[texhax] A PSTricks question

Benjamin Deutsch Benjamin.Deutsch at informatik.uni-erlangen.de
Mon Sep 8 11:10:21 CEST 2003


On Sat, 6 Sep 2003, Prof. Sudhir R. Ghorpade wrote:
> While we are at it, what, according to the pros is the best tool to
> draw mathematical graphs and insert them in a LaTeX file? To me,
> PSTricks seems pretty good and better than Mathematica or Xfig.
> But it may have limitations. I am not familiar with Metapost and such.

I'm surprised that noone has mentioned the program "gnuplot" yet. Since
you list Mathematica and Xfig, I assume external programs are ok for your
purposes. Gnuplot is a highly versatile command-line tool with the sole
purpose of plotting mathematical data. It has a postscript output which is
ideal for embedding in TeX and LaTeX documents.

Gnuplot is currently available at http://www.gnuplot.info or
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnuplot , also and comes bundled with
many Linux distributions. I have not worked with any MS Windows versions,
though they do seem to be available.

Hope this helps,

  Benjamin Deutsch

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