[SciPy-user] Clarification

Perry Greenfield perry at stsci.edu
Fri Jul 15 08:48:37 CDT 2005

On Jul 15, 2005, at 8:35 AM, Nils Wagner wrote:

> Howey, David A wrote:
>>> And how about 3D plotting capabilities ?
>> Try gplt. See the scipy website
> Is it planned to add 3D plotting to matplotlib in the near future ?
> Nils
Since John Hunter is away I'll try to answer that as best as I can. I 
think the current thinking on 3D capabilities is that it may be worth 
adding limited capabilities such as surface plots and perhaps 3-d 
scatter plots. I doubt that there will be any attempt to try to 
duplicate any significant fraction of what VTK provides and equivalent. 
The motivation for including any 3-d capabilities is to avoid users 
having to install VTK (which can be daunting for some). Also, I think 
ultimately it is desired that matplotlib optionally support VTK 
plotting within its figures (i.e., it won't be necessary to install VTK 
unless you want those capabilities).


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