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Downloading the WinZip Installation of Dataplot

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Alan Heckert
Statistical Engineering Division
National Institute Of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-8980
(301) 975-2899
alan.heckert@nist.gov
Jim Filliben
Statistical Engineering Division
National Institute Of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-8980
(301) 975-2855
james.filliben@nist.gov
Supported Platforms The version of Dataplot provided here should run under Windows 7/8/10.
Introduction Normally, it is recommended that you download the installation created by Install Shield. However, if you have problems with that, it may be possible to install Dataplot using this WinZip installation.

The WinZip version does not install to the "Program Files" directory and does not make any changes to the Windows Registry or create any environment variables. Also, shortcuts need to be created manually.

You need to have the ability to unpack zip files in order to use this version.

Note that you still need to install Tcl/Tk to run the GUI version and it is recommended that you install Ghostscript and Ghostview for viewing and printing Postscript files.

Downloading

The PC version is distributed in executable form since most users do not have the necessary Fortran compilers. You can download the source from the Unix download pages if you are interested.

Step 1: Download the Dataplot Files In order to install the Dataplot, download the following file: Although you can download these files anywhere that it is convenient, the discussion below assumes that they are downloaded to the "C:\DATAPLOT" directory.
Step 2: Extract the Files in the Zip File Once you have downloaded this file, bring up the Windows Explorer. Right click on the file and select the "Extract All..." menu item. In the field "Files will be extracted to this folder", enter

    C:\DATAPLOT

Although you can in fact choose something other than "C:\DATAPLOT", you would need to manually edit several files. This is not discussed here. If you need to install the files someplace else, contact Alan Heckert for additional information.

Step 3: Create Shortcuts Once you have extracted the files, you can create shortcuts for both the command line version and the GUI version.

  • To create the shortcut to the Dataplot command line version right click on the screen background, select "New", and then select "Shortcut". Use the Browse button to navigate to "C:\Dataplot" and then select the "DPCOMM.BAT" file. Select "Next" and enter whatever descriptive text you want for this shortcut and then select finish. After the shortcut is created, right click on it and select Properties. The "Start-In" field defines the default starting directory for Dataplot. Change this to whatever is most convenient for you (i.e., where you are likely to keep any data files or macros that create for Dataplot). Note that you can change this Start-In field whenever you like.

  • Create the shortcut to the Dataplot GUI version. Right click on the screen background, select "New", and then select "Shortcut". Use the Browse button to navigate to "C:\Dataplot" and then select the "DP.BAT" file. Select "Next" and enter whatever descriptive text you want for this shortcut and then select finish. After the shortcut is created, right click on it and select Properties. The "Start-In" field defines the default starting directory for Dataplot. Change this to whatever is most convenient for you (i.e., where you are likely to keep any data files or macros that create for Dataplot). Note that you can change this Start-In field whenever you like. In the "Target" field, replace "C:\DATAPLOT\DP.BAT" with "C:\DATAPLOT\DP.BAT C 6". The C means that you installed Tcl/Tk on drive C and the 6 means you installed version 8.6 of Tcl/Tk. If you have installed version 8.4 or 8.5, replace the 6 with a 4 or 5 to indicate the appropriate version.

    Note that for the GUI version we are assuming that you have already installed Tcl/Tk.

Installing Someplace Other Than C:\DATAPLOT If you chose to install Dataplot in a directory other than "C:\DATAPLOT", then you need to manually edit the following files using an ASCII editor (e.g., Notepad or Wordpad).
  • DPCOMM.BAT - look for the line

    SET DPDIR=C:\DATAPLOT

    and modify it to match the location on your system.

  • DP.BAT - look for the line

    SET DPDIR=C:\DATAPLOT

    and modify it to match the location on your system.

    If you

  • FRSCRIPT\xdpConfig - look for the lines

    library windows "C:\DATAPLOT" dataplot windows "C:\DATAPLOT\DPLAHEY.EXE"

    and modify them to match the location on your system.

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Date created: 01/26/2010
Last updated: 07/06/2016

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