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graphics/asymptote,

*Powerful descriptive vector graphics language for technical drawings*

**Branch:** pkgsrc-2011Q3,

**Version: **1.85,

**Package name:** asymptote-1.85,

**Maintainer: **pkgsrc-usersAsymptote 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 into 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.

**Required to run:**[

math/gsl] [

math/fftw] [

lang/python26] [

devel/boehm-gc]

**Required to build:**[

lang/perl5] [

devel/gmake]

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### Version history: (Expand)

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**2011-10-04**) Package added to pkgsrc.se, version **asymptote-1.85** (created)