|GraphiC||- by Dr. Dirk Terrell|
GraphiC is a very powerful multi-platform scientific and technical graphics library by Scientific Endeavors Corporation. Unlike scientific graphics programs such as SigmaPlot and Xact, GraphiC is a library of routines written in C that can be customized to fit your needs because the source code is included. This flexibility comes at the expense of having to write C/C++ code to produce plots, but the included sample files make it very easy to pick up on the library's functions even if you have only modest experience with these languages. If you want total control over the way your data are presented, GraphiC is a tool you should consider. The multi-platform nature of GraphiC may also appeal to some users. Versions of the library also exist for DOS, Windows 3.1, and Windows NT.
The installation program is well-done, enabling the user to specify the locations of all files as well as the C compiler to be used. I tested GraphiC with the IBM VisualAge C++ compiler, but the Borland and Watcom compilers are also supported, as is the older IBM CSet++. The on-line help for the installation program explains all of the options clearly. Once the installation is completed, you can choose to have the installation program compile the library or you can do it manually, but makefiles are supplied, making this a relatively effortless task. The library can be compiled into a DLL or the routines can be statically linked to an executable.
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