[SciPy-user] ANN: Veusz 0.5 - a scientific plotting package

Alan G Isaac aisaac at american.edu
Sun Apr 17 09:51:58 CDT 2005

On Sun, 17 Apr 2005, Jeremy Sanders apparently wrote: 
> http://home.gna.org/veusz/ 

> Veusz is a scientific plotting package written in Python 
> (currently 100% Python). It uses PyQt for display and 
> user-interfaces, and numarray for handling the numeric 
> data. Veusz is designed to produce publication-ready 
> Postscript output. 

> Veusz provides a GUI, command line and scripting interface (based on 
> Python) to its plotting facilities. The plots are built using an 
> object-based system to provide a consistent interface. 

Let me provide a sample "user's perspective".

1. Since this is posted to the SciPy list, I assume the 
   author is aware that many people on this list are using 
   Matplotlib, which is excellent.  Others I take it are 
   using Chaco. Others are using Gnuplot.py.
2. Yet there is no direct comparison with these other 
   packages.  I have to guess that the key point is the GUI 
   interface, whose facilities are not described in detail.
3. I'm generally willing to try out new software if 
   I understand well enough that it has cool new potential, 
   but from this posting I do not.
4. Perhaps most importantly: there are two very serious 
   projects being discussed regularly on this list (mostly 
   Matplotlib but also Chaco).  So naturally I wonder if the 
   author might not more fruitfully be finding a way to 
   collaborate with these.  Not that it is really any of my 
   business of course, but as I said I am just providing 
   a sample "user's perspective".

Alan Isaac

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