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Gnuplot 4.0 Released 31

Posted by michael
from the disturbingly-useful dept.
RazorBlack writes "Almost a year and a half after Gnuplot's previous stable release (3.7.3), version 4.0 has arrived! It boasts quite a lot of very interesting new features, including interactive mouse control, coloured 2D maps and 3D surfaces, interpolation and more flexible data files. Science geeks rejoice!"
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Gnuplot 4.0 Released

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  • Topic misleading. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Executive Override (605018) <spam@skewed.de> on Friday April 16, 2004 @12:30PM (#8882093) Homepage
    Please note that despite it's name, gnuplot has nothing to do with the FSF and the GNU project. It's not even released under the GPL. In fact it's not even Free Software, since it's license doesn't allow distribution of a modified version of the program.

    You can read this in the gnuplot FAQ [gnuplot.info]
  • by DustMagnet (453493) on Friday April 16, 2004 @12:39PM (#8882239) Journal
    It's the primitive part I like about gnuplot. It's great for quick and dirty data verification plots. When I want really pretty plots for publications, I use GMT [hawaii.edu]. It take forever to fine tune a GMT plot, but you can make them exactly how you want. It's also very scriptable(TM) which one of my requirements.
  • Great Tool (Score:3, Informative)

    by jefu (53450) on Friday April 16, 2004 @12:46PM (#8882393) Homepage Journal
    I find gnuplot a very handy tool. It is excellent for just grabbing a bunch of data and putting up quick plots - not always the fanciest looking plots, but its fast, copes with largish (say a million points) nicely and produces acceptable (if not fancy) output that can be included elsewhere.

    For fancier stuff there are fancier tools (including opendx [opendx.org]), but for simple stuff gnuplot works well, is reasonably priced and is hard to beat.

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