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 with
Tcl/Tk. This is platform dependent. The Linux/Unix and
Mac OS X implementations utilize the standard command line
executable. The PC Windows Dataplot executables are built
using the Intel Fortran compiler. The command line version
utilizes the Intel QuickWin library for generating screen
graphics. However, the QuickWin windowing functions are
incompatible with the Dataplot Tcl/Tk scripts. For this
reason, we build a console version (i.e., the QuickWin
library is turned off) to use with the GUI.
- You need the Tcl/Tk software installed on your system. For
Linux/Unix platforms, Tcl/Tk will either already be installed
or can be easily installed using the standard package
manager tools for that system.
For Windows, we recommend installing the version of Tcl/Tk
on the Active States web site (Active States took over the
suppport and distribution of Tcl/Tk for versions subsequent
to 8.3). Although the Active States version is freely
downloadable, we are not allowed to re-distribute it on
the Dataplot web site. The 8.3 version on the Dataplot
web site is quite old by this point and may not run on
some of the newer platforms (particulary the 64-bit
platforms running Windows 7 or higher). The Active States
version should also provide better performance.
- For Linux/Unix platforms, you can optionally use the
Expect utility. The Dataplot GUI Tcl/Tk scripts
will use Expect if it is available. However, Expect
is not required.