Scientific Plotting Software
Developed by Jan van der Lee ()
JPlot is a scientific plotting programme with a full graphic user interface (GUI), written in Java. The major advantage of writing this software in java is that the programme runs on any Java(2)-enabled platform, currently, at least, Linux, Solaris, MS-Windows, MacOS-X, HP and probably others as well.
JPlot accepts common ASCII datafile formats, typically in columns e.g. C1, C2, C3... Each column can be given a name, which greatly helps with selecting columns for the graph. Each X-Y couple is drawn according to specific plot-style settings, which are easily modified as shown in the screenshot to the right. One may set a point type, line colors, dash-patterns and other useful parameters allowing to obtain high quality graphs. Since version 1.1, JPlot allows to build different types of graphs such as Piper and Pourbaix diagrams (used by geochemists).
Latest version: 1.2.2 May 22, 2003
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|Screenshots (click to enlarge)|
|Download and run JPlot|
Download a windows-only graphic
installation program (setup.exe) (575054 bytes).
Download the JPlot executable jar
archive version 1.2.2 (321084 bytes).
Download the sources jplot-1.2.2.tar.gz (416418
Sources of previous releases:
You can launch jplot with a datafile, e.g., jplot myfile.dat (see below), or with a project file, e.g., jplot -i mysettings.jpt. The latter contains all settings for a specific graph. Of course, you also can load data- and project files once JPlot is running.
Since version 1.2, JPlot proposes several other command-line options such as -s myfile.dat (show the graph immediately) and -u (update the graph automatically every second). The latter option can be toggled via one of the preference menu items.
JPlot makes graphs of data files. For example, the following set of
Y1, Y2 and Y3 data is a perfectly legal format:
0.1 22 1e-4 0.2 34 1.3e-4 0.3 44 1.5e-4 0.5 51 1.6e-4 ...
Loading this file in JPlot allows you to select between column 1, column 2 and column 3 for building the graph. For example, you might want to show columns 2 and 3 as a function of column 1.
It is possible to make column selection much more explicit by specifying the names of the columns in the data file. For example, the above data could also be written as follows:
# First experiment H3/LH/1002 (4 batches) # On 12/12/1998 # column 1: weight (g) # column 2: volume (ml) # column 3: concentration (molal) 0.1 22 1e-4 0.2 34 1.3e-4 0.3 44 1.5e-4 0.5 51 1.6e-4 ...
Loading this file in JPlot allows you to select between weight (g) , volume (ml) and concentration (molal) for building the graph, hence much more explicit and user-friendly than the anonymous columns of the previous example.
JPlot allows to add a specific character to lift the pen (*). For example, the following datafile draws a graph with straight lines defined by two couples of (X,Y) data. And note this nifty feature of JPlot: it can read labels from a datafile, i.e., the label followed by the position (x,y) and, evt., the rotation:
# This should be a 'normal' 2D graph but the special # character '*' will lift the pen (discontinuous lines) # # label: "Field 1", 4, 11 # label: "Field 2", 9.5, 4.4 # label: "Field 3", 5.1, -1 # label: "Field 4", 10.4, -8 # label: "rotated label 1",10.3, 13 11 # label: "rotated label 2",3, -4 11 2 -3 10 -10 * 2 8 6.9 1.5 9.2 -4.5 12 -8 * 9.2 -4.5 9.2 -9.3 * 6.9 14 6.9 1.5 * 2 18.3 12 10
X- and Y axes labels can be added using the xlabel and ylabel keywords, e.g. :
# label: "Field 1", 4, 11 # label: "Field 2", 9.5, 4.4 # label: "Field 3", 5.1, -1 # xlabel: "frequence (Hz)" # ylabel: "performance (Tf)" (data follows)Using axes labels in datafiles is not recommended, however. At each reload of the datafile, the axes labels are added to the graph. Those who need such a feature should use the sources and write a method which update the axes labels via a resource file.
|Using JPlot from within other programs|
You can integrate JPlot or JPlot features in you own java
program. JPlot 1.2 has been written to be used with its graphic user's
interface (GUI): you have to integrate parts of the GUI in your
program, such as the PlotPanels. We will upload a sample program ASAP.
Version 1.3 integrates a number of improvements which allows you to use JPlot without it's GUI. Moreover, you can use JPlot without data files. The following archive contains a simple but fully operational example illustrating of how to create a JPlot graph without it's GUI:
|JPlot and SourceForge|
JPlot version 1.3 is currently being developed and takes several new
features and enhancements into account. A development version of 1.3
is available via CVS: if you are confortable with CVS, wait a few
untill we release the 1.3 via this web site.
Any useful feedback, hints or specific requests? Interested in co-developing JPlot? Check out the SourceForge web pages (click on the logo below, search for the jplot project) and contact us at email@example.com