suit your needs, this could work ... [it works in concert with 
--> gnuplot [very nice plotter; outputs LaTeX, MetaPost, among other 

If any of you have an aerodynamic bent, I've successfully compiled and 
used XFoil, a very thorough open-source airfoil analyzer written by Mark 
Drela et al. It works with X-Windows...

Anyway, you can ignore all these suggestions and stick with 
Calculator.app for your scientific needs if you wish, or wait till 
MatLab releases their long-overdue upgrade. ;-)

- Arun

On Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at 08:39 AM, Alessandro Languasco wrote:

> thanks a lot for the infos about aquaterm. I would like to try it
> in connection with gnuplot but I don't know where (and which version)
> I have to download and compile.
> Please, can you (or anybody else) give me more hints about that ?

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