[AstroPy] 3-D Graphics Tools for for Documentation, Presentations, etc.
Bridgman, William T.
Wed Dec 23 06:45:42 CST 2009
If you are doing line plots, I believe matplotlib has some 3-D
For 3-D datasets, I've had good luck with VisIt
If you are trying to do line drawings, Pyx has some of this capability
but you'd have to do the 3-d projection yourself.
I've used Inkscape for Illustrator-type applicatios
although some of its functionality is limited.
For 3-D rendered plots, I've used pyPOV with POVray.
but these are steep learning curves.
On Dec 23, 2009, at 12:37 AM, Wayne Watson wrote:
> It was some months ago when I posted this, and had limited time to
> really look at the tools suggested. I did delve into Visual Python,
> it wasn't really suitable for the task. I ended up doing my drawings
> Word, and omitted spheres and arcs for the most part, but did draw
> coordinate systems with labels. It worked. However, I still am curious
> about drawing coordinate systems.
> In my present case I have three coordinate systems going for two
> observing stations on the earth, a meteor moving overhead, and the
> general earht centered system. What I'm ultimately trying to do is to
> solve for the az-el of points on the meteor path (great circle is
> 60 miles high), for each station. Currently, I'm drawing this with
> pencil and paper. It's working, and helps my thinking and
> It does produce a lot erasures and re-draws. I'd be curious if anyone
> has done this in mayavi2 or S2PLOT? Any examples? I have more
> freedom to
> see what's available.
> Wayne Watson wrote:
>> Many years ago to put together a presentation or article on celestial
>> mechanics, spherical trig, trajectory analysis, etc. I would use a
>> compass, ruler, and maybe a French curve to draw the figures,
>> axes, etc. on paper. Labels would be typed onto the sheets. I would
>> to think that over the last decade that some modest software package
>> might be available to do this. Does anyone know of any?
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