[Kst] looking good but...
bercy at tpg.com.au
Tue Aug 2 09:45:48 CEST 2005
I ran across KST while looking for a program to plot my spectral
data. My criteria were a friendly interface which at least included
zoom, the ability to plot several data sets in one frame and to plot
data sets in different frames, and of course the plots had to be beautiful.
KST is in the "OK" stage for most of these except the 'beautiful
plots' criterion. In particular, the EPS exporter merely jams a bitmap
into an EPS file - what's the point of that? Are there any plans to
make the EPS exporter produce vector code? Why does the color not appear
in an EPS plot?
Another neat feature to have would be interpolating algorithms -
cubic spline and linear would probably be the most useful. When
interpolating the points to draw a curve, it is also nice to have the
ability to plot markers at each point.
I have a tool for reading data files in "ThermoGalactic GRAMS" .spc
format - I have no objection to contributing this code under the GPL
although I may need to ask the GRAMS people about it first. The reason I
was looking for another plotting program is that I truly loathe the
GRAMS software - outside the USA I need a dongle to operate and it does
not produce beautiful plots (I use awk+gnuplot to produce my plots). I
want an alternative viewer that I can install on any machine I please
and which can produce a beatiful EPS file without the need for me to
write a script. A viewer which runs under both WinDos and Linux would
be preferable, but I can live with a *nix-only viewer.
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