Dataplot GUI: What You Need to Run the GUI
Software Required for the Dataplot GUI
In order to run the Dataplot GUI, you need the following.
- You need a Dataplot executable that is compatible
This is platform dependent. In general, the
Unix implementations utilize the standard command
line executable. For PC Windows implementations,
the executable built using the Lahey compiler
in console (i.e., the DPLAHEY.EXE executable)
- You need the Tcl/Tk software installed on your
system. The minimum version is 8.0. However, due
to the substantial performance enhancements, we
recommend having at least version 8.3. If you have a
version older than this, it is worthwhile upgrading
to a more recent version.
Many Unix platforms will already have the Tcl/Tk
software installed. Check with your local system
adminstrator to see if Tcl/Tk is already installed,
and, if so, what the version is. The Dataplot
installation for Windows comes with version 8.3.
Tcl/Tk is now maintained by Active States. You can
obtain versions newer than 8.3 from their web
site. Although the Tcl/Tk software is still
freely downloadable, the Active States license
does not permit us to distribute versions newer
than 8.3 with Dataplot (i.e., they require you
to download it yourself). We have tested the
Dataplot GUI Tcl/Tk scripts successfully with some
of these newer versions.
- For Unix platforms, you can optionally use the
Expect utility. The Dataplot GUI Tcl/Tk scripts
will use Expect if it is available.
Tcl/Tk and Expect Freely Downloadable
If you do not already have Tcl/Tk (or Expect) utilities
installed on your system, the
menu item contains links to the appropriate Web sites.
There is no fee for downloading either of these utilities.
Unix installations are built from source, so if you are not
Unix proficient you may wish to obtain assistance from
your local system administrator. Also, you need to be careful
to use compatible versions for Expect and Tcl/Tk (the download
page discusses this in more detail).
Date created: 9/20/2001
Last updated: 9/20/2002
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