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Re: moving toward a 3.0 release

From: Quentin Spencer
Subject: Re: moving toward a 3.0 release
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 07:56:12 -0500
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Bill Denney wrote:
David Bateman wrote:
So would you be willing to try to write a backend? Do you know of
someone who would? How long do you estimate the time needed (taking into
account that this is a volunteer project) to write such a backend? Sorry
to be direct, but these need to be answered so that John can fix the
feature freeze date.
At this point, I can't really volunteer to write a backend. I really just don't have the time to work on it.

I think that octaviz and octplot would probably work for the backend.

These are both promising, but in the short term, gnuplot is the only thing that already supports 2D and 3D plots (and images with the upcoming 4.2), is already available in all of the distributions, and compiles without any trouble. I recently decided try octaviz and I finally gave up after wasting a lot of time trying to compile it against the latest VTK.

I would be willing to help out with a gnuplot backend, but I can't promise all that much time. I think adopting a common front end like what Bill has proposed would go a long way to encouraging all of the people with an interest in improving octave's graphics to start really working on it.


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