[SciPy-user] Clarification

Alan G Isaac aisaac at american.edu
Sat Jul 16 16:47:28 CDT 2005

On Sat, 16 Jul 2005, Prabhu Ramachandran apparently wrote: 
> I think a more constructive thing to do would be to make 
> prebuilt VTK binaries available. 

I am a relatively new SciPy user. 
Here was my experience. 
1. After some messing around, learn that I should use 
   Matplotlib rather than *plt. 
2. Learn that Matplotlib does not support 3D surface plots. 
3. Learn that people are recommending MayaVi. 
4. Go to MayaVi website and give thanks that there is 
   a Win32 binary that "comes bundled with everything 
   necessary to run MayaVi."  (Of course this means that 
   I read past the "recommendation" to install from sources 
5. Install the binary and discover, alas, that I did not get 
   the pyvtk module with it. And test_vtk.py wants in 
   addition a vtkpython module. Then I find this:
        "If you have installed MayaVi from the sources and 
        are not using a binary release, then you can use 
        MayaVi as a Python module."
   Aha.  That is what that "recommendation" was about.  Can 
   we agree that "recommendation" at this point appears 
   a bit understated? 
6. Find nothing in the docs about how to add the module(s) 
   to work with my MayaVi installation, except of course the 
   recommendation to install from source.  (Of course, 
   despite the sanguine assessment on the MayaVi page, 
   I recall the various warnings of others, plus I now feel 
   "once burned".)
7. Give up and keep using gnuplot for now. 

If this sounds like a complaint, it is not.
It is meant to be informational.

Alan Isaac 

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