Package : asymptote

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Summary: Descriptive vector graphics language for technical drawing

Description:
Asymptote is a powerful descriptive vector graphics language that
provides a natural coordinate-based framework for technical drawing.
Labels and equations are typeset with LaTeX, for high-quality
PostScript output.

A major advantage of Asymptote over other graphics packages is that
it is a programming language, as opposed to just a graphics program.

Features of Asymptote:

- provides a portable standard for typesetting mathematical figures,
just as TeX/LaTeX has become the standard for typesetting equations;

- generates and embeds 3D vector PRC graphics within PDF files;

- inspired by MetaPost, with a much cleaner, powerful C++-like
programming syntax and floating-point numerics;

- runs on all major platforms (UNIX, MacOS, Microsoft Windows);

- mathematically oriented (e.g. rotation of vectors by complex
multiplication);

- LaTeX typesetting of labels (for document consistency);

- uses simplex method and deferred drawing to solve overall size
constraint issues between fixed-sized objects (labels and
arrowheads) and objects that should scale with figure size;

- fully generalizes MetaPost path construction algorithms to three
dimensions;

- compiles commands into virtual machine code for speed without
sacrificing portability;

- high-level graphics commands are implemented in the Asymptote
language itself, allowing them to be easily tailored to specific
applications.


URL: http://asymptote.sourceforge.net/
License: LGPLv3+

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